The old T2, originally extended and remodelled by Pascall+Watson, was demolished to give way to the new modern, contemporary facility in the heart of the central terminal area.
Pascall+Watson’s site-based team created a series of spectacular transitional and dwell spaces that flow seamlessly together and enable intuitive passenger way finding. The design utilises many of the architectural elements and systems developed by Pascall+Watson across the rest of the campus, most notably at Heathrow Airport T5, to create the airport’s unique identity. The 200,000m² five storey terminal building provides 12 contact stands as well as coaching gate facilities to cater for around 20 million passengers annually.
Critical to the success of the T2A design are its sustainability credentials. Key features include active solar control measures, boreholes and specialist fittings to reduce water consumption, photovoltaic panels, renewable energy sources and sophisticated automatic lighting controls. All of these considerations contribute to the building achieving a 40% reduction in its CO2 emissions.
ToughGlaze worked with 2 subcontractors and directly with the main contractor to project manage over 7,000m² of 10mm clear toughened and 13.5mm, 15.5mm and 17.5mm toughened laminate for a large proportion of the wall cladding and structural glazing. All the panels supplied were heat soaked to negate the potential of glass failure through inclusions, most notably Nickel Sulphide. An array of finishes where also employed from Silk-screening to the use of white and black Vanceva interlayer’s, with the highest honour of manufacturing the commemorative laminate panels, to mark the opening by HRH Queen Elizabeth 2, was bestowed upon ToughGlaze.