Date published: 3rd October 2016
  • Gatwick partners with Bechtel - a global leader in engineering, construction and project management
  • Bechtel confirms Gatwick’s ‘low risk’ second runway can be delivered by 2025
  • Sir Terry Farrell – designer of some of the world’s best airports - also on Gatwick’s team

Gatwick Airport has today announced a strategic partnership with Bechtel – the firm that project managed the Channel Tunnel, HS1 and which is currently providing programme management services for the on-time, on-budget completion of Crossrail – to deliver a second runway at Gatwick by 2025.

For the past two years Bechtel has been working with Gatwick Airport on developing a robust delivery programme, execution plan and logistics strategy to support the on-time delivery of a second runway and midfield terminal. As part of this planning work, Bechtel has confirmed that expansion at Gatwick Airport is low risk and benefits from minimal critical interfaces with existing infrastructure  - making it deliverable by 2025, with a government decision this year to expand Gatwick.

Bechtel is one of the world’s most respected engineering, construction and project management companies and has delivered nearly 100 major airport projects over the last 50 years.  The new partnership will see Bechtel project manage Gatwick’s second runway programme should the Government give it the green light.

Renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell has also been working on shaping Gatwick’s vision of a new runway and terminal facility for a number of years - and will work with Bechtel to bring the project to fruition.  Farrell led the design team for Incheon airport, which has been voted best airport in the world.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said:

“Bechtel is a global leader with a strong track record in delivering significant infrastructure projects and we look forward to working together to deliver the UK’s next runway.

“Gatwick expansion can happen quickly because it is simple and low risk with a dramatically lower environmental impact.

“A bigger Gatwick would generate the new long haul routes and the economic boost that Britain needs. It’s time for Gatwick to deliver the certainty and growth the UK needs.”

Bechtel’s General Manager for Infrastructure – EAM, Amjad Bangash said:

“We are delighted to be confirmed as Gatwick Airport’s partner for the second runway programme.

“We have provided Gatwick with robust plans for a second runway and are confident that this low risk project can be built to the highest quality, safely and sustainably - and that it can be operational by 2025.”


Notes to Editors: 

Prior to this strategic partnership Bechtel has been involved in the project management of a range of Gatwick’s £2.5 billion infrastructure improvement programme since the airport was broken up from BAA in 2009.  Examples include the redeveloped Pier 1 – a £186 million facility housing state-of-the-art baggage and early bag store systems, and a number of projects for the redevelopment of North terminal including the £85m terminal extension completed in 2012, the £80 million redevelopment of Pier 5, and a £36 million project to create the world’s largest self-service bag drop zone increasing peak check-in capacity from 3,000 to 4,350 passengers per hour.

About Bechtel

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

About Farrells

Farrells are internationally recognised architect planners. We have designed award-winning buildings and masterplans throughout the world for over half a century. Our specialism is high quality, mixed-use urban complexes, often based around transport interchanges. We are responsive, imaginative and skilled in design and have a passion for environmental sustainability, using resources wisely and creating resilient communities.

At Farrells we believe architecture and building design should always be informed by the context and ‘place’. We work collaboratively and our designers engage with the evolution, layering and everyday use of a place. The architecture grows organically, delivered through carefully considered processes starting with the big picture into the detail design and through construction, always responding to the needs of existing and new communities as well as our clients.

We have an unrivalled track record in securing planning consents and influencing public policy. The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, commissioned by the UK Government, was described by the Culture Minister as “the most thorough and wide-ranging exercise that has taken place in this sector for generations”.