Architect Lord Foster revealed the further details required for the Thames Hub airport yesterday, including studies about local wildlife habitats and transport interchanges.
Consultant Halcrow and architect Foster + Partners, will begin a number of in-depth studies about the project to take it to the next stage of development. The further research will include a detailed study of wildlife habitats in the Thames Estuary, a survey of the settlements and listed buildings on the Isle of Grain and possible locations of intermodal stations on the planned orbital rail link.
Halcrow and Foster + Partners unveiled the £50bn Thames Hub plan earlier this month. The development includes a £20bn high speed orbital rail line around London; a new £6bn Thames Barrier and crossing and a £20bn international Estuary Airport.
“Over the last few weeks, the team has also met a large number of public and private-sector stakeholders, across a range of infrastructure sectors, and has received strong support for the Thames Hub proposals,” said a Foster + Partners spokesman. “Initial discussions with investors have shown that there is interest in supporting the project through its planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance phases.”
Further details study:
- Detailed study of wildlife habitats in the Thames Estuary, investigating the potential for a new nature reserve
- Analysis of the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery, a World War II munitions ship, which lies close to the proposed airport site
- Survey of the settlements and listed buildings on the Isle of Grain
- Further detail on rail alignment and integration of utilities and gas insulated cables
- Possible locations of intermodal stations on the orbital rail link