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Heathrow Terminal 2 London

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Airport Heathrow Terminal 2 London, United Kingdom

An attractive combination: design and acoustic

The renovation of Terminal 2 was the last stage of the £4 billion project to modernize, replace and refresh the facilities within and around the terminal buildings. Terminal 2 was called “The Queen’s Terminal” in honor of her Majesty the Queen, and was officially opened on her birthday, 4th June 2014.

In order to create the desired appearance and atmosphere of the new terminal and also to comply with the strict safety regulations, a high-performance product was required.

The result Unlimited freedom of design for non-combustible surfaces.

Description of the project

The renovation of Terminal 2 was the last stage of the £4 billion project to modernize, replace and refresh the facilities within and around the terminal buildings. At first, Terminal 5 was constructed, followed by Terminals 1 and 3. Afterwards, a new check-in area and forecourt at Terminal 4 was created with 6,000 m² extra space.

Terminal 2 was called “The Queen’s Terminal” in honor of her Majesty the Queen, and was officially opened on her birthday, 4th June 2014.

The terminal was designed for the passengers – BAA wanted the passengers to choose to travel from Heathrow to their destinations. It was their mission “to make every journey better for our passengers and airlines”. In the words of BA’s Chairman Sir Nigel Rudd:

“We are proud to be rebuilding Heathrow and investing in what is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most important assets. In a few years’ time, Heathrow will be largely new, and passengers and airlines will be using bright, modern and practical facilities, which allow us to deliver higher standards of service.”

It is promoted as Terminal You – because it is all about the needs of the individual passenger. It is not only great for the passengers but also for the airlines and the people who work there.

In order to create the desired look and atmosphere of the new terminal building and at the same time to meet strict safety regulations, a highly specified product was needed.

This is why Knauf was the ideal choice for the world-renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners. The result: Unlimited design freedom for non-combustible surfaces.

James Leaning, Buisness Development Director from Knauf UK, explains:

“The striking interior design called for intricate timber surfaces, incorporating window reveals and curved surfaces. In addition, strict performance criteria had to be fulfilled. Unlike other timber finishes, Knauf was able to offer a non-combustible solution with exceptional acoustics, impact resistance and dimensional stability. The result is a high-performance surface that also fulfills the interior design vision.”

Knauf offers a high-density gypsum fibre board system which provides a refined surface for walls and ceilings. Precision-engineered and customized for individual projects, Knauf creates any veneered, coated, printed or shaped surface.

In order to create the desired appearance and atmosphere of the new terminal and also to comply with the strict safety regulations, a high-performance product was required.

The result: Unlimited freedom of design for non-combustible surfaces.

Construction information board

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Execution: Chisholm & Winch (Contracts) Ltd
  • Year of manufacture: 2013
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Photographer: Mike Cameron

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