Heathrow unveils green vision in new expansion push


Heathrow Airport has unveiled images of how it might look if its bid for expansion is successful, sending a ‘clear signal to the Government’ that the project is ‘ready to go’

A new look Heathrow from the air

The proposed designs were created by architects Grimshaw and were released as it was announced that the firm had been chosen as the concept designers for the project.

Grimshaw were selected from a shortlist of four of the UK’s top architects. Heathrow said they were recognised for their ‘visionary concept designs’ as well as their ideas on ‘how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way’.

The designs include glass canopies and green spaces around the new Crossrail link to the airport.

Jolyon Brewis, partner at Grimshaw, said: ‘We are passionate about designing a new future for Heathrow Airport; setting a benchmark for sustainable infrastructure, skilfully integrated with the communities it serves. Heathrow have ambitious plans for the expansion of the airport and we are proud to be selected to help deliver this inspirational vision.’

The designs include glass canopies and green spaces

Head of design at Heathrow, Barry Weekes, added: ‘We look forward to working with Grimshaw to develop their bold ideas so that once the Government approves the Heathrow expansion, we can create a world-class sustainable hub airport which delivers for our passengers, our airlines and also helps to integrate Heathrow with our local communities.’

In a report published last July, the Airports Commission recommended Heathrow as the best option for airport expansion in the south east of England. However the Government has twice delayed a decision and recently stated that an announcement ‘is likely to be in October at the earliest’.

London mayor Sadiq Khan opposes expansion of the West London airport and last week called for prime minister Theresa May to back a second runway at Gatwick.


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