Is this air­port’s strik­ing new look?

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

HEATHROW has asked top ar­chi­tects to ‘push the bound­ary’ of what an ex­panded hub air­port could look like, re­sult­ing in some strik­ing new im­ages.

The air­port said it se­lected four of Bri­tain’s best avi­a­tion ar­chi­tects to bring to life Heathrow’s vi­sion for the ex­pan­sion of Bri­tain’s global gate­way, with ‘pi­o­neer­ing’ new con­cepts.

Short­listed ar­chi­tects, which in­cludes Grimshaw, Zaha Ha­did, HOK and Benoy, were chal­lenged to re­de­fine what an air­port should be with bold, sus­tain­able ideas and in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies.

Af­ford­abil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity were also key to the brief to en­sure that Heathrow re­mained adapt­able in the fast-paced world of global avi­a­tion.

Barry Weekes, Heathrow’s head of de­sign, said: “From wel­com­ing Con­corde to the landmark Ter­mi­nals 2 and 5, Heathrow has al­ways been at the heart of show­cas­ing the best of Bri­tish in­no­va­tion and de­sign.”

Im­ages re­vealed on Wed­nes­day May 11 show how each ar­chi­tect chose to por­tray the ex­panded air­port, ahead of the next phase of the ten­der process, which will fur­ther test their creativ­ity be­fore a fi­nal con­cept de­signer is se­lected in July.

The de­signs were re­leased on the same day the air­port an­nounced it would ban night flights in or­der to se­cure third run­way ex­pan­sion.

Mr Weekes con­tin­ued: “The vi­sion­ary con­cepts are just the start of a di­a­logue which will fun­da­men­tally re­de­fine what an air­port is, how it looks and feels, how it in­ter­acts with its en­vi­ron­ment and an in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing gen­er­a­tion of new pas­sen­gers and, im­por­tantly, en­hanc­ing how it con­nects with the com­mu­ni­ties around it.”

n CON­CEPT ART: HOK ar­chi­tects came up with this green theme for Heathrow Air­port

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