Gatwick announces contractors for construction frameworks

As its £1.2bn capital investment programme launches, Gatwick Airport has today announced the list of 17 preferred contractors for construction and engineering    projects. 

Contractors have been awarded agreements for low and medium complexity frameworks to deliver projects as part of the new capital investment programme over the next five years.

Gatwick facilitates more than 41 million passenger journeys per year, which is around a decade ahead of predicted passenger demand. All new investment projects will be focused on expanding the existing airport infrastructure as well as increasing future passenger capacity. 

Amidst the wait for a governmental decision on Gatwick’s proposal for a second runway, this investment in infrastructure is seen as vital to keep up with the airport's record growth.

With the new capital investment programme bringing an additional £200 million in expenditure, the five-year project total is projected at £1.2 billion until 2021.

Liz Townsend, head of procurement at Gatwick Airport, said: "We have appointed a framework of competent, cost effective contractors, including a range of different business models, to give us maximum flexibility.” The 17 preferred contractors were chosen from 127 companies that submitted the required pre-qualification information. 

“These contractors will help Gatwick deliver on the next phase of transformation, which has already seen £1.3 billion invested since Gatwick entered private ownership in 2009,” Townsend said.

The list of 17 preferred contractors is as follows:

• Vinci

• Galliford Try

• Balfour Beatty

• Volker Fitzpatrick

• Interserve

• Harvey Group

• Murphy

• Kier

• Wates

• Marco

• Dyer & Butler

• Colas

• BAM Nuttall

• Raymond Brown

• Gratte Bros

• SSE Contracting

• Ergro

The chosen contractors comply with Gatwick’s policy of sustainable procurement, consisting of mid to large size firms sourced both locally and nationally. In order to ensure that Gatwick’s ambition to become the UK’s most sustainable airport is achieved, all contractors must contribute to the airport’s ‘Decade of Change’ objectives to manage and track environmental and sustainability impact.

The new frameworks also allow for a change in procurement strategy so that Gatwick is able to develop its own supply chain and work closely with preferred contractors to achieve best results. Each of the new frameworks emphasises collaboration through the establishment of ‘joint forums' consisting of contractors as well as Gatwick delivery teams. 

This collaboration includes mutual agreement on key performance indicators for both the project and programme level on issues around quality, behaviour, environment, health and safety, cost, and on-time delivery.