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Heathrow expansion takes next step towards building construction legacy across the UK

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Heathrow has unveiled the longlist of sixty-five Logistic Hub locations – off-site centres for construction and manufacturing which will help the airport deliver its expansion plan.

  • Located across the country, Logistics Hubs will participate in offsite construction of the third runway, bringing jobs to every corner of the UK
  • Four logistics hubs will ensure a legacy of construction excellence across Britain and draw upon skills and expertise across the UK
  • Airport also unveils ten 2018 Business Summit locations– ensuring every region across the UK benefits from supply chain opportunities via expansion
  • Announcement to be made at Heathrow’s annual Supplier Awards, celebrating businesses across Heathrow’s supply chain

Heathrow has announced the next step in building Britain’s new runway by revealing the sixty-five longlisted sites in the running to be selected as expansion Logistics Hubs, which will help ensure that businesses across the UK can form part of the airport’s supply chain for expansion.

Today’s unveiling of the longlisted Logistics Hubs, another delivery milestone for the airport, follows a commitment made by Heathrow to shake-up the UK construction industry by using expansion to revolutionise the way Britain builds major infrastructure.

The sixty-five potential sites have been chosen from an initial 121 applications. Once finalised, the final four selected locations will pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow, playing a key role in supporting expansion’s efficient delivery.

Heathrow expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs, and Britain’s new runway will create jobs in every corner of the UK. The Hubs will also create a legacy of construction excellence in the UK for future generations.

Reducing emissions as well as delivering expansion faster, more affordably

The Logistics Hubs also tie directly into Heathrow’s commitments on sustainability, by reducing emissions through transporting assembled components to site in fewer lorries. This approach will help deliver expansion faster, more affordably and will minimise impact on local communities.

Ahead of the Supplier Awards this evening, Heathrow Chairman Lord Deighton said:

“As the UK leaves the EU, Heathrow is an essential infrastructure project that will ensure Britain remains an open trading nation.”

“As part of that, Heathrow’s third runway will rely on talent from all over Britain helping to create a national asset for generations to come. This means new procurement opportunities for businesses in every region, helping drive growth and investment into local communities in all corners of this country. Our aim, to harness the skills we need through long-term projects such as the Logistics Hubs and Business Summits, will drive jobs and investment leaving a legacy of increased productivity for the construction sector.

“The third runway is not a London centric project – it is one we are opening up to the whole of the UK, asking for its skills and expertise to help build an asset this country so desperately needs to safeguard its future prosperity.”

Civil Engineering Contractors Association chief executive Alasdair Reisner added:

“We are keen that the whole of the UK benefits from the expansion of Heathrow. We see huge potential for the logistics hubs to stimulate the growth of new industrial heartlands across the country, manufacturing and assembling the high-quality components used by contractors to build world class new facilities for Heathrow”

Tim Colman, Spokesman for The Federation of Small Businesses added:

“The concept of establishing Logistics Hubs across the UK will really benefit small businesses nationwide – not just those near London. For many small business owners, this will be the first opportunity to join the supply chain for such a prestigious national infrastructure project – and in many cases in the Logistics Hubs that are not far from their own working base.

“This is a win – win situation as it is widely accepted that small businesses are able to work flexibly to meet clients’ requirements, whilst offering excellent value for money.”

Also on Wednesday, Heathrow will reinforce its commitment to put SMEs at the heart of its expansion plans by announcing ten new locations that will host Business Summits in 2018.

Offering unique opportunities for SMEs to connect and trade face-to-face with Heathrow’s supply chain, the Business Summits are designed to give SMEs across the country a chance to forge new connections and win business with some of the UK’s largest organisations.

To date an estimated £93.4 million of new deals have been won by businesses, because of the partnerships formed at Business Summits.

The announcement of the ten new Business Summit locations builds on the seven held in 2017 and sees Heathrow well on the way to hitting its goal of establishing Heathrow Business Summits in all 12 regions of the UK by 2025.

The full long-list is:

East Midlands

  • Corby Land and Development Ltd, Midlands Logistics Park
  • Laing O’Rourke, Explore Industrial Park
  • Prologis UK Ltd,Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal
  • SEGRO Plc, SEGRO Logistics Park
  • Tarmac Trading Ltd, Tarmac Hindlow Quarry

East of England

  • Opportunity Peterborough, Roxhill Scheme At Gateway
  • Peel Ports Investments Ltd, Port of Great Yarmouth


  • London Borough of Havering, Beam Reach 6
  • Wincanton, Wincanton Greenford

North East

  • Tarmac Trading Ltd, Tarmac Thrislington Works
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority, South Tees Development Corporation

North West

  • Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, Cammell Laird, Campbeltown Road
  • Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, MEA Park Wirral Waters, Beaufort Road
  • MIDAS, Airport City
  • MIDAS, Kingsway Rochdale
  • MIDAS, Logistics North Bolton
  • MIDAS, Port Salford
  • Peel Ports Investments Ltd, Port of Liverpool
  • Sellafield Ltd, Lillyhall Industrial Estate

Northern Ireland

  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, North Foreshore
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Silverwood Business Park
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Belfast International Airport
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Global Point Business Park
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Michelin Tyre
  • MJM Marine ltd, Shackleton Barracks


  • Babcock Marine Rosyth Limited, Rosyth Business Park
  • Forth Ports Limited, Forth Ports Rosyth
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport
  • Renfrewshire Council, Eurocentral / Mossend
  • Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA)/Westway site
  • Renfrewshire Council, Queenslie Industrial Estate
  • Scottish Enterprise, Hunterston
  • Scottish Enterprise, Longannet
  • Scottish Enterprise, Mossend
  • Scottish Enterprise, Westfield

South East

  • Amalga Limited, Ridgeway Distribution Centre
  • Peel Ports Investments Ltd, London Medway

South West

  • Invest Bristol Bath/The West of England Combined Authority, Avonmouth
  • Invest Bristol Bath/The West of England Combined Authority, Severnside
  • Sedgemoor District Council, Royal Ordnance Factory
  • Tarmac Trading Ltd, Tarmac Westbury Works


  • Welsh Government, ABP Port Site, Cardiff
  • Welsh Government, ABP Port Site, Newport
  • Welsh Government, The Airfields – Northern Gateway, Deeside
  • Welsh Government, Brocastle, Bridgend
  • Welsh Government, Rhyd Y Blew, Ebbw Vale
  • Welsh Government, Llanwern Newport
  • Welsh Government, TATA Shotton Deeside

West Midlands

  • Amalga Limited, Palletforce SuperHub
  • Balfour Beatty, Birch Coppice Industrial Estate
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Chatterley Valley West
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Highgate Ravensdale
  • Telford & Wrekin Council, Land at Hortonwood
  • Telford & Wrekin Council, Property at Railfreight Terminal

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • Bishopdyke Enterprises Limited, JCT 42 A1(M) – Sherburn in Elmet
  • British Steel, British Steel – Brigg Road
  • Doncaster Sheffield Airport Ltd, Aero Centre Yorkshire
  • Leeds Bradford Airport Ltd, Leeds Bradford Airport / Logic Leeds
  • Severfield UK Ltd, Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate
  • Sheffield City Region, 31 East
  • Sheffield City Region, Ashroyd Business Park
  • Sheffield City Region, Enterprise 36
  • Sheffield City Region, Former Maltby Colliery
  • Sheffield City Region, iPort
  • Sheffield City Region, J5M16Unity