Third busiest month ever for Heathrow, as T2 plans revealed

heathrow t2Heathrow 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.

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