Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

Heathrow airport’s Terminal 5 (or T5) celebrated its ‘topping-out’ in late August 2005 as the main building structure (or T5A) reaching its full height. We have published below all of the facts and figures we have on the new terminal.

Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 : Fact and Information

  1. Terminal 5 is expected to cost £4.2 billion. It is currently ‘on schedule and under budget,’ per BAA and around 75% complete.
  2. T5 is due to open March 2008 – on Sunday 30 March 2008 at 04:00 to be precise!
  3. Situated at the western end of Heathrow airport, work began on the project in September 2002.
  4. It is expected to be another 5 years (2011), before all phases of the project are completed.
  5. T5 is currently Europe’s largest building site, employing some 6500 people.
  6. A fully-laden lorry enters the site every 31 seconds.
  7. Spending is currently running at a peak rate of £4m a day.
  8. The T5 building site is so big that two rivers have had to be diverted around the perimeter.
  9. Phase 1 of the project includes the main terminal building itself, a new air traffic control tower, a satellite building and additional aircraft stands.
  10. The main building (or T5A) is 400m long, 180m wide and 43m high – the same height as Tower Bridge.
  11. The total area covered by T5 is 265-hectare – the equivalent size of 50 football pitches – as large as London’s Hyde Park or 4 times as big as Terminal 4.
  12. The British Airways’ Club lounge alone will take up two of those football pitches
  13. T5 will contain 105 lifts, 65 escalators and use 80,000 tonnes of steel – with 17,000 tonnes in the roof of T5A alone.
  14. Spread over 5 floors, T5A it is the largest single span building in the UK. It will be used mostly for short haul flights, with its main satellite (T5B) taking long haul flights.
  15. Both T5A and T5B are now glass clad and being fitted out.
  16. T5C (a second satellite terminal) is the last phase of the project. It is expected to open in 2011.
  17. T5A and T5B (and later T5C) are connected by an underground people mover, which can transfer passengers between the two in 50 seconds.
  18. The ¾ mile long airside road tunnel, which links the complex to T3 and will be used for all airside operations, is complete.
  19. 13.5km of tunnels connect it to the Piccadilly line and Heathrow Express.
  20. T5 will have 120 retail outlets – including a Cartier, Caviar House, Boss, Bally, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Tie Rack.
  21. It will have 150 check in desks
  22. It will also have 12000 new airport parking spaces, including staff car parking.
  23. Further work will see a 600-bed heathrow airport hotel (to be a Sofitel), a world-class public interchange, a new rail station and extensions to the Heathrow Express and Piccadilly lines to connect with T5.
  24. When complete, T5 will house BA’s entire Heathrow operations – around 550 flights a day. Cost savings (and staff cuts) of up to 20% are expected for the airline.
  25. When fully operation, T5 will provide Britain’s biggest (and the worlds busiest) airport with an additional 47 aircraft stands – some capable of taking the new A380 555 seat superjumbo (which BA has yet to order).
  26. T5 will allow Heathrow to take an extra 30 million passengers annually, over and above the 70 million it currently deals with. But not from T5. When all of BA’s flights move to T5, it will give up space at T1, 2, 3 & 4, and these are where the additional passenger will go.
  27. The centrepiece of the new terminal will be an open-air plaza between the passenger arrival points and the terminal. The plaza will be 400 yards long, with mature plane trees, fountains and cafes. At each end there will be glass artworks by Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, inscribed with the three-letter codes of the world’s airports, such as LHR (London Heathrow) and JFK (John F Kennedy airport in New York).

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