Weston Williamson architects has unveiled plans for a new flight-hub in Luton. This development follows the news that the government think tank Policy Exchange has now ruled out a new airport in the Thames Estuary and expanding Stansted or Gatwick. The group has concluded that though Luton is the second best option to expanding Heathrow, when balanced against their environmental impacts, a new four runway airport at Luton is the better solution.
Already served by Thameslink and the M1 motorway, the single-runway Bedfordshire airport is the sensible location for the UK’s largest airport hub, according to Weston Williamson architects. Anyone coming from the North or Midlands could get there by car or the planned improved train links.
Weston Williamson would advocate taking improved rail links directly into the heart of the airport. The existing airport at Luton would be converted to handle freight only.
The siting of the airport offers opportunities for alternative spaces not normally associated with airports. At London Luton there would be a huge indoor garden which passengers could enjoy in a different kind of space to the huge shopping malls which airports have morphed into.
There would be barbers, spas and more emphasis on relaxation, with facilities available to those other than travelling first class. Bringing back the joy and excitement of flying.