Gatwick appoints top architect to examine expansion plans

Gatwick appoints top architect to examine expansion plans

Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate has confirmed the appointment of Sir Terry Farrell to provide expert advice on its runway capacity plans.

Sir Terry will offer specialist advice to the airport in support of its proposal for additional runway capacity and its vision for a ‘constellation of three London Airports with two runways each’ – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

Sir Terry, and his architect planning company, brings over forty years of experience in delivering major development projects across the world.

In the UK, building schemes include MI6, Embankment Place, the new Home Office HQ and the Deep Aquarium in Hull.

Large scale infrastructure planning and buildings dominate their work in East Asia including Incheon Airport in Korea, Beijing and Guangzhou High Speed rail stations in China and the tallest building ever by a British architect in Shenzhen.

London Gatwick believes that its constellation vision for three competing major London airports is the best solution for London and the UK.

Large numbers of world cities are well served by this kind of approach including New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Istanbul and Paris. At the heart of its vision is the argument that London and the south-east is the UK’s hub for aviation – not one airport.

London Gatwick also believes that runway expansion at the airport would be affordable, deliverable and sustainable. It would also give passengers, communities, airlines and businesses the certainty they need.

Wingate said: “Sir Terry has unrivalled experience and a unique insight into the aviation debate and the issues which the Airports Commission will have to consider.

“Having designed major transport infrastructure around the world, including the hub airport in South Korea, he will bring to the airport a track record of delivering major transport projects whilst ensuring London and the UK gets the right solution.”