Building a new Terminal 2 at Heathrow is creating 35,000 jobs over the life of the project, the airport’s operator BAA has said.
The company made the jobs announcement as transport secretary Philip Hammond visited the site of the £2.2bn development which will open to passengers in 2014.
At times of peak activity, the terminal, which replaces the old Terminal 2 which closed in 2009, will have as many as 5,000 people working on it.
Cover for the terminal’s roof is from the Merseyside factory of Kalzip, while the steel work is being manufactured, as part of a £48M contract, by Watson’s Steel Structures at its factories in Thirsk in North Yorkshire and Bolton in Greater Manchester.
The terminal’s mechanical and electrical modules are being developed by CHt Manufacturing in Wolverhampton and concrete for the 1,340-space multi-storey car park will be precast at Laing O’Rourke’s industrial park in Steetley near Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said: “At a tough time for the economy, Heathrow’s modernisation programme is creating thousands of jobs throughout the UK.
“As the country’s only hub airport, Heathrow is vital to the UK economy. It supports more than 75,000 on-airport jobs and thousands more throughout the UK depend on Heathrow’s connections to the rest of the world.”