The Queen to open Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2

23 April 2014 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2014 18:30)

Heathrow Airport is set to officially unveil its new terminal on 23 June, as part of the on-going transformation project.

Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal

Heathrow Airport is set to officially unveil its new terminal on 23 June, as part of the on-going transformation project.

Heathrow Airport has invited the Queen Elizabeth II to officially open Terminal 2, named as The Queen's Terminal.

The new Terminal 2 had an investment fund of £2.5bn and was developed by luis vidal + architects. It has taken five years to complete.

The building features a new covered court that connects the main transport links to the terminal, and is characterised by a steel-framed roof that floods the building with natural light.

Heathrow Development director John Holland-Kaye said: "We are proud that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to officially open Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal, the latest stage in Heathrow's £11bn transformation."

"The new Terminal 2 stands on the site of the previous Queen's Building, and the official opening on 23 June recognises the long association with Her Majesty The Queen."

"We are proud that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to officially open Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal, the latest stage in Heathrow's £11bn transformation."

According to airport authorities, Terminal 2 will act as a new international gateway for the UK, a home to 23 Star Alliance airlines as well as Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic Little Red and Germanwings carriers.

Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab said: "The purpose-built Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal will be our home and will offer a superior travel experience to our customers, create new business opportunities for our member carriers and provide an improved working environment for employees."

Heathrow Airport has also announced the commissioning of Slipstream, a sculpture which captures the imagined flight path of a small stunt plane.

Weighing 77t and measuring 78m, the Slipstream was created by distinguished British artist, Richard Wilson, along with British architectural company, Price & Meyers, and an engineering company.

The welcome structure is supported by four structural columns and is suspended at a height of 18m above the ground as it carves through the entrance court of Terminal 2.


Image: Slipstream. Photo: courtesy of LHR Airports Limited.