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Hinkley Point construction head joins Heathrow expansion team

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The head of construction for EDF’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station has left his post to oversee expansion at Heathrow. 

David Speight will take up his position as Heathrow expansion project delivery director, after working on the Hinkley project for more than seven years. Before joining the Hinkley Point project team, Speight was a senior project manager for Lendlease on the London 2012 Olympic Athletes Village.

”David Speight will be responsible for all the works outside the existing airport boundary” Heathrow explained in a statement.

In his new role, Speight will be involved in the selection of the final four construction hubs to help the airport deliver its third runway.

The four sites will eventually be chosen from a current list of 18 left in the running, 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 across 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.

Heathrow Expansion Programme Director Phil Wilbraham said:We are delighted to welcome David to our team as Heathrow’s Off-Airport Delivery Director at a pivotal time for the project, just ahead of the expansion masterplan being unveiled in our upcoming statutory consultation.

”David brings a wealth of knowledge from other large infrastructure projects and has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He will help us to deliver an expanded airport which works for our passengers, airlines, colleagues and local communities.”

Heathrow has before affirmed that construction on the third runway is set to begin in 2021, with the expectation that it will be operational by 2026.

Last week, High Court judges rejected a legal challenge mounted against Heathrow Airport’s expansion plan, following a judicial review of the government’s National Policy Statement.

Rival bidder, the Arora Group has also launched the first stage of consultation on its proposals to develop Heathrow Airport.

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