More than 120 sites across the country have applied to become one of four Heathrow expansion logistics hubs.
The hubs are a part of a plan to promote small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) by de-centralising the supply chain and also aim to increase efficiency and cut emissions. The hubs will help deliver the construction of a third runway at Heathrow, if the plan gets through an MPs’ vote next year.
Components will be assembled off-site at one of the hubs, the locations of which will be announced later this year, before being transported in consolidated loads to Heathrow as they are needed.
Integrating an offsite manufacturing supply chain into a major project can reduce costs by 25 per cent and speed up delivery by 30 per cent, WPI Economics research found earlier this year.
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Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Expanding Heathrow is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to really boost growth across Britain – and not just with more capacity at the nation’s hub airport, but from building it.
“Over 100 communities across Britain have put themselves forward to host one of our pioneering logistics hubs and we couldn’t be more impressed by the applicants.
“Together we’ll build an expanded Heathrow – boosting growth outside London, leaving a world-class construction legacy for the UK and delivering expansion faster, cheaper and with less impact on our local communities.”
A total of 121 sites applied to be logistics hubs after submissions opened in April.
At least one hub will be in Scotland, after a deal was made with the Scottish government, but the other three hubs could be set anywhere in the UK.
The hubs must demonstrate they will have a positive economic impact in their areas and good connectivity, access to a relevant supply chain, strong local skills, support in their region and adequate facilities.