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More than 100 applicants weigh in on Heathrow expansion

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More than 100 firms and individuals have told Heathrow bosses how expansion could be delivered following the airport’s call for ideas.

In April Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) opened up the £14bn expansion process, launching a call for fresh ideas on how to keep expansion costs down, better building designs, and increasing capacity sustainably.

Successful applicants will become innovation partners with HAL as it looks to build the third runway by 2026.

Heathrow expansion was approved by parliament last month, although several London boroughs have warned they could mount a legal challenge against the scheme.

After receiving more than 100 expressions of interest, HAL will assess ideas before applicants have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to airport bosses later this year. HAL’s expansion masterplan will be published for a public consultation early next year.

Heathrow expansion programme director Phil Wilbraham said ideas had been submitted from property developers, architects and software firms.

“There is no doubt that Heathrow can deliver this expansion. What we want to do is to it with the best people with the best ideas so that we transform the aviation industry once again,” he told New Civil Engineer.

“What we will do is test those when we get them back…to see if they’ve got better ideas than we already have and if they’re better than we already have, we’ll take them on to the next stage.”

The list of potential innovation partners will be announced in August.

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