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London Britannia Airport, London, United Kingdom 
Wednesday 05 Sep 2012
 
Images of new floating airport 
 
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23/12/12 Yola Dragon, London
While this proposal might be a fun way for Gensler to get some publicity for themselves it is not a serious proposal and could never be delivered. Even if floating runways for Jumbo jets could be built there is not an area in the Thames estuary large and deep enough to float them in. Furthermore all the deep areas tend to be the shipping lanes.
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10/09/12 T Bell, Sheerness
Another crazy idea for the Kent people to live with, Stansted one of the nicer airports is running at less than 50 per cent capacity and Manston at even less, with the advantage its near to the channel ports and fast rail link to London. and the added capacity could be up and running today not in 10/15 years time.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket, what about the fog you get in the estuary

The SS Montgomery is a real problem, again sorry for the people of Kent, because why is it OK to make safe for an airport but not for the people in Kent don’t they matter?

See:- Facebook SS Richard Montgomery (the wreck)
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Editorial

Gensler releases designs for 24/7 floating airport on London's Thames 


The London branch of international firm Gensler has released concepts for a floating new aviation hub on The Thames which it asserts can be completed within the next ten years. The groundbreaking scheme would be the first 24/7 airport in the United Kingdom and the largest floating airport in the world.

Speaking on the unveiling this afternoon, Chris Johnson, Managing Principal at Gensler and Creative Director for the airport said: “This is a once in a century project that will build on the capital’s reputation for innovation and creativity and provide a new symbol of national pride. This is a fantastic opportunity to rethink the problems created by a redundant 20th century airport model and provide a genuine 21st century airport that creates a new standard for the world, minimising nuisance and maximising environmental benefits.”

Gensler is presenting the project as part of a wider development including existing airport Heathrow, suggesting the development of a new eco-city on its premises under the title ‘Heathrow Gardens’. The design team proposes utilising the existing infrastructure onsite to provide homes for 300,000 residents and employment opportunities for more than 200,000 workers.

Project Director, Ian Mulcahey furthers: “This will be a ‘national’ infrastructure project that can inject new pace and dynamism into our economy. The airport can be quickly manufactured in the ship yards and steel works across the UK and can be floated by sea and positioned in the Estuary. This isn’t a London Airport; it is a Global Airport, designed, manufactured and built in the UK.”

The scheme’s main competitor is Foster + Partners’ Thames Hub, a major transportation development stretching the length of the United Kingdom but centred at a hub in London. The wider plans include: a £20bn high-speed Orbital Rail line around London; a new £6bn Thames Barrier and crossing; and a £20bn international Estuary Airport, with annual capacity for 150 million passengers. The total estimated cost of the project is £50bn.

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