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Lord Foster reveals further research needed for Thames Hub airport

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

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