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Grimshaw lands huge JFK airport redevelopment job

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AJ100 practice Grimshaw has scooped the prized project to redevelop New York’s famous John F Kennedy airport (JFK)

The firm, which is working on a number of major airport schemes around the world including the expansion of London’s Heathrow, was appointed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of the successful Mott MacDonald-led team.

Together the companies have been asked by Governor’s Airport Advisory Panel to come up with a 30-year vision plan, expected to drive investment up to US$10 billion, which will revitalise the hub and ‘place it among the ranks of world-class airports’. 

As well as immediate improvements, the masterplan includes overhauling the main terminal, gates, aircraft parking and airfield capacity as well as airport transportation access and parking systems, cargo facilities and airside support facilities such as fuelling, de-icing, maintenance and cogeneration.

Grimshaw partner-in-charge Mark Husser described the proposed revamp as ‘great and timely’ adding: ‘We’ve been in New York now for 16 years and have been honoured to design significant urban infrastructure projects for the city, and JFK is an enormously exciting opportunity to make a difference for the region.’

Chris Chalk, Mott MacDonald’s global aviation practice leader and project manager for the revitalisation of JFK Airport, said: ‘Our goal is to reestablish JFK among the premier league of airports and to make it the world’s city hub of choice.

‘Together with our key partner Grimshaw, we are redeveloping the future of airports from London Heathrow to Auckland, New Zealand. We are also committed to maximising the minority and women-owned enterprise component of the work.’

Meanwhile construction work is continuing at JFK on the conversion of Eero Saarinen’s landmark Trans World Flight Center (1962) into a 505-room hotel which is due to open next year.

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  • The airports go on. An enterprise in which we, with Europe lead the world? And we should be leading the EU not leaving it?! Only 37% voted for Brexit. We should have Free Trade with the world to help Africa and South America compete fairly, feed themselves and us?

    Unfortunately a Mott Grimshaw consortium can’t do everything. They might be able to work with Adonis, Sadie and Grayling to move Heathrow to Stansted before an A380 lands on Hounslow with a nuke on board?!

    Stansted should have 4 runways, links to HS2, TGV and the proposed Cambridge Oxford line via MK, with a new town to house the additional 1 million workers involved. Just an idea? Then redevelope Heathrow as a New Suburb, with the Terminals as Stadia, Shopping, Schools etc using the existing rail links, including the Elizabeth line.

    We could do it without politicians, as there is capital looking for an investment at say 3% over 25 years? Ask Gatwick, rather than Howard Davies and the defuct Airports Commission?

    Stansted also has the most elegant Terminal in the world, copied by Kurosawa with extra colour and Tropical planting at KL. I forget who did the original now.

    The work goes on. Schedule a meeting ASAP? Or next month, and count me in please.

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