Heathrow Airport has selected four of Britain’s aviation architects to progress its vision for future expansion. The architectural practices 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 remains adaptable in the fast-paced world of global aviation.
Heathrow Airport has now announced a shortlist of architects – Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy – and released their visionary conceptual images. The airport says the next phase of the tender process will “further test their creativity before a final concept designer is selected in July”.
Heathrow Airport’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.”
Weekes continued: “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.”