VINCI Construction UK has handed over a new Multi Aircraft Ramp Stand (MARS) which features a fixed link at Terminal 3 for client Heathrow Airport.
Work began on the £6m contract in March 2013, and involved the upgrade and reconfiguration of another A340 Stand to expand the overall A380 capacity.
The contract also included the demolition of an existing single fixed link and construction of a new dual corridor fixed link, spanning and cantilevering over the airport’s stand roads. This will allow the new Airbus A380 fleet to park and taxi off from the stand and offers flexibility for two smaller aircrafts to be sited at any time.
The Airbus A380 is a wide-bodied, double-decker plane and 40% larger than the Boeing 747/8. In order for the stand to accommodate these much larger jets and meet MARS safety standards, the project team were also required to install a diversion to the fire main, form a double width fixed link and three Aircraft Passenger Boarding Bridges (APBB).
Project Manager Chris Wall commented: “The Airbus A380 has firmly established its place in the passenger jet industry. Airports are upgrading their facilities in order to keep up with the demand for these planes, and we’re delighted to be able to use our expertise in order to facilitate these changes.”
Carl Ainley from Heathrow Airport Limited commented:
“Through an excellent collaborative approach with VINCI Construction UK’s project designers, supply chain, and client stakeholders, this project was delivered under budget and ahead of schedule.”