Atkins to help explore airport options for south east England

Atkins has been appointed by London mayor Boris Johnson to help develop plans for a multi-runway hub airport in the south east of England.

Atkins – a design, engineering and project management consultancy – will lead three of the projects’ six work packages – Airport Design and Infrastructure, Surface Access and Environmental Impacts. The company will also collaborate with Zaha Hadid Architects and Pascall+Watson on some elements of the Airport Design and Infrastructure package.

‘It is absolutely imperative that work to progress a new hub airport in the southeast is completed as soon as possible,’ Johnson said in a statement. ‘The government has set a timetable that dawdles when dash should be the order of the day. That is why I have assembled a mighty team of experts who I have tasked with delivering a fulsome examination of the most realistic solutions to our aviation crisis in the shortest time possible, which I look forward to sharing with the government.”

Around 15 different proposals for a new hub airport in the south east have already been made public. Johnson is said to have consulted on criteria that will be used to evaluate each of those proposals and to form a shortlist of options. That shortlist is expected to be announced within weeks and the team now assembled by Johnson will produce detailed feasibility studies of the shortlisted options that the Mayor will submit to the Davies Commission.