LONDON—Jacobs Engineering Group, Pasadena, CA,has been awarded a contract from Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) forthe role of Program Designer, AirportResilience, on the airport's new five-year investmentplan.

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The Airport Resilience program is one of four strategic programswhich together will deliver a minimum of $3.4billion (£2bn) of investment. The program represents oneof the largest private-sector investments in UK infrastructure.

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Company officials did not disclose the contract value, but notedthat the Airport Resilience Program is part ofHeathrow's business plan for 2014-2019.

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Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is managing the scope ofcapital works planned across the entire Heathrow campus. Thisincludes the development of runways, taxiways,pavements and related terminal airsideassets. The goal of the project is to support Heathrow'soperational efficiency targets and better accommodate modernaircraft.

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In making the announcement, Jacobs Group VP ConorDoyle stated, "We are delighted to further ourrelationship with Heathrow Airport Limited through this strategicprogram management role, enabling us to lead and coordinate programdesign solutions that bring together our long standing experienceboth airside and landside at Heathrow Airport. We are very proud tocontribute to resilience and efficiency improvements for thisstrategically important international infrastructure asset."

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Jacobs has extensive experience providing airport infrastructureservices worldwide, and recently won a 2014 NationalExcellence Award from the American Council ofEngineering Companies for its work at O'Hare InternationalAirport in Chicago, where Jacobs and its partners improved thecapacity and efficiency of a critical portion of the runway system.The project was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget,representing a nearly $4 billion economic impactto the client.

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Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providersof technical professional and construction services.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.