Heathrow Terminal 5
by Terri Peters
One of the largest construction projects in Europe — and one of the most political and controversial building projects in the UK — the new Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport opened in March 2008, nearly 20 years after the Richard Rogers Partnership (now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) won the commission.
Master-planner and lead architect Richard Rogers, known for his Stirling Prize-winning Barajas New Area Terminal in Madrid, designed the new terminal as an exclusive and unified home for British Airways. With its wavy roof and glazed facade, Terminal 5 (T5) creates a recognizable face for the airport, and forms a key part of the ongoing Heathrow renovation and expansion project.
Heathrow currently accommodates the world's largest number of international passengers and 85 percent of the UK's international travelers, yet it only has two runways. The facility is running at 98 percent capacity with little room for growth.
The ambitious £4.3 billion regeneration project currently underway will enlarge, consolidate, and modernize the airport over the next five years.
New works at Heathrow include this new T5 concourse building, two satellite buildings (one opening concurrently with T5 and one to open in 2010), a new air control tower (completed in 2007), and the extension of three rail links into London.
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