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Article from BTNews 5 SEPTEMBER 2011

Fosters + Partners and Halcrow to publish Thames Hub vision

Due for publication in September is a self-published study by architects Foster + Partners and global infrastructure consultants Halcrow.  Called The Thames Hub – this will bring together rail freight connections between the UK’s main sea ports; a 150 million passenger airport to replace Heathrow; a tidal energy barrage and a new flood protection barrier.

The long-term vision, which spans the next 50 years into 2060, is designed to reinforce the United Kingdom’s position as the world’s leading commercial, tourist and financial centres, ensuring that the country remains globally competitive in the late 21st century and beyond.

The Foster + Partners and Halcrow vision represents a significant development of the Mayor of London’s call for a new airport in the Estuary, while developing the capacity across all of the UK’s transport modes and trade routes.  

Lord Foster (75), is in a unique position regarding airport design.  Previous designs by his partnership have included Beijing International, Hong Kong, and Stansted.  His new “Hub” study has an air of expectancy.

The Fosters + Partners and Halcrow Thames Hub vision is supported by renowned economist Bridget Rosewell, Chairman of Volterra Consulting and founder member of The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company (TESTRAD). www.testrad.co.uk

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