9 NOVEMBER 2015
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Managers at Heathrow Airport are already lining up potential contractors to build its third runway although the Government has, as yet, not followed up the Airports Commission recommendation that its proposed scheme should go ahead.
In advance of the Government’s pronouncement, Heathrow engineering invited expressions of interest on 25 September to suppliers across the UK, with the aim of being able to kick-start the expansion programme as soon as it gets the go-ahead.
The expressions of interest were designed to help the airport expand several core competencies needed to deliver expansion, given that the current management hierarchy is more focused on the day-to-day operation of the airport.
Suppliers were invited to express their interest (and demonstrate experience) in four key skill-sets: program management; information management; construction advice; and design and technical advice.
This initial phase closed 16 October. The airport is looking at the detailed responses and compiling a shortlist. Then it intends to invite short-listed companies to participate in a formal invitation to tender in this month.
The aim is to award contracts for the runway in January/February 2016, with the target of the new runway operational by 2025. www.heathrow.com
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