BAM Nuttall Wins Contract at the London City Airport


The construction company BAM Nuttall has won an £85 million contract to deliver a new concrete deck extension for London City Airport. Part of the £480 million City Airport Development, the work will see the 75,000 m2 extension supported by over 1,000 concrete piles with steel casings.

The City Airport Development is supporting a new infrastructure that includes aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway, and an enhanced passenger terminal extension. In addition, it will deliver improved facilities for customers, an expanded offer of flights, and greater space to accommodate increasing passengers, enabling annual passengers to grow from the current 4.5 million to 6.5 million.

The airport will remain operational while the work will be carried out. Once the unexplored ordnance (UXO) survey is completed, the construction work can begin. The extension is expected to be delivered by early 2020.

“The contract is the first big step forward in the airport’s development programme, essentially creating new land that will provide the base upon which we will build the majority of the transformational infrastructure, including the extended terminal building and additional aircraft stands,” said Peter Adams, Chief Development Officer at London City Airport.

The new deck will consist of precast reinforced concrete planks with a reinforced concrete topping spanning onto precast concrete beams, which will be supported on more than 1,000 large diameter bored concrete piles with steel casings in the dock bed. Additional work will include the partial demolition of the King George V Dock wall, the construction of a partly submerged service trough and drainage channels and around 50 land based piles adjacent to the airport entrance.

“This scheme will play a significant part in the overall Airport Development Programme and will support the planned infrastructure such as the aircraft stands and new world class passenger terminal extension. We are looking forward to successfully delivering this prestigious project, working alongside London City Airport and Bechtel,” commented Martin Bellamy, BAM Nuttall Executive Director.


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