YRM has confirmed that it was the masterplanner behind proposals for Heathrow airport published recently in a tabloid newspaper, which included a new sixth terminal to service a third runway.
However, the practice has insisted that the plans, drawn up a number of years ago, were only prepared as internal 'option' documents for British Airways (BA) in response to the government's South East Runway Access Study consultation.
According to the supposedly 'leaked' drawings, the new terminal was earmarked for a plot north of Heathrow's existing runways, between the villages of Sipson and Harmondsworth in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
YRM admitted it had been asked by BA as early as 1999 to 'consider the masterplanning implications of a third short runway at Heathrow.'
Practice director John Clemow said: 'YRM prepared ideas for British Airways for a short third runway of 2,000m and associated apron and terminal development.
'We believe these ideas helped to inform the Government White Paper 'The Future of Aviation', which was published at the end of 2003 and included the possibility of a third runway at Heathrow if environmental issues were satisfactorily addressed,' he added.
The sensational revelation of the plans in the Mirror
arrived as protestors carried out a number of demonstrations around the London airport aimed at stopping its future expansion.by Richard Waite