Inmarsat, London | 15 - 16 May 2019

2019 Programme

Connectivity and sustainability workshop - 15 May


Main session

13:30 Registration and refreshments

Facilitator’s Welcome

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer


What airport expansion means for rail networks

Exploring the strategic planning process, financing and maintenance responsibility of the increased demands for rail networks across the UK in response to airport expansion and their requirements to provide sustainable methods of transport to meet growing passenger numbers.

Rupert Walker, strategy and planning director, Network Rail


Case study: Luton DART: An insight into the £200 million joint investment 

Creating the Direct Air to Rail Transit to meet demand and expansion plans, and exploring how it will integrate with existing transport assets and networks

Phil Hobson, Project Director, Volker Fitzpatrick / Kier JV,
Anita Gackowska, service director, London Luton Airport


How can surface access develop to improve passenger experience of air travel

Understanding current passenger trends to ensure a sustainable solution is created that meets the demands and expectations of passengers and their experience.

Ian Wright, head of innovation and partnerships, Transport Focus

15:10 Speaker Panel Q+A
15:25 Networking and refreshments break

Debate: To what extent do airport materials, design and infrastructure need to change to meet growing environmental constraints?

Discussing how future airports will be constructed within sustainable and climate conscious constraints and the impacts for the industry. What alternatives are the industry able to look at? What are the safety implications? How can airports reduce cost, CO2 emissions and expand efficiently?


Reducing the carbon footprint through off site manufacturing

Discussing how off-site manufacturing in hubs is contributing to Heathrow’s driving force of becoming a carbon neutral airport and what this means for logistics, traffic management, CO2 emissions in the supply chain.

Darren Colderwood, development director, Heathrow

17:00 Facilitator closing remarks
17:15 Close of workshop

Main conference day - 16 May


Main sessions


8:00 Registration and refreshments Breakfast Briefing (invite only)
Is technology a sustainable solution to airport expansion?

Investigating how using technology can improve airport asset performance and the efficiency against a trend of growing passenger numbers.
9:00 Chair’s Welcome
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

Airports as intermodal transport hubs:
Taking a futuristic look into how airport operations can facilitate how and where terminals operate synthesising the city’s airports with the urban centre.
Henrik Rothe, senior lecturer, Cranfield University


The big interview: Karen Dee
Discussing the major challenges UK airports will face in the coming decade and providing perspective on connectivity, sustainability and technology in relation to airports and their future.
Karen Dee, chief executive, AOA


The future of Heathrow Airport
Understanding to what extent sustainability, connectivity and technology are at the forefront of Heathrow’s development.
Emma Gilthorpe, executive director for expansion, Heathrow


Panel discussion: Effects of new technology and changing social factors on airports and their assets
As technology advances, this could significantly impact an airport’s tradition revenue streams. Hear three experts discuss how advancements will challenge airports traditional revenue streams and what this means for the design, infrastructure and strategic planning for airports.
Ben Lewis, infrastructure and energy director, Barton Willmore,
Cristiano Ceccato, associate director, Zaha Hadid  


Networking and refreshments break

Airport Lounge open

Join three major airports in the lounge for 1-2-1 meetings and discussion on their development plans.


Strategising growth to create a futureproofed masterplan
Revealing Gatwick’s masterplan to meet demand of growing passenger numbers and what this means for existing and new assets.
Senior representative, Gatwick Airport

Boardroom Brief (invite only)
Using technology to bridge the skills gap

Exploring the impact that investments in technology can have for reducing the volume of people required on a project, how this affects safety, project time and procurement and what is holding back UK airports.


Bristol Airport: Choosing a preferred and futureproofed masterplan to achieve expansion
Understanding how they have created their preferred masterplan and the projects required to achieve the desired development and efficiency.
Simon Earls, planning and sustainability director, Bristol Airport


Stansted Airport: managing unprecedented passenger growth
Outlining the steps Stansted airport will be taking to drive efficiency of their assets and improve capacity through their £600m expansion project.
Paul Willis, programme delivery director, MAG


Speaker Panel Q&A


Networking Lunch



Striving to improve airport knowledge through smart technology and analysis
Discussing best practice in using drones for airport asset management and how they can help drive efficiency over the life of an asset reduce through more proactive maintenance.
Michael Kehoe, principal ITS engineer, Amey

Airport Lounge open
Join three major airports in the lounge for 1-2-1 meetings and discussion on their development plans. 


Using technology to advance design and delivery of aviation projects
Understand the benefits of Chip Thinking and the importance of taking advantage of the technology currently at our disposal to improve future expansion plans and keep at the forefront of the industry.
Tim Ryan, director, Bryden Wood



Enhancing passenger experience through technology
Investing in a technology to improve the airport experience for passengers and explaining why airports should be following the example of leading tech firms.



Heathrow: Increasing capacity through improving efficiency of T5
Insight into Heathrow’s project to increase Terminal 5 passenger numbers by 25% to 40 million. How can we best use the space we already have? What role does automation play?Tim Houghton, strategic programmes director, Heathrow



Speaker Panel Q&A


15:10 Afternoon refreshments and networking

Airport Lounge open
Join three major airports in the lounge for 1-2-1 meetings and discussion on their development plans.


Innovation Gateway

The top 3 finalists will present their pioneering ideas to drive productivity in airport projects and assets to a panel of esteem industry judges.

You and the judges will have a chance to vote for the one you believe could have the greatest impact for the sector before the winner is announced at the end of the day.

Jason Fowler, Partner, Gardiner & Theobald and deputy chair, BAG

Cristiano Ceccato, associated director, Zaha Hadid

Mark Middleton, Partner, Grimshaw Architects, board member, BAG

Jacqui Johnson, Managing Director, JCJ Consulting, board member, BAG


Airlines driving design of airport assets
Debating the influence that airlines have over what are current and future airports look like, contrasting different approaching being employed in the UK and globally and what this means for the supply chain.

16:45 Innovation Gateway winner announced  
17:00 Chair’s closing remarks  
17:15 Close of airports 2019  
17:15-18:15 Drinks reception  

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