London Heathrow’s temporary terminal was designed to cater for the athletes and officials leaving London following the 2012 Olympics.
With 80% of Olympic visitors arriving and departing at London Heathrow, the airport was anticipating its busiest period in history, and this new terminal would ease the excess passenger numbers by diverting the ‘Games Family’ away from the other terminals. With 31 check-in desks and seven security lanes, the average time for athletes to pass through the facility was just 30 minutes.
We provided civil and structural engineering design services for the new temporary terminal, which involved a number of challenges. The terminal was built on a car park directly above the Heathrow Express and Piccadilly line tunnels. We carried out extensive analysis and assessment to justify that the new structure would not adversely affect the tunnels.