Morgan Sindall has secured contracts worth £10 m from Heathrow Airport and British Airways.
The contract with British Airways will see Morgan Sindall modernise two aircraft hangars at the airport in preparation for the arrival of the new B787 dreamliner and B777-300ER aircraft. This will allow greater flexibility of working space during maintenance and repair work on the British Airways fleet.
Work will include the removal of 100 tonnes of steel, 95 per cent of which will be recycled, removal and provision of new nose docks and major refurbishment of existing tail docks. Also the construction of a nose-pod extension to the hangar to accommodate large aircraft, and various associated building services works.
In addition, Morgan Sindall will be replacing seven air bridges at the airport in partnership with German company Thyssen Krupp for Heathrow Airport Ltd. The original air bridges are around 25 years old. Each air bridge takes four weeks to install and they are being manufactured by Thyssen Krupp in Spain, then shipped over for installation at Heathrow Airport.
The air bridges provide a means for passengers to embark and disembark the aircraft to the main passenger terminal. At approximately 30 meters in length, the telescopic air bridges extend, retract, elevate and descend to reach the doors of a large number of aircraft.
Michael O’Callaghan, director of aviation for Morgan Sindall, said: “Our business with Heathrow Airport and British Airways is proving to be very successful. This type of installation work requires a very specific set of skills and our team is pleased to be working alongside Thyssen Krupp on these projects. We are also especially delighted with the British Airways contract which allows our team to broaden its scope and capabilities.”
Morgan Sindall is engaged in projects at nine airports across the UK. It is carrying out projects at Gatwick Airport after securing a place on the £1.2bn programme of upgrades and improvements which includes the £16.75m South Terminal Airside Development (STAD) project. It was also recently awarded a £31m contract to provide essential maintenance work on the northern and southern runways at Heathrow Airport.