At more than twice the height of its predecessor, the new £50m Air Traffic Control Tower at Heathrow Airport, designed by architect Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, stands 87 metres high and offers uninterrupted 360 degree views of Heathrow's expansive airfield.
The building comprises three parts – the podium base, the mast and the control cabin. The mast accommodates a service artery for mechanical and electrical distribution between ground level and the cabin, as well as the vertical circulation. One of the lifts is located on the outside of the tower to heighten the sense of vertical movement and activity. All plant and support functions are housed in the base building.
The project created a lot of exciting challenges for DSSR. Environmental systems in the heavily-glazed cabin had to meet high NATS reliability and failure criteria. Extensive thermal and CFD modelling was undertaken to determine the optimum glass type, air distribution and lighting concepts for extreme winter and summer conditions.
DSSR took the lead on all mechanical, electrical, public health and fire protection services, with input from contractors and suppliers through BAA Framework agreements.
London Heathrow Airport
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners