Pascall + Watson has released new visualisations of its approved plans for the £344 million expansion at London City Airport
The images of the proposals, which show off the designs for the UK’s first ‘digital’ air traffic control tower, were unveiled to mark the Docklands airport’s 30th anniversary.
The contentious scheme was rubber-stamped by chancellor Philip Hammond, transport secretary Chris Grayling and communities secretary Sajid Javid in July last year (see AJ 28.07.16).
The plans include a three-storey passenger pier, new aircraft taxiway, a 260-bed hotel and parking spaces for planes and aims to allow two million more passengers a year to use the airport from 2025 with 30,000 additional flights annually.
London City Airport estimates that the scheme will create over 2,000 jobs, including 500 construction jobs, and could contribute £1.5 billion to the UK’s economy by 2025.
The cost of the plans have increased significantly since the practice first unveiled concept ideas for the East London airport’s American owner GIP in late 2013 (see AJ 20.09.13)
However, the plans have come in for criticism due to environmental and housing concerns.
Speaking last year, Siân Berry, Green Party London Assembly member, said: ’[The approval for the airport] is wrong for east London in so many ways, including the missed opportunity to wind down and replace the airport with a new quarter for homes and businesses.
’This could have happened when Crossrail opens with faster links to Heathrow, but is less likely if expansion is allowed. Londoners need a quieter, more productive neighbour than a polluting airport.’
Construction on the air traffic control tower is due for completion in 2019.
Lcy airport sketch pascall+watson
London City Airport is located in a very sensitive and constrained location, sitting in the heart of London’s Docklands close to residential areas and the adjacent Docklands Light Railway. The architectural solution provides extensive new facilities, and will revitalise the city’s major transport hub. Critical to the success of this development is our ability to deliver contextual design solutions that respect a very complex phasing and construction methodology.
The new Digital Air Traffic Control Tower will be the first in the UK to be in operation as a single digital source of air traffic control and will put the airport at the forefront of a global aviation trend.
London City Airport by Pascall + Watson - new visual released October 2017