Heathrow Airport's new fifth terminal - T5, will open one year from today announced airport giant BAA this morning.
On 27 March 2008 the £4.3bn terminal will open its doors to passengers. As the new home of British Airways the terminal is expected to serve around 30M passengers a year. With 366 days to go over 90% of construction-related work is complete and the project remains on time and on budget. An intensive six-month trial period will begin in September this year, when over 16,000 people will be recruited to act as passengers and thoroughly test every aspect of the building including car parking, check-in, baggage systems, IT systems and security. The T5 complex features 60 new aircraft stands, two satellite buildings (the second to be completed by 2010), rail links to London Underground and Heathrow Express, a new multi-storey car park and extensive landscaping. Since construction started in 2002 the project has successfully moved 9Mm3 of earth; erected the roof of UK's biggest free-standing building; transported the 900t top cab of a new 87m high control tower 2km across the airfield; bored over 13km of tunnels for rail and baggage; diverted two rivers; and installed over 30,000m2 of glass facades.