LONDON, February 15 /PRNewswire/ --
- New Look to be Complete by end of 2007
- With Photo
BAA (LSE: BAA) has unveiled plans to re-develop Heathrow's Terminal 3 and modernise the terminal's forecourt as part of its investment programme to transform the central terminal area at the airport. This work will significantly improve the passenger experience, reduce traffic congestion, develop better pedestrian routes and improve security in the area in front of Terminal 3.
The opening of a new multistorey car park and the demolition of the old car park 3 has made way for the re-development of Terminal 3's forecourt and an extension to the south east side of the terminal building.
- Will provide a new four lane drop off forecourt, creating approximately 40% additional capacity to relieve congestion and provide better access
- A new 40m deep pedestrianised plaza with a large canopy in front of the terminal to provide a sheltered area for passengers and clear orientation zones to check-in
- A new subway connection from the existing subway to the new plaza for improved access to public transport
- Provision of kerbside check in opportunities
- A glass atrium style extension to the front elevation of the south east side of Terminal 3 to provide approximately 900 msquared of additional circulation and check-in space
- A new stairway, with lifts and escalators, to provide passengers with easier access to departure areas
There will also be a new Drive Thru check in facility for Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class passengers and a dedicated back of house area for consolidated retail deliveries to reduce the number of delivery vehicles and their journeys to and from the terminal.
Tony Douglas, CEO, BAA Heathrow said:
"This re-development of Terminal 3 is an important step towards transforming Heathrow into a modern gateway for the UK. The new forecourt will provide a lighter, more spacious environment for our passengers and airlines. The re-development will take place this year and we expect to have the terminal's improvements and forecourt ready by the end of 2007. The changes will significantly improve our passengers' experience of Terminal 3 as we prepare for the terminal being occupied by different airlines from 2008."
Notes to Editors
Heathrow's Terminal 3 re-development is part of BAA Heathrow's ten year GBP6bn capital expenditure programme designed to significantly improve and upgrade the airport's facilities.
BAA Heathrow submitted an outline planning application for a new terminal - 'Heathrow East' - to the London Borough of Hillingdon, on the 16th October following a public consultation which revealed that a significant number of respondents viewed the proposal as 'long overdue'.
BAA Heathrow's GBP4.3bn Terminal 5 project is 90 per cent complete and is on budget and schedule to open in March 2008. Construction will be largely finished by September 2007 leaving a six month period for final commissioning, training and operational trials. When complete it will increase Heathrow's passenger capacity by up to 95 million passengers per year.
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SOURCE BAA plc