Since 2013, RPS has provided planning and environmental services to Gatwick for the development of its Second Runway (R2) proposals, including inputting into submissions to the Airports Commission. Our planning and environmental teams supported Gatwick at every stage of this process; from optioneering, asset and opportunities assessments at the beginning of the process through to its 2014 Masterplan submissions and subsequent interactions with the Department for Transport (DfT).

As effective project partners to Gatwick, we were able to draw on our extensive experience of similar airport work including Heathrow Terminal 5 and the 2008 Stansted second runway application (G2). This, combined with our other major infrastructure project experience was an important factor in the successful delivery of the project. An understanding of how the recommendation from the Airports Commission 2015 report could translate to an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008 was essential to ensuring that the Gatwick option was fully deliverable.

A key consideration was to coordinate a programme of consultation with the various airport teams to fully understand their aspirations. This integrated approach provided greater clarity within the Masterplan.

Our inputs also included participation in a series of optioneering workshops and assessments of the likely environmental impacts of options for the location and design of the second runway development.

We integrated the outputs of our work with the overall project programme, working closely with Gatwick’s project management advisers to ensure that they understood the requirements of the DCO and EIA processes, so that the integrated programme was realistic and deliverable. Due to our successful and well-received approach to this project, we continue to be involved in the Gatwick Master Plan.

We are also current design framework partners to Gatwick through the airport’s Design and Engineering Framework.