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Preparations underway for Heathrow Terminal 2

Demolition of Queens Building begun


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Sir Nigel Rudd was on hand to close Queens Building

Heathrow Airport bid a last farewell to one of its oldest landmarks as work on the demolition of the Queens Building began in earnest.

BAA chairman, Sir Nigel Rudd, was on hand to bring the curtain down on the structure, which is to make way for the airport's new Terminal 2. Set to be the home of the Star Alliance members serving Heathrow, the reconstructed Terminal 2 is anticipated to cost £1 billion.

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."

Lee Hock Lye, vice president product and services for Star Alliance, said: "Today marks a significant step forward in our endeavour to have a home under one roof for all our member carriers at Heathrow, which will finally allow us to operate from one of the world's largest aviation hubs on at least an equal footing with others."

The new Terminal 2 will provide higher standards of facilities and customer service, and will be one of the world's most sustainable airport buildings. Large north-facing windows will flood the terminal with natural light, while solar panels on the roof with further reduce energy consumption.

The current terminal is to close at the end of 2009 for demolition, during which time Star Alliance member carriers will continue operating from Terminals 1 and 3.

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September 30, 2009

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