Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal, will officially open on June 4 2014, almost sixty years after the Queen first opened the original Terminal 2 building.
Designed by Luis Vidal + Architects (LVA), in collaboration with Foster and Partners, the £2.5 billion development has taken almost five years to complete and is one of the UK’s largest privately funded construction projects.
The new Terminal 2 will include the main terminal building, a new aviation inspired sculpture designed by internationally-renowned artist Richard Wilson, a 1,340-space car park and an energy centre and cooling station.
The terminal has an undulating steel-framed roof, featuring three large waves to emphasise the three main parts of the passenger journey – check-in, security control and boarding. Designed to allow plenty of natural light into the terminal, the underside of the roof will also help to bounce natural light during the day and assist with the reflection of artificial light at night.
The first flight to arrive at Terminal 2 will be United flight UA958 from Chicago, which is scheduled to land on the morning of the opening.
Terminal 2 will be home to 22 Star Alliances airlines as well as Aer Lingus, Germanwings and Virgin Atlantic Little Red.
Spanish architect Luis Vidal said: “Airports are the cathedrals of the 21st Century; they are the gateways to nations, and serve a public function. That is why they must look into the future and adapt themselves to changes and challenges. Putting passengers first and making it easy for airlines and workers have been our drivers at Heathrow, but above all, making it welcoming and comfortable, pragmatic and functional. Flooded with natural light and providing for intuitive orientation for everyone.”
Heathrow development director John Holland-Kaye said: “Terminal 2 has been designed with the passenger at the heart. Building on the success of Terminal 5, it will bring together technology, architecture and human touches. Our goal is to make every journey better for our passengers and bringing together 25 airlines in this light and airy space is just one more step in the transformation of Heathrow.”