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Grimshaw selected for Heathrow expansion role

Grimshaw selected for Heathrow expansion role

Grimshaw have been chosen as the concept designers to bring Heathrow’s vision for expansion to life.

The globally renowned architectural practice, which was founded in the UK by Nicholas Grimshaw, was selected after a rigorous assessment from a shortlist of four of the UK’s top architects which also included Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy.

This follows on from the announcement of Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend as Programme Client Partners in March.

They have been tasked with ensuring the programme is delivered to the highest industry standards in planning, innovation and quality.

Grimshaw were successful in the competitive tender process not only for their visionary concept designs, which pushed the boundary of what an airport could and should be, but also for their unique ideas around how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way.


Grimshaw brings their experience of working on major transport projects across the world and were recognised as the stand out practice to help Heathrow deliver a world-class sustainable airport that will deliver innovation in passenger service whilst showcasing the best of British design.

Head of design at Heathrow, Barry Weekes, said: “We look forward to working with Grimshaw to develop their bold ideas so that once the Government approves the Heathrow expansion, we can create a world-class sustainable hub airport which delivers for our passengers, our airlines and also helps to integrate Heathrow with our local communities.

“With the Concept Architect and Programme Client Partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the Government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.”

The UK government is expected to reveal at some point this year which of the airports in south-east England will get the go ahead for expansion.

Heathrow is the favourite, following a recommendation from the Airport Commission earlier this year.

However, it is believed new prime minister Theresa May objects to expansion there.

Gatwick Airport recently won support for its expansion plans for London mayor Sadiq Khan.