The new Terminal 2 building at Heathrow airport in London, UK, has finally taken shape following completion of major structural works for the first phase of the project.
Designed by architects Foster & Partners in partnership with Vidal and Associates, the £2.5 billion first phase is being developed by Ferrovial Agroman of Spain and UK contractor Laing O’Rourke.
Phase 1 of the T2 project involves the construction of the main terminal building (T2A) and 12 aircraft stands on the site of the old T2 and Queen’s Building at Heathrow.
The project will also involve the construction of a satellite terminal (T2B) featuring 16 aircraft stands, connected to T2A via an underground walkway.
The old Terminal 2 was shut in 2009, after 54 years of operation, and was demolished in 2010 to pave way for expansion. Originally built to handle 1.2 million passengers annually, the terminal was handling 8 million when it closed.
Heathrow’s operator, BAA says that on final completion and official opening in 2014, the T2 will be capable of handling 20 million passengers a year.