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Winners revealed for £1.2bn Gatwick framework

Ten firms have now secured places on Gatwick airport’s £1.2 billion framework programme for upgrades and improvement works, CN understands.

Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty, Willmott Dixon, Volker Fitzpatrick, Costain, Carillion, Bouygues, Mace and Vinci have all been included on the framework, joining Morgan Sindall who announced their appointment last week.

Works covered on the four-year deal include major projects such as upgrading terminal facilities, new aircraft piers, runway resurfacing, car park construction and modernising baggage systems.

New retail, security and immigration areas are also included.

The framework will let contracts of between £30 million and £50m on average and up to as much as £80m.

The airport is currently spending around £20m a month on its capital works programme.

In an interview with Construction News earlier this year, Gatwick director of capital projects Raymond Melee said Global Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of the airport from BAA would mean things were done differently.

“We’ve got some good contractors, but quite frankly, we’re looking to get better contractors,” he said.

“Since the acquisition, our method of project delivery has changed. Our core business is to operate and maintain airports so we know how we want the risk managed.

“Under the new contracts, we will be transferring more risk to contractors, but they are the experts, so it’s risk they know how to manage.”

Most of the successful bidders already have strong ties with the airport.

Morgan Sindall’s inclusion follows its appointment to build the £50m North Terminal extension at Gatwick, the first stage of which is due for completion next week.

Mace was appointed to the £17.7m upgrade of the baggage screening system in March this year and Vinci is currently working on Gatwick’s £16m South Terminal forecourt redevelopment and the Pier 2 development, worth £31m.

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