New images reveal expanded Heathrow of the future
11 May 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review
Heathrow Airport has unveiled design concepts created by aviation architects to showcase its vision for the future.
Heathrow has provided a first look at its vision for an expanded global gateway if given government backing.
Heathrow challenged the architects to push the boundary of what an airport could and should be
The airport selected four British aviation architects to progress with concepts in line with its expansion project proposal. Heathrow challenged the architects to push the boundary of what an airport could and should be. They were asked to come up with bold ideas to create a world-class sustainable airport that would deliver innovations in passenger service, integrate local communities and showcase the best of British design. Affordability and flexibility were also key to the brief to ensure that Heathrow remained adaptable in the fast-paced world of global aviation.
The shortlist of architects – which includes Grimshaw , Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy – was announced today alongside the visionary conceptual images. The next phase of the tender process will further test their creativity before a final concept designer is selected in July.
Heathrow’s Head of Design Barry Weekes 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.
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. Our ambition for expansion is to transform Heathrow once again – building Britain a value for money global gateway at the forefront of sustainable development and innovative design.”