Heathrow Airport appoints partners to deliver £16bn expansion project

WCN Editorial Team 17 Mar 2016 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Heathrow Airport has awarded contracts to Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend to help deliver its £16bn expansion project.

The government’s independent Airports Commission recommended the expansion of the airport last July, stating that it could be done within environmental limits.

“Heathrow’s expansion programme will focus on creating a world class, sustainable hub airport which is commercially attractive to both Heathrow’s shareholders and the airlines,” Heathrow said in a statement.

The project is anticipated to boost UK economy by up to £211bn, as well as create 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships.

The expansion is expected to commence soon after securing the go-ahead from the government.

Heathrow director of procurement Ian Ballentine said: “I’m delighted that our client partners are now on board and I look forward to working with them to give the UK a truly world-class, sustainable hub airport. This privately-financed, £16bn project will benefit the whole UK as we work to widen the supply-chain right across the nation.”

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