London Luton Airport

RPS was appointed by Whitemountain Quarries Ltd as their designer for the London Luton Airport Landside Civil Engineering Works Project to provide Civil Engineering expertise, design, support and consultancy for the detailed design and construction phase of the £13 million Project.

The project was an NEC Option A Design and Build Contract and RPS provided consultancy services throughout the tender stage of the project to enable Whitemoutain Quarries Ltd to accurately price and programme the works. Whitemountain Quarries Ltd were subsequently awarded the project as the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT).

RPS was also directly appointed Principal Designer (under the CDM 2015 Regulations) by London Luton Airport Operation Ltd for the detailed design and construction phase the Project.

Key details:

Project name:

London Luton Airport


Whitemountain Quarries Ltd


London, UK

Services provided:

  • highways detailed design and specification
  • structural detailed design and specification
  • architectural detailed design and specification
  • geotechnical assessment
  • road safety audits,
  • construction supervision
  • certification of construction.


London Luton Airport is London’s fourth largest airport with passenger numbers of 14.6 million in 2016. The works included

  • Pedestrian Link Bridge and associated cores
  • Extension and reconfiguration of the short-term car park
  • Extension of the mid-term car park
  • New drop-off zone
  • Reconfigured Central Transport Area (CTA) including provision of a new bus terminal and taxi rank
  • Dualling of Airport Way

All works were to be provided while maintaining active operation of the all airport activities including bus operations, car parking and emergency operations while maintaining pedestrian movements.

Due to the large-scale nature of the project and of the overarching development strategy at London Luton Airport, a number of design alterations and additional works were required including redesign of the CTA to facilitate phasing and sequencing, provision of a goods-inward road inclusive of an airside retaining wall and hostile vehicle mitigation measures.



RPS utilised our knowledge and experience in civil engineering and highway design to engineer efficient design solutions to accommodate the alterations required for the appropriate sequencing of works and additional works required by London Luton Airport Operations Ltd, implementing a number of design changes to accommodate the fluid nature of the scheme.

Design solutions included the redesign of proposed levels in the CTA to accommodate a phased approach to the works and incorporating the design of a goods in-ward road into the scheme which required redesign of the drop-off zone configuration and levels as well as a retaining wall to retain the landside works from the airside works. The retaining wall was developed by RPS as a sheet pile structure due to the constraints encountered.

In our role as Principle Designer, RPS helped organise and participated in interface meetings between the landside contractors and airside contractors where conflicts had arisen.

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