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Rival Heathrow expansion scheme published

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Arora Group has revealed its plans for the expansion of Heathrow Airport, as it bids to undertake the development of new terminal buildings.

A private hotel and property company owned by Surinder Arora, the Arora Group said the new terminals are designed to provide capacity for more than 50 million additional passengers and transform experience and efficiency at the airport.

In July 2017, the company submitted its views to the Department for Transport as part of the consultation on the expansion plans. It suggested that £1.7 billion could be saved if the terminal and taxiway system was redesigned. Not expanding the terminal would save £1.1 billion.

A report by the Airports Commission states that a new Heathrow runway would cost £17.6 billion to deliver, but recommended these plans over expansion at Gatwick.

Now, the company has published its plans for the terminals, as it looks to make expansion at the airport cheaper than plans by the airport's owner.

Architects Corgan designed the company’s Western Hub proposals, which concentrate on new terminal capacity on the western side of Heathrow, between the existing Terminal 5 (T5) and the M25. A statement on Arora Group’s website explains that this avoids the need to redevelop existing terminals in the Heathrow central area (Terminals 2 and 3) which would be far more expensive and disruptive.

Rather than build new terminal buildings, the Western Hub integrates new passenger facilities with T5 into a single hub campus. A central concourse would provide fast and easy access to both T5 and to the new Terminal 6.

BQ recently reported that Heathrow Airport Ltd has asked UK businesses and entrepreneurs to register their interest in delivering a variety of infrastructure at the airport. Arora Group said this is a step in the right direction but “does not yet go far enough in guaranteeing a truly competitive expansion”.

Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of the Arora Group, said: “Our approach has been to work closely with airlines and to employ the world’s best and most experienced airport designers and these benefits are clearly evident in our Western Hub plans. Heathrow has been in monopoly control for too long and our proposals show what can be achieved through an alternative approach and Heathrow fully welcoming competition.”

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