Heathrow plans to use its £16bn expansion to drive growth in offsite construction across the UK.
Heathrow bosses are hunting for the location of four new offsite logistics hubs and inviting firms and local authorities to compete to host them.
The hubs are seen as the key to Heathrow’s plans for building as much offsite as possible, with the aim of making the project more affordable and environmentally sustainable while driving growth across Britain.
The new facilities will pre-assemble components for the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow.
Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye (pictured above) announced the offsite plans as new research from economic consultancy WPI Economics said that growth in the sector could lead to a £15bn boost for the construction industry outside London by 2020 alone.
Holland-Kaye said: “The global construction industry is set to be worth £15tr by 2025 – that’s a huge prize that Britain deserves a bigger share of and Heathrow can help. We want to use Heathrow expansion to not only upgrade Britain’s infrastructure, but cultivate a new world-leading sector and drive growth across the whole country.
“Boosting offsite construction will help make expansion more affordable and environmentally friendly and give Britain a lasting legacy of expertise that it can sell around the world – helping Britain lead the pack in global construction.”
Those interested in bidding for the offsite hubs should register their interest and complete the Expression of Interest questionnaire before 31 July 2017.