Architectural firm Grimshaw has been selected to create expansion designs, which follow the concept of Heathrow as the hub airport of the future.
This followed a competition, which saw participation of Zaha Hadid Architects, Benoy, and HOK. Grimshaw was chosen for its visionary concept designs, which expanded the scope of what an airport should be, as well as for its ideas on how the airport could be expanded in a sustainable and affordable approach.
Grimshaw partner Jolyon Brewis said: “We are passionate about designing a new future for Heathrow Airport; setting a benchmark for sustainable infrastructure skilfully integrated with the communities it serves.
"Heathrow have ambitious plans for the expansion of the airport and we are proud to be selected to help deliver this inspirational vision.”
Grimshaw's partner Andrew Thomas said: “We believe the expansion of Heathrow is vital to maintaining the UK’s place within the global economy and we look forward to developing a design, which provides an authentic and uniquely British sense of place.
"Our concept will deliver an outstanding passenger experience by building upon the airport’s rich history, while also setting a new standard for the future of aviation.”
In March, the airport authorities announced Arup, CH2M, MACE, and Turner & Townsend as Programme Client Partners.
Image: A graphic impression of the futuristic Heathrow airport. Photo: courtesy of Your Heathrow.