London mayor Boris Johnson has appointed consultant Atkins along with architect Zaha Hadid to help develop plans for a new hub airport in south east England.
Atkins will lead the three of the six packages of work - airport design and infrastructure, surface access and environmental impacts. The firm will work with architects Pascall+Watson and Zaha Hadid Architects for the airport design and infrastructure work package.
“This project is not purely about the creation of a new hub airport, it’s about forming the foundations for London’s future development and reaffirming the UK’s position as a key international centre,” said Atkins UK airports director Mike Pearson.
Johnson said it was “absolutely imperative” to ensure work progressed on a new hub airport as soon as possible.
“The Government has set a timetable that dawdles when dash should be the order of the day,” said Johnson.
“That is why I have assembled a mighty team of experts who I have tasked with delivering a fulsome examination of the most realistic solutions to our aviation crisis in the shortest time possible, which I look forward to sharing with the Government.”
The team will evaluate around 15 different proposals for a hub airport in the southeast producing a shortlist in the next couple of weeks. Atkins will then work on a detailed feasibility of the shortlisted options ready for Johnson to submit to the Davies Commission on air capacity in south east England.