Steel sites longlisted for Heathrow expansion logistics hubs
British Steel’s Scunthorpe site and Severfield’s Dalton Airfield facility near Thirsk have both been longlisted as potential offsite construction centres for the building of Heathrow Airport’s new runway and expansion.
The two facilities form part of a 65-strong list of sites still in the running to be logistics hubs for the Heathrow expansion. These hubs will help ensure that businesses across the UK form part of the airport’s supply chain, enabling Heathrow’s new runway to deliver a legacy of construction excellence across the UK.
Heathrow representatives are currently visiting all longlisted locations to assess their suitablilty, before putting successful bids through to the next round.
Heathrow expansion is a critical national infrastructure project for the UK that is expected to deliver up to £12bn in economic benefits.
Heathrow is pioneering logistics hubs, where components of the airport will be pre-assembled before being transported in consolidated loads to the airport.
They will be essential in ensuring that the Heathrow expansion delivers for the whole country by spreading jobs, boosting productivity and modernising the construction industry outside of London and the South East. They will ensure that 60% of the procurement spend will be outside of London, spreading the benefits of local investment up and down the country.
Severfield Managing Director Gary Wintersgill said: “It’s great to be longlisted and we will be demonstrating all the reasons we think this site would be an ideal location for one of Heathrow’s logistics hubs.”