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

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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.

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727 easyJet pilots jobs at risk of redundancy as airline proposes closing bases at three UK airports

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BALPA, the trade union representing its UK-based pilots, says that easyJet has today informed them that 727 of their pilots are at risk of redundancy.

In addition, the airline is also proposing to completely close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

The potential job loss would see almost 1-in3 easyJet pilots lose their jobs in the UK.

 In November 2019 easyJet acquired Thomas Cook’s slots at Gatwick Airport (12 summer slot pairs and 8 winter slot pairs) and Bristol Airport (6 summer slot pairs and one winter slot pair) for £36 million.

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said:

“We know that aviation is in the midst of the COVID crisis and we had been expecting easyJet to make an announcement of temporary measures to help the airline through to recovery.

“But this seems an excessive over-reaction and easyJet won’t find a supply of pilots waiting to come back when the recovery takes place over the next two years. easyJet paid £174m out to shareholders, got agreements to furlough staff to protect cash, got £600m from the Government, has boasted of having £2.4bn in liquidity, and ticket sales are going through the roof so fast they cannot get pilots back off furlough quickly enough – so why the panic? It doesn’t add up. We are meeting easyJet today and we will be fighting to save every single job.

“This is more evidence that aviation in the U.K. is caught in a death spiral of despair and individual airlines are flailing around without direction. BALPA repeats its call for Government to step in, provide a strategy and back a moratorium on job losses while all stakeholders sort out an holistic way forward for the whole aviation sector.”

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