Airport of the future competition won by UK architecture student

A London-based student won a global competition to design the ‘airport of the future' with his vision for a London airport with landing pads for hypersonic jets.

Airport of the future competition won by architecture student

The winning design for the airport of the future: a London airport built in the Thames Estuary with no runways - just landing pads.

There’s no shortage of bold ideas flying around about what airports of the future could look like, but one in particular has stood out so much that it’s won an award for its visionary design.

Imagine a London airport with no runways and instead, purpose-built landing pads allowing hypersonic jets to take off vertically.

Airport of the future competition won by architecture student

This is the vision of architecture student Oliver Andrew from London’s South Bank University who won an international competition to design the ‘airport of the future.’

His design, ‘LDN Delta Airport’ is built in the Thames Estuary and uses tidal currents to run on sustainable power.

To ease overcrowding, the airport has no check-in desks. Instead passengers are assigned to their gates with flight information sent straight to their smartphones.

There are no cars either, with only public transport serving the airport.

International design firm Fentress Architects, who ran and judged the competition, said the design beat 200 other submissions from architecture and engineering students.

The company added: “This is a strong vision of what aviation could look like 150 years from now.

“By utilising existing structures, this student improves the passenger experience, allows faster travel time, and frees up valuable land to be used for other purposes.”

Andrew will be awarded a $10,000 (£6,300) prize and a paid internship at Fentress Architects this summer.

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