2008-03-16 - Terminal 5 HeathrowHer Majesty the Queen opens Terminal 5

Neues Terminal in Heathrow eingeweiht<br /> Her Majesty the Queen officially opened BAA's new £4.3 billion gateway to the UK today (Friday 14 March) – Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

Built on time and on budget, the new terminal will open for business for up to 30 million passengers a year in thirteen days time on 27 March. The Queen, who has a long association with Heathrow, opened the airport's first passenger terminal, the Europa Building (now called Terminal 2), over half a century ago in 1955.
In his welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony, Sir Nigel Rudd will say: "Terminal 5 marks the start of a new beginning for Heathrow, for BAA and for our millions of passengers. It is, by any standard, a triumph of ambition, commitment and collaboration. It will breathe new life into Heathrow, allowing us to continue our transformation of the rest of the airport, and will put Heathrow and BAA back where they belong - at the leading edge of global travel. "Terminal 5 will soon be the starting point for many exciting journeys and it will be a place too for many happy reunions, as travellers come home to loved ones. Today, before those journeys begin, we can look and admire a magnificent building – a source of huge pride for BAA as a company, but also for all those individuals who have invested so much of their lives in its creation."
The Terminal 5 project team has successfully erected the UK's biggest free-standing building; moved the 900-tonne top cab of a new 87m high control tower 2km across the airfield; tunnelled over 13km for rail and baggage links; diverted two rivers; and installed over 30,000 sq metres of glass building facades. All Terminal 5's footprint is contained within a former sludge works at the western end of the existing airport, situated between the two runways, adjacent to the M25. The Terminal 5 complex features 60 new aircraft stands; two satellite buildings, the second of which (phase 2)  will be completed by 2010; rail links to London Underground and Heathrow Express; a new multi-storey car park; and extensive landscaping. Designed by 2006 Stirling Prize winner Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, the building's design meets the needs of the passenger from the moment they arrive at the airport to boarding their aircraft. It offers space, convenience, comfort and spectacular views across the airfield for virtually every step of the passenger's journey.

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