Where should Britain’s next runway be? Chance for engineers to give their view

Join the ACE young professionals organisation Progress Network  debate on 30 September.

The Davies Commission is hard at work deciding where Britain’s next south east runway should be but what do you think?

ACE companies have been at the heart of the commission’s work, providing technical advice for the various options. But on 30 September ACE’s Progress Network is holding an event, mirroring the national Runways UK debates, for professionals – many of whom will have direct airport experience in the UK and overseas - to share their views.

ACE has been an active supporter of Runways UK which has hosted several conferences to enable the promoters of the options to discuss and debate their merits.  

The four speakers at the Progress Network “Flying high – UK airport expansion” event are:

Tony Caccavone, Heathrow Airport – representing third runway at Heathrow option

Christina Petrides, URS – representing Heathrow Hub option

Alastair McDermid, Gatwick Airport – representing second runway at Gatwick option

Huw Thomas, Fosters – representing Inner Estuary Airport option

Venue is the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel and facilitator will be Progress Network London & South East’s Sharlene Hay.

The event starts with a drinks reception at 6.30pm, with brief presentations of the four options commencing at 7pm.  This will be followed by what promises to be a lively Q & A session.  The target audience is young professionals, generally under 35, many of whom have worked on aviation and other large infrastructure projects.

“While the South-East runways debate has and will continue to be discussed in front of many audiences over the coming months, what makes this event different is that many of the young professionals in the audience have worked on aviation or other large infrastructure projects both in UK and internationally,” says ACE chief operating officer Anil Iyer.

“They hence have recent experience and I expect will be more open-minded than many other audiences.  The international perspective is of particular relevance in respect of the scale of what is currently envisaged, the single hub versus two hub debate and also the incremental build versus a single large scale build debate. 

“I would invite you to encourage the young professionals in ACE organisations to join what I expect to be an enjoyable and informative evening.”

For more details visit here

If you would like to contact Jackie Whitelaw about this, or any other story, please email