Heathrow now claiming (!!?) its 3rd runway would cut number of suicides in the regions, (due to a few short term jobs…).

Heathrow somewhat “scraping the bottom of the barrel” here.  Heathrow is trying to make out that providing a little work for people, currently with insecure jobs, in the regions, will reduce the suicide risk. Heathrow says components will (sic) be assembled off-site at one of the hubs before being transported in consolidated loads to Heathrow as they are needed. Heathrow Airport expansion delivery director Rob Ewen told the New Civil Engineer Airport’s conference that rebalancing workers’ quality of life could address the industry’s suicide rates, which are higher than any other trade…. Bit of a long shot ….. ?  Heathrow has dangled the carrot of four “manufacturing hubs” in the regions, where some materials for the expansion of the airport, would be made or assembled etc.  To do this, the regions trying to be chosen for the hub sites have to support Heathrow expansion, be uncritical of it etc.  Out of all the dozens of applicants, probably only four will be chosen – with no decision made any time soon. Fair enough, a few short term jobs would be created. But does this really justify a claim about suicides?   Would the jobs be secure, long-term, well paid, with a career structure?  Time will tell.  Just another of the claims made about jobs …. which often fall far short of what is anticipated …

Heathrow off-site manufacturing could ‘lower suicide rates’

23 APRIL, 2018
BY JESS CLARK  (New Civil Engineer)
Heathrow’s approach to off-site manufacturing hubs could boost construction workers’ wellbeing and lower suicide rates, according to the airport’s expansion director.
Heathrow Airport expansion delivery director Rob Ewen told the New Civil Engineer Airport’s conference that rebalancing workers’ quality of life could address the industry’s suicide rates, which are higher than any other trade.
Last year an Office for National Statistics report found that the risk of suicide among low-skilled male labourers, particularly in construction roles, was three times higher than the male national average.
“We ask them to work in poor conditions, we ask them to get in a van every Monday, to come to London to live in some little bed and breakfast dive and have to go home at the weekend and not live their lives in a balanced way,” Ewen said.
He added: “That suicide rate is a function of us expecting people to do things in low-esteem, poor conditions. If we do things in factory and the assembly process becomes a semi-skilled process, then we’ve got a far better situation.”
The hubs are a part of a plan to promote small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) by de-centralising the supply chain and aim to increase efficiency and cut emissions. The hubs will help deliver the construction of a third runway at Heathrow,
Components will be assembled off-site at one of the hubs before being transported in consolidated loads to Heathrow as they are needed.
Heathrow Airport will be looking for businesses to demonstrate a skilled workforce, good transport links to Heathrow and an ability to collaborate on a nationally important infrastructure scheme.

See earlier:  (Remember Heathrow said earlier it would choose the winners by the end of 2017 – it likes to keep them guessing, and keep them supporting the runway…!)

Heathrow seeks Logistics Hubs sites

9 Feb 18 (UK Construction online)

Heathrow Airport has launched its search for partner logistics hubs, which will aid in the expansion of the airport.

Airport representatives will tour 65 sites across the UK to help identify potential logistics hub sites, which will contribute to the construction of Britain’s new runway.

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 as and when required. This method will boost the project’s efficiency and cut emissions by transporting components to site in fewer lorries.

Heathrow Airport has launched its search for partner logistics hubs, which will aid in the expansion of the airport.

Research by WPI Economics revealed that integrating an off-site manufacturing supply chain into a major project has the potential to reduce the overall cost of the project by as much as 25% whilst speeding up delivery by up to 30%.

It is hoped that the use of these Logistics Hubs will help mitigate the impacts of construction on communities around Heathrow and spread the economic benefits across the UK. Final sites will not only contribute to building a construction legacy across the UK, but will be part of a productivity boost to construction outside of London worth £30Bn.

The tour of longlisted sites is the latest major milestone in the delivery of Heathrow expansion, coming ahead of an expected Parliamentary vote on the policy framework in the first half of this year.

During the tour, airport representatives will meet the businesses applying to become a key part of the expansion supply chain strategy. The Logistics Hubs will have the opportunity to demonstrate strengths in a range of areas, as Britain’s only hub airport seeks out the best businesses to partner with and deliver Heathrow expansion. Bidders will not only need to illustrate engineering prowess, they will also need to demonstrate a skilled and dedicated workforce, capability to collaborate on the nationwide project and good connectivity allowing output to be easily transported to Heathrow.

