Heathrow Airport has just posted its third highest passenger numbers, as it reveals pans for the new Terminal 2.
BAA said that Heathrow enjoyed its third-busiest month on record during July. Passenger numbers grew by 0.9% on a year earlier, while there were Gatwick and Stansted declined.
The plans for the £1 billion Terminal 2, which will become the new home for Star Alliance airlines and handle 20 million passengers a year, were announced at the same time.
Mike Brown, Heathrow Airport’s Chief Operating Officer, said: These exciting plans will be a reality for millions of Heathrow’s passengers, making every passenger journey a better one and underlining Heathrow’s pre-eminent position at the heart of international travel and the global economy.”
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 will boast 11,300m2 of floor space, a two-level departure lounge, ten-metre high windows and nine new aircraft parking stands, a third of which are configured to accommodate a new generation of aircraft such as the A380.
BAA say the new Terminal 2 will produce 40 per cent less carbon than the buildings it is replacing. Large north-facing windows in the roof will reduce the need for artificial lighting. Solar-gathering panels on the roof will reduce energy supply required. Additionally a new energy centre, partially fuelled by renewable resources, will provide heating and cooling for the building.
Construction will take place in two phases. First, a terminal building with 185,000m2 of floor space will be built on the site of the existing Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building, after both buildings are demolished later this year. This phase should complete in 2013.
Phase two will extend the new Terminal 2 into the existing Terminal 1 site. This also includes the construction of a second satellite building, and will increase the capacity of Terminal 2 to 30 million passengers a year. Terminal 1 will close when phase two is complete in 2019, but it will remain open throughout construction.
Initial designs were for the new terminal were devised by Foster + Partners and then developed by HETCo; a joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke.