Heathrow £18.6bn planning application underway

Heathrow £18.6bn planning application underway

Heathrow Airport is beginning the process towards submitting a planning application in 2019 to expand the airport with a new runway.  Work is unlikely to begin until 2023, assuming a smooth path, through public consultation and parliamentary vote. The first step is wildlife and other environmental surveys in the local area, starting in early 2017.

Heathrow has named the integrated team for the planning process which includes engineers Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Mott MacDonald and Jacobs, transport planner Quod and Grimshaw as architect. They have each been awarded four year contracts which commenced in November 2016. Heathrow said the firms were chosen because of their experience in delivering projects of a similar size and added that they each have “unique insights” into how to build Heathrow sustainably and affordably.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s expansion director said: “Together, we want to create a plan that not only boosts the economy – locally and across the UK – but one that delivers a lasting legacy in the local area and tackles important local issues including reducing noise and meeting air quality requirements.”

Read more about the firms chosen here.


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