Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have been chosen by London Mayor Boris Johnson to draw up plans for a new major multi-runway airport in the southeast part of England. ZHA has been paired with a team of experts including representatives from Oxford Economics and York Aviation, plus British engineering firms Atkins and Pascall+Watson, who together will develop a scheme for a transportation hub that aims to play a vital role in the future of the capital's economy.
When announcing the venture, Johnson stressed the urgency of the project, saying that he had tasked the dream team with "delivering a fulsome examination of the most realistic solutions to our aviation crisis in the shortest time possible." Commenting on the program and goals of the development, Hadid acknowledged the project's great scope and its local and global consequences: "This work is essential to deliver the most integrated transport solutions for London and the UK. It will enable London to maintain its position as one of the world’s most important economic, commercial and cultural centers; outlining the city’s future growth and development which has always been founded on global connectivity.”
Images of the Zagreb Airport Competition: Zaha Hadid Architects