These Logistics Hubs are essential in ensuring Heathrow expansion delivers for the whole country by spreading jobs, boosting productivity and modernising the construction industry outside of London and the South East. They will ensure that 60% of procurement spend will be outside of London, spreading the benefits of local investment up and down the country. As well as the direct benefits, new research from WPI Economics shows that, if adopted more widely, the approach could spur growth in off-site construction and lead to a productivity boost worth £30Bn for the industry outside of London by 2025.

Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs feature in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, listed as an example of how to develop skills across the UK and create conditions where successful businesses can emerge. Heathrow has also begun working with other major infrastructure companies to explore how the final sites could be used for future projects.

Lord Deighton, Chairman at Heathrow Airport said: “Heathrow Expansion is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the UK construction industry, build for the future and deliver a lasting skills legacy for future generations. All of this comes at a pivotal time for our country, as it prepares itself to leave the EU and where we need to build for our future in both travel and trade.

“An expanded Heathrow is for all of Britain and the Logistics Hubs are instrumental in our aim to ensure that expansion spreads the huge potential of its £187Bn in economic benefits across the UK, whilst minimising the impact on the airport’s local communities. Off-site construction is an innovative way for these balances to be met and we can’t wait to see for ourselves the opportunity we have in working with the best businesses in the country.”


See earlier:

No 3rd Runway Coalition letter in Yorkshire Post: “Few benefits for regions if Heathrow is allowed to expand”

In a letter by the No 3rd Runway Coalition (NoR3)  in the Yorkshire Post, they explain how Heathrow has been conducting a variety of lavishly funded public relations exercises to counter the widely held perception that its expansion would be yet another South-East-centric project, which can only further entrench the UK’s economic divisions. So Heathrow has claimed that a number of regions will become “logistic” hubs for the 3rd runway’s construction. Just 4 of these “hubs” will be chosen, but 65 regions are invited to bid – building up their hopes (and driving support for the runway). The NoR3 coalition say “By the time the 61 losers learn who they are, it is hoped that their regional leaders will have sold their souls, speaking up Heathrow expansion, to curry favour with the airport. Clever. But cynical. Equally contemptuous is the way in which Heathrow is using this stunt to claim economic benefits for the country, which is knows is not supported by the latest figures.” The correct figures for economic benefits for the UK from the runway are tiny (NPV – when costs are taken into account – of just £3.3 billion, for all the UK over 60 years, or even a negative figure…) and it is likely any possible benefits will be for the South East. Not the regions. Regional business people need to ask serious questions of Heathrow (and the DfT) on the reality of purported jobs and investment.   



Heathrow plans 4 regional construction hubs for proposed runway, to give the impression of spreading jobs around UK

Four UK construction hubs are being sought by Heathrow to allow components of its £16bn expansion project to be built away from the airport. The logistics hubs will pre-assemble components for the proposed 3rd runway before transporting them to the airport. Heathrow claims this will make the project cheaper, and provide some jobs to other parts of the country. This form of construction may have been used in the housebuilding sector but had only had a “limited” role in major British infrastructure projects. The areas to have these construction hubs need to have good connectivity (road, rail?), have “a relevant supply chain and strong local skills”.  Areas need to apply by July 31st, with a list of potential sites expected to be announced later this year.  The airport can only start submitting its development consent order if the NPS is voted for in Parliament, and if the government wins the legal challenges. That could not be before spring 2018. Heathrow hopes, perhaps unrealistically, to have its runway built and working by 2025. Heathrow says it has used off-site locations before, with large parts of the structural steelwork for Terminal 2 building constructed in Yorkshire and Lancashire. In October 2016 the Scottish government said: “Heathrow will work with the Scottish Government to investigate Glasgow Prestwick Airport as a potential site for a logistics hub to support the building of the third runway.”  No mention of that now?




Bristol region bidding to become one of 4 construction partners in Heathrow expansion

Heathrow announced in April that it planned to have four construction hubs to allow components of its 3rd runway expansion project. These logistics hubs would pre-assemble components for the proposed building work before transporting them to the airport. Heathrow claims this will make the project cheaper, and provide some jobs and some economic benefits to other parts of the country.  Now Bristol is hoping to be one of these hubs.  The West of England Combined Authority (Weca) – which includes Bristol, B&NES and South Gloucestershire – has placed a bid to be one of the hubs. The announcement was made by Metro Mayor Tim Bowles at a Weca meeting on 26th July where he revealed he had recently met with CEO of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye. The earliest that work on the 3rd runway expansion could start would be 2020, and there are many hurdles for the project to get through first. Bristol hopes it has a good chance of being selected, as it is not too far from London and has strong port, rail and road links. The Metro Mayor is keen for the potential partnership to be about more than just physical materials, he would also like the West of England to contribute to the technological development of the airport.  A shortlist of candidates to be hubs is expected to be published later this year.