Construction and logistics management

The expansion of Heathrow will require a number of construction projects to take place at the same time, an extensive supply chain and a large labour force.

Logistics hubs

To spread the economic benefits of expansion across the UK, we plan to build some elements of the Project at other sites, some distance from Heathrow. These sites are called ‘logistics hubs’. These do not form part of our proposed Development Consent Order (DCO) but will have an important role in the delivery of Heathrow’s expansion.

The logistics hubs will be used to pre-build some parts of the Project before transporting them in consolidated loads to the construction site, reducing the number of vehicle trips that would otherwise be required. The hubs will play a key role in supporting efficient delivery of the Project and are expected to help to reduce the effects of construction on our local communities.

In March 2019 we announced our shortlist of 18 logistics hubs across the UK. These were selected due to their connectivity, skilled local workforce and the strong support for them in their local areas.

Four logistics hubs will be chosen in 2020. These will provide jobs and other economic opportunities in their local areas that could have far reaching benefits.

Construction Support Sites

We are aiming to keep construction activities within areas of land which we require permanently for the Project. Where this is not possible we have identified areas of land which we will require temporarily throughout the construction phase, known as Construction Support Sites.

To help reduce our effects on the local environment, communities and the road network, Construction Support Sites will be located along main access roads and as close as possible to main construction areas. They will include facilities such as construction compounds, temporary parking and workforce facilities.

You can read more about our Construction Support Sites in the Construction Proposals document and the Updated Scheme Development Report.

Location of proposed Construction Support Sites

Feedback from previous consultations

Following feedback from Airport Expansion Consultation One in January 2018 we have reduced the footprint and number of Construction Support Sites to minimise effects on the communities surrounding the airport.

For example, CS-1 has been split into two working areas either side of a protected corridor for Horton Brook and the eastern boundary has been revised to accommodate an historic walking route.

Site CS-10 has been reduced in size and moved as far north as possible to create a buffer with adjacent residential areas.

Site CS-13 has been reduced in size to provide ecological corridors in the north.

Management of construction traffic

We will implement a Construction Traffic Management Plan that will include traffic management measures and controls on construction vehicle types, hours of site operation and delivery routes for goods vehicles.

We will also implement a Construction Workforce Travel Plan that will include measures to encourage the use of sustainable travel modes by construction workers. Initiatives such as these would help to reduce effects on air quality, lower carbon emissions and manage congestion.

Construction access and circulation

We have developed routes for construction traffic which minimise the distance vehicles have to travel on public roads and provided dedicated construction routes away from highways.

For other local roads, such as town and village centres and high streets, access for construction traffic will be restricted but may at times be necessary for practical reasons. We will work closely with our contractors to manage and minimise any negative effects on our neighbours.

Separate construction road network

We will develop a number of temporary roads on site to transport earthworks. These will be used by construction traffic and will reduce our effects on local roads.

Managing the construction workforce

We expect that the majority of our workforce will live within a commutable distance of Heathrow and we are therefore not proposing to provide temporary purpose built accommodation. We do recognise that on other large projects, some of the construction workforce choose to live in their own mobile homes. Therefore, we propose to provide areas for mobile homes within some of the Construction Support Sites.

We may also use some of the accommodation which we need to acquire as part of the Project around the site to house the workforce.

We will develop a Worker Code of Conduct to set out standards of behaviour expected of our workforce towards our local communities.

Worksite security

We will work with our contractors to ensure that security measures are put in place around the site.

Temporary utilities

We will ensure temporary utilities are put in place such as drainage systems for run-off water from construction areas and a sewage system, electrical power and water for the construction workforce. We will put in place permanent utilities as early as possible to minimise the use of the temporary utilities.

Temporary buildings and structures

A range of buildings and structures will be required temporarily to support construction. This will include temporary offices, storage buildings and welfare facilities.

Working hours

Working hours will vary by activity and across different construction sites. Shift start and finish times will be staggered to reduce pressure on local transport services, roads and construction site infrastructure.

24-hour working, seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, will be required for activities directly related to ensuring that the new runway can be operational as soon as possible. In preparation for our DCO application, we will consider construction mitigation proposals to take account of the proposed working hours.

We will consider locations and activities where 24-hour working may cause unacceptable effects, and will propose reduced working hours, additional mitigation or activity restrictions in the Code of Construction Practice to be submitted as part of our DCO application where appropriate.

For more information please read sections 5 and 6 of the Construction Proposals document and our Draft Code of Construction Practice (CoCP). The draft CoCP also includes the Preliminary Outline Construction Traffic Management Plan and Preliminary Outline Construction Workforce Travel Plan. Please also read the Local neighbourhood pages for more information about construction and our local communities.