Architect Sir Terry Farrell has been appointed by London Gatwick Airport to provide expert advice on its runway capacity plans.
Sir Terry will offer specialist advice in support of its proposal for additional runway capacity and its vision for a ‘constellation of three London airports [Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted] with two runways each’.
Gatwick believes that runway expansion at the airport would be affordable, deliverable and sustainable.
Chief Executive Stewart Wingate commented: “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.”
Sir Terry added: “The ‘constellation approach’ of keeping Heathrow open, whilst building an additional runway at Gatwick, and then in time at Stansted, transforms the debate away from the over-engineered and unnecessary idea of a mega hub at Heathrow or to the East of London.
“The world city of London, with the largest aviation market in the world, is the hub and its airport infrastructure needs to evolve and grow around the city. The concept of building a single mega-hub airport is at significant odds with what London needs. There is a reason a city the size of London doesn’t have one mega-railway station but has major stations at Victoria, Waterloo, Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston – the same principle applies to airports.”