Offshore airport proposed by Beckett Rankine for coast of Kent, UK
Marine Consulting Engineers Beckett Rankine have announced plans to join the ongoing UK aviation debate with plans for an offshore airport on the Goodwin Sands, 3km off the coast of Kent, south east England. Using South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong as reference points for successful offshore airports, the Beckett Rankine team suggest that it would be possible to create an island airport for £39.2bn.
Tim Beckett, Director of Beckett Rankine, details: “We believe that an offshore hub airport is the only option that can realistically provide the four new, independent runways that research reveals London needs. If the Davies Commission endorses the long-term requirement for a new four-runway hub airport for London, then locating it at Goodwin will have the least adverse social and environmental impact of any option. It is certainly the most sustainable solution available.”
Constructing a new airport at Goodwin Sands would have no effect on protected areas, shipping lanes or birdlife as the region is not a recognised bird breeding area. Beckett Rankine suggest connecting the airport to the HS1 rail line to St Pancras, meaning passengers would be able to enter central London in only 40 minutes.
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