Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty and Severfield among list whittled down from 121 applications

Sites proposed by Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty and Severfield are in the running as potential off-site logistics hubs for the £16bn expansion programme at Heathrow Airport.

The 65-long list of sites have been chosen from 121 applications published in September and once finalised, the final four selected locations will pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow. It initally invited bids to support the construction of the planned third runway in April. 

Heathrow said this expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs.

It added these hubs will reduce emissions through transporting the assembled components to site in few lorries, delivering expansion faster, more affordably and minimising impact on local communities.

Research by WPI Economics earlier this year revealed that integrating an off-site manufacturing supply chain into a major project has the potential to reduce the overall cost of the project by as much as 25% whilst speeding up delivery by up to 30%.

Heathrow chairman Lord Deighton said: “As the UK leaves the EU, Heathrow is an essential infrastructure project that will ensure Britain remains an open trading nation.

“Our aim, to harness the skills we need through long-term projects such as the Logistics Hubs and Business Summits, will drive jobs and investment leaving a legacy of increased productivity for the construction sector.

“The third runway is not a London centric project – it is one we are opening up to the whole of the UK, asking for its skills and expertise to help build an asset this country so desperately needs to safeguard its future prosperity.”


Logistic hub site bids full list: 

East Midlands 

Corby Land and Development Ltd, Midlands Logistics Park

Laing O’Rourke, Explore Industrial Park

Prologis UK Ltd,Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal

SEGRO Plc, SEGRO Logistics Park  

Tarmac Trading Ltd, Tarmac Hindlow Quarry 


East of England 

Opportunity Peterborough, Roxhill Scheme At Gateway

Peel Ports Investments Ltd, Port of Great Yarmouth



London Borough of Havering, Beam Reach 6

Wincanton, Wincanton Greenford 


North East

Tarmac Trading Ltd, Tarmac Thrislington Works  

Tees Valley Combined Authority, South Tees Development Corporation


North West

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, Cammell Laird, Campbeltown Road  

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, MEA Park Wirral Waters, Beaufort Road

MIDAS, Airport City

MIDAS, Kingsway Rochdale

MIDAS, Logistics North Bolton

MIDAS, Port Salford

Peel Ports Investments Ltd, Port of Liverpool

Sellafield Ltd, Lillyhall Industrial Estate


Northern Ireland

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, North Foreshore

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Silverwood Business Park

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Belfast International Airport

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Global Point Business Park  

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Michelin Tyre 

MJM Marine ltd, Shackleton Barracks 



Babcock Marine Rosyth Limited, Rosyth Business Park

Forth Ports Limited, Forth Ports Rosyth

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Renfrewshire Council, Eurocentral / Mossend

Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA)/Westway site

Renfrewshire Council, Queenslie Industrial Estate

Scottish Enterprise, Hunterston

Scottish Enterprise, Longannet

Scottish Enterprise, Mossend

Scottish Enterprise, Westfield


South East

Amalga Limited, Ridgeway Distribution Centre 

Peel Ports Investments Ltd, London Medway


South West

Invest Bristol Bath/The West of England Combined Authority, Avonmouth

Invest Bristol Bath/The West of England Combined Authority, Severnside

Sedgemoor District Council, Royal Ordnance Factory

Tarmac Trading Ltd, Tarmac Westbury Works 



Welsh Government, ABP Port Site, Cardiff

Welsh Government, ABP Port Site, Newport

Welsh Government, The Airfields - Northern Gateway, Deeside

Welsh Government, Brocastle, Bridgend

Welsh Government, Rhyd Y Blew, Ebbw Vale

Welsh Government, Llanwern Newport

Welsh Government, TATA Shotton Deeside


West Midlands

Amalga Limited, Palletforce SuperHub

Balfour Beatty, Birch Coppice Industrial Estate

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Chatterley Valley West

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Highgate Ravensdale

Telford & Wrekin Council, Land at Hortonwood

Telford & Wrekin Council, Property at Railfreight Terminal


Yorkshire and the Humber

Bishopdyke Enterprises Limited, JCT 42 A1(M) - Sherburn in Elmet

British Steel, British Steel - Brigg Road

Doncaster Sheffield Airport Ltd, Aero Centre Yorkshire 

Leeds Bradford Airport Ltd, Leeds Bradford Airport / Logic Leeds 

Severfield UK Ltd, Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate  

Sheffield City Region, 31 East  

Sheffield City Region, Ashroyd Business Park

Sheffield City Region, Enterprise 36  

Sheffield City Region, Former Maltby Colliery  

Sheffield City Region, iPort

Sheffield City Region, J5M16Unity