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New Heathrow terminal plans unveiled

BAA unveiled plans yesterday for the new £1 billion Terminal 2 which will become the new home for Star Alliance airlines and will provide an estimated 20 million passengers every year

The development of Heathrow’s Terminal 2 is part of a £4.8 billion investment across the airport, which will provide travellers using the UK’s hub airport with new facilities and better service. 

“The new Terminal 2 is part of a major programme of work already underway,” said Heathrow Airport chief operating officer Mike Brown. “Passengers travelling through Heathrow will be using new and extensively refurbished facilities which provide us with an excellent platform from which we can provide a better service to our customers than ever before.”

Terminal 2 will produce 40 per cent less carbon than the buildings it is replacing. Large north-facing windows in the roof will flood the building with natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting without generating uncomfortable levels of heat in the building.  Solar-gathering panels on the roof will further reduce the dependency on energy supplies. Additionally a new energy centre, partially fuelled by renewable resources, will provide heating and cooling for the building.

To minimise disruption to passengers, construction is taking place in two phases. The first stage will see the creation of a terminal building with 185,000m2 of floor space on the site of the existing Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building, both buildings are being demolished later this year. Construction on the first phase is due for completion in 2013.  

Phase two is scheduled to run consecutively and will extend the new Terminal 2 into the existing Terminal 1 site. This phase, which also includes the construction of a second satellite building, is set to increase the capacity of Terminal 2  to 30 million passengers a year. Terminal 1 will close when phase two is complete in 2019, however it will remain open throughout construction.

A satellite pier for the new terminal has been under construction since 2008. It is set to provide Heathrow with 16 additional stands and will be connected via an underground link to the main terminal building. 

“This is an exciting project, for the engineers and builders, and for our airlines and passengers,” said BAA capital director Steven Morgan.  “The challenges are not to be underestimated. We are constructing a significant new building in the middle of one of the world’s busiest airports and ensuring the operating airport is not affected is an absolute priority.”

Initial designs were for the new terminal were devised by Foster + Partners with Arup and then developed by HETCo; a joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke.


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