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Up in the Air \

The three architects commisionned to come up with proposals for Heathrow City - the space created if the airport were to move east - later outlined their visions at the NLA. Gavin Miller, partner, Rick Mather Architects, Darryl Chen, partner, Hawkins\Brown and Gerard Maccreanor, director, Maccreanor Lavington talked through their schemes following an introduction to the topic by Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor for housing, land & property.

Chen said the Hawkins\Brown proposition was all about three big ideas required by a big site, and the 'romance in the sky'. These focused on creating UK's first airship port to bring a boost to the way freight is distributed in the UK; a factory for homes, with 17 per cent of the houses available to be delivered by self-builders, 'putting power back into the hands of the people', and 'a green belt in the green belt' - a continuous 9km long linear strip of green space at the centre of the site.

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