Procurement recruitment consultancies may be facing a busy time ahead in sourcing procurement staff for the £480m expansion programme at London City Airport, whose Chief Development Officer has just announced that there remains £300m worth of work to be done there.

Addressing New Civil Engineer’sAirports Conference, CDO Peter Adams explained that numerous projects still remain to be tendered before the expansion is complete in 2022. These include the construction of the envelope and the frame of the terminal building, mechanical and electrical work, numerous car park buildings and the general fit-out of the buildings.

He said: “If you feel your business can add value, get in touch. There’s still £300m of procurement which will be out over this year and into the next.”

The project will triple the capacity of the airport with a new terminal building and a new taxiway (built on the docks) which runs parallel to the runway.

According to Adams, the new taxiway will require the installation of 1,000 piles over the coming two years. Presently, dive teams are examining the bottom surface of the dock for unexploded Second World War devices, one of which was safely detonated earlier this year.

An innovative, land-conserving feature will be the replacement of the existing control tower with a digital alternative – the first of its kind in the UK. The technology will allow aircraft to be controlled remotely from Southampton and will enable much higher definition than the human eye.

As Adams explained, it will allow information to appear on operator screens in a new way. Adams mentioned that dots of digital information have the capacity to augment radar information, adding the perspective of what the cameras can see to improve clarity. He also mentioned the facility for zooming in thanks to the new tech, as well as being able to analyse the runway to check it for debris.

What seems certain is that with £300m of work yet to be completed as the 2022 deadline approaches, London City Airport’s procurement staff are going to have their work cut out for them.

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