Lori Zimmer

Foster and Partners Proposes a New Thames Hub Airport for the City of London

by , 07/19/13
filed under: Architecture, gallery



green design, eco design, sustainable design, Foster and Partners, Thames Estuary, Isle of Grain, Thames Hub Airport

With the positioning of the Thames Hub, planes could approach the airport from the water, cutting noise and pollution directly overhead London. Adjoining to the city’s already sophisticated high speed train system, the airport could be accessible by High Speed 1, High Speed 2 and Crossrail, with commuting times of just 26 minutes from St. Pancras or 40 from Waterloo.

Foster and Partners proposed the project as an alternative to adding more runways to the already crowded Heathrow Airport, which has been in talks to build over the next sixteen years. With a hefty price tag of almost $37 billion, the Thames Hub Airport would still be less than the cost of adding to Heathrow, and would moreover coincide with the city’s rapid eastern expansion. Redevelopment of the land surrounding the new airport would also create an eastern cultural hub comparable to the sustainable commercial center at Canary Wharf.

Interestingly, the architects’ plan also addresses issues related to global warming and rising sea waters—the design includes a flood protection plan and builds on the infrastructure of green transportation already in place.

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  1. mike barker mbe December 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    One cannot help but admire the sense of humour of the philanderer Boris Johnson in proposing to place his airport next to Europe’s largest liquid natural gas terminal on the Isle of Grain.

    I can imagine the pilots drawing their passengers attention to look out of the left window to see this marvellous site of the surface LNG silos each larger than the Albert Hall containing 1,000,000 m³ of liquid gas and then suggest they look out the right window to see the SS Richard Montgomery that would completely demolished the silos, vaporise the gas and when mixed with four times its massive of oxygen from the air, would produce an explosion equivalent to 160 Hiroshima nuclear bombs that would also consume all the oxygen from ground level upwards to several thousand metres and kill us all in the south-east of England, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    He might then turn to his passenger and say I hope you enjoy your flight and you’ll stay alive for another flight in the future God willing. Raise your glasses to young Boris, wishing him well in the next young ladies bed he finds himself in, to let his mind wander on more mind blowing schemes.

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