ONE of Heathrow's oldest buildings and most famous attractions was demolished yesterday (Tuesday), to make way for a £1 billion renovation of Terminal 2.
BAA Chairman Sir Nigel Rudd brought down the curtain on one Britain's largest airport's oldest landmarks, as he started the demolition of the Queens building to make way for the airport’s new Terminal 2.
Terminal 2 will cost £1 billion, and once completed will be the home of Star Alliance at Heathrow.
Sir Nigel Rudd said: “The Queens building has long sat at the heart of Heathrow, but the past must make way for the future, as we prepare to construct a new home for the Star Alliance member airlines serving Heathrow.
“We are proud to be rebuilding Heathrow and investing in what is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most important assets.
"In a few years time, Heathrow will be largely new, and passengers and airlines will be using bright, modern and practical facilities which allow us to deliver higher standards of service.”
The new Terminal 2 aims to provide higher standards of facilities and customer service, and will be one of the world’s most sustainable airport buildings.
For the first time, all 25 Star Alliance airlines at Heathrow will be operating in one terminal, reducing the need for transfers across the airport and a number of features will improve Heathrow’s environmental performance.
Overall the Star Alliance member carriers offer 190 daily flights to 72 destinations in 41 countries for Heathrow.
In the meantime, Star Alliance airlines will operate out of Terminals 1 and 3 until the first phase of development is complete in 2013.
The Queens Building was designed by architect Frederick Gibberd, who had been commissioned by the Ministry of Transport in 1950 to create designs for what was then Britain’s newest civil airport.
Originally called the Eastern Apex Building, it was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1953 and re-named in her honour.
The building provided space for airport and airline offices, briefing rooms, a meteorological office and facilities for the airport’s press corps.
On its roof were gardens and a viewing platform, which in 1956 became one of London’s most visited attractions.
At one stage, it attracted more visitors than Windsor Castle, Madam Tussauds and the Tower of London.
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