Latest news from Heathrow Terminal 2
Wondertree planted at Heathrow’s Terminal 2
Wondertree, a brand new casual all day dining concept, has been announced as the latest appointment to Heathrow’s Terminal 2. Wondertree is a collaboration between The Restaurant Group plc (TRG) and Giraffe Concepts (Giraffe).
Wondertree will occupy over 5,000 sqft with 210 covers and has been designed to take advantage of the airfield views over the UK’s hub airport. The Wondertree design responds to Heathrow’s new focus on flexible environments, giving passengers a choice between a self-service café or a more relaxed dining space. The design also incorporates the latest technology including tablet menu translations, contactless payment and plans to utilise device recognition mobile technology.
Food will be cooked to order from an open plan kitchen, freshly baked bread and world flavoured salads. Passengers will be able to choose from a quick coffee to a full family meal from a menu which includes stacked sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and global foods such as Los Cabos Chicken Tacos.
Nick Ayerst, Managing Director, TRG Concessions comments:
"When challenged by Heathrow to create an iconic restaurant for the new Terminal 2, we approached Russel Joffe to collaborate with us following our highly successful partnership with Giraffe in the airport. Wondertree embraces the new generation of eating and drinking and promises to provide a unique experience for Heathrow passengers."
John Lewis to open first airport store
John Lewis has confirmed plans to open a store at Heathrow Terminal 2 on 4th June 2014.
The 3,600 sq ft shop will showcase own-brand products, designer collaborations and exclusives in ranges including home, fashion and gifts.
Heathrow Retail Director Muriel Zingraff-Shariff said: "We’re excited to bring John Lewis to Heathrow and share this much loved British retail brand with our international audience."
The new Heathrow store plans involve the creation of around 40 jobs.
Terminal 2 | The Queen's Terminal
The new Terminal 2 will open next year, on 4 June 2014, nearly sixty years after The Queen opened the original Terminal 2. Heathrow is proud to continue Her Majesty’s long association with the airport:
One year to go
The new terminal will open its doors on 4th June 2014, with the first aircraft, a United Airlines flight from Chicago, due to land at 05.55. Terminal 2 will eventually serve 20 million passengers a year and be home to 23 Star Alliance airlines, as well as Aer Lingus and Germanwings carriers.
Airlines announced for Terminal 2
The new Terminal 2 will be home to STAR Alliance, Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic’s domestic flights when it opens in 2014.
STAR Alliance members currently operate from Terminals 1, 3 and 4. They include: Aegean Air, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways International, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways.
Virgin Atlantic will operate flights to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from Terminal 2. Its international flights will continue to operate from Terminal 3.
The decision follows a nine-month consultation process, and could enable the early closure of Terminal 1. That would mean all passengers at Heathrow travelling through new or refurbished terminals from 2016.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Development Director, said: "Terminal 2 will offer a significant improvement for passengers travelling through Heathrow."
Raising the roof
Terminal 2's satellite building, T2B, is now weathertight and ready to have its internal fixtures and fittings installed.
T2B is being built alongside the main terminal, and will eventually serve half of the 20 million passengers a year who pass through Terminal 2.
The topping-out ceremony – a traditional way to mark completion of a building's highest point – actually took place in the deepest part of the building.
Some 1,500 workers took a break to attend the ceremony in the satellite pier's huge basement, which will eventually house brand new baggage and transit systems.
Gold award for green terminal
T2B, Terminal 2's satellite building, has won a prestigious gold award for sustainability.
The Green Apple Awards recognise excellence in sustainable construction, design and innovation, and reward projects which achieve a low carbon footprint.
The award was given for initiatives including use of reusable power substations, use of construction soil to create a new green space, and working with suppliers to develop more energy-efficient systems. It was presented to Evelina Maier, Sustainability Manager for contractor Balfour Beatty.
Reinventing airport check-in
Airlines are testing Terminal 2's next-generation check-in desks, which are designed to improve check-in for millions of passengers.
The new desks are designed to create a more 'informal' atmosphere. Out goes the high desk barrier, and in comes an open style. The agent comes out to greet the passenger, and stands with them at the desk while carrying out all the required checks and procedures. There's also a scanner that lets passengers open their booking direct from their mobile.
Two of the new desks have been installed in Terminal 1 and early feedback is that both passengers and staff like the new style. One airline manager said: "The interaction between agent and customer is fantastic."
Sculpture will set a European record
The longest permanent sculpture to be built in Europe will grace Terminal 2 when it opens in 2014.
Richard Wilson's Slipstream will be longer than an Airbus A380 airliner.
The 76-metre, 77-tonne structure will be suspended above the central courtyard of Terminal 2, and will appear to float through the atrium as if airborne.Mr Wilson said he wanted to bring " the thrill of the air show" to the terminal.
The sculpture’s aluminium form describes the shape a stunt plane would carve through space, starting as an abstract volume and becoming recognisable at its furthermost point.
End of an era
A landmark of the 'old' Heathrow has closed to make way for work on the new Terminal 2.
The Old Control Tower was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd (best known for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral) and opened in 1955, shortly after the old Terminal 2.
The distinctive red brick building, with its glazed air traffic control room and white radar dome, has stood during decades of change at Heathrow.
But it was replaced by an ultra-modern tower in 2007 and now the site is needed to enable changes to the central airport roads and the new terminal car park.
Major milestone for Terminal 2
A 'topping out' ceremony attended by the Transport Secretary has marked the completion of major construction work on the main Terminal 2.
With the roof completed, the building is now weathertight and work can start on the terminal's internal fittings, fixtures and systems.
It's a construction industry tradition to hold a 'topping out' ceremony when a building's highest point is finished.
All the workers involved in the project – some 1,500 of them – attended the event, along with the then Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, and aviation industry representatives.
Colin Matthews, Chief Executive of BAA, said: "Terminal 2 puts us within touching distance of a future where Heathrow has some of the best passenger facilities in Europe."