“THE BEST THING EVER TO HAPPEN TO NORTH KENT” is a photographic exploration of the area of North Kent proposed for development as the UK’s new international hub airport, a replacement for Heathrow Airport as it currently exists. Named the Thames Hub, the area has also been dubbed ‘Boris Island’, reflecting Mayor of London, Boris Johnston’s backing of the project, and the easterly situation of part of the proposed development on the Isle of Grain.



The photo essay takes as its starting point the proposed perimeter of the Thames Hub that begins in the West in the hamlet of Fenn Street, continues North to St Mary’s Marshes, then cuts East to the holiday park at Allhallows on Sea, the London Stone marker of the end of the River Thames, Lees Marshes Firing Range to Grain Village itself and beyond to the exposed mud flats of the Thames Estuary. Going south, the perimeter would cut through the monolithic energy facilities that dominate the skyline of the Hoo Peninsula before continuing back West to the villages of Lower and Middle Stoke.



The photographs are grouped into Airport West, Airport North, Airport East, Airport South and Airport Central. Each photograph is accompanied by a caption taken from the Inner Thames Hub Estuary Feasibility Studies report published in May 2014 by Foster and Partners, the proposed architects for the new airport.

"The Best Thing To Happen To North Kent"

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Aerial view looking over the Medway Estuary towards Grain Power Station on the Hoo Peninsula, North Kent, 22 June 2014
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"Approaching the airport and transitioning from land to air transport in a relaxing manner is an essential part of the passenger experience."


Airport West, St Mary Hoo, Hoo Peninsula, 19 June 2014

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Airport West, near Decoy Farm, Hoo Peninsula, 30 June 2014
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Airport West, The Fenn Bell Inn, Fenn Street, Hoo Peninsula, 19 June 2014
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"We would seek to provide a significant area of attractive new habitat that will encourage large numbers of birds to roost and feed away from the airport."


Airport West, Turkey Hall Farm, Fenn Street, Hoo Peninsula, 22 June 2014
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Airport West, near Newlands Farm, Hoo Peninsula, 30 June 2014
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"Much of the northern part of the Hoo Peninsula is identified as potentially suitable for realignment."


Airport North, Allhallows Marshes, Hoo Peninsula, 30 June 201

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"Engineering the interface of the platform and the Estuary with a hydrodynamically smooth transition zone to mitigate or eliminate potential erosive effects on the existing coastline."


Airport North, Allhallows-on-Sea Holiday Park, 30 June 2014
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"The costs for handling the Crossrail plague pits were in the order of £250,000."


Airport North, Allhallows-on-Sea Holiday Park, Hoo Peninsula, 30 June 2014
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