London Heathrow Airport Control Tower

London Heathrow Airport Control Tower

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This 87-metre (285 ft) tower is the new air-traffic control centre for Heathrow Airport (EGLL). It was opened on 13 June 2006 following a 2-year development and replaces the original 1955 tower which is only 39 m high. The tower is situated some way west of the original one for best coverage of the expanded airport including the new Terminal 5. Access is via a walkway from one of the Terminal 3 piers. Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world and the tower is capable of handling 90 take-offs and landings per hour with a 360-degree view. The tower was designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership and engineered by Arup. Erecting the structure in a small area squeezed between airline gates without affecting airport operations was a major challenge. The solution was to construct the 5-storey control room ("cab") at a site inside the airport's southern perimeter and move the 27 m, 900 tonne structure 2 km across the airfield at night in October 2004 (see the YouTube link below) before raising it into position and constructing the supporting mast underneath. The 4.6 m (15 ft) diameter steel mast is cable-stayed. There is a base building for administration. An external lift complements the internal elevator and stairs. #airfield #airport #Arup #ATC #cab #cablestayed #control_tower #controller #EGLL #Heathrow #Hounslow #LHR #London #Middlesex #Rogers #terminal #UK #United_Kingdom #walkway
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