It may have been a quiet couple of years for international travel, but it promises to be a busy autumn of airport improvements and maintenance for Chisholm & Winch as we prepare three projects for take-off at Heathrow.

In Terminal 3 we will be returning to a programme of works that began before the pandemic to help the airport transition to self-boarding processes at the gates. We have already completed 24 gates in Terminal 2 and begun to make the changes in Terminal 4, and our new project involves upgrading 10 boarding gates in Terminal 3. Working in the operational airport, we will install hoardings to separate the work area to ensure the safety of passengers and staff. The builders’ works package includes lifting the existing floor, constructing a base for the installation of each of the self-boarding electronic terminal, upgrading the desk and installing new wall and floor finishes.

Meanwhile in Terminal 4, we will be continuing a phased programme of works designed to ensure fire safety across Heathrow with a six-week programme of fire stopping and builders’ works, beginning in September. Supporting a fire damper upgrade, we will be carrying out enabling works, making good and installing fire stopping, aligned to the fire damper programme.

Completing our trio of airport wins is an air-side project to clean and maintain the cargo tunnel that connects Terminal 4 to Heathrow’s other terminals. Traffic fumes have created a layer of contamination on the internal surface of the tunnel and our four-week programme will involve removing this dirty residue using high-pressure power washing. The project, which begins in September, will involve working out of hours during tight non-operational possession windows, calling upon the project management expertise of our Heathrow team.

Simon Castle, Managing Director of Chisholm & Winch comments: “We have a long track record of delivering maintenance and upgrade programmes at Heathrow, while allowing the airport to continue operating on a business-as-usual basis. As the volume of people travelling increases again, planned projects have an important role to play in airport safety and efficiency, and we’re proud to have a team on site that can deliver against strict operational and commercial requirements.”