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Vinci appointed to £184m Gatwick Airport deal

Gatwick Airport has awarded Vinci a £183.9m deal to transform Pier 1 in the South Terminal.

The project will involve the demolition of the existing Pier 1 in the new year to make way for the new building.

Due to open in summer 2015, the new building will house a new baggage system and new gate-rooms for passengers, and will be linked to five new aircraft stands by air-bridges. The project will also encompass taxi-way improvements on the airfield.

The new two-storey building will hold a new baggage system that will enable bags to be processed faster and give airlines the opportunity to use automated fast-bag drops.

On the first phase of the project, Mace was employed last year in a £17.7m deal to build new hold baggage screening systems in the South Terminal.

CN revealed in August that Morgan Sindall had landed the £16.75m South Terminal Airside Development project for refurbishment work and preparation for the demolition and rebuild of the new Pier 1.

There are 10 contractors on Gatwick’s £1.2bn framework for upgrades and improvement. CN revealed Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty, Willmott Dixon, Volker Fitzpatrick, Costain, Carillion, Bouygues and Mace were the others named on the four-year deal in 2011.

Carillion landed a £75m contract to carry out reconfiguration of Pier 5 at Gatwick in February.

Gatwick Airport head of piers and infrastructure Ben Green said: “Over the last two years we have been transforming Gatwick, both in the service we provide and structurally to become London’s airport of choice.

“This project is our boldest step yet and we are delighted that Vinci Construction is on board. With extensive experience of working in airfield environments, they will help drive efficiency and quality as we work hard to safely deliver a dynamic new building.”

Vinci Construction UK air division regional director Jason Griffiths said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver this prestigious project for Gatwick Airport.

“Our extensive expertise in air infrastructure will ensure we can work closely with Gatwick Airport to complete the complex works within a live operational environment and to the highest standards of safety and quality.”

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