Designed by Nicholas Grimshaw Architects, the Terminal 2B building forms part of the redevelopment of Heathrow's Terminal 2, formerly known as Heathrow East. Scheduled for completion in 2014 and at a cost of over £1bn, the impressive new terminal, which includes the main T2A building designed by Foster + Partners, will have a capacity of 30 million passengers a year. T2B will provide 16 additional gates and connect to the larger T2A via an underground tunnel. The departures concourse has been designed to provide flexibility for both open and closed gate configurations.
Environmental issues were high on the agenda, such as reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and DSSR was vital in conducting energy studies and sustainability reports. The new energy-efficient T2 buildings will produce 40% less carbon dioxide than the buildings they replace.
A strong emphasis has been given to daylighting, and large north-facing rooflights flood the concourse with natural light. This is intended to reduce the need for artificial lighting while also controlling internal temperatures in the building. The roof features large photovoltaic cells which further reduce the reliability on fuel energy. A new energy centre, partially fuelled by renewables, will provide heating and cooling. A displacement ventilation system has been used in the main concourse, distributed via a raised floor plenum.
DSSR was responsible for detailed and production design for all building services, based on BAA concept design.
Terminal 2B Phase 1 has also won the ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Award 2010 "Engineering Achievement Award - Highly Commended" (Certificate)
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