Heathrow Airport has shortlisted 18 logistics hub sites to help deliver its third runway.
Four sites will eventually be chosen from the 18 to be involved in either assembling components of the expanded airport or serving as an off-site storage unit for materials before they are transported to Heathrow.
The 18 sites are located accross the UK. Each site are each managed by contractors. These include sites managed by Balfour Beatty in the West Midlands, Severfield in Yorkshire and the Humber, John Graham Construction in Northern Ireland and TATA Steel in Wales.
The shortlisted sites were narrowed down from a longer list of 65.
The 18 shorted listed sites will now ready themselves to pitch their sites to Heathrow bosses. Those that are chosen will be one of four offsite construction centres to help deliver the airport’s third runway.
Heathrow has revealed that the final four sites will be selected “early next year, ahead of work starting in 2021”.
“This innovative approach will also help to make the project more affordable and sustainable – by transporting assembled components in consolidated loads,” a Heathrow spokesperson said.
Heathrow executive director for expansion Emma Gilthorpe added: “This innovative approach will be more cost effective, efficient and sustainable, helping to unlock much needed capacity quickly and responsibly.”
“Logistics hubs are also integral to harnessing the skills the UK needs post-Brexit.
“We are working with other major infrastructure projects to see if they might also benefit from these hubs, creating a bright, new future for the UK’s construction sector.”
Earlier this month a judicial review of the government’s decision to go ahead with the airport’s expansion programme finished.
Five legal challenges were launched after the House of Commons voted in favour of building a third runway at the airport, approving transport secretary Chris Grayling’s National Policy Statement by 415 votes to 119, in June last year.
However, despite uncertainty concerning the legal viability of the expansion programme, the airport’s expansion programme director Phil Wilbraham has told New Civil Engineer Heathrow Airport Ltd will begin procuring construction partners at the end of this year.
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