Communities across the UK have put forward more than 120 potential locations for the new Heathrow logistics hub.
In April, the airport invited bids to demonstrate how each site would be able to help build a new runway at the airport by hosting one of four UK logistics hubs.
The hubs will allow Heathrow to promote small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and ensure that the entire country benefits from the airport expansion by decentralising the supply chain.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Expanding Heathrow is an once-in-a-lifetime chance to really boost growth across Britain – and not just with more capacity at the nation’s hub airport, but from building it.
"Communities across the UK have put forward more than 120 potential locations for the new Heathrow logistics hub and we couldn’t be more impressed by the applicants."
"Together we’ll build an expanded Heathrow – boosting growth outside London, leaving a world-class construction legacy for the UK and delivering expansion faster, cheaper and with less impact on our local communities.”
The logistics hubs will work by pre-assembling components off-site before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow Airport.
This will help bolster the project’s efficiency and reduce carbon emissions as the components will be transported on-site in fewer vehicles.
Earlier this year, WPI Economics conducted a study revealing that the integration of an off-site manufacturing supply chain into a major project might be capable of reducing the overall cost of the project by as much as 25% and speed up the delivery by up to 30%.
A list of potential sites is expected to be announced later this year.
Image source: International arrivals at Heathrow Airport. Photo: courtesy of Heathrow Airports Limited.