BIM key to the success of Heathrow Airport’s new terminal

Building Information Modelling has been described as the a key reason for the success of the new airport terminal construction.

New Civil Engineer are reporting that Balfour Beatty have completed work on their section of Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. The infrastructure juggernaut carried out the build of the ‘pier’ element of the new building named Terminal 2B, which will see ten million long haul passenger per year filter through it each year. 


Balfour Beatty Construction Services Aviation Director John Keaveney described BIM as “huge” for the project. He said:


“Working in close collaboration with HAL and our supply chain, our combined adoption of BIM from the early design stage has led to substantially increased efficiency and productivity, not least by allowing people to get together and visualise what they were going to be doing.”


BIM was also pivotal to the placement of components fabricated off-site.


“BIM has been particularly helpful on this job in making sure components fabricated off site can actually be manoeuvred into place and installed neatly on site”, stated Keaveney.


The success story comes after the firm were recently one of four companies to win contracts to work on refurbishments at the airport for the next three years, with the option to extend the deal for another two years.


Terminal 2, officially named ‘The Queen’s Terminal’, will be officially opened by Her Majesty later this month, 59 years after she opened it’s predecessor.


Learn more about the new build here.


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