The new Terminal 5 building at Heathrow Airport was completed in 2008 by award-winning architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and is one of the most successful and iconic airport terminals in the UK, with its dramatic sweeping roof. Heathrow is the busiest airport in the world, and 30 million passengers travel through the new terminal 5 building every year.
The project marks one of the largest M&E installations ever undertaken in the UK. A modular system was developed for the services on the project, which consists of a lightweight rectangular frame designed to house pipes, ventilation ducts and electrical trays. This system enabled 60% of the services to be assembled off-site, reducing costs and also rationalising on-site installation, which in turn reduced the construction programme. The main terminal building features more than 5000 modules, based on only 11 different standardised types.
The terminal uses an energy-efficient displacement air-conditioning system, as the air-pollution from aircraft makes natural ventilation systems impractical. The use of canopies and low-hanging eaves to provide solar shading to the long east and west elevations helps to significantly reduce heat gain in the summer months.
Terminal 5 at Heathrow has been hailed as one of the most striking examples of 21st century airport architecture.
London Heathrow Airport
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners