The Mayor of London is urging the Airports Commission to consider the potential for a new hub airport in the Inner Thames Estuary and looking for ideas on how the existing Heathrow site could be redeveloped to create new jobs and homes. With Landon’s population forecast to grow from 8.3 million people today to 10 million people by 2030 and 11 million by 2050, the Mayor is determined that major infrastructure decisions, such as airport expansion. have to contribute towards a wider and longer-term view for the London and UK economy.

As part of this work, Transport for London on behalf of the Mayor, has been tasked with examining what might happen to Heathrow were the existing airport to close. Three leading architectural practices – Rick Mather Architects, Hawkins\Brown and Maccreanor Lavington - have been commissioned to visualise the potential of the site to provide new homes. jobs and a vibrant new destination for London.

According to a report by JLL with PBA, ‘Heathrow City’ could provide 90,000 jobs and 80,000 homes – adding £7.5 billion a year to the UK economy. Its potential is unlikely to be matched by any site in the foreseeable future. Is this too good an opportunity to miss?