A Logistical Dream

This article examines the logistics planning of Terminal 5 (T5) at Heathrow Airport, the first terminal to open at Heathrow in more than 20 years. Due to the site restrictions – heavily used runways located both north and south and Europe’s busiest motorway interchange located to the west – construction of the £4.3 billion T5 project has involved detailed logistical planning. The author describes the process, beginning with the initial planning in November 2001. During the construction phase, logistics planning has involved working with project teams and suppliers, along with logistical support for the daily peak population of 8,000 individuals on-site. Logistical support services have included such worker accommodations as parking, for up to 3,500 vehicle spaces; a 56-vehicle bus company, office spaces, canteens, and welfare compounds that provide locker and shower facilities. Material logistics have also been part of the construction phase, with a control system established to manage the 250 material deliveries per hour during peak times. The main construction phase has reported weekly deliveries of 3,000 tons of aggregate, 650 tons of Portland cement, and 300 tons of rebar. Waste removal, too, has been part of the logistical planning. The T5 project has collected, separated and compressed all waste materials before removal. More than 60% of the waste was recycled. Environmental impact testing of materials is conducted on-site via a laboratory specifically dedicated for that purpose. T5 is scheduled to open in March 2008.


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  • Accession Number: 01050479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 2007 10:25PM