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Heathrow opens bidding for offsite hubs

Heathrow Airport has opened bidding for the 65 sites vying to be picked as one of four offsite logistics hubs for the airport’s £14bn third runway project.

The airport has opened the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) process to determine which sites will make the shortlist early next year.

The sites will be asked to demonstrate how they can help advance Heathrow’s ambition to utilise offsite construction for the airport’s third runway project.

Heathrow is pressing ahead with plans to use large-scale logistics hubs to build as much of the third runway as possible.

According to the airport, Heathrow will also examine each site’s ability to work with three other locations to deliver the third runway.

The expansion project will have four sites either assembling components for the expanded airport, or serving as a consolidation centre for these loads before they are transported to Heathrow, helping to reduce the project’s impact on local communities.

Of the 65 potential sites, 50 are existing or functioning sites.

The other 15 are either undeveloped or proposed facilities with the potential for additional flexibility and customisation, essentially allowing for these sites to be purpose-built.

Heathrow executive director for expansion Emma Gilthorpe said: “These responses will help us understand which sites will best work for the expansion programme as well as for future construction projects.

“When we began this search last year, we were inspired by just how many locations up and down the country were interested in playing a role in delivering the third runway.

“This shows the great potential there is for offsite construction to revolutionise the way major infrastructure is delivered in the UK.”

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