Capital ideas that never quite took off

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Plans for an airport over the Thames, next to the Palace of Westminster, were rejected Plans for an airport over the Thames, next to the Palace of Westminster, were rejected

Boris Johnson failed to build an island airport in the Thames and Joanna Lumley couldn’t convince the capital to embrace a garden bridge across the river.

A series of ambitious construction projects that never came to fruition have now been created digitally to reveal how London could have looked had the plans been approved.

A glass skyscraper in Crystal Palace Park could have rivalled the Shard A glass skyscraper in Crystal Palace Park could have rivalled the Shard

They include a pyramid in Trafalgar Square, a Victorian glass skyscraper in Crystal Palace Park and an airport next to the Palace of Westminster.

Barratt London, the housing developer, has pulled the long-forgotten plans from the archives and brought them to life using advanced 3D rendering technology to celebrate the company’s 60th birthday.

Much like Mr Johnson’s failed airport dream, in 1934 plans were drawn up for a runway above the…

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  • Boris Johnson
  • Conservative Party
  • Celebrity
  • London
  • UK politics