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Still £300M of procurement at London City Airport

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London City Airport chief development officer Peter Adams has said there is still £300M worth of work to be won as part of its expansion programme.

Speaking at New Civil Engineer’s Airports conference, Adams said work still to be tendered was for the construction of the frame and envelope of the terminal building, construction of car park buildings, plus the mechanical and electrical work and the fit out for these structures.

“If you feel your business can add value, get in touch,” he said. “There’s still £300M of procurement which will be out over this year and into the next.”

The airport is currently undergoing a massive £480M expansion. It is constructing a new terminal building which will have three times the capacity of its current terminal and a new taxiway, running parallel to the runway, built into the docks.

Costs were initially projected at £370M, but have risen to £480M. Plans were refined after the government granted planning permission in July 2016.

Earlier this year, the £50M contract to build the taxiway was awarded to Bam. Bechtel is delivery partner for the scheme.

Adams said the new taxiway would require over 1,000 piles to be installed over two years. Dive teams are currently scouring the dock floor for unexploded World War 2 devices.  One was found and safely exploded earlier this year.

“We’ve just started for the main work as we’ve started doing the clearing and the enabling work,” he said. “We’ll start to feel the impact in the next few weeks when we start to create the construction space to build the new terminal. The marine works really get going this summer.”

To allow more land to be released for additional capacity at the airport, the existing control tower will be replaced by digital technology. The airport will be the first in the UK to implement the new technology which will control aircraft from a facility in Southampton.

“This means you can put information in front of screens and operators in a very different way,” he said. “These dots of digital information can augment the radar information with what cameras can see, for greater clarity. You’ve also got the chance to zoom in what’s going on, to check the runway for debris.

“Those are all benefits, but the key driver for us was where we could put a control tower otherwise as it was really challenging for us to find the space.”

The airport boss also questioned why Crossrail had not been connected to the airport when it was “practically on our door step”.

The expansion is due to complete in 2022.

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