London City Airport announces delivery partner contract for €420m development programme

The City Airport Development Programme includes plans to expand the existing terminal and build a new three-storey passenger pier, seven new aircraft stands, and a new aircraft taxi lane. The new facilities will allow for 6.5 million passengers by 2025 and the potential to accommodate 111,000 movements per year.

As London City Airport prepares for commencement of its £370 million (€420m) City Airport Development Programme (CADP) later this year, it has announced a five-year contract with Bechtel to deliver the expansion.

Under the agreement, Bechtel will work as part of an integrated team with London City Airport officials to deliver the multi-million-pound CADP, which includes plans to expand the existing terminal and build a new three-storey passenger pier, seven new aircraft stands, and a new aircraft taxi lane. The new facilities will allow for 6.5 million passengers by 2025 and the potential to accommodate 111,000 movements per year.

“Delivering London City’s expansion in an operational, urban airport surrounded by water, presents complex challenges that our team can meet,” says Paul Gibbs, Bechtel’s UK Managing Director.

The project will be implemented under the leadership of Peter Adams, who is joining the airport as Chief Asset and Programme Officer after working for UK Government-owned Highway England, where he was most recently the Executive Director for Major Projects and Capital Portfolio Management.

“Although leaving is an incredibly hard decision to take, I do feel that I have played my part in the evolution of Highways England and that now is the right time for me to take the next step in my own career and join London City Airport in what is a hugely exciting time for the business,” Adams comments.

Declan Collier, current CEO of London City Airport, adds: “The appointments of Bechtel and Peter Adams signal the next important steps towards the start of construction on this significant development. Their combined expertise and experience will ensure that the programme is delivered responsibly, professionally and skilfully, while the airport remains operational. Meanwhile our millions of passengers will continue to recognise the speedy and efficient customer experience that differentiates the airport as one of the most convenient in the UK.”

Transition to new leadership

2017, a year in which London City Airport celebrates its 30th anniversary, indeed marks exciting times for its development. Following the announcement in April that Declan Collier has decided to stand down as CEO, the airport has confirmed the appointment of Robert Sinclair as the new CEO. Sinclair is expected to take up the role from 30 October 2017.

Prior to his current position of CEO at Bristol Airport, Robert Sinclair was Chief Financial Officer at Auckland International Airport, following a 10-year career in investment banking with UBS. He is expected to take up the role at London City Airport from 30 October 2017.

Currently, Sinclair is the CEO of Bristol Airport, a position he has held since 2008. During this time, Bristol Airport has seen record growth in passenger numbers and profitability, and successfully delivered a £160 million (€180m) development programme.

Commenting on his new role, Robert Sinclair says: “I’m excited to be joining London City Airport. It’s an airport that plays a vital role in connecting Britain, and in particular its business community, globally and through the City Airport Development Programme it will be able to serve 6.5 million passengers per year, and 111,000 flight movements by 2025 – adding much-needed aviation capacity at a time when Britain needs it most.”

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