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Work is in progress this week on a new pier at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3 ready for four Airbus A380s due to arrive in summer 2006.

Aircraft stands are also being upgraded to take the weight of the aircraft. Contractor for the £110M project is Mace and consultant is Buro Happold. A380s are 15m longer than Boeing 747s and need an 80m by 80m footprint. Stands will be made of 150mm of wet lean concrete and 450mm of pavement quality concrete.

The new pier will segregate departing and arriving passengers for better security.

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