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Four Scottish locations on shortlist for Heathrow hubs


Heathrow’s expansion is spreading work across the UK


Four sites in Scotland are among 18 across the UK identified by Heathrow airport as potential construction hubs that will help deliver its £16 billion third runway and expanded facilities.

The Scottish sites are Prestwick Airport, Mossend International Rail Freight Park, and the Babcock and Forth Ports facilities in Rosyth.  Other locations include a former Michelin factory in Northern Ireland, and the port in Cardiff.

The shortlist will be reduced to a final four early next year, ahead of work starting in 2021, and Scotland is the only part of the UK which is guaranteed to host one of the new hubs, thanks to an agreement between Heathrow and the Scottish Government.

Heathrow will also hold a business summit in Edinburgh on 10 October to provide small firms with more information.

Heathrow said those on the latest shortlist “showcased a strong base of local support, their area’s thriving supply chain, convenient connectivity links and the potential to tap into a skilled workforce”.

This innovative approach to construction being adopted by the UK’s busiest airport is hoped to make the project more affordable and sustainable by transporting assembled components in consolidated loads.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s executive director for expansion, said the logistic hubs were crucial in the role they played in ensuring that the third runway delivered for every corner of the UK.

“Logistics hubs are also integral to harnessing the skills the UK needs post-Brexit,” she added. “We are working with other major infrastructure projects to see if they might also benefit from these hubs, creating a bright, new future for the UK’s construction sector. One in which we’re better utilising new technology and offsite techniques to spread the benefits of major projects like expansion nationwide.”

The next stage of the competition comes in the autumn when the shortlisted sites will have the opportunity to pitch to the airport’s bosses for their chance to become one of the final four construction centres.

The 18-strong shortlist:

Promoter Site Name Region
Amalga Limited Iver Hub South East
Amalga Limited Burton Superhub West Midlands
Associated British Ports Port of Cardiff Wales
Babcock Marine Rosyth Limited Rosyth Dockyard Scotland
Balfour Beatty Birch Coppice Industrial Estate West Midlands
British Steel British Steel – Brigg Road Yorkshire & Humber
Forth Ports Limited Forth Ports Rosyth Scotland
Glasgow Prestwick Airport Ayrshire Logistics Hub Scotland
John Graham Construction Limited Michelin Site, Silverwood Business Park Northern Ireland
MJM Marine Ltd Ballykelly Northern Ireland
Peter D Stirling Mossend International Rail freight Park (MIRP) Scotland
Mckeating (Energy Coast West Cumbria Ltd) Lillyhall Industrial Estate North West
Severfield UK Ltd Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate Yorkshire & Humber
Tarmac Trading Ltd Tarmac Westbury Works South West
Tarmac Trading Ltd Tarmac Hindlow Quarry East Midlands
Tarmac Trading Ltd Tarmac Thrislington Works North East
TATA Steel UK Ltd TATA Shotton Deeside Wales
Wincanton Wincanton Greenford London


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