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Murphy wins £1.35m Gatwick contract

Posted: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) has been awarded a £1.35m contract by Gatwick Airport Limited to upgrade a water pumping station in the airport's north terminal.

The award is the first for Murphy's water team from Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) and signifies a new working relationship with GAL, becoming a contractor of choice. Murphy will re-develop a pumping station to run with a motorised computer control panel to service the north terminal.

The news comes just days after Murphy was named as a preferred contractor on a five-year framework to carry out medium-sized mechanical and electrical works for Gatwick, as part of the Gatwick Airport Limited £1.2bn capital investment programme.

Stuart Rothery, sector director of water at Murphy, said: "This contract shows that Murphy's specialist engineering capability and skill to create high quality schemes is being recognised by large companies, such as GAL. Our team has a proven track record of building and refurbishing pumping stations, including work for Thames Water at Deephams in north London. We plan to use the latest innovations and seamlessly integrate our supply chain so that the project will run smoothly, making it a success."

Anthony Desousa from GAL said: "We are looking forward to working with the team from Murphy. We selected Murphy having been highly impressed with their engineering knowledge, their adoption of the latest innovation and, of course, their well-established expertise, all of which assures us that this project will run smoothly and efficiently to benefit our end-users."

The current pumping station is underground and the work will involve installing a twin pumping main above and below ground, complete with a motorised computer control room. Murphy will design bespoke pipe brackets to work sympathetically with the building and run across the underside of the terminal, as well as build two new airside foul lines.

The team from Murphy has begun work on both the pre-construction phase and health and safety plans. Work is expected to start on-site in August with the project completing February 2017.

GAL operates the busiest single runway airport in the world, the second largest airport in the UK and the tenth busiest international airport globally.

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