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Council bid to bring Heathrow Airport construction site to Rainham

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 21 June 2018

Havering council is bidding to have a Heathrow Airport construction hub created in Rainham. Photo: PA/Steve Parsons

Havering council is bidding to have a Heathrow Airport construction hub created in Rainham. Photo: PA/Steve Parsons

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Havering Council is bidding to create a construction site for the Heathrow Airport expansion in Rainham.

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam ColemanThe Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

The proposed location is the Beam Reach site in Rainham, which is where 70 transport and logistics companies are already based alongside a growing engineering sector presence and construction industry training resources.

If Heathrow gets the green light for expansion, it wants to establish four logistics hubs for the off-site construction of the expanded airport - and the council is hoping that Beam Reach can be one of them.

A delegation from Heathrow Airport today visited SEGRO Park Rainham Phase 3 this afternoon (Wednesday, June 20) as part of a nationwide tour of 65 sites, still in the running to be potential construction centres.

Logistics Hubs, are where components of the airport will be pre-assembled before being transported in consolidated loads to the airport.

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam ColemanThe Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

Heathrow representatives were taken on a tour of part of the location in Consul Avenue and met with former leader and current cabinet member Councillor Roger Ramsey, Senior Havering Council staff and local business leaders including Alan Holland, the Business Unit Director for SEGRO and Ilker Dervish, the chair of the London Riverside Business Improvement District.

Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez also took Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on his recent visit to the borough to Havering Town Hall to share with him the borough’s vision for a hub in Rainham.

Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, said: “It’s great to be shortlisted and we will be demonstrating all the reasons we think this site would be an ideal location for one of Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs.

“Whichever way you look at this, Havering is special. We have the connections, infrastructure, and skilled workforce, coupled with drive and ambition, to make this a success. With sustainability and the support of a leading, experienced logistics and development partner at the heart of this bid, we can deliver a lasting legacy for the Thames Gateway and east London region.”

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam ColemanThe Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

Alan Holland, SEGRO Greater London Business Unit Director, said: “We have long argued that for Britain to succeed in the global economy, we need new hub capacity and that means expanding Heathrow. Its growth will benefit regions across the UK and we’re delighted that our site at SEGRO Park Rainham Phase 3 has been shortlisted as a potential off-site construction logistics hub.”

MP Julia Lopez said: “As we prepare to leave the EU, I am passionate about turning the government’s Global Britain agenda into something of tangible benefit to constituents.

“One of the big decisions before parliament relating to that agenda right now is airport expansion. How can we ensure that Havering residents gain from this?

“I am currently working with Havering Council and neighbouring MPs in Havering and Essex to bid for one of Heathrow’s logistics hubs to be built at Beam Reach, transforming a vast brownfield site next to our constituency into a centre of modern industry and logistics.

The Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam ColemanThe Beam Reach site in Rainham where the council are bidding to create a construction hub for the Heathrow Airport expansion. Photo: Liam Coleman

“The hub would reignite use of the River Thames to transport parts to Heathrow and it would connect Rainham to the growing ports of Tilbury and London Gateway, placing Havering as the link between London and trade with the rest of the world.

“We showed the Transport Secretary how the hub proposal could unlock massive regeneration opportunities for our region in terms of jobs, business opportunities, education and housing. Havering College and CEME already have campuses nearby to train local people for engineering and manufacturing jobs, but a Heathrow hub could help us attract a university campus to the site and draw on Rainham’s history in steel, distribution and car-manufacturing by providing the blue-collar work of the future.

“I hope they will see just what enormous economic benefit could be spread to our borough as we strengthen trading links between our nation and the rest of the world.

“I know I am biased but I truly believe our pitch is strong enough to beat the 64 other sites that are in the running across the UK.”

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