Gatwick has chosen three consultants for a key planning framework covering the design and management of existing infrastructure as part of a £2.5bn upgrade.
Arup, Atkins and Jacobs have all secured places on the airport’s planning and services framework, which will cover the next five years.
The three firms will be required to assist the airport with capacity assessments and the use of existing infrastructure to accommodate future passenger growth.
Gatwick is halfway through a £2.5bn transformation programme to improve passenger experience and boost its number of airline partners and cargo-handling facilities.
Next year alone will see the airport invest more than £240m in improving existing infrastructure and existing facilities.
Arup, Atkins and Jacobs will design layouts for Gatwick’s terminals, plan what extra infrastructure is needed to deal with passenger growth, and provide simulation modelling to understand passenger and vehicle flows.
Gatwick’s chief planning officer Tim Norwood said: “The award of this framework sends a clear message that Gatwick is committed to continued growth, despite the constraints of the single runway and our existing infrastructure.
“We will always look for clever ways to improve passenger processes while being focused on what people want, and it’s important to work with specialists in this field to understand some of the critical flows of the airport.”
Currently Gatwick is handling 44m passengers a year and said that significant growth from long-haul flights meant better planning will be required to better utilise existing infrastructure to accommodate passengers.
Atkins and Jacobs were picked in 2010 on Gatwick’s professional services framework to assist with the airport’s £1.1bn capital investment programme.
The contract award comes ahead of Gatwick publishing its capital investment plan, which will outline all of the major construction projects planned for the airport over the next five years.