Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have been chosen by London Mayor Boris Johnsonto draw up plans for a new major multi-runway airport in the southeast part of England. ZHA has been paired with a team of experts including representatives from Oxford Economics and York Aviation, plus British engineering firms Atkinsand Pascall+Watson, who together will develop a scheme for a transportation hub that aims to play a vital role in the future of the capital’s economy.

Zaha Hadid

The Mayor of London has appointed a world-class team of experts to develop the plans that will address the nation’s aviation crisis. He has made it very clear that he wishes to see the speediest possible resolution to the debate on where to build a multi runway hub airport, so that the British economy is given the best chance to prosper in the face of huge competition from its global rivals


The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “It is absolutely imperative that work to progress a new hub airport in the southeast is completed as soon as possible. The Government has set a timetable that dawdles when dash should be the order of the day. That is why I have assembled a mighty team of experts who I have tasked with delivering a fulsome examination of the most realistic solutions to our aviation crisis in the shortest time possible, which I look forward to sharing with the Government.”

Zaha Hadid - Boris Johnson

Zaha Hadid said: “This work is essential to deliver the most integrated transport solutions for London and the UK. It will enable London to maintain its position as one of the world’s most important economic, commercial and cultural centres; outlining the city’s future growth and development which has always been founded on global connectivity. ”

Norman Foster
Norman Foster + Partners

Mike Pearson, UK director of airports, Atkins said: “This project is not purely about the creation of a new hub airport, it’s about forming the foundations for London’s future development and reaffirming the UK’s position as a key international centre. It will fundamentally shift the debate on UK aviation once and for all, providing both a convincing and compelling case for how international air connectivity is critical to underpinning the UK economy, as well as driving wider regeneration.”

London Britannia Airport by Gensler

The Mayor has confirmed that the following organisations have all been engaged to help with work being prepared for submission to the Government. They will provide expertise under the following themes:

Airport design & infrastructure: Atkins, Zaha Hadid, Pascall & Watson architects 
Socio economic impacts: Ramboll, Oxford Economics, York Aviation, Professor Peter Tyler 
Commercial viability: Ernst and Young 
Legal and regulatory: Ashurst

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