Delivering Heathrow expansion is a major infrastructure project that will rely on talent from across the country.
Building the third runway- Logistics Hubs
Heathrow expansion is a major national infrastructure project that will require expertise from every part of Britain. Which is why we are locating four logistics hubs – off-site centres for pre-assembly and consolidation – across the country, to help deliver expansion efficiently, sustainably, and to source the skills we need to expand from all across the UK.
In March 2019 Heathrow announced the names and locations of the 18 shortlisted sites that remain in the running to help deliver the expanded airport, signalling the project has reached a new and significant milestone on its path to delivery.
The shortlisted sites all vary in size, location and age with Britain’s largest steelworks firm, a former Michelin Site, which at its peak was one of the company’s main manufacturing plans, Scotland’s largest airport and one of the main ports in Wales all featuring on the shortlist. But the sites have made it to this stage as they have showcased a strong base of local support, their area’s thriving supply chain, convenient connectivity links and the potential to tap into a skilled workforce.
The sites have been selected from a longlist of 65, all of which were visited during a nationwide tour which concluded in the summer of 2018.
Supporting businesses across the UK
Heathrow expansion is a major national infrastructure project that will require expertise from every part of Britain. That is why we are locating four logistics hubs – off-site centres for pre-assembly and consolidation – across the country, to help deliver expansion efficiently, sustainably, and to source the skills we need to expand from all across the UK.
Following visits to potential sites across the UK, we will announce the final locations of our offsite logistics hubs next year which will ensure the benefits of construction are shared across the country, harnessing the talent and resources of Britain’s firms and leaving a legacy of construction skills and infrastructure nationwide.
These revolutionary hubs represent a significant step change in the way national infrastructure is built, with Heathrow expansion being the first major infrastructure project in Britain to pioneer their use on a large scale. They will enable businesses across the country to have the opportunity to get involved in Heathrow expansion, helping to rebalance Britain’s economy for the long-term.
How will our logistics hubs work?
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 off-site as possible.
The hubs will work by pre-assembling components off-site 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.
Over 100 sites from across Britain applied for the chance to host a hub and upskill their communities with a world-class construction legacy for decades to come.