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London Britannia Airport

London, United Kingdom

Gensler, in partnership with TESTRAD (The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company), has conceived a master plan for London’s future airport and regional redevelopment. Sited in the Thames Estuary, the international hub would provide London with the next-generation airport and high-speed rail system links necessary to sustain its world city status. As proposed, the maritime location limits noise and environmental impact by directing flight paths over low- to zero-density housing, while allowing ample space for future expansion. The concept plan not only addresses the limitations of London’s landlocked airports and projected population growth, it also calls for Heathrow’s transformation into a new London Borough, and the social and economic regeneration of East London.