Following almost three years on site and the installation of approximately 60,000m² of conglomerate tiling and de-bonded floor screed, Vetter UK have successfully completed their works to the Terminal 2a building at Heathrow Airport.
On-site activities began in November 2011 with the commencing of the screeding works, followed by the tiling package in May 2012. At peak of installation, over 100 directly employed operatives were laying 2333m² of screeding and 1685m² of tiling per week. Main construction completion was achieved in November 2013.
Two types of conglomerate tiles, Fiore di Pesco and Grigio Carnica have been used as the floor finish for all front of house passenger circulation routes, from check-in and security, through to retail and gate areas, baggage halls and more. In addition, Vetter UK also installed floor tiling to all front of house lifts and staircases, the vertical passenger movement between T2b and T2a, the link bridge between Terminals C and T1 and all movement joints to the flight gates and escalators.
In order to stream line and add capability to the terminal, the client Heathrow Airport Ltd instructed Vetter UK to undertake a second round of work commencing in May 2013. The works comprised the cutting out of tiles and floor screed throughout the departures, arrivals and gate levels, to accommodate revised desk locations, increased front of house floor space and additional access covers which were required due to a change to services and the type of floor tiling.
The works were carried out under extreme conditions particularly on “airside” areas from mid February 2014. The co-ordination of material deliveries had to be precise and to the minute which we were able to achieve.
The additional work was undertaken mainly on the request of the airlines (the 5 star alliance) and to accommodate Virgin Airlines who are moving across from Terminal 3.