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£14m Heathrow Airport contract secures Steetley

Explore Industrial Park, a Laing O’Rourke company based at Steetley, is one of the UK businesses behind the development of Heathrow’s new Terminal 2.

The 300-strong company scooped a prestigious £14m contract to manufacture and assemble a new 1,300 space car park for Terminal 2, which is set to open in June next year.

The £2.5bn infrastructure development is one of the of the largest privately-funded construction projects in the UK.

More than 140 UK businesses have been involved in its construction, drawing together expertise from across the country and supporting thousands of jobs.

Explore Manufacturing will have their work showcased on a Global stage with more than 20 million passengers from around the world passing through every year.

Speaking about the impact of Terminal 2 throughout the UK, Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP said: “The building of Heathrow’s Terminal 2 has delivered real benefits, not just to the South East but to many regions throughout the country as it has sourced the necessary skills, expertise, raw materials and services it needs.

“I am proud that we are known for having a high quality, highly-skilled and hardworking supply chain. This report clearly demonstrates that infrastructure, engineering and construction companies across the country are sharing the benefits from projects such as T2 and helping to build a stronger UK economy.”

All of the beams and columns for the five-story car park, as well as the nine-lane access ramp, were made at the Explore Industrial Park in Steetley before being assembled on site.
The contract secured employment for 50 staff and led to the recruitment of ten manufacturing trainees.

Three quarters of the raw materials, goods and services were supplied by firms within 50 miles of Steetley giving a wider boost to the local economy.

Speaking about the project, Alan Clucas, Director, Explore Manufacturing, said: “We are delighted with the success of the Terminal 2 car park project, which is a fantastic advert for our business.

“It has not only allowed us to take on new trainees, we have been able to provide existing employees with more training and improve their skills so that we can continue to innovate in future.”

John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, where Explore Industrial Park is based, said: “I’m delighted that Explore Manufacturing, a Bassetlaw based company has played such a key role in the redevelopment of Heathrow’s Terminal 2.

“Their expertise led to the multi-million pound contract being awarded and has guaranteed 50 local jobs. Securing a role in large infrastructure projects like this is vital for businesses in Bassetlaw.”

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Development Director, said: “Investment in Heathrow is making a significant contribution to Britain’s economic recovery, creating jobs across the UK, allowing our suppliers to invest in training and innovation and giving them a fantastic showcase for their work. It demonstrates how expansion at Heathrow will not only create jobs when it has been built, by connecting British exporters directly with emerging growth markets, but also create jobs across the UK while it is being built.”

In the coming weeks, the development of Terminal 2 will move into a new phase as Heathrow, its airlines and other operators begin to get the terminal ready for passengers. This will include six months of intensive preparations, with more than 180 trials and tests involving over 14,000 people.