- Heathrow Logistics Hub programme kicks off pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) to determine which of the 65 sites will make the shortlist next year
- The sites show how offsite construction can be applied to different projects across the country, boosting efficiency and economic benefits
- Heathrow has concluded nationwide tour of longlisted sites who will now be invited to state why they are best placed to deliver Britain’s third runway
LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Heathrow expansion is set to lead the UK’s offsite construction revolution as 65 potential Logistics Hubs across the country progress to the next stage in the search for the final four. The airport will determine which hubs are best placed to progress to the shortlist next Spring, by inviting the sites to expand their bids and complete a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
The sites will have until 18 January 2019 to showcase why they should be involved in the delivery of Britain’s biggest infrastructure project.
Airport delegates have toured facilities across the country, seeing first-hand the potential to transform the country’s infrastructure and construction industries. Each of the 65 sites offer their own unique elements to the project, from their location, transport links, local skills and supply chain, size, regional expertise and business plans. These are just some of the considerations Heathrow’s expansion team will make when deciding which sites will make the final four.
Heathrow will also examine each site’s ability to work with three other locations to deliver the third runway. The expansion project will have four sites either assembling components of the expanded airport or serving as a consolidation centre for these loads before they are transported to Heathrow helping to reduce the project’s impact to local communities.
Of the potential sites, 50 are existing or functioning sites, many of which are already experienced in delivering major projects. The other 15 sites are either undeveloped or proposed facilities with the potential for additional flexibility and customisation, essentially allowing for these sites to be built for purpose. The variety of sites show the opportunities for other projects across the country to explore how offsite construction could be beneficial to them.
This news coincides with the latest stage of the search for Heathrow’s Innovation Partners, launched earlier this year, which will see 37 companies submit their business cases explaining how their ideas could potentially help Heathrow deliver expansion efficiently, sustainably and affordably.
Heathrow’s Executive Director for Expansion, Emma Gilthorpe said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to engage with site promoters that are passionate about creating a lasting legacy. These responses will help us understand which sites will best work for the expansion programme as well as for future construction projects.
“When we began this search last year, we were inspired by just how many locations up and down the country were interested in playing a role in delivering the third runway. This shows the great potential there is for offsite construction to revolutionise the way major infrastructure is delivered in the UK.”
About Heathrow Logistics Hubs
Heathrow will be the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of Logistics Hubs – aiming to build as much of the project offsite as possible. The hubs will work by pre-assembling components offsite before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow just as they are needed. This method will boost the project’s efficiency and cut emissions by transporting components to site in fewer lorries. Research by WPI Economics revealed that integrating an offsite manufacturing supply chain into a major project has the potential to reduce the overall cost of the project by as much as 25% whilst speeding up delivery by up to 30%.
On these tours, Heathrow’s representatives are looking for sites that will be able to work together to pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to the site. This method is set to have several benefits include the reduction of traffic on the airports surrounding roads, which will benefit the local community, as well as being able to provide better site welfare
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Source: Heathrow Airport