McLaughlin & Harvey scoops £55m airport hangar

McLaughlin & Harvey has won a £55m contract to design and build a new hangar at Farnborough Airport.

The Belfast-headquartered contractor will start work on the Hampshire site in the coming weeks. The airport will remain fully operational.

McLaughlin & Harvey construction director Douglas McCusker said the firm’s experience of working at airports would help it ensure construction does not have an impact on day-to-day activities at the facility.

“Successful delivery of the project will draw upon our wealth of experience in both the industrial and infrastructure sectors, and we look forward to working with the client, design team and our supply-chain partners for what is sure to be a flagship development for all involved,” he added.

Farnborough Airport chief executive officer Simon Geere said the work would “further enhance our facilities and operational infrastructure”.

“The investment will also provide a substantial boost for employment and economic growth in the region, whilst continuing our journey in providing the very best-in-class facilities to our customers at Europe’s number-one business aviation airport,” he added.

In 2016, McLaughlin & Harvey landed a £51m contract to redevelop and expand London Luton Airport’s main terminal.

In December 2021, plans to expand Luton further, so that it could handle up to 19 million passengers per year, received the go-ahead.

The plans at Farnborough are the latest in a number of UK airport construction jobs to emerge in recent months, following a huge slowdown in the sector in 2020.

Plans to extend a runway at Southampton Airport are now set to go ahead, after an appeal against it failed in court earlier this week.

In February, Heathrow said the coronavirus pandemic had “strengthened the strategic case” for its £14bn expansion plan. Heathrow is currently preparing to resubmit planning documents, after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on the expansion in September 2020.

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