HEATHROW TERMINAL 5

AIRPORT :Heathrow North Terminal

ROLE :All Site Logistics

YEAR :2006

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Based upon exemplary performance on the Heathrow New Control Tower Project, Amalga was invited by BAA to manage all site logistics on the T5B project in spring 2006, and specifically resolve key issues that had arisen.

Project

In early 2007 the company extended its remit, taking full responsibility for site logistics on the T5A project. Again, a set of seemingly intractable issues and programme milestones threatened, hence Amalga was selected due to its reputation for delivering fast, effective and transformative solutions.

Key Areas of Services Provided

  • Materials Logistics
  • Security
  • People Logistics
  • Environmental and Waste Management
  • Minor Construction Works
  • General Site Support

Winning T5 Team Award

The Amalga Team played a pivotal role in enabling BAA to meet their September 2007 T5 Live milestone. The following quotation, from a senior member of the BAA Project Team, led to Amalga being awarded the T5 Team Award:

"Over the last month there has been a huge volume of work involved in preparing T5A for the 17th Sept (2007), Amalga have been tireless in their efforts in clearing material, rubbish and plant in order to make the 17th a success. There have been numerous changes of priority and requirements which Amalga have taken in their stride which culminated with their efforts over the 15th and 16th Sept where over 40 articulated lorries of material and plant were removed from the building along with erecting hoardings, applying protection and clearing behind other Suppliers."

T5A storage areas

When Amalga took over the T5A logistics package the site had overfilled, with materials being delivered into site well before they were required. This resulted in a heavily congested site, damage to materials, and reduced efficiencies and productivity on site.

Amalga used the following solution to clear the site of materials, and to ensure that material flows were carefully managed to achieve optimum productivity on an on going basis:

  • New localised sub-consolidation centres throughout airfields were rapidly set up to relieve pressure on buildings space
  • Excess materials were moved out of site and into these new consolidation centres/zones
  • Materials flows back into and around site were carefully monitored and controlled
  • Just in time (JIT) principle was reinstated and the system is now working

Introduction of new floor protection system

This inventive reusable hard wearing polymeric floor protection system, introduced to replace short lifespan ply wood decking, was implemented by identifying the existing protection solution (ply wood) as being hugely wasteful, and not adequately tough.

The Amalga solution consisted of reusable polymeric floor tiles, offering extreme levels of durability, flexibility and vast cost savings to the customer.

Step change in T5 site culture

Amalga embedded a member of its Senior Management Team in the top level T5 Project Production Team. This collaborative approach resulted in strengthened and shortened communication lines with greater alignment in cross functional objectives. The ultimate benefits of Amalga's approach to site and operations management included:

  • Bringing T5 suppliers on side and on board
  • Clearing buildings of materials and maintaining higher standards
  • Reduction in waste and damage to materials
  • Increase in pride sense of ownership amongst site staff
  • Working environment made safer

Outcomes

Amalga has revolutionised the way logistics are undertaken and delivered by leading, managing and implementing the highest calibre services. Amalga's performance has enabled BAA to meet critical milestones as well as greatly reducing overall costs of logistics provision on both projects. Using innovative solutions, rapidly taking on high volumes of work, and actively managing risks plus delivering services within extremely challenging time frames, helped BAA achieve its goals.

““We provide specific waste handling teams. That’s not all. We look after Airport Retail Inductions and permits to work and we ensure that all Amalga operatives working on the project are compliant with CSCS cards””

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“"Amalga worked tirelessly, doing their utmost to support us throughout the project timeframe,” comments Tony Gerry, at World Duty Free. “I wouldn’t hesitate to contact them again when we next require an overarching, reliable logistics provider.””

“"Over the last month there has been a huge volume of work involved in preparing T5A for the 17th Sept (2007), Amalga have been tireless in their efforts in clearing material, rubbish and plant in order to make the 17th a success. There have been numerous changes of priority and requirements which Amalga have taken in their stride which culminated with their efforts over the 15th and 16th Sept where over 40 articulated lorries of material and plant were removed from the building along with erecting hoardings, applying protection and clearing behind other Suppliers."”