The seven teams have each been awarded 4-year term contracts.
The appointment of the IDT follows the announcement of the partners in the Programme Client Team in March. These included: Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend.
Barry Weekes, Head of Design at Heathrow, said: “With their institutional knowledge of Heathrow, and proven record in building complex infrastructure projects, the members of the Integrated Design Team will allow us to hit the ground running to deliver Heathrow expansion.
“Their appointment is a significant milestone in what will be a fast paced design and engineering schedule. We are now well on our way to delivering Britain’s new runway, providing the additional capacity our country needs to maintain its place in the world as a prosperous, outward looking trading nation.”
Key airport design roles
Amec Foster Wheeler will continue to assist Heathrow with its sustainability strategies and Environmental Impact Assessment.
Arup will utilise its engineering expertise as well as continuing to lead Heathrow’s passenger experience and baggage improvement programmes.
Atkins was appointed for its engineering capability and record of delivering Heathrow’s IT and asset replacement programmes.
Grimshaw will work as Concept Architect within the IDT after the successful delivery of Terminal 2B
Jacobs will provide airport planning and engineering services and build on the work it has already done with Heathrow.
Mott MacDonald brings knowledge developing airport masterplans, as well as its significant engineering expertise.
Quod will offer its town and country planning consultants expertise and extensive knowledge on making successful DCO applications.
Heathrow hopes prematurely announcing “client partners” to build its hoped-for runway will boost its chances
Heathrow does not have any sort of (public) consent from the Government to build a third runway. It had hoped to be given the “nod” for its runway in December 2015. But the government realised there were too many environmental and economic problems that the Airports Commission had not dealt with adequately, and no decision could be made. The government is how hoping to make some sort of statement – probably in mid July. There is a likely major legal challenge from 4 local councils to the airport’s plans. Nevertheless, in an act of bravado (desperation?) Heathrow has announced that following “a competitive process Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend have been chosen to work alongside Heathrow Airport Limited to deliver Heathrow’s expansion as partners in the Programme Client….With the programme’s client partners now on board Heathrow is ready to begin the process of expansion as soon as Government gives the green light.” … “The client partners have been tasked with ensuring the programme is delivered to the highest industry standards in planning, innovation and quality.” Quite what the contract is between Heathrow and these firms is not specified. Critics say Heathrow is jumping the gun, and “counting some very expensive chickens before they are hatched”. Gatwick is also trying the same sort of thing.