Laing O’Rourke has won a £77m contract to construct a car park at Heathrow airport

Laing O’Rourke has secured a £77m contract to build a multi-storey car park and covered court for Heathrow airport’s new Terminal 2. Work is planned to start in May 2011.

The 1,340-space car park, with associated roads, ramps, and covered court are integral to the design of the new terminal that will open to passengers in 2014.

Commenting on the contract win, Laing O’Rourke’s infrastructure business leader, Andy Crompton, said: “As part of Laing O’Rourke’s strategy to build enduring relationships with prestigious global organisations in key growth sectors, we are delighted to continue our long and successful relationship with BAA with this new project”.

The court is formed by an extension of the main terminal building’s signature ’wave’ roof and provides a link to the car park, which is the main point of entry and exit for all passengers.

Departing and arriving passengers will cross bridges that span the court, and it is also where lifts and escalators from the existing rail stations will be located.

BAA capital director, Steven Morgan, said: “Laing O’Rourke has been awarded this contract following a competitive bid that demonstrated that it fully understood BAA’s intelligent client approach and could deliver the car park and associated infrastructure safely, innovatively and to the highest standards of quality.

“To date it has successfully worked as one half of the HETCo joint venture responsible for delivering the main terminal building. We look forward to continuing this relationship on the multi-storey car park.”

The contract forms part of the of the overall £2.2bn Terminal 2 development, which includes the main building, associated satellite pier, and a new cooling station and energy centre.