Airport growth to focus on supporting British supply chain
Speaking at London Build 2016, Heathrow’s development director Phil Wilbraham stated that British businesses of all sizes would benefit from the decision from day one of the Heathrow expansion project. This is set to become the largest privately-funded infrastructure project in Europe, and seeks to be delivered as a framework, maximising opportunities for British businesses.
Heathrow has already made several commitments to British industry, including:
- Spending 95% of the expansion procurement budget with businesses within the British supply chain, including 60% outside the London area
- Pledging to follow new public sector procurement rules regarding the purchasing of steel, supporting around 700 jobs in the British steel industry
- Opening a number of new supply chain hubs in the UK to help construct the new runway, including a site in Scotland
- Creating a Procurement Forum of leaders in industry to secure supply chain opportunities in the UK, both during and after construction
The Heathrow expansion project aims to help address the skills gap and deliver a legacy for future generations. Heathrow aims to have doubled the number of apprenticeships across the airport, helping 10,000 young people to secure airport careers by 2030. The project could create up to 180,00 jobs and generate up to £211 billion of economic benefits.
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