Trafalgar pyramid? A look at an alternative London

Trafalgar pyramid? A look at an alternative London

LOver the years, ondon has been the focus of some questionable urban design ideas – from transforming Soho into a concrete office complex, building a wheeled airport that squeezed over Kings Cross, and straightening the Thames.

In collaboration with the rendering agency CG Orange, developer Barratt Homes has tagged 3D images of various proposals, some of which were reported here by Guardian Cities, with Google Earth images of where they would stand.

Airport above the River Thames
The proposed airport over the Thames.

Westminster City Airport

An airport at the Thames Estuary is not as original as Boris Johnson might have thought. A 1934 plan suggested that the Thames itself house a new airport, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament between the Westminster and Lambeth bridges. It should be big enough to accommodate passing ships and suitable for aircraft with a propeller.

For the rendering here, the agency CG Orange has adapted the original design with a new, ramped runway to give the planes more time to take off and a check-in lounge on the riverbank, in addition to storage (of aircraft and fuel) scheduled was under the runway and lifts in the buttresses.

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