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Greenpeace protest fortress unveiled

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Greenpeace has announced the winner of its contest to design a ‘fortress’ to occupy a plot of land destined for Heathrow’s ill-fated third runway

The winning design by London-based architects Lukas Barry and Alastair Parvin, titled ‘Groundswell’, was an extension of Greenpeace’s public ownership scheme, which has effectively been made redundant by the new government’s decision to scrap proposals for a third runway.

Last year the charity bought the 3,000m2 site and distributed ownership to more than 60,000 supporters around the world to create legal problems for any government trying to push ahead with expansion.

The man-made structure will be formed from donated sand-bags and according to Parvin become a ‘physical petition’ to expansion.

Parvin said he had ‘mixed feelings’ following the competition announcement but was confident the project would continue.

With airport operator BAA promising to work with the new government on airport policy, Greenpeace has not ruled out using the winning design elsewhere.

Shortlisted designs included Rubber House by architect Kate Scholes, Exclamation Park by design practice Penttinen Schöne, Frustum by German-based architect Marc Drewes, and an unnamed entry from independent architect Oliver Houchell.

An exhibition of all the entrants will be held at the Bargehouse on the South Bank, London in early June.

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