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The Gallery | Heathrow designs

Concept designs have been unveiled for an expanded Heathrow.

Visions from four architectural practices were shortlisted to define what the West London airport could look like with a third runway.

Zaha Hadid Architects, Grimshaw, HOK and Benoy will compete for the role of concept designer.

“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, enhance how it connects with the communities around it,” said Heathrow head of design Barry Weekes.

“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.”

The government-commissioned, Sir Howard Davies-led Airports Commission last summer recommended construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

Yet despite further backing for a quick approval of this plan, from MPs and contractors, ministers have put off a final decision until later this year.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye this week wrote to prime minister David Cameron setting out a series of measures to support the proposed expansion project.

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