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The Thames Hub Proposals and London

18:00 - 20:00 26 March 2012

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY

Omega Seminar Series

Various Speakers

"The History and Future of Planning in London" (Professor Sir Peter Hall)
"The Current Transport and Planning Strategy for London" (Michele Dix, TfL)
"The Thames Hub Proposals: The Architectural Vision" (Huw Thomas, Foster & Partners)
"The Thames Hub Proposals: The Transport Infrastructure Bundle and Economics" (Andrew Price, Halcrow)

Brief Abstracts 

"The History and Future of Planning in London" (Professor Sir Peter Hall)
London’s unique role as a global city, over the centuries, has always depended on the strength of its transport linkages, both external and – equally importantly – internal.  Professor Hall will illustrate this thesis by key episodes: in 1840, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s vision of an integrated London-New York high-speed connection: in 1880, Sir Edward Watkin’s vision of through trains from London to Paris via the Channel Tunnel; 1946, the opening of Heathrow; 1900-1940, the construction of the Underground; 2007-, high-speed rail travel from a London superhub.

"The Current Transport and Planning Strategy for London" (Michele Dix, TfL)
Michele Dix will explain how the latest transport strategy for London has developed – what is TfL’s focus, objectives and key policy measures to enable delivery.

"The Thames Hub Proposals: The Architectural Vision" (Huw Thomas, Foster & Partners)
If the population in Britain grows to 70 million by 2033 as predicted, then investment in transport and energy infrastructure is imperative. This is not just about increasing capacity, it is about planning the agenda for economic growth, looking at international trade networks and how our aviation and cargo hubs connect to the world. Huw Thomas will set out Foster + Partners’ and Halcrow’s proposal for the Thames Hub – an integrated transport and energy hub in the Thames Estuary. The project is an opportunity to address a wide range of issues comprehensively, and in doing so, to ensure that its planning is both economically and environmentally sustainable.

"The Thames Hub Proposals: The Transport Infrastructure Bundle and Economics" (Andrew Price, Halcrow)

The Thames Hub integrated infrastructure proposal has the potential to deliver a wide range of benefits on a scale that could help transform, not just London, but the UK economy. What are those benefits, to what extent can they be quantified using existing modelling and appraisal techniques, what are the negative impacts and how can they be mitigated and are the net benefits likely to outweigh the huge cost of the proposal? And given the squeeze on public sector finances and in financial markets, how can the proposal be funded and delivered? These are some of key questions that need to be addressed in developing the business case for the proposal.

Link to You Tube Video 1

Link to You Tube Video 2