Heathrow Terminal 2 (T2A)

project overview

NA CWL was engaged by Lakesmere Ltd from concept to completion to install the Schüco FW80+ bomb-blast capped curtain wall to the feature “eyebrows” on the new wave form roof. The new system is designed to be enhanced and able to withstand the loadings and pressures generated from detonated devices. Due to the nature of the system and its unique geometrical layout, many challenges were realised. Firstly, the north-light glazing is tilted to prevent glare and curved to create the distinctive “eyebrow” shape by means of a series of raked transoms installed in sequence. Early planning and coordination with Lakesmere and their client, HETCo paid dividends as NA CWL were able to help plan and streamline the operation to the benefit of all parties.

The installation, management and access methodology was encapsulated within NA CWL’s package. Lakesmere began discussions and planning with NA CWL some 18 months prior to the commencement of any works on site. NA CWL played a fundamental role in the Lakesmere tender process, whilst also working closely with Lakesmere’s design and project management team. NA CWL assisted in all aspects of developing the access strategy, including the understanding of loadings, specialist lifting gear, plant and logistics requirements. H&S management, systems and controls were particularly stringent given the nature of working adjacent to one of the busiest runways in the world and has propelled NA CWL to new levels in H&S practice and regulation which is a requirement under all Heathrow projects.

London Heathrow Airport subsequently opened its revivified Terminal 2 in June 2014, portraying the completion of an £11Bn investment program inaugurated in 2003. The Terminal has been designed with the long term view of being extended and later replacing the outdated Terminal 1 building.