Heathrow Airport will construct a third runway by 2026 and complete its expansion by 2050, according to its 'masterplan'.


What's going on?


As we all know, Heathrow is planning on building a third runway and after years of negotiations, we are inching closer to the start of construction! This could be great news for people working in construction trades such as bricklaying, carpentry, plastering and more!

This plan for construction is huge, from terraforming to rerouting the M25 through a tunnel under the new runway. This has been a project surrounded by controversy, it has taken years to convince people to move out of their homes in Longford and surrounding areas. The proposition for a third runway was first announced in 2007!

Now finally public consultation has started! This is an opportunity for the public to have their say on the construction plans.  The Airspace and Future Operations consultation asked local communities to help shape the airport’s plans for its future airspace.

The construction that is planned:


The construction consists of a few different parts; obviously the runway itself, but also the demolition of Longford, including many schools, houses and infrastructure in the surrounding area. The plans also include the diversion of rivers and even detailed plans to lower the M25 beneath the third runway.

The airport has been running at 98% capacity for a decade, it's full, it's slow, the airport right now is running overtime to meet demands and it's causing havoc, constantly. This decision to create a third runway has been going on for far too long. Now it seems we are nearing the horizon and construction work may start in the coming few years!

These are such extravagant plans and will require an immense amount on construction work and site workers. The construction work will require so many people working all different types of trades. If you're thinking about changing career paths, bored with desk work? You may even be young and looking to begin your career? with the help of Able Skills, you can gain the construction training you need to get out into the world and work of massive projects such as Heathrow's masterplan!


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Construction Training:


At Able Skills, we offer a great variety of courses if you're looking to start a career in construction, this is the best place to get some great construction training. We can help you get the skills and ability right from the start, all the way from introductory courses to getting a full qualification. Eventually, we can get you on the right path towards an NVQ.

Here's a list of our construction courses: 

There are plenty of options in each of these trades, different course lengths and levels of qualification to suit your needs.  Courses can be taken all in one go over a series of weeks or can be split up and or taken over weekends.



The building industry never runs out of jobs, there's always building going up in every city in the UK. 73% of construction firms need highly skilled construction workers according to recent statistics. Given that the industry currently has a high demand for workers, it also means that workers wages have increased as well. Skilled construction workers, site managers, bricklayers and so on are earning far more than in previous years. These figures are only set to rise with the population increasing, Heathrow's third runway is a great example of the types of opportunities that can open up for you.

Getting top quality construction training is the best way to get into this fruitful industry. The best way to do something is getting off to a great start and there's no better place to use as a springboard into the industry than Able skills!



If you are serious about getting in the world of construction then this is the best place to start. Have a look through our website or click the links above to see specific trades. Otherwise feel free to come into our office anytime between 8:30 - 4:30 we will answer any questions you may have and show you around our centre. Alternatively, you can call us at - 0808 100 3245

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