heathrow appoints grimshaw for 'hub airport of the future'
 

heathrow appoints grimshaw for 'hub airport of the future'

following a design competition with participation from zaha hadid architects, benoy and HOK, grimshaw has been chosen to develop the concept for heathrow’s ‘hub airport of the future’. the appointment is the result of grimshaw’s initial concept designs, which were revealed earlier this year. the airport says that the announcement sends a ‘clear signal to the government that heathrow is a ready-to-go, privately financed infrastructure project’.

 

 

heathrow’s new central terminal area design revealed
video courtesy of heathrow airport

 

 

arup, CH2M, MACE and turner & townsend were all chosen as client partners in march 2016. alongside grimshaw, the team will now develop the vast scheme further. ‘we are passionate about designing a new future for heathrow airport; setting a benchmark for sustainable infrastructure, skilfully integrated with the communities it serves,’ commented partner at grimshaw, jolyon brewis. ‘heathrow have ambitious plans for the expansion of the airport and we are proud to be selected to help deliver this inspirational vision.’

grimshaw heathrow expansion
the airport states the plans send a ‘clear signal to the government’
all images courtesy of heathrow airport / grimshaw

 

 

grimshaw were successful in the competitive tender process not only for their visionary concept designs, which pushed the boundary of what an airport could and should be, but also for their unique ideas around how heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way,’ said the airport in a statement. ‘grimshaw brings their experience of working on major transport projects across the world and were recognized as the stand out practice to help heathrow deliver a world-class sustainable airport that will deliver innovation in passenger service whilst showcasing the best of british design.’

grimshaw heathrow expansion
the initial concept will now be developed further

 

 

at a time of uncertainty following the result of the EU referendum, the government can send the strongest possible signal that britain is open for business and confident in its future by expanding heathrow,’ added head of design at heathrow, barry weekes. ‘the £16 billion privately funded infrastructure investment would be a much needed boost for the economy, creating jobs and growth across the UK.’

 

heathrow is britain’s busiest airport and the proposed expansion will see a new international terminal with a satellite concourse, urban realm, control tower, and extensive enhancements to the landscape on and around the campus. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

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