Proposals include turning Richard Rogers’ Terminal 5 into a higher education campus
Heathrow Airport should be knocked down and turned into a garden city supporting 30,000 homes, a report out today has said.
Called Heathrow Garden City, the 16-page document has been written by Graeme Bell, the current vice president of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and a former government adviser.
Bell said the only building that should be kept is Richard Rogers’ Terminal 5 building which would be turned into a higher education campus incorporating an engineering centre of excellence.
He said Heathrow needed to be reinvented rather than expanded and a new airport built elsewhere – possibly in the Thames estuary.
Bell estimated his proposals for a new Heathrow would create 80,000 jobs and would see a retail park put up on the site of the current Terminal 4 building as well as building four garden suburbs of around 2,000 homes each and two urban villages of about 3,000 homes each. In addition, there would be 400ha of landscaping and 35ha of open water.
Bell said Heathrow had passed its sell-by date and added: “With Heathrow bursting at the seams, now is the time for the government to take a bold step to realise the vision of a new international hub airport for the benefit of both the UK and London.”
The report is part of the Tomorrow Series papers published by the TCPA.
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