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25 Jan 2013

London : Hub City

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GRIMSHAW PROPOSE INNOVATIVE AND ACHIEVABLE AVIATION VISION FOR LONDON AND THE UK

25.01.13

Architects Grimshaw have today unveiled an ambitious and attainable proposal to address the aviation capacity issues facing the South East of the UK.

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‘London: Hub City’ focuses on London’s position as one of the world’s most vibrant commercial and cultural centres. It argues that the capital should be made accessible to travellers, including those using London as a ‘hub’ to reach other parts of the world, to an unprecedented degree. This vision for London outlines the framework for an integrated transport strategy that is designed to stimulate the economic and creative development of the city.

The proposal argues that making better use of London’s existing transport infrastructure can create provision for aviation growth in a way that is more sustainable and resilient than building a single ‘super-hub’ airport. Passengers should be encouraged to connect through, and enjoy Central London at every opportunity. Not only will these visitors contribute to the city’s economic and cultural growth, but coordinated improvements to the capital’s transport network will also benefit all Londoners.

‘London: Hub City’ is the idea of Grimshaw Chief Executive Jolyon Brewis. He argues that London has the ideal characteristics to become the world’s first Hub City. Already over 30% of international passengers transferring through Heathrow leave the airport and spend over £500 per head in Central London. The report argues that making London’s connections legible, fast and reliable would drive these figures significantly higher.

The strategy has implications for London’s existing airports, current transport infrastructure, and network improvements already underway, specifically Crossrail. It is eminently achievable, but needs a coordinated and integrated approach by a number of agencies.

Speaking about the proposal Jolyon Brewis said: ‘The need to expand our aviation capacity gives us a unique opportunity to create an integrated transport strategy that directly supports the commercial and cultural vitality of London. This is of critical importance to the UK economy. I am convinced that the way to achieve this is to make London more accessible to more people than ever before.’

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Jolyon is an architect skilled in finding creative, pragmatic solutions driven by a careful understanding of the client’s requirements and the unique possibilities of each project. He has an exceptional ability to communicate ideas to a broad range of people, and win the widespread support necessary for the development of large-scale, complex projects. His architectural experience covers all of Grimshaw’s principal sectors. Projects include all phases of the Eden Project, the headquarters for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, masterplanning the expansion of Stansted and Heathrow Airports, an urban extension to the town of Harlow, and the Aerogenerator wind turbine. Jolyon believes that masterplanning and infrastructure design offer the greatest opportunities to improve the sustainability of our built environment. His work on the Eden Project exemplifies the practice’s comprehensive approach to buildings, landscape and infrastructure, and has directly informed subsequent transportation and urban masterplans.

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Grimshaw Architects and cultural placemaking consultants FutureCity have recently launched the Urban Research Unit (URU). URU is a one-year research project focused on issues related to urban design, masterplanning, and placemaking. Established in New York and London, this joint initiative will consider and challenge the conventional tools used to plan and build contemporary urban centers. The Urban Research Unit, in collaboration with the Fellows of the RSA, will host a series of eight events each exploring, through a targeted panel discussion, a different topic that shapes the public realm. Influential thinkers including designers, clients, academics and other industry experts will help enrich the panel discourse at each event, while relevant content will also be shared on a dedicated URU website. This project will culminate with a final document in early 2014 which will act as a toolkit of key issues and considerations to be applied as New York and London’s urban environments prepare for the future. www.urbanresearchunit.com/

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