Airside building at the South East England airport is to double in size


Bechtel has won the job to deliver Gatwick’s £180m expansion of one of the airport’s airside buildings in the North Terminal, Pier 6.

The project includes moving the stand at Pier 6 for the world’s largest aircraft, the A380, to a new stand at Pier 5 and the widening and realignment of a taxiway to enable the A380 to move between the runway and its new stand.

US-based Bechtel will start on site next year in a construction management role, with work expected to completed in early 2022.

The scheme is part of a £2.7bn investment programme by Gatwick’s investment fund owners, who include Global Infrastructure Partners.

Raymond Melee, Gatwick’s construction director, said the project was one of the most important programmes of work in the airport’s current capital investment scheme.

Bechtel’s UK managing director, Paul Gibbs, said construction work would be sequenced with the airport’s timetable in order to minimise disruption to passengers.