US-based engineering services firm Bechtel has been appointed by Gatwick Airport, an international airport in England, to manage construction of the expansion of Pier 6 in the North Terminal, the largest single project under a £2.7bn investment plan.
The airport will invest £180m as part of its current five-year Capital Investment Programme to more than double the size of Pier 6.
The project is being taken up as part of Gatwick’s plans to ensure service levels and greater operational efficiency.
Construction will begin after moving the stand for the A380 aircraft from its existing location on Pier 6 to a newly created stand on Pier 5 and widening and re-aligning a taxiway to enable the A380 to move between the runway and its new stand to accommodate its 80-metre wing-span.
The Pier 6 extension will be taken up under a Construction Management delivery model.
Under the contract, Bechtel will be responsible for the management of engineering, procurement and construction works and work with Gatwick’s construction and development teams.
The work is expected to commence in 2018 and the programme will be delivered in four phases. The last phase will involve the construction of the western extension of Pier 6.
The extended pier is due to be operational by the first quarter of 2022.
Gatwick has already invested more than half of the £2.7bn allocated for a programme to transform the airport at every touch point for passengers, such as landside, terminals and airside.
Earlier, Gatwick took up major projects such as the re-development of the North Terminal, newly constructed Pier 1, as well as works on Pier 5 to create a second level.
Gatwick’s construction director Raymond Melee said: “This is one of the most important programmes of work we have in our current capital investment programme as it will give a crucial boost to our operational efficiency and help us to grow sustainably.
“It will be complex, as it is right in the heart of our airfield, but we are experienced in delivering complicated projects in challenging environments at Gatwick.”
Bechtel’s UK managing director Paul Gibbs said: “We know that construction in the middle of a very busy airfield can be complex, so we will be working alongside Gatwick’s operational teams to ensure the work is sequenced carefully and that the passenger experience is maintained throughout.”