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July 17, 2013

London Britannia Airport Team Merger Announced

Gensler and TESTRAD join forces for the Airports Commission submission, creating a new global hub airport in the Thames Estuary that turns today’s passenger experience on its head

LONDON – Gensler, the leading global architecture and design firm, and TESTRAD (The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company) announce today that they have joined forces to propose London Britannia Airport, a new global hub airport for London sited in the Thames Estuary. The new coalition – comprising two organisation that have been instrumental in the U.K.’s aviation capacity debate – offers London a world-class team of economists, aviation and transport specialists, engineers, urban planners and architects who will be presenting a deliverable, long-term solution for London’s aviation strategy. The team’s plan enables London Britannia Airport to be created with minimal disruption to London. TESTRAD and Gensler will submit their plans to the Airports Commission on July 19, 2013.

London Britannia Airport provides a long-term planning and infrastructure framework for London, creating a revolutionary model for the U.K.’s aviation capacity and totally rethinking the economic and environmental impacts that currently challenge all eastern and western aviation propositions.

Bridget Rosewell, CEO of TESTRAD, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to share the extensive technical work that has been done by the highly experienced TESTRAD team over the last two years and join forces with a design team that have the imagination and drive to give London the world-class airport it now deserves.”

The new London Britannia Airport master plan will position London as the frontrunner in the global business arena, whilst providing a solution to the Capital’s current density issues. It also enables significant opportunities for the creation of new homes and employment in order to meet London’s anticipated population growth of two million by 2036. Both the East and West of London will each benefit from key regeneration planning that will see significant increases in GDP.

“Unlike many of the competing schemes, our team is not funded by existing airport operators, it is being driven by a cross-section of experts who all share in the belief that London urgently needs not just another airport, but the best airport in the world and in a location that causes the least nuisance to Londoners,” said Gensler London Managing Director and London Britannia Airport Project Director Ian Mulcahey.

London Britannia Airport will be a state-of-the-art aviation experience fit for the 21st century. It completely reinvents today’s passenger experience, creating one of the world’s most efficient global hub airports.

Gensler’s Managing Principal and London Britannia Airport Creative Director Chris Johnson said: “TESTRAD and Gensler are committed to a common goal, to redefine the airport of the future. Learning from Britain’s historic legacy for groundbreaking engineering concepts we will capitalise on today’s best of British skills and innovation to create the most efficient and convenient airport in the world.”

Notes to Editors
– For a full briefing on the new London Britannia scheme or interview requests with Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director, Gensler, and Bridget Rosewell, CEO, TESTRAD, please contact Anna Robinson at Gensler on 020 7073 9685 or e-mail: .
– New images of London Britannia Airport will be available on 19th July 2013.

TESTRAD was founded to develop better use of the Thames Estuary potential. Aviation is central to this vision as well as the need to regenerate the traditionally industrial east of London. Over the last decade London has once again pushed east and closer to Europe. This proposal develops that potential to the advantage of the whole of the U.K.


Bridget Rosewell OBE
Bridget Rosewell is one of the U.K.’s most influential economists with a track record in advising public and private sector clients on key strategic issues. She is a founder and senior partner of Volterra Partners, a nonexecutive director of Network Rail and of Ulster Bank. She recently ceased to be Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority, after ten years.

She has worked with both Transport for London and HS2 on the consideration of economic benefits for both rail and aviation projects. Bridget was responsible for developing the economic case for Crossrail and has been helping to develop ideas for an airport location in the Thames Estuary.

About Gensler
Gensler is a global design firm, employing 3,700 people who form a collection of networked studios in 44 offices on four continents. Founded in 1965, Gensler has deep expertise in design, architecture and consulting across 20 practices. From its origins in commercial interiors, Gensler is now a leader in areas as diverse as retail, aviation, sports stadia, brand strategy, hospitality and educational facilities. The firm’s consulting practices partner with clients to ensure their real estate investments are delivering a result for the people who experience them.

Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director, Gensler London
Ian Mulcahey is the managing director of the London office. He has 25 years experience in the design and implementation complex urban projects, working in major cities in the U.K. and throughout the world. Ian has a deep understanding of the competing political, commercial and social forces that influence plans.

He directs the planning team, utilising creative strategies for the reconciliation of these forces during the consultation, design development, approval and delivery process to realise distinct, sustainable and successful proposals.

He leads a multidiscplinary team of planners, architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who undertake a full range of national and international planning and urban design work to produce feasibility studies through to the planning and implementation of major strategic master plans.

Anna Robinson
020 7073 9685