Mace picks up £18m Gatwick baggage handling job

Aaron Morby 12 years ago
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Mace will be back working at Gatwick Airport following a six-year absence after securing work to upgrade baggage handling.

The firm’s aviation team has won a £18m contract to deliver new Hold Baggage Screening systems at both south and north terminals.

The upgrading of the HBS systems marks the next phase in the £1bn improvement programme at Gatwick Airport, with the South Terminal works being a part of a wider plan to increase the capacity and efficiency of the baggage facilities.

Mace’s South Terminal contract brings the number of UK baggage related projects to five and further strengthens it capability and experience in this challenging sector.

The additional construction management appointment for North Terminal sees an extension of Mace’s effective working relationships with Siemens and Logan Teleflex, with whom the team is currently working at T4 and T1 at Heathrow.

Nigel Cole, Mace director of aviation said: “Mace is delighted to have secured the commission for the South Terminal Hold Baggage Screening system with Gatwick Airport and make a return to the airport.

“Having worked in the baggage halls of Heathrow for more than 15 years we are able to bring our significant experience and expertise to Gatwick at this time of major redevelopment at the airport.”

Raymond Melee, Gatwick Airport’s Director of Capital Projects said: “This project is an important first step in a much larger programme of work that will improve passengers’ experience at check-in and make the whole process of handling baggage more efficient.

“That major piece of work will come on stream in 2012 with full benefits for passengers and handling agents by 2014.”

It has also been revealed that HOK’s London office will act as project architect for the £1bn airport improvement programme.

HOK was selected partly for its investment in building information modelling (bim) which the airport wants to use across its estate both for construction projects and future management.

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