Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has welcomed the announcement that Teesside has been longlisted as a potential area for one of Heathrow Airport’s logistic hubs.
As part of Heathrow’s £16 billion expansion plans, it is proposing to create four logistic hubs in the UK, where components will be pre-assembled and then delivered to the airport, with the aim of making the project more cost-effective and spreading the investment’s financial benefits beyond the South East.
Over the summer the mayor and combined authority convened a powerful coalition of local businesses to submit an ambitious bid to establish the Tees Valley as the go to location.
Mr Houchen recently met with Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye and took the opportunity to go through the proposal.
If successful it is expected to bring hundreds of jobs and significant opportunities for the local supply chain, stimulating significant growth across our industrial heartland.
The bid secured the support of leading business figures in the area, including British Steel, Cleveland Bridge, PD Ports, AV Dawson, RBT, Deepdale Solutions and the North East England Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Houchen said: “We always think big in the Tees Valley. We have the capability and capacity to deliver massive projects, and I am pleased Heathrow Airport have recognised this.
“Our case is strong because we have world-class expertise, excellent infrastructure, a pool of skilled and talented workers and the strong supply chain necessary to establish their Logistics Hub.
“The Heathrow Logistics Hub proposals complement perfectly with the South Tees Development Corporation’s emerging Master Plan for the area that supports industrial growth and job creation.”
The proposal would the see the facility established on the recently launched South Tees Development Corporation.
Councillor Sue Jeffrey, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council said: “Redcar is uniquely placed to be a Logistics Hub to Heathrow. Our area is seeing significant growth and global interest because of the huge potential we offer to businesses.
“We have the necessary skills and experience, great infrastructure and ambitious plans for future development and stand ready to support this investment.”
NEECC boss James Ramsbotham added: “We supported the Tees Valley’s proposal as the site has unique potential, with excellent port facilities and transport links, high quality industrial assets and the backing of the local business community.
“The Tees Valley already plays a substantial role in the global supply chains of construction projects around the world, and we believe the site can play that same crucial role in the expansion and on-going operation of Heathrow.”
Heathrow will visit the Mayor early in the New Year to look at the proposed site and has chosen the Tees Valley as one of the areas to hold its business summit.