Heathrow unveils Terminal 2 plans

BAA disclosed its plans for Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 complex.

August 10: BAA disclosed its plans for Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 complex set to become the new home for Star Alliance airlines and cater for up to 20 million passengers every year.

Part of a £4.8 billion investment across the airport, the £1 billion project aims to be as ‘green’ as possible and will use 40% less carbon than the existing Terminal 2 and make the most of natural light. Ten-metre high windows will provide views of Heathrow’s airfield and the nine new aircraft parking stands, a third of which will be able to accommodate aircraft such as the A380. Solar roof panels will further reduce the dependency on other energy supplies.

Construction is divided into two phases – Phase 1 covers the creation of a terminal building with 180,000m2 of floor space on the site of the existing Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building, both of which will be demolished later this year. Construction 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. Terminal 1 will then close when Phase Two is complete in 2019.

Steven Morgan, BAA Capital Director: “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.”

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