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Highways boss and Bechtel join London airport

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Bechtel has landed a key role in the £370M expansion of London City Airport. Peter Adams, Highways England’s executive director for major projects and capital portfolio management, is also leaving the roads body at the end of August to join the airport.

The San Francisco headquartered engineering giant Bechtel has been named as delivery partner for the £370M City Airport Development Programme.

The project includes expansion of terminal facilities as well as construction of seven aircraft stands and a full-length parallel taxiway to allow the airport to accommodate 111,000 flight movements per year.

As part of the five-year contract, 50 Bechtel staff will form an integrated team with London City Airport officials.

Meanwhile, Highways England executive director for major projects Peter Adams is to join the airport in September as chief asset and programme officer.

London City Airport chief executive Declan Collier said: “The appointments of Bechtel and Peter Adams signal the next important steps towards the start of construction on this significant development.”

Bechtel UK managing director Paul Gibbs said: “Delivering London City’s expansion in an operational, urban airport surrounded by water presents complex challenges that our team can meet.”

Adams said: “Although leaving is an incredibly hard decision to take, I do feel that I have played my part in the evolution of Highways England and that now is the right time for me to take the next step in my own career and join London City Airport in what is a hugely exciting time for the business.”

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