The replacement for Heathrow's Terminals 1 and 2 should be completed in time for the 2012 London Olympics

A new passenger terminal designed by Foster and Partners for BAA at London’s Heathrow Airport has been given the go-ahead.

Subject to completion of a legal agreement, London Mayor Ken Livingstone and the London borough of Hillingdon, have agreed to grant planning permission for Heathrow East.

The new terminal will not increase the capacity of the airport but will replace Terminals 1 and 2. Phase one of the new building is expected to open in time for the Olympics in London in 2012.

It is part of BAA’s £6.2bn ten-year investment plan for Heathrow.

BAA said that Heathrow East would “set a new standard in environmentally sensitive airport buildings,” and would cut carbon emissions by around 40% compared with the buildings it will replace.

Green features include on-site combined cooling heating and power to generate decentralised energy, and the use of on-site renewable energy such as biomass gasification and photovoltaic solar panels.

Tony Douglas, chief executive of BAA Heathrow, said: “By June 2012, most of our passengers will be travelling through terminal facilities that aren’t even open today and we will either have rebuilt ore redeveloped all our other terminals. Heathrow will be like a new airport for London.”

Livingstone added: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to agree a plan that puts energy efficiency and renewables at the heart of plans for a new Heathrow Terminal, and that we’ve secured a commitment to address the energy demand of the airport as a whole."

BAA’s plan for Heathrow:


  • Completion of first phase of major upgrade of Terminal 3.

  • Terminal 5 opens, the first major new terminal at Heathrow for more than 20 years.
  • Terminal 2 demolition starts.
  • Terminal 1 refurbished until Heathrow East is fully open.

  • Refurbished of Terminal 4 complete.

  • Terminal 5’s second satellite building opens, linked to the other Terminal 5 buildings by an underground transit system.

  • Phase 1 of Heathrow East opens in time for the Olympics in 2012