Heathrow T4 Work Begins

Work is underway on the next stage of BAA’s plans to transform London/Heathrow. The first steelwork has gone up, marking the beginning of the process to renovate and expand British Airways’ former home, Terminal 4. Led by Bath-based engineering consultancy Buro Happold, the project will improve the check-in hall and terminal infrastructure, enhancing the short stay car park and creating a new airside lounge for Premium Class passengers.
Once completed the extended check-in hall will double the existing space and cater for the increasing number of airlines that are moving to T4 from elsewhere within Heathrow. The open plan hall will be free of columns, while a transparent canopy and full-height frameless glazed façade will ensure maximum natural daylight. The improvements to the existing short-stay car park include extra strengthening measures because it will soon have to support a new drop-off point. Finally, a new three-storey airside building will provide lounge services for First and Business Class passengers.
“The existing physical site-specific constraints and ‘live’ environment have made the project extremely challenging,” said Julian Sheppard, Buro Happold’s project leader on the scheme. “However, we believe that once the project is complete, Heathrow’s T4 will offer a far more pleasant experience and environment for passengers, as well as being more spacious and secure.”
Provided the work goes to schedule the refurbished terminal should be completed in the spring of 2009.