Heathrow Airport reveals shortlist for construction hub sites

Eighteen sites left in the running to deliver ‘once-in-a-generation’ expansion project

Heathrow Airport has today revealed the 18 sites that are left in the running to become construction hubs for the third runway project.

The sites, which include locations in Yorkshire, West and East Midlands and the North West, have been selected from a longlist of 65, all of which were visited during a nationwide tour which concluded last summer.

In the autumn, the 18 sites will now have the opportunity to pitch to the airport’s bosses for their chance to become one of the final four construction centres, to be announced early next year, ahead of work starting in 2021.

The final four sites will become offsite construction centres that will help to deliver the new runway.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s executive director for expansion, said: “Our expansion plans are progressing apace and continue to be refined thanks to feedback from a wide range of stakeholders. Heathrow is as committed as ever to creating a plan that delivers for every corner of the UK. Logistics hubs are key to achieving that. This innovative approach will be more cost effective, efficient and sustainable, helping to unlock much needed capacity quickly and responsibly.

“Logistics hubs are also integral to harnessing the skills the UK needs post-Brexit. We are working with other major infrastructure projects to see if they might also benefit from these hubs, creating a bright, new future for the UK’s construction sector. One in which we’re better utilising new technology and offsite techniques to spread the benefits of major projects like expansion nationwide.”

Claire Walker, co-executive director at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “A strong skills base and high-performing infrastructure network are vital to securing the UK’s economic future in the long-term. We are pleased that Heathrow is consulting with so many business communities from the Chamber of Commerce Network to ensure that its expansion plans can benefit the whole of the country.”

Shortlist for four construction hub locations:

Promoter Site Name Region
Amalga Limited Iver Hub South East
Amalga Limited Burton Superhub West Midlands
Associated British Ports Port of Cardiff Wales
Babcock Marine Rosyth Limited Rosyth Dockyard Scotland
Balfour Beatty Birch Coppice Industrial Estate West Midlands
British Steel British Steel – Brigg Road Yorkshire & Humber
Forth Ports Limited Forth Ports Rosyth Scotland
Glasgow Prestwick Airport Ayrshire Logistics Hub Scotland
John Graham Construction Limited Michelin Site, Silverwood Business Park Northern Ireland
MJM Marine Ltd Ballykelly Northern Ireland
Peter D Stirling Mossend International Rail freight Park (MIRP) Scotland
Mckeating (East Coast West Cumbria Ltd) Lillyhall Industrial Estate North West
Severfield UK Ltd Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate Yorkshire & Humber
Tarmac Trading Ltd Tarmac Westbury Works South West
Tarmac Trading Ltd Tarmac Hindlow Quarry East Midlands
Tarmac Trading Ltd Tarmac Thrislington Works North East
TATA Steel UK Ltd TATA Shotton Deeside Wales
Wincanton Wincanton Greenford London

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