Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra welcome government statement on aviation capacity

29 Nov 2011

Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra – the team behind proposals for the Thames Hub, which includes a new estuary airport, a Thames barrier and a UK-wide utilities and transport Spine today welcomed Chancellor George Osborne's statement on the government’s intention to look more closely at aviation capacity.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Lord Foster, founder and chairman of Foster + Partners, said:

“We welcome the government’s decision to consider airport capacity as part of the National Infrastructure Plan. We believe that the economic case for the Thames Hub is compelling as Britain is already losing out to expanding European hubs. Our proposal comprehensively addresses the infrastructure needed to maximise the advantages of a new airport. The Thames Hub and proposed new airport project is part of a wider UK-wide initiative to bring together rail, freight logistics, aviation, energy generation and transmission, flood protection and regional development. Recognising the synergies between these different strands, it reaps the benefits of their integration.

“We are committed to working with government and wider industry stakeholders to put in place the transport connections Britain needs to encourage growth, job creation and trade with the rest of the world, particularly the emerging economies. This is an opportunity to reassert Britain’s role as a global hub and an international gateway. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today is very encouraging and a step closer to achieving this goal.”

Halcrow director, David Kerr, said:

“Over the last few weeks we have met a large number of public and private sector stakeholders, across a range of infrastructure sectors, and have received widespread support and enthusiasm for the Thames Hub proposals.

“Initial discussions with investors have shown that there is interest in supporting the project through its planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance phases. With an appropriate political and planning framework, this is a project that can be delivered.”