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Johnson commissions Heathrow town plans

Words: Helen Bird
Heathrow Airport

Boris Johnson has asked a trio of architectural practices to draw up plans for a new town on the site of Heathrow Airport.

The appointments, of Hawkins\Brown, Rick Mather Architects and Maccreanor Lavington, form part of the London Mayor’s bid to convince the government to back a new hub airport to the east of the capital.
The move could lead to the closure of the current airport for the site to be redeveloped as housing.
Johnson’s vision of building an airport in the Thames Estuary has been losing ground to other options that aim to solve the UK’s aviation capacity problems.
The mayor believes that a vacated Heathrow could potentially support 90,000 new jobs and provide homes for 190,000 people. 
He said that he hopes the architects’ designs  “will help prompt the Airports Commission into a deeper understanding of what London could achieve”.
Each of the practices will be given six weeks to draw up their proposals for ‘Heathrow City’.
These will include how 80,000 homes could be built on the site and how some of the existing terminal buildings could be re-used.