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Luton Airport, Luton, United Kingdom 
Friday 02 Nov 2012
 
Is Luton the answer to UK airport debate? 
 
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Weston Williamson unveils comprehensive plans for a new airport in Luton, UK 

Recently plans for a new airport in England, UK have been unveiled by architects Weston Williamson. The new flight hub has been located in Luton and aims to create a new type of experience behind flying.

The government think tank Policy Exchange has ruled out a new airport in the Thames Estuary and expanding Stansted or Gatwick. The group have concluded that though Luton is the second best option to expanding Heathrow, when balanced against their environmental impacts, a new four runway airport at Luton is the better solution.

Plans for the new airport would provide London with a highly accessible building which will contain world class facilities. The architect's aim is to bring back the joy and excitement of flying.

The chosen location minimises the loss of homes and offers opportunities for alternative spaces which are not normally associated with airports. In addition, the existing site will be converted and used for servicing and cargo once the new areas are up and running. It is thought that the complex is thought to become the main hub for air transport in England.

Within the building there will be a huge indoor garden which passengers could enjoy in a different kind of space to the huge shopping malls which airports have morphed into. There would be barbers, spas, and more emphasis on relaxation with facilities available to those other than travelling first class.

Weston Williamson is currently working with Crossrail and advocate on taking the system into the heart of the airport. In addition to this Thameslink would serve the station with frequent services to London from 2018, making it highly accessible for everyone.

Rob Naybour, Director of Weston Williams commented: "As experts in major infrastructure projects, we identified Luton along with others, as a site with fantastic potential and connectivity. We think the debate about the future of air transport in the UK needs to be broadened further."

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