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Local landscape changes as 100,000 sq ft steelworks goes up in Copthorne for Gatwick Airport



L-R: Tom Atkinson of UMC Architects, William Merrett of BNP Paribas and David McGougan and Dinny Shaw of St. Modwen

The landscape around Crawley continues to change rapidly with the steelworks for the new 100,000 sq ft facility for Gatwick now erected in Copthorne.

Artists impression of how the site will look beside the M23.

The site, located just off junction 10 of the M23 is a huge facility which has already been pre-let by the airport back in September ’19.

This first phase is expected to be completed by September this year and will feature 14 dock level doors with nearly 20,000 sq ft of office space which they say is required to provide Gatwick Airport with a better logistics hub that will both improve efficiency and handling times.

Opponents to the development have pointed out how even with the improvements to the road layout into Copthorne that traffic congestion will continue to be an issue and with a large residential development next door there are concerns over safety from large vehicles operating so close.

David McGougan, Senior Development Manager, at St. Modwen, said:

“We are developing an impressive portfolio of industrial and logistics occupiers at St. Modwen because the customer is always at the forefront of our thinking. Signing Gatwick Airport to a pre-let of more than 100,000 sq ft of space is a statement of intent. We’re well underway in delivering this high-quality first phase, in-line with our occupier’s specific end-user requirements.”

Colin Galletly, Business Change Manager at Gatwick Airport Limited, added:

“St. Modwen has been thorough in ensuring we are provided with the necessary facilities to improve the productivity of our supply chain. This is a prime location, right off the M23 and to see steelworks already shooting up at this early stage is a very encouraging sign for all parties.”

You can find out more about the site here.


Gatwick Airport to receive £8 million Government grant to protect local jobs and bounce back after coronavirus



Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has welcomed an announcement from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that Gatwick Airport is now able to apply for a Government grant worth up to £8 million per business, helping to protect jobs and the local economy in Crawley.

The Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, which opened on Friday 29th January, will help Gatwick (and other commercial airports across England) to cover losses on costs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, including airfield operations, contracted services such as airfield and runway maintenance, and business rate bills.

Airports and ground handlers can apply to the scheme on GOV.UK, and if successful, should receive their funding by the end of the financial year.

The financial support scheme, which follows the Government’s extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme, is open for applications until 21st February 2021.

This investment will help support Gatwick Airport following the introduction of international travel restrictions designed to protect public health and prevent the spread of Covid-19 as the Government continues to roll out its world-leading vaccination programme.

Henry said;

“I’m pleased that Gatwick Airport will receive up to £8 million to help it protect jobs during these challenging times.

“This funding offers vital support for Gatwick Airport – which supports so many jobs and businesses in Crawley.

“The Government has provided unprecedented levels of support to protect jobs and businesses through the pandemic, and this latest support will be hugely important for helping Crawley to build back better after coronavirus.

“As Crawley MP and Chair of the Future of Aviation All-Party Parliamentary Group I’ve continued to urge Government to ensure support for the industry and this will remain my call to ministers.”

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, commented;

“A thriving aviation industry has been central to the success of this country and while we recognise the testing conditions airports are currently facing as a result of the pandemic, I believe that the sector will be ready to bounce back once restrictions are lifted.

“Today’s scheme is another step in the right direction, providing vital support for an industry that is raring to get back to business, once it is safe to do so.”

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