British design and engineering firm Atkins has been awarded a set of five major contracts to support the sustainable expansion programme at Heathrow Airport in the UK.

Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, is part of Heathrow Airport’s Integrated Design Team and will serve as the lead consultant for these contracts.

It will be responsible for offering design and advisory services to Heathrow, which is set to launch a further public consultation in June this year and submit the Development Consent Order application in 2020.

Heathrow design head Barry Weeks said: “We see the IDT as the perfect vehicle to drive and develop the way Heathrow works with its supply chain and industry partners to provide long-term value to its customers.

“As we continue to design plans for Heathrow’s sustainable expansion, this collaborative delivery model will allow us to work at pace and with agility.”

“Having hit the ground running, the IDT continues to play a pivotal role in supporting and shaping our vision for a sustainable expansion.”

Atkins will offer advice on several aspects of the project, including the manufacture and assembly design, modern construction methods, and temporary infrastructure design for airport connectivity.

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For all five contracts, the company will receive support from its integrated design partners of Arup, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs, Quod and Woods Group, along with WSP and Buro Happold.

Atkins aviation market director Steve Tasker said: “As we continue to design plans for Heathrow’s sustainable expansion, this collaborative delivery model will allow us to work at pace and with agility.

“As one of seven consultants in the integrated design team, we’re designing interdependent assets on a scale not seen before in our industry and in a manner that will set the benchmark for future major infrastructure programmes.”

Atkins has previously provided Heathrow with design solutions for the airport’s IT and asset management programmes and its digital transformation journey.

In March, Heathrow unveiled a list of 18 sites that qualify to host factories and yards to build components for its third runway project.