BAA has denied media reports that the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport is structurally unsound
In a statement to the AJ, the authority said: ‘There are categorically no structural issues at Terminal 5, in fact the building is exceeding our expectations. Terminal 5 continues to deliver an outstanding passenger experience.
‘[The terminal] does not have any structural problem caused by subsidence. Every building goes through a natural process of settling. To suggest that means there is a problem with Terminal 5 is, therefore, quite simply wrong.’
The salvo follows media reports claiming the owners of the £4.3 billion terminal had admitted it is suffering from subsidence - or heave. The Telegraph said that BAA had confessed the foundations were rising, with floor tiles reportedly having to be repaired on the south side of the terminal. Similar reports appreared in The Mirror and Daily Mail.
Environmental campaigners Greenpeace has subsequently called for more information to be released about the subsistence problem before work commences on the planned sixth terminal, which will be located just 500 metres from T5.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was unavailable for comment.