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beckett rankine unveils floating airport in the thames estuary
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dec 20, 2012
beckett rankine unveils floating airport in the thames estuary


plans revealed for a new 40 billion dollar floating airport

 

 

being one of the largest and busiest cities in the world, the reality of having to efficiently transfer an increasing number of air-bound travelers
per year is becoming an ever-present reality that london’s airports are not going to be able to deal with in the near future. several plans have already
been considered, from expanding the stansted airport to norman foster’s ‘london britannia airport’ revealed last september. one trend is becoming
clear however, the creation of airports on man-made islands floating on a body of water to alleviate precious space on-land. the latest 40 billion dollar
proposal will feature a four-runway air hub in the middle of the thames estuary built on the goodwin sands, a safe location on national waters that would
be 40 minutes away from london through an underground railway system and will connect to other nearby european cities in the future. beckett rankine,
the construction company undertaking the engineering of the ‘goodwin airport’, states that the plan is actually quite environmentally friendly and feasible
as no homes will be demolished, flights can operate 24-hours around the clock as there are no residential areas nearby, and the expected economic
growth will open new job opportunities for the area.

 

 

 

 


public lobby with connection to underground high-speed rail line

 

 


terminal interior

 

 


railway connection to the mainland

 

 


location 1.8 kilometers off the coast

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