Plans for the £1 billion renovation of Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) have been unveiled to the public.
Due to replace the existing terminal, the new building will open in 2013 and is expected to have a capacity of 30 million passengers a year by 2019.
According to airport owner BAA, the new T2 building will also feature a range of ‘green’ energy measures such as solar panelling on the roof that will help it to reduce its carbon footprint by 40 percent.
It said that the expansion of T2, which will become home for Star Alliance airlines, would be essential to the continued competitiveness of Heathrow.
Speaking to the BBC, Malcolm Robertson, a spokesman for BAA, said: "The creation of Terminal 2 is about creating more and better terminal capacity, it’s not related to the need for a third runway.
"However if Heathrow is to remain competitive and to continue to provide a great economic asset to London, the South East and the UK as a whole, then it is going to require a new runway capacity."
First opened in 1955, T2 is Heathrow’s oldest terminal building and will close by the end of 2009, ready for work to begin on the new project.