Connect with us


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.


New two year train timetable for Gatwick is released as work on new station prepares to begin



The £150m essential upgrade of Gatwick Airport station by Network Rail to relieve crowding, improve accessibility and reduce delays for commuters and leisure travellers across the South East will see Southern trains doubled in length along coastal routes to Eastbourne, Hastings, Worthing and Littlehampton.

A two-year temporary timetable to make space for the building work, due to start on 17 May and now available online to see, will provide much-needed relief for passengers on the congested coastal routes.

Additionally, Cooksbridge will have its first-ever all-week service as trains begin calling at the station on Sundays. This is a permanent change.

Also, on Saturdays, there will be an extra Thameslink service every hour between Brighton and Cambridge and the extension of an existing Sunday Cambridge to Gatwick Airport service through to Brighton. This will mean additional services at Brighton, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Balcombe, Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, London Bridge and through to Cambridge.

Further changes to Southern and Gatwick Express services are also required. There will be no off-peak Southern services between Brighton and London Victoria, but passengers will be able to travel with Gatwick Express, using Southern’s Super Off-Peak and Kids for £2 fares, which will be eligible on these services.

In the busiest commuter hour in each of the morning and evening peaks, Gatwick Express services will stay the same. Outside this time there will be two fewer Gatwick Express trains each hour, but the remaining trains will be lengthened to compensate and, from the airport, there will still be six Southern trains every hour to Victoria and eight more Thameslink trains to London Bridge providing sufficient space.

Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink is committed to helping passengers with information around the changes and will be running a comprehensive awareness campaign in the coming months.

Passengers can meanwhile check details online at Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express websites. Trains are also be available to view in online journey planners at

Angie Doll, Managing Director of Southern and Gatwick Express, said:

“With over 20m passengers now using Gatwick station every year, this upgrade is essential to address overcrowding, improve accessibility and maintain a sustainable, reliable and punctual rail service for visitors and commuters along the route.

“This revised temporary timetable will create room for the work at the station while doubling the length of trains along the coast and retaining as many services as possible, supplemented by additional longer trains, ensuring we still have the services and capacity for our passengers.

“Gatwick supports the economy of the entire South East, bringing international travellers and trade to the region worth £2.7bn, supporting 70,000 jobs.”

Emma Rees, Head of Surface Transport, Gatwick Airport, said:

“A £150m upgrade to Gatwick Airport station is essential to meet growing demand and to reduce delays on the Brighton Mainline and wider region by tackling overcrowding at the station. The size of the station concourse will double, and it will become much easier for passengers to access the railway and airport through wider platforms, five new lifts, eight new escalators, new staircases and a new station entrance.”

Paul Harwood, regional investment director for Network Rail, said:

“The continued popularity and convenience of travelling by rail to Gatwick Airport means the station is now seeing more passengers than it was ever designed to handle. With further growth forecast, the station is in urgent need of improvement so that rail travel to and from the airport can continue to grow and help Gatwick support the local economy even more.

“The timetable changes will enable this vital construction work, allowing us to make the station safer, more accessible and capable of supporting smoother journeys for more trains and passengers long into the future.”

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:

“Gatwick Airport is the first stop for millions of people visiting the UK, and these upgrades will relieve overcrowding, improve accessibility and reduce delays for holidaymakers and commuters.

“We will closely monitor these works to ensure improvements are completed on time and passenger disruption is kept to a minimum.

“Once complete, the expanded, modern station will be an impressive gateway to Global Britain.”

Continue Reading