Tag Archives: Boris Island

Stansted gets a lift

Stansted, London’s third airport, always seemed destined for greater things Architects Foster and Partners saw the brown field site as an opportunity to build a new kind of airport. They created a magnificent airy glass structure with a ‘floating’ roof … Continue reading

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Flight delayed

The Coalition and Labour want to defer a decision about London’s airports until 2015: it can’t wait that long Yesterday the Prime Minister announced an independent inquiry into the future of London’s airports.  Sir Howard Davies’s team will not report … Continue reading

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Chocks away!

The overdue debate on the future of London’s airports is finally taking off. I’ve been blogging for about a year, and my most consistent topic is transport and the need to take grown-up and very urgent decisions about the future. … Continue reading

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Garden cities to stage leafy comeback?

A battle has broken out between town and country over the future of planning.  The government is trying to defuse the row by bringing back garden cities: planned communities designed to create a ‘joyous union’ between town and country. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Economy can’t fly without airports

It is sixty-six years since a full-length runway was built in the South East of England. While Amsterdam-Schipol, Frankfurt and Paris have been adding miles more runway, Britain has held ten aviation inquiries since 1946 and gotten nowhere.  The coalition … Continue reading

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Full speed ahead?

2012 started with good news for people who care about making this country a nicer place to live and a better place to do business. On January 10, the government gave the green light to High Speed 2: an exciting … Continue reading

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Victorian values re-evaluated

On Sunday inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson added his voice to the much-needed debate on planning in the UK.  Writing in support of a new Thames Hub airport for London (“Boris Island“) he laments “we have lost the ambition and vision of our Victorian ancestors. … Continue reading

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