Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £170 million Heathrow baggage contract

5 July 2016


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a £170 million contract to upgrade baggage screening and handling systems for Heathrow Airport Limited.

The project, which has been awarded through the Heathrow Airport Limited Delivery Integrator Framework to which Balfour Beatty was appointed in 2014, will involve upgrading and installing baggage screening and handling systems at Heathrow’s eastern baggage facility.

The Company will utilise its technological expertise across the project including the latest Building Information Modelling techniques to define the most efficient approach to design, manage logistics and to interface with live airport operations.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said: “This contract award is testament to the strength of the partnership we have developed with Heathrow Airport Limited over the last 17 years. The UK aviation sector is a core market for Balfour Beatty and we are delighted to play our part in helping Heathrow maintain its position as a leading travel hub and supporting local employment.




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Notes to editors:


  • Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group.  With 34,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK, US, Middle East and South East Asia. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty has significant experience in airport infrastructure development in the UK, US, Dubai and Hong Kong. Our experience covers all aspects of airport and airfield work, including airport pavement construction, a full range of service installations, major passenger terminals and passenger transit facilities and airport facilities. We have established long-term relationships with airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Bristol and Dublin. These relationships are founded on our ability to deliver high quality infrastructure and successfully managing the security, logistics and health and safety requirements associated with working in an airport environment.

  • This new contract forms a major part of Heathrow Airport Limited’s three-year Delivery Integrator Framework which was awarded to Balfour Beatty in 2014 to deliver infrastructure upgrade and asset management works at Heathrow Airport. The framework is intended to enable Heathrow to realise a 10% saving on its capital investment programme. Projects awarded through the framework to date have included managing the closure of Terminal 1 and multiple asset replacement projects. Balfour Beatty has also delivered the £590 million Heathrow Airport Terminal 2B construction project, the largest ‘airside’ project ever carried out at Heathrow measuring half a kilometre in length, and was also involved in the construction of the award winning Terminal 5 facility.
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