Location:              London Heathrow Airport
Size:                       2 x Passenger Boarding Bridges (Airbridges), Tandem Contract Lift
Timeframe:        Short-term contract
Sector:                  Construction – Airside Operations

The dismantling and removal of a Passenger Boarding Bridge (“Airbridge”) and Nose-Loader from Stand 325 at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3, as part of the first phase of Airbridge upgrade works.

The challenge

This major infrastructure improvement construction project had to be closely coordinated and extremely tightly controlled in order to minimise disruption to within one of the World’s busiest airports.  Air operations had to remain unhindered throughout and all works conducted within very tight space and time constraints.  The project required a series of tandem lifts (under Contract Lift terms), using Gatwick Group’s own mobile crane and Rigid HIAB crane units.

Our solution

This is a prime example of the specialist nature of works offered by Gatwick Group, who undertook the full scope of Project Management, Security Clearance, Specialist Haulage, Risk Assessments and Method Statements for the Contract Lift operation.  Gatwick Group deployed a Volvo FH16 (Euro 6) 8 x 2 Rigid unit equipped with the powerful and highly flexible 100 tonne-meter HIAB crane and the Liebherr LTC 1045 mobile crane, with supporting plant and equipment.


The task was undertaken over a single night in order to minimise disruption and proved to be a highly successful project delivered on time and to the highest safety standards.  On the basis of the outstanding performance on the task, Gatwick Group were awarded the next element of works for the installation of new units on Stand 323 and 325.  A prime example of the application of the specialist equipment and skill of the Operators from Gatwick Group in undertaking complex Airside operations.