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Heathrow visits Greater Manchester on tour of sites bidding to build new runway

A delegation from Heathrow will visit Greater Manchester today (13 April) as part of its tour of sites bidding to build the airport’s new runway.

MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, will coordinate the delegation’s visit to potential ‘Logistics Hubs’ in Bolton and Rochdale.

Heathrow representatives will visit eight longlisted sites across the North West region in the next few months, and aim to open a pre-qualification questionnaire process later this year.

During each visit, the prospective Logistics Hub will have the opportunity to demonstrate the strengths of their proposal as an offsite construction centre.

Heathrow is pioneering Logistics Hubs for its third runway, where components of the airport will be pre-assembled before being transported in consolidated loads to the airport.

Lord Deighton, chairman at Heathrow Airport, says: “Heathrow expansion is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the UK construction industry, build for the future and deliver a lasting skills legacy for future generations.

“All of this comes at a pivotal time for our country, as it prepares itself to leave the EU and where we need to build for our future in both travel and trade.

Tim Newns, chief executive officer of MIDAS, adds: “As a longlisted destination, Greater Manchester welcomes today’s site tour as the next step in Heathrow expansion and the opportunity to transform the UK construction industry.

“We believe Greater Manchester represents an ideal location for one of Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs.”

The eight longlisted sites across the North West region are:

  • Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
  • Cammell Laird, MEA Park Wirral Waters
  • Airport City Manchester
  • Kingsway, Rochdale
  • Logistics North, Bolton
  • Port Salford
  • Port of Liverpool
  • Sellafield, Lillyhall Industrial Estate, Workington