Heathrow plans offsite revolution for infrastructure construction

Date: 27 Apr 2017

Heathrow bosses are planning to use its £16bn airport expansion project to “revolutionise” the way contractors build major infrastructure.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye confirmed a major push to support more off-site construction.

And the hunt has now begun for four UK sites to host new off-site logistics hubs which will help deliver expansion plans and drive growth across the country.

The new logistics hubs will pre-assemble components for the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow.

Off-site construction has enjoyed success in the construction of homes but has had a limited role to date supporting major infrastructure projects.

Holland-Kaye said: “We want to use Heathrow expansion to not only upgrade Britain’s infrastructure, but cultivate a new world-leading sector and drive growth across the whole country.

“Boosting off-site construction will help make expansion more affordable and environmentally friendly and give Britain a lasting legacy of expertise that it can sell around the world – helping Britain lead the pack in global construction.”

Heathrow is now inviting communities across Britain to showcase why their area is suitable to host one of the new logistics hubs.

Suitable locations will have good connectivity, access to a relevant supply chain and strong local skills.

Interested applicants should visit https://procurement.heathrow.com to register their interest and complete the Expression of Interest questionnaire before 31st July 2017.

A list of potential sites is expected to be announced later this year.

[Ref: constructionenquirer.com]

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