CH2M wins bid for Heathrow expansion: designed by leading UK architects
Published: 18 May 2016
Heathrow airport has revealed that CH2M is amongst the four winning bidders responsible for the expansion of the airport, which is currently waiting on the UK Government before starting construction. The process of the bidding was highly competitive due to the expansion programme developing a world class, sustainable airport and an extension that will provide up to £5.5bn in economic benefits. Turner & Townsend, Arup, and MACE were also selected to work with Heathrow Airport on the development.
Not only will this new build implement an innovative, higher quality service to holiday/trip goers, it will also benefit the nation by increasing the efficiency and supply of flights. The project is privately funded, with a total of £16bn being invested into the project so far.
According to the Airports Commission, the number of possible jobs created by the expansion could add up to more than 40,000 local opportunities and Heathrow is currently aiding the success of this by working closely with businesses in these areas. Heathrow has also claimed that 10,000 apprenticeships will become available by 2030 thanks to the new build.
Being the UK’s “mother ship” airport, Heathrow generates a substantial amount of transfer flights, making it the busiest airport in the world. The UK government sees Heathrow as a huge contributor to competing with other European countries due to its high connectivity, economic benefits and opportunities for business investment.
It is thought that without this new build, Heathrow would be close to declining in connectivity due to the airport currently operating at roughly 99% capacity. This means that more flight delays occur and other European competitors are securing Heathrow’s missed flights.
The government is being urged to clear all controversial differences in order to begin construction by Heathrow itself and other firms associated with the new build. A number of engineering consultancies such as Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty and Mace have actually written to Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne to encourage him to push the growth plans as much as possible.
Heathrow has sought expert advice from the UK’s leading architectural practices for the innovative design of the expansion and such companies have been asked to create bold ideas to wow the airport’s passengers.
“The visionary concepts are just the start of a dialogue which will fundamentally redefine what an airport is, how it looks and feels, how it interacts with its environment and an increasingly demanding generation of new passengers and importantly enhancing how it connects with the communities around it.”
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