Heathrow Airport’s new £2.5bn Terminal 2 moves step closer

08:43 29 February 2012

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport's Europa Building (later to be re-named Terminal 2) departures hall in 1965

Supplied from the BAA Heathrow image archive. . Licenced for single use only. Images must not be stored beyond agreed use. Conta

Completion of major structural work at Heathrow’s new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 will be marked with a topping-out ceremony at the London airport today.

The new terminal, which will be capable of handling 20 million passengers a year, is part of a £4.3bin package of work.

To minimise disruption to passengers, construction of T2 is taking place in two phases. The first phase, to open in 2014, sees the creation of the main terminal on the site of the old Terminal 2 and Queen’s Building.

It also involves the construction of a satellite terminal with additional aircraft parking stands and passenger gates called Terminal 2B.

The second phase will extend the main Terminal 2 building northwards onto the existing Terminal 1 site.

This phase, which will also include the construction of a second satellite building, T2C, will increase the capacity of Terminal 2 from 20 million passengers a year to 30 million passengers a year.

Opened in 1955, the old T2 shut in 2009 and was demolished in 2010.

It was Heathrow’s first terminal, originally called the Europe Building.

Originally designed to deal with 1.2 million passengers a year, it was dealing with eight million annually when it closed.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of Heathrow’s operator BAA, said: “Terminal 5 (at Heathrow) set a new standard for airport terminals. The completion of structural work on Terminal 2 puts us within touching distance of a future where Heathrow has some of the best passenger facilities in Europe.

“There’s a lot still to do, but the opening of Terminal 2 could move Heathrow into pole position among European hub airports and allow us to set our sights on elite airports such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Incheon in Seoul (South Korea)”

Transport secretary Justine Greening said: “For tens of millions of people each year Heathrow is their first impression of the UK, which is why it is so important that it is a positive one.

“We have been clear that we want to improve the experience of those travelling through our airports, and this new terminal will do just that.

“This is also a success story for the country’s construction industry, with British-made steel, electronics and engineering responsible for a state-of-the-art facility.”

Related articles

Latest London transportation news

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
An AirItalia plane trying to land at London City Airport yesterday afternoon (Picture: YouTube)

Watch the terrifying moment a pilot was forced to abandon landing at London City Airport because of Storm Imogen’s blasts.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Southern and Thameslink services are delayed (Pic: Wikimedia Commons/  Sreejithk2000)

A signalling problem left trains immobile outside of London Bridge this morning, and is now causing delays of up to 20 minutes.

Monday, February 8, 2016
South West trains to and from Waterloo are also having problems (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The wet and windy weather may disrupt your journey home tonight - with London Bridge station and Southern, South West and Southeastern trains all affected.

Monday, February 8, 2016
File photo dated 24/3/2015 of a woman studies the Google driverless car model. Transport bosses in London are in

Ever had that daydream about sleeping on the drive to work? It may be coming true. Google is in ‘active discussions’ with London transport chiefs about bringing its driverless car trials to the capital.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Nemash Patel photographed the police cordon

Thousands of commuters were evacuated from one of the city’s biggest train stations today, as a suspected World War Two bomb was found on a building site near Victoria.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Elton John wow-ing crowds in King's Cross St Pancras international today (Picture: @scvrIett/ Twitter)

Everyone likes a bit of music on the way home, but this afternoon hundreds of lucky Londoners got to hear Sir Elton John play piano live inside Kings Cross St Pancras international station.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport