CONSULTANT Whitby Bird has scooped the structural engineering contract for the Stansted Generation 2 airport expansion.
The construction project is valued at £3.5bn over the next 15 years and the design contract will be the largest undertaken by the 350 strong practice.
Work involves developing the planning proposal for the runway and terminal buildings.
'Stansted is going to be a new challenge for us - it'll be the biggest thing we will ever do, ' said Whitby Bird director Mark Whitby.
The company is currently developing plans to facilitate a capacity increase from 20M passengers a year to 80M passengers in line with the government's Air Transport white paper (NCE 24 June 2003).
Whitby Bird has been on the British Airports Authority (BAA) framework for a year and beat much larger internationally recognised fi rms to win the contract.
'We were chosen because we have the breadth of skills in industrial, retail and commercial construction - not just airport building, ' said Whitby.
He added the Stansted project would fuel a 'gentle build' in the size of the company.