After the first Lindner project tour at London Heathrow's terminal 5 in 2008 and the last one at Barcelona Airport in 2009, it was about time to revive this architecturally-inspiring event.
On the 17th of June the great day had arrived. The exclusive tour for existing and potential customers of Lindner united approximately 50 international guests working in different business sectors suchlike architects, main contractors, airport operators or simply business partners. The London Heathrow Airport was awarded the renowned Skytrax prize for its Terminal 5 as being the “best terminal in the world” for the years 2012 and 2013. Now, Heathrow promotes its new Terminal 2 which is planned to open in 2014 using the slogan “because one best terminal in the world isn’t enough”. The participants of the tour had the opportunity to form their own opinion if Terminal 2 can be a similar success story for Heathrow and everyone was quite impressed by the product and installation quality of the works provided by Lindner as well as by the well-organised working procedures on site.
At the beginning of the event, the guests were welcomed at the Radisson Blu Edwardion Heathrow Hotel. The project tour started there with a welcoming speech followed by presentations of Helmut Lang (Member of the Board – International Business), Matthias Ewender (Airports & Airlines), Stefan Heindl (Railways & Tunnels), Wolfgang Kurz (Lindner Interiors Ltd.), Chris Leach (Prater Ltd.), James Speed (Pascall + Watson – project architects of Terminal 2) and Julian Foster (airport operator Heathrow Airport Ltd. – Project Director of Terminal 2B). Moreover, the conference hall was also used to form smaller groups for the tour on site and to equip everyone with his or hers personal safety equipment. The afternoon was totally dedicated to the tour on the site of Terminal 2. The current situation on site is ideal to discover the project in its most exciting stage. Besides some completely finished areas, which already have passed the approval procedures, there are still possibilities to have a closer look at the technology behind the finished surface. The tour participants could especially see and learn about the already widely installed glass wall cladding, which was especially developed by Lindner for the Heathrow Airport, showing its great diversity regarding options suchlike being bomb blast resistant. Another highlight of the tour was the live presentation of a specially developed mini crane for the comfortable and safe installation of the large-sized glass wall panels.
The tour was not finished when it was already clear that this event will become a success thanks to the excellent organisation of all contributors. Many of the tour participants were not aware that Lindner is not only consisting of one or two product sectors, but has a many years grown competence in the sector of interior fit-out as well as in constructing building envelops. Furthermore, the participants could broaden their horizon regarding Lindner being not only part of the worldwide construction of airports, but also having remarkable experience in other sectors of infrastructure suchlike railway and metro stations, tunnels and special-purpose constructions.
It did not take long until the first positive responses occurred. Senior executives of Jeddah Airport took a tour on their own just three days after the original event and were also impressed by the new terminal’s quality. Other renowned architectural offices suchlike Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid and consulting engineers Arup already desire further exclusive tours onto the site and the Lindner Airports & Airlines, Railways & Tunnels department is looking forward to receiving further enquiries.