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Gatwick names architects selected for £1.15bn framework

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Pascall + Watson, 3DReid and Atkins have been chosen for an architectural framework supporting Gatwick’s planned £1.15 billion regeneration

Last week (4 August) the airport announced the selection of 18 consultancies to carry out design and management work across its planned transformation.

Aecom, Arcadis, Arup, Jacobs and WSP are also among the firms to have been picked across two frameworks covering design, project management and commercial management work for the next five years.

Earlier this week Gatwick launched its Capital Investment Programme, which outlined more than £1.15bn of upgrades and enhancements to be carried out at the airport by 2022.

The announcement came three years after Terry Farrell unveiled ‘state-of-the-art’ designs for an expanded £7 billion Gatwick Airport featuring two runways.

The airport is pushing ahead with an ambitious expansion despite the government’s decision to approve a new third runway at Heathrow instead of at Gatwick.

Firms previously involved in the site include HOK, which was appointed ‘master architect’ for a £1 billion overhaul of the complex in 2011.

Worth up to £75 million in total, the latest three frameworks cover medium-to-high complexity projects, low complexity works and airport planning.

The framework – valued at up to £30 million – covers projects worth less than £5 million including new builds, extensions, fit-outs and refurbishments.

Arup, Jacobs, RPS, WSP and Chapman Taylor/Arcadis have all won places on the medium/high complexity design lot, while WSP and Jacobs also landed spots on the structures and civils lot alongside Amey, Ramboll and RPS.

The M&E lot sees WSP joined by Cundall, Hulley & Kirkwood and TSP, with Pascall + Watson, Atkins and 3D Reid named as the transformation programme’s three architects.

The design frameworks will last for five years, with the option to extend by a further two.

Gatwick design and engineering framework winners


Low Complexity Architecture

Low Complexity Structures & Civils

Low Complexity Engineering (M&E)

Medium/High Complexity Design


















Hulley & Kirkwood









Pascall + Watson





















Alongside the design lots, Gatwick has also chosen seven firms to provide commercial and project management support over the next four years.

The professional services framework winners are Aecom, Arcadis, Currie & Brown, Doig and Smith, Faithful + Gould, Robinson Low Francis and WSP.

Each firm will support Gatwick’s client team over the next four years on jobs such as contract administration, cost engineering, estimating, planning and project management.

Projects under the airport’s £1.15 billion programme include the £150 million extension of pier 6, the £66 million resurfacing of the project’s main runway and more than £150 million in upgrades of the airport’s car parks.

Gatwick has pledged to invest more than £240 million over the next 12 months.

The consultants will work with the 17 contractors selected by Gatwick last year for its £750 million construction frameworks. Balfour Beatty, Bam Nuttall, Kier, Murphy, Vinci and Wates were among the contractors to land places on the framework in July 2016.

Gatwick director of construction Raymond Melee said: ’It’s an exciting time at Gatwick as we kick off our five-year Capital Investment Programme with £1.15 billion committed up to 2022 and £240 million planned for 2017/18 alone.

’We are half-way through a £2.7 billion transformation programme as we plan for more growth and improved efficiency, while also maintaining our record levels of passenger satisfaction.

‘I look forward to working with these specialists to boost our in-house teams as we move through the various stages of our projects.’


Readers' comments (2)

  • Let's hope Terry Farrell's runway expansion proposition is retained and eventually delivered -- instead of the dozy Heathrow addition that will be out-of-date before construction starts.

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