Could Buxton play a key role in Heathrow Airport’s multi-billion pound expansion?

Tarmac's Hindlow Quarry is in the running to be part of the supply chain for Heathrow Airports expansion programme.
Tarmac's Hindlow Quarry is in the running to be part of the supply chain for Heathrow Airports expansion programme.

The High Peak could be set to benefit from major investment and jobs linked to the construction of a new runway at the UK’s biggest airport.

Tarmac’s Hindlow Quarry, near Buxton, has been named as one of five sites across the East Midlands to make it through the first stage of the selection process to be part of the supply chain for Heathrow Airport’s expansion programme.

In total, 65 locations across Britain remain in the running to become one of four regional ‘logistics hubs’ to participate in offsite construction of the third runway infrastructure.

Also making the longlist is Segro East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange near East Midlands Airport, and Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park at Worksop, plus two more in Northamptonshire.

Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber, said: “The fact that five logistics sites in the East Midlands have made it through the first round of Heathrow Airport’s selection process and could be involved somehow in the construction of a third runway is quite positive for the region.”

Construction of a new runway is expected to be a £16bn infrastructure investment project.

Heathrow’s chairman, Lord Deighton, said: “The third runway is not a London centric project – it is one we are opening up to the whole of the UK, asking for its skills and expertise to help build an asset this country so desperately needs to safeguard its future prosperity.”

The news comes as Derbyshire prepares to host a business summit to help smaller firms understand the airport’s procurement procedures and to become suppliers.

Hosted by East Midlands Chamber, the summit at Risley Hall on November 23, between 10am and 4pm, will offer SMEs a chance to promote their business and network with an array of exhibitor partners.

Mr Hobson added: “Heathrow has a huge supply chain and events such as this one provide invaluable opportunities to get a foot in the door.”

To find out more or to book a place, visit http://bit.ly/2tBPClU.