Heathrow Baggage Reconciliation Facility

The Challenge – 

Heathrow Airport had an urgent requirement to provide a stand-alone Baggage Handling Facility in the heart of its live Operations at Terminal 5. The requirement was for a building with dimensions of 120M x 40M housing 2 lines of Standard 3 Hold Baggage Screening feeding 2 flight build carousels. The timeframe available to design, manufacture, install, test and commission was 21 weeks, and this had to be completed in a live Operational environment, in very close proximity to 4 x Code F Aircraft Stands and 2 x Passenger Link Bridges that had to remain open at all times.

The Solution – 

By utilising our modular  Baggage Handling and Building Systems, we were able to reduce the scheme and production design phases down to a total of 8 weeks. In parallel, because we use standard modular componentry, we were able to order and manufacture our long lead items to reduce delivery time to the minimum.  Our patented baggageBoX system was manufactured, tested and commissioned completely off-site, meaning that the complex HBS integration issues were resolved prior to any equipment arriving on site. This off-site working allowed the complex build programme to be collapsed even further with the facility ultimately being delivered for beneficial use a full 8 days ahead of programme. 

The Benefits –

This Project was a brand new method of Project delivery for Heathrow Airport. It allowed the Airport to realise a fully functional Baggage Handling Facility in a fraction of the time and cost of a traditional design and build. The team was mobilised instantly and as a turnkey delivery, we were able to control all aspects of the works in the most efficient way whilst working closely with the Client team to ensure Operations were able to continue with business as usual. 

This approach to project delivery has gone on record as being one of the most successful example of project delivery in the history of Heathrow Airport and is something we are extremely proud of.

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