Lord Foster, chairman and founder of Foster + Partners, has launched ambitious proposals for upgrading Britain’s infrastructure which combine rail, energy, communications and data running the length of the UK.
Dubbed “the Spine”, this would be fed by a Thames Hub, which would bring together a new river barrier and crossing, an international airport, and a shipping and rail complex.
Foster + Partners, infrastructure consultancy Halcrow and economics consultancy Volterra have collaborated on a self-funded study to produce a detailed vision for the Thames Hub.
The main elements comprise:
Lord Foster said: “If we are to establish a modern transport and energy infrastructure in Britain for this century and beyond, we need to recapture the foresight and political courage of our 19th century forebears and draw on our traditions of engineering, design and landscape.”
Halcrow group board director, David Kerr, said: “Great challenges require bold solutions, which is why I believe our Thames Hub vision is critical to society and to the country’s economic prosperity. If we don’t sustain and invest in infrastructure, then it’s at our peril. If the UK is to remain globally competitive, these proposals need to be seriously considered.”
Find more about the Thames Hub.
3 November 2011