Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2B, Phase 2

In the second phase of development, SAS International's System 600 acoustic rafts helped to meet acoustic comfort demands at Heathrow Terminal 2.

Key features






Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners Ltd

Main contractor

Balfour Beatty


Titan Interior Solutions Ltd

Completion year


System type

SAS600, SAS130

Area M2



United Kingdom

Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport, handling over 180,000 passengers and 1350 flights across 90 airlines every day. Terminal 2B, known as the Queen’s Terminal, is the latest stage in a five year, £4.8 billion transformation.

The recent development follows the ‘toast rack’ plan pioneered at Heathrow Terminal 5. This layout maximises land use by placing the terminal and its satellite buildings perpendicular to the runways.

A major aim at T2B was to replicate the retail experience that has proved so successful at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. T5’s retail outlets’ sales figures consistently perform in the top 10 nationally for the brands operating them. A high quality finish and aspirational interior was therefore crucial to enhancing the customer experience and encouraging trade.

Acoustic control within voluminous terminal spaces is a significant challenge when designing a comfortable and welcoming environment for passengers. Within the passenger areas, this challenge was largely overcome by the specification of SAS International’s SAS600 acoustic rafts. The rafts allow free air movement to the structural slab, enabling natural thermal mass cooling alongside high acoustic performance.

The main concourse features over 12,000m² of SAS metal ceiling and cladding panels. The bespoke design meets the architect’s aspirations for ‘…simple, bold interventions which bring high value for the travelling passenger…’ Manufactured from metal, the rafts and ceiling tiles offer an aesthetic, durable finish which is easy to clean and maintain. Ongoing maintenance with minimal passenger disruption is a key consideration of today’s passenger hubs. Metal overcomes some of the significant hindrances of other materials in this respect, providing for long term value.

Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners specified SAS based on previous Heathrow installations, as well as demonstrable manufacturing and design expertise. The manufacturer worked closely with the airport design team throughout the project to deliver on time and to budget.

SAS International has a strong reputation for supplying outstanding interior solutions for major transportation projects at home and abroad. T2 is the 4th Heathrow terminal to date specifying SAS systems.

Systems used