With both holiday makers and business travellers returning to the skies, Chisholm & Winch is busier than ever at Heathrow, with our team currently delivering four upgrade projects at varying locations across the airport.

At T3, the Chisholm & Winch team is delivering the infrastructure works required to convert gates 16-19, 21, 35-36, 40 and 42 to self-boarding gates. Working in partnership with Heathrow’s principal contractor, Mace, the eight-month programme involves working in the live airport terminal to enable faster boarding thanks to electronic self-boarding equipment. Our remit includes joinery, flooring, ceilings, redecoration and installation of specialist hoarding systems. All work is being delivered during non-operational ‘engineering hours’ at night and the Chisholm & Winch team has to ensure that the site is cleared and safe, ready for passengers taking the first flights the following morning.

We are also involved in a major 41-month project with Mace to refurbish the cargo tunnel between T2 and T4 at Heathrow. Our remit includes refurbishment of both the tunnel and associated plant rooms, and our teams are working during engineering hours at night. This project involves working in a hazardous environment with specialist face-fitted masks and PPE to protect the team from dust, along with strict working at height and confined space training and protocols.

Over in T4, the Chisholm & Winch team is working in partnership with Balfour Beatty on the installation of fire dampers for all landside areas. The project involves surveying all fire dampers and ensuring they operate correctly, with maintenance and replacement where required. It entails working at high level and in confined spaces, such as ceiling voids, lift shafts and plant rooms, as well as in prestige locations, including the first class and business lounges. Once again, we are delivering all work during engineering hours and leaving the work area safe, neat and tidy for full airport operations the following day.

Finally, also with Balfour Beatty, we are surveying and replacing all fire alarm points and speakers throughout T4, ensuring that all alarms and fire safety apparatus are well-maintained and fit for purpose. The project involves fixing, firestopping, joinery and dry lining, working across all landside and airside areas at the airport during the night, and ensuring the terminal building can operate as usual the following day.

Radu Pintili, Chisholm & Winch’s operations manager at Heathrow commented: “It’s great to see Heathrow busy again and it means that we have multiple sites running to ensure safety-critical infrastructure is maintained and updated, while enabling the introduction of new technology. There’s always something happening to update the airport and we’re very proud to be using our experience at the heart of that activity.”