Work has begun on a 15,200 m2 pier at Heathrow Terminal 3. Designed by architect GMW, the pier will be over 280 m long and provides four gate lounges, separate departure and arrival corridors and a VIP lounge. Each gate lounge will have a seating capacity of 450 passengers. GMW has ensured that passenger views of the aircraft and the overall sense of space are maximised through the use of double-height ceilings and a fully-glazed south facade. The pier is scheduled for completion in December 2005. The project team includes structural consultant Buro Happold, services consultant Roger Preston and Partners, quantity surveyor BAA Single Commercial Team and project manager Mace.