Geoffrey Reid Associates has beaten competition from Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners and Gensler to design a £25 million airport at Farnborough dedicated solely to business flights.
Client TAG Aviation said the Hampshire airport, which will be redeveloped with a 35m-high air traffic control centre, 4,000m 2'landmark' terminal building and 12,000m 2of hangars, will be a 'business aviation airport', the first of its kind in the country.
TAG project director Ann Bartaby said that normal commercial airports such as Heathrow are obliged to prioritize passenger aircraft and leave business executives to queue for slots. That will not apply at the new Farnborough.
TAG chose Geoffrey Reid's 'exciting' design above Grimshaw and Gensler not on price but because it felt the scheme exemplified the company's approach 'at the forefront of technology, ' said Bartaby. 'I know they'll be disappointed but we had to find the best firm to fit the project.'
The Geoffrey Reid-designed control tower will be ready for July 2002's Farnborough Airshow, with its terminal and hangar buildings following by January 2003.