Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport, situated 28 miles south of London is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world, serving 200+ destinations in 90 countries for over 40 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. John Rowan and Partners services were health & safety design risk management in line with CDM 2015 Regulations.

The John Rowan and Partners team have been working with Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) to upgrade airfield life safety systems without disrupting daily aircraft operations, a real challenge was faced having heavy civil engineering works in close proximity to aircraft movements on the runway.

We reviewed the design and the temporary works required to install the life safety system and offer risk assessed options to enable delivery. Our approach was to ensure all concerns & constraints from the operators/ stakeholders were formally noted & understood in order to develop a robust risk assessed safe system of working. This method of high risk working was then put to the Civil Aviation Authority & GAL Governing Board Members for corporate sign off of the solution proposed.

The project required degrees of innovation to ensure the nature of construction did not impeded the aircraft landing and radar systems. The final signed off solution reduced the construction costs by approximately £200K within a £1.5 million pound project. John Rowan and Partners have been retained as preferred consultant to carry out both the Principal Designer & CDM advisory roles for all airfield and civil infrastructure works.