|Visitors will be greeted by Richard Wilson's Slipstream,|
one of the longest permanent sculptures in Europe.
The Terminal will serve around 20 million passengers a year and has been built over four years. In November 2010, the old terminal building was demolished and building work has been undertaken whilst the nearby Terminals 1 and 3 continued to operate.
|Terminal 2 Departures|
We had the opportunity to go through to a new satellite terminal via an underground connection which, I must admit, was a very long walk. Even using the Travelators, the journey from the main Terminal to these Gates took around 15 minutes. It's not all perfect but, overall, both the departure and arrival experience was a good one and I look forward to flying to Germany from Terminal 2.
|The Departure Gates in the Satellite Terminal|
|Baggage Reclaim - so much better than the old T2!|
In my opinion, I think this highlights one of the problems of the way Germans work. I find they agree alot in advance, usually backed up with lengthy contracts, and so everyone delivers exactly as planned and agreed with the commissioning body. This may sound efficient and effective but there is little room for cross-party teamwork or flexibility if problems occur during a project. Heathrow placed a great emphasis on collaboration with and between their contractors during construction and, as a result, they will have a Terminal built on time and on budget - perhaps there is something the Germans can learn from us Brits!