Mott MacDonald to deliver Heathrow sustainability agenda


The partnership aims to reduce Heathrow’s carbon footprint by 2.3 million tonnes by 2026.

Heathrow Airport photograph.
Credit: Heathrow Airports Limited.

Heathrow is overseeing its capital development programme for a five-year regulatory period (H7) between 2022 and 2026. 

As the programme designers, MacDonald will lead the development of projects that will help the airport reach net zero by 2050. 

Full scope

The firm’s plans encompass: 

  • Airport operations. 
  • Surface access. 
  • Future fuels. 
  • Energy transition.
  • Operational and embodied carbon. 
  • Nature-based solutions. 
  • Behavioural change. 
  • Data. 
  • Digital and smart systems.

MacDonald will focus on these areas to develop a multidisciplinary solution to further the decarbonisation of aviation. 

Inside the partnership 

The firm and Heathrow have a long-standing partnership. 

Previous projects include: 

  • Being the leading design engineers for Terminal 5, providing tunnelling advice and sub-structure design (Laing O’Rourke was the principal contractor for the project). 
  • Supporting Heathrow in producing its third runway masterplan submission to the UK Government Airports Commission.
  • Leading the design of Terminal 2’s ICT system. 
  • Along with Balfour Beatty, provided geotechnical, civil and structural engineering for Terminal 2B. 

On the partnership, David Beare, strategic advisory director at Mott MacDonald said: “As their advisor, we look forward to working with Heathrow and their H7 ecosystem to share best practices as we design, manage and integrate their decarbonisation programme in the years ahead.”

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