Ferrovial Agroman has handed over the first taxiway of Heathrow Airport’s £2.5 billion new Terminal 2.
The 450m taxiway is the first to be laid in 3 years for the airport and is set to be in immediate operation, welcoming its first passengers from the 17th October.
Passengers will land at Heathrow Airport and disembark their aircraft via one of four new remote stands that have also been handed over as part of this milestone.
Ferrovial Agroman Civils Project Director David Fanjul said: “The successful handover is the result of careful planning and effective team work by all members of the T2B Apron Ferrovial Agroman team. We are especially proud to have achieved this RIDDOR free in one of the most logistically challenging live operational environments in the country. Health and Safety has always been our core value and we will continue to build on this momentum across all of our projects.”
In delivering this milestone, Ferrovial Agroman also set two concrete records at the airport: 2,600m3 machine laid in one continuous pour and 750m3 hand laid in one shift.
“With a number of interfaces with surrounding projects, communication and meticulous planning have been key in ensuring we have been able to meet our timelines. Working on the Terminal 2 project has been a challenging and enjoyable experience which has shown that through team work and cooperation, we are able to deliver on any task." "The records reached are an added bonus. We have a hard working dedicated team on this project, but all of them know that safety always comes first. Therefore achieving this handover RIDDOR free is what we are most proud of.”
Beginning works in April 2012, Ferrovial Agroman is working to deliver two taxiways and 12 stands (8 pier served and 4 remote) as part of the T2B pier terminal works. The company has so far poured approximately 70,000 m3 of the total volume of 110,000m3 wet lean and PQ concrete for the project.
Heathrow T2B Project Director, Julian Foster, said: “The handover of four brand new stands and a completed taxiway is a significant achievement for the T2B project and also for the transformation of Heathrow. The extra stands will be especially appreciated during the Christmas peak where there will be increased demand for stands. In completing these stands the T2B Apron Project Team and their CBI Ferrovial Agroman UK have shown that they are committed to delivering on time with a flawless safety record.”
Heathrow has invested £2.5 billion into the Terminal 2 redevelopment, making it one of the largest privately funded construction projects in the country supporting 35,000 jobs over the course of it.
The project is on track with the main terminal set to welcome its first passengers on 4th June 2014.
Ferrovial is the world’s leading investor in transport infrastructure, with revenues of £7bn and more than 80,000 employees in 15 countries. Its construction division, Ferrovial Agroman, manages major, complex, multi-disciplinary design and construction projects in international markets, in sectors including rail, highways, tunnels, ports and marine, aviation and energy. In London, its flagship projects include the Crossrail C300/410 Western Running Tunnels and Station Caverns, Crossrail C435 Farringdon Station, Heathrow’s new Terminal T2A and the Heathrow Post T5 Transfer Baggage Tunnel.
As part of a £11bn airport development programme, Heathrow is replacing the old Terminal 2 (which stood for more than half a century before closing in 2009). The brand new building will reward flyers with an impressive new space, designed around the individual needs of the 21st century passenger. When it opens on 4th June 2014, the new Terminal 2 will serve 20m passengers a year. It will be home to STAR Alliance and Aer Lingus, germanwings as well as Virgin Atlantic’s domestic routes.
The new Terminal 2 has been designed with an aim to be as environmentally responsible as possible, with sustainability at the core of the programme. More than 95% of the buildings demolished to make way for the new terminal were recycled. In addition, the new Terminal 2 will be 40% more carbon-efficient than the previous building and extremely energy efficient; with biomass (wood chip) boilers, photovoltaic panels and a main cooling plant carefully chosen for its low global warming potential. Overall, Heathrow’s target is to recycle or compost 70% of airport waste by 2020.