Europier

Europier

The new pier provides more than half a million square feet of new passenger and baggage facilities in an ongoing programme of improvements to Europe’s busiest airport building. The scheme provides passenger service to 10 aircraft stands that were previously accessed by bus. The project concept hinges around effective passenger segregation whilst providing good quality environment and facilities for both departing and arriving passengers. The pier maximises light, air and space and is designed to exploit the magnificent views across the apron and runways. The rhythms of the repetitive structure, the fully glazed facades and the unifying form of the roof make a simple statement of the basic function of the pier.

The building is organised as a series of shared gate lounge spaces housed in one simple unifying structure. All passengers using the pier move through the same overall volume and all internal divisions are glazed to maximise views and passenger interest. Each pier is served by a fixed link and a mobile air bridge.

The building is consciously designed as a repetitive modular building using a maximum number of standardised industrial components including glazing, cladding, air bridges, ceiling panels, roof coverings, as well as using BAA prescribed standard products: carpet, seating, signage and desks.

A catering and retail support area is provided for passenger convenience and each aircraft stand provides late baggage facilities. Airline support offices and plant and technical areas are all housed at apron level.

Location London, England
Type Transport
Dates 1992-96
Cost £21.5 million
Area 15,350m²
   
Client BAA
   
The Architect Richard Rogers Partnership
   
RRP Team  
Laurie Abbott, Fiona Charlesworth, Tim Colquhoun, Julian Coward, Joe Crosier, Hal Currey, Alan Davidson, Michael Davies, Mike Elkan, James Finestone, Jayne Fisher, Harvinder Gabhari, Marco Goldschmied, Jackie Hands, Stephen Harty, Jim Huffman, Amo Kalsi, Stig Larsen, Marcus Lee, Stephen Light, John Lowe, Andrew Morris, Karen Murray, Julie Parker, Liz Parr, Gregoris Patsalosavvis, Rob Peebles, James Phillips, Kim Quazi, Paul Richards, Richard Rogers, Taka Tezuka, Harriet Watson, Martin White, Megan Williams, John Young
   
Structural Engineer Waterman Partnership
Services Engineer Hulley & Kirkwood
Acoustic Consultant Sandy Brown Associates
Specification Consultant Schumann Smith
Fire Consultant Warrington Fire Research Consultancy
Cladding Consultant Ove Arup adn Partners
Construction Managers Bovis Construction Limited