Heathrow Airport Taps Jacobs for Integrated Design Team

Pasadena-based Jacobs will join the team working on the expansion of Europe's busiest business airport.

London—Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a four-year contract with London’s Heathrow Airport Ltd. to join its Integrated Design Team, providing airport planning and engineering services to support the airport’s sustainable expansion.

London's Heathrow Airport

London’s Heathrow Airport

The company joins seven other aviation planning and design organizations Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald and Quod, selected to develop plans for the airport, overseeing design activities for the airfield, highways and earthworks and supporting the IDT with a range of engineering, planning and environmental services.

“Jacobs has worked with Heathrow Airport for the past 15 years delivering both airside and landside projects,” said Bob Duff, Jacobs senior vice president of Buildings & Infrastructure. “Around the world, we’ve worked in collaborative roles for several major terminal and runway expansion projects and, as a member of the IDT, we look forward to contributing our proven expertise to help Heathrow create resilient and efficient plans for sustainable expansion.”

Jacobs provides professional services to aviation markets globally, including supporting programs for international airports such as Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Brisbane, Melbourne and Manchester. Services range from strategic planning and financial consulting to asset management, program management, planning, design and construction management.

“With their institutional knowledge of Heathrow and proven record in building complex infrastructure projects, Jacobs and the other members of the IDT will allow us to hit the ground running to deliver Heathrow expansion,” said Barry Weekes, Heathrow Airport’s head of design. “Finalizing the IDT members is a significant milestone in what will be a fast paced design and engineering schedule. We are now well on our way to delivering Britain’s newest runway, providing the additional capacity our country needs to maintain its place in the world as a prosperous, outward looking trade nation.”

Jacobs recently won a three-year framework contract with Heathrow Airport to provide inspection of civil engineering assets and heavy rail, design consultancy and a wide range of other civil airport infrastructure work around the airport. Heathrow Airport is the sixth business airport in the world by passenger traffic and the busiest in Europe.

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