Heathrow’s Logistics Hub programme has launched its pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) in its bid to decide which one of 65 sites is best positioned to deliver the airport’s third runway.
The Heathrow expansion team will whittle the off-site manufacturing shortlist down to a final four sites following the PQQs.
Each of the 65 sites has been given until 18 January 2019 to make the case for why they should be involved in the delivery of the runway, following Heathrow’s completion of a nationwide tour of each site.
The four sites to be chosen will be involved in either assembling components of the expanded airport or serving as a consolidation centre for these loads before they are transported to Heathrow.
Of the potential sites, 50 are existing or functioning sites. The remaining 15 sites are either undeveloped or proposed facilities which will be built for purpose.
Heathrow’s executive director for expansion Emma Gilthorpe said: “These responses will help us understand which sites will best work for the expansion programme as well as for future construction projects.
“When we began this search last year, we were inspired by just how many locations up and down the country were interested in playing a role in delivering the third runway. This shows the great potential there is for offsite construction to revolutionise the way major infrastructure is delivered in the UK.”
As well as searching for Logistic Hub partners, Heathrow is also on the lookout for innovation partners. Earlier this year, Heathrow announced that 37 companies were still in the running to become expansion innovation partners. Heathrow bosses whittled the list down to 37 after more than 100 firms weighed in on how to cut costs and improve expansion delivery on the airport’s third runway.
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