Reaching for the Sky as London City Airport Delivery Partner
This five-year contract will see Bechtel partnering to manage delivery of the £480 million City Airport Development Programme (CADP). The CADP includes: expanding the existing terminal by 24,500m2 and completely reconfiguring its internals and externals; constructing a three-storey passenger pier; creating eight new aircraft stands; and constructing a new parallel aircraft taxiway. The expansion work will require working within the King George V Dock where the project team has uncovered unexploded ordnance from World War II.
The upgrade will improve air traffic movements from 38 to 45 movements per hour and enable increased annual passenger movements from 4.5 to 6.5 million passengers by 2025. Additionally, the programme will help future-proof the airport to accommodate the next generation of aircraft that are quieter, have longer range and greater fuel efficiency.
Integrated team solution
London City Airport have a “20/15 passenger proposition” – a promise of 20-minute check-in, door to gate and a 15-minute arrival, tarmac to train. Bechtel staff will work alongside London City Airport officials as part of an integrated team to overcome the unique challenges of keeping the airport operational; minimising disruption to passengers, airlines and the local community; and keeping to the 20/15 passenger proposition during CADP construction. A fantastic logistical challenge.
Digital aircraft control system
The Airport will be the first in the UK to introduce remotely operated digital aircraft control system. The team will build a new 50-metre tall digital tower to enable this innovative technology and install 14 high-definition and two pan-tilt-zoom cameras to provide a full 360-degree view of the airfield. The pioneering system, controlled at NATS in Swanwick, will enhance safety and improve resilience, setting a new standard for the global aviation industry.