The building provides well organised new facilities for gate lounges and support accommodation, offering passengers an exceptional travel experience.
The client required the new satellite building be built 25% quicker and for 10% less cost than Heathrow's previous best practice for satellite buildings. Balanced against these demands was the fundamental requirement to create a building of real permanence and quality. This drove the scheme from design through to final detailing.
The resulting 520-metre-long superstructure is simply clad in metal and glass and encloses two levels of accommodation, with services for plant and staff at ground level and airy gate lounge departure facilities at first floor.
The open floor plates allow for an optimum arrangement of services, including light-filled waiting areas, generous quantities of seating, intuitive wayfinding and also take into account the need for regular reconfiguration.
Within the upper level, an elevated, timber-clad arrivals corridor creates a natural separation between departing and arriving passengers.
Throughout the project, finishes are composed of simple, modular elements that optimize the advantages of prefabrication yet impart visual elegance and structural efficiency.
Visible connection details clearly express the forces acting within them, in a refined but unfussy manner.
A central, naturally lit hub contains vertical circulation to and from the passenger tunnel and transit system to Heathrow’s East Terminal. The hub also includes retail units, passenger transfer services, baggage facilities and executive lounges.
The project responds to the client’s ambitious targets in cost and construction time reductions, whilst sustaining exceptional passenger experience.
The design embodies collaboration between architecture, engineering and construction to create an elegant expression of its lean design principles.
Heathrow Terminal 2B was an exemplar of collaborative working on a large, complex and highly challenging airside building project. Throughout the design and delivery stages Grimshaw demonstrated a great ability to lead design within the collaborative team, with the communication skills necessary to engage the full range of project stakeholders. Their creativity, energy and focus were central to the definition and realisation of the project vision; safely, on time and on budget.
Barry Weekes, Head of Design, Heathrow Airports Limited
Heathrow Airports Ltd
80,000 sq m
Timothy Soar, Nick Wood