Projects / Heathrow Terminal 3, Flight Connections Centre


Heathrow Airport Ltd

Project description

3DReid provided architectural design and BIM management services on all design stages of the new Terminal 3 Flight Connections Centre (FCC) at Heathrow. The project involved the demolition of the existing FCC prior to the delivery of a new facility designed to meet the projected growth in connecting passenger numbers at T3 over the next 20+ years.

The new facility provides 7,000m² of accommodation including a 2,000m² 10 lane security search area (with peak hour capacity of circa 1500 passengers), orientation and information zones, 46 airline service desks, coached connections to other terminals and revenue generating commercial spaces.

A key aspect of the design was to ensure the search area was designed to deliver a solution with sufficient flexibility to accommodate future changes to the search process as security requirements evolve. To achieve this the search area was designed as a column free space, with a long spanning trussed roof to ensure that the structure does not constrain future search lane configurations.

The look and feel of the building from a passenger experience perspective is an evolution of the Heathrow character palette originally conceived in the Terminal 5 design and further developed for Terminal 2, and takes the opportunity of the vast, clear search area to create a theatrical ‘sweeping ribbon’ ceiling concept punctuated by aesthetic lighting and natural daylight.

Innovations & added value

The demolition and construction took place airside in a location constrained on all 4 sides by interfacing existing buildings containing live passenger and baggage processing areas and above an operationally critical airside road




Winner – Best Infrastructure Award, ICE Awards 2019


Stephen Bates © 3DReid 2018

Structures & Civil Engineering



Baker Hicks


Studio Fractal


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