Decision details

Appointment of AECOM consultants to undertake environmental impact advice and other impact advice / assessments regarding the Gatwick Airport Northern Runway proposals and Gatwick Airport Ltd’s forthcoming proposed Development Consent Order (DCO)

Decision Maker: Head of Economy and Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No



To agree to the appointment of AECOM consultants to undertake a range of impact assessments regarding Gatwick Airport Ltd's Northern Runway and DCO proposals - these assessments will focus on the topics listed above.

Alternative options considered:

The appointment of specialist consultants follows commissions with other Local Authorities during the pre-application and consultation stage of the Gatwick Northern Runway DCO proposals.

AECOM has been commissioned previously and on the basis of their previous demonstration of the knowledge and experience needed and taking account of the advantage of the continuity of their expert advice, an exemption has been secured to appoint
AECOM for the specialist advice needed in regard to the expected formal stages of the DCO process.

AECOM have been secured via a direct appointment through the Crown Commercial Services framework.

It was not considered appropriate to go out to general tender given the very restricted availability of such specialist consultants, the need for expediency given the tight time frame imposed by third parties and the significance of the continuation of the knowledge and experience AECOM had accumulated prior to this new commission.

The costs of the appointment will be split amongst the ten "Gatwick Diamond" Authorities with Crawley BC as the main 'host' authority.

Publication date: 07/03/2023

Date of decision: 27/02/2023