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News » UK » Gatwick seeks design team for new runway » published 19 Feb 2016

Gatwick seeks design team for new runway

Gatwick Airport is putting together three frameworks in preparation for construction of a second runway.

The three frameworks are for planning, technical and design services and are together worth £75m.  They pave the way for a £2.5bn investment in infrastructure.

Gatwick is still hoping that the government will reject the recommendation of its Airport Commission and decide to approve a second runway at Gatwick before a third runway at Heathrow. Even if Heathrow does get government backing, Gatwick still has expansion ambitions.

The three frameworks are for:

  • Airport planning services 
  • Architectural, structural and building services design and engineering for projects less than £5m
  • Multi-discipline design and engineering for projects greater than £5m

The airport planning services framework incorporates infrastructure planning associated with the second runway, and is estimated between £3m and £5m. It will include architectural and engineering services, urban planning, landscape engineering, technical consulting and analysis. These services will relate to the future development of the airport to define and scope high level conceptual solutions, including airport infrastructure related to runways, taxiways, aprons, aircraft stands, terminal buildings, piers, car parks and engineering hangars.

The two design frameworks incorporate lower complexity design work for projects up to £5m in value, and higher complexity design work for projects above the £5m threshold. Both design frameworks relate to the delivery of the following services: architectural design, civil and structural engineering design and mechanical and electrical design.

All three frameworks incorporate works which are already part of Gatwick’s transformation programme which is now committed at £2.5bn  since becoming independent from BAA in 2009, up to 2021. The estimated value of these frameworks is approximately £75m with additional funding for second runway related projects, which have a potential works value of £150m to £200m.

Gatwick Airport development director Raymond Melee said: “The publication of three new frameworks sends a clear message to the industry that Gatwick has a pipeline of major construction work that will satisfy all types of construction industry partners.

“We are investing £2.5bn to transform our airport and continue to drive growth, while we wait for the green light to start building our second runway. With frameworks spanning a five year time-frame, it’s important that potential partners in the runway build are included in these frameworks so that we can keep the process moving forward.

“Gatwick is the only deliverable option which can satisfy the government’s ambition to have another runway built in the southeast by 2025. A second runway at Gatwick will provide greater economic benefits than a third runway at Heathrow at a fraction of the environmental cost.”

Interested firms can find out more about the pre-qualification process and questionnaire in the published OJEU contract notices. Additional information will also be made available at a supplier forum which will be held at the Hilton Hotel at Gatwick Airport on 26th February 2016. Companies interested in attending the supplier forum should follow the instructions within the OJEU notices at the following links:

Construction Design Framework - Low Complexity

Construction Design Framework: Medium/Higher Complexity

Airport Planning Services Framework






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This article was published on 19 Feb 2016 (last updated on 19 Feb 2016).

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