40 Years Ago: Steelwork speedscivil airport expansion, Heathrow

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40 Years Ago in Building with Steel Steelwork speeds civil airport expansion At practically every civil airport throughout the world the story is and in 1966 this total exceeded 12 million. In August last year nearly the same. Because of increased traffic, both freight and passenger 1.5 million passengers entered or left Heathrow, the record for any but particularly the latter, expansion of facilities has become impera- day being 60,040 passengers and 823 aircraft movements, the highest tive. In some instances although generous estimates of future traf- for any European airport. fic were made when planning the original airports it is obvious that these will in many cases be exceeded even before the planned dates Passenger Pier System are reached. The average annual increase in air traffic at Heathrow is in the region Britain is no exception, and extensions are being made and new air- of 14-17 per cent and to cope with this the British Airports Authority ports constructed, up and down the country. Speed of completion, is implementing a massive building programme aimed at speeding the economy and suitability for even further expansion are essential re- flow of passengers through the airport, one stage of which is the provi- quirements for such work, requirements that have resulted in consid- sion of a £2 million pier system in No.1 and No.3 buildings enabling erable use of steel framed buildings. passengers to walk direct into their aircraft. When completed there Nowhere in the country is this rapid expansion so evident as at Hea- will be four such piers, two to each building, each with up to eight fin- throw which now has the distinction of being the busiest international gers giving access to aircraft parked nose-in on each side. Two of these airport in the world. Even after making allowance for the continuing piers and the central portion of the other two are now completed. upward trend in world air travel the figures for Heathrow are spec- All piers are of generally similar design, with the passenger walkway tacular: in 1965 approximately 10 million passengers used the airport at first floor level. The ground floor level is for use by the staff control- Above: No. 1 passenger pier, Heathrow. Left: Steelwork for the North East terminal complex, Heathrow. Right: Model of the North East Terminal complex – the main passenger building is in the centre and one of the piers is in the foreground. 30 NSC February 2007


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