Heathrow’s £4bn transformation programme reached a key milestone on Tuesday as Terminal 4’s new check-in extension was ‘topped-out’.
Workers on the £100m project gathered to celebrate the building reaching its full height with a topping-out ceremony, marked by the tightening of a ceremonial bolt by Rob Stewart, Interim BAA Capital Director and Brendan Morahan, Taylor Woodrow’s Executive Director.
Rob Stewart, Interim BAA Capital Director said: “The topping out of the new check in area marks a major milestone in the transformation of Terminal 4. We have ambitious plans to improve the passenger experience by creating more room for check in, with 33 new check in desks and a light, spacious forecourt and plaza area. I am proud of the hard work and skill of everyone involved in completing this work in an operational terminal.”
Construction firm, Taylor Woodrow are responsible for the overall delivery of T4’s modern new check in extension, which includes a steel and inflatable membrane canopy over a piazza.
Brendan Morahan, Taylor Woodrow’s Executive Director said: "The topping out of the check-in extension is a major milestone in the upgrading and improvement of Terminal 4. We were involved in the original construction of this terminal and we are very pleased to be working with BAA at Terminal 4 once again and to be part of this further transformation of Heathrow."
The 6,000m² extended check-in area will open in late 2009 providing world class facilities for passengers and airlines alike. The extension forms part of the £200m project to transform the terminal. This project will also see the construction of two new stands to accommodate the new A380, a state of the art new baggage system and renovated piers and departure lounges. These improvements will enable Terminal 4 to house 45 airlines and serve as the base for the SkyTeam alliance.
Notes to Editors
BAA has an ambitious £4bn investment programme to transform the passenger experience at Heathrow and deliver world class facilities. Over the next 5 years, the entire airport will be rebuilt, refurbished or redesigned. This includes £2bn investment in developing Heathrow’s Eastern Campus – including the construction of Heathrow East, a world class new terminal to replace Terminal 2. Further investment includes, £120m refurbishing Terminal 3, and £300m constructing Terminal 5C.
About topping out
Topping out is a traditional construction ceremony held when the highest point of the building is reached.