Mott MacDonald to supervise ICT system installations at Heathrow Terminal 2

20 March 2012 (Last Updated March 20th, 2012 04:35)

British Airports Authority (BAA) has retained Mott MacDonald to provide project management and technology support for all the information and communications technology (ICT) systems for Heathrow airport’s new Terminal 2.

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British Airports Authority (BAA) has retained Mott MacDonald to provide project management and technology support for all the information and communications technology (ICT) systems for Heathrow airport's new Terminal 2.

The company's primary sub-contractor, Firstco, will continue to offer the technical assurance services at the airport.

BAA ICS head, Peter Kent, said that the authority's vision is to turn Heathrow into Europe's hub airport of choice.

Kent said: "With Mott MacDonald we have reached full production design for all technology packages and this is significant milestone.

"With more than 60 stakeholders including 19 airlines, BAA and supporting agencies, each requiring different communications systems for everything from check-in to baggage handling - Mott MacDonald have been working with us to manage the implementation and to coordinate all contractors involved in the build."

Under the project, the company will design and deliver 73 systems and subsystems covering communications, security, airport operations and building services.

The systems are comprised of IT network infrastructure, radio and cellular systems, access controls, internet protocol television (IPTV), lighting controls, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), CCTV, wireless, and flight information and public address systems.

Mott MacDonald director, Tom Allen, said: "Heathrow's new Terminal 2 is expected to receive 20 million passengers every year."

"With so many carriers in a single terminal, ICT systems need to be seamless and provide the scale and flexibility required by passengers, as well as serve the security and communications needs of the airport," Allen said.

"Together with BAA and their contractors, we have completed the design phase and are now moving into the installation phase during 2012.

"This will be followed by a period of testing before all goes live in 2014."

About 1,400 CCTV cameras will be installed across the 400,000m² terminal using video over IP technology, which offers enhanced flexibility as the devices can be deployed anywhere in the building and moved as per the requirements.

The company said that the Terminal 2 will also provide next generation Wi-Fi access and a public and private 4G network.

Mott MacDonald has been working with BAA since May 2010 and is responsible for delivering all the systems into the airport's main Terminal 2 building, satellite pier T2B, a multi-storey car park and a cooling station.

The company is also working on behalf of Balfour Beatty for BAA for constructing satellite pier T2B.

 

Image: Mott MacDonald will supervise all the installations of information and communications technology (ICT) systems at Heathrow airport's new Terminal 2. Photo: Mott MacDonald