Britain’s biggest construction bosses urge Government “of the builders” to expand Heathrow

Thirteen of Britain’s largest construction and development companies have written to the Chancellor George Osborne urging him to live up to approve Heathrow expansion.

The letter, released on 5 February, stressed that in a time of global economic uncertainty the UK can ill-afford to delay on a project worth £15.6 billion to the UK supply chain and called on the Chancellor to give the green light to the nation’s largest privately-funded infrastructure project.

The full letter and signatory list is copied below:

Dear Chancellor of the Exchequer,

Building UK Infrastructure

At the Conservative conference in 2015 you announced “we are the builders”. We congratulate you on your vision to build the important infrastructure the country needs and make the hard decisions. We represent some of the largest developers and construction companies in the UK. We applaud your ambition and stand ready to help you deliver it.

We are writing to encourage your support for Heathrow expansion. Heathrow is one of the biggest private developers in the UK, having invested around £11bn over the last 10 years. For over a decade, it has provided a steady base of work to UK construction companies and their supply chains, allowing them to invest in skilled UK jobs through the economic downturn, develop new off-site manufacturing techniques and provided an international showcase for their work so that they can sell their services around the world.

Projects such as Heathrow expansion allow companies like ours to continue to invest in tens of thousands of skilled jobs this country badly needs and new construction techniques that will benefit developers in the UK.

You said recently that we cannot be complacent and assume that ‘the good economic news will just keep rolling in. Last year was the worst for global growth since the crash and this year opens with a dangerous cocktail of new threats from around the world. Coupled with these threats is the OECD’s 2015 UK economic survey that said the UK has spent less on infrastructure than other OECD countries over the past three decades.

Heathrow expansion will bring with it a £15.6bn order book to the UK supply chain. Heathrow’s new plan will also make it the most sustainable hub airport and Britain the best connected country in the world. The Government’s Airports Commission gave its clear and unanimous backing last summer. Let us help you build a better Britain by expanding Heathrow.

Regards,

Nick Roberts, Chief Executive Officer UK & Europe, Atkins

Leo Quinn, Group Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty

Stephen Fox CBE, Chief Executive, BAM Nuttall Ltd

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)

Mario Mostoles, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Ferrovial Agroman

Toby Courtauld, Chief Executive, Great Portland Estates plc

Ray O’Rourke KBE, Chairman and Group Chief Executive, Laing O’Rourke Plc

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive, Mace

Nick Fletcher, Managing Director Infrastructure, Morgan Sindall

Keith Howells, Chairman, Mott MacDonald

David Sleath, Chief Executive, SEGRO

Vincent Clancy, Chief Executive Officer, Turner & Townsend

Mark Dobson, Chief Executive, Wilson James Ltd