As part of a £4bn investment to reinvigorate Heathrow Airport, the International Departures Lounge at Terminal 3 has undergone a redesign and refurbishment. As the UK’s only international hub airport, Heathrow is continually upgrading and improving to offer passengers world-class facilities in a comfortable and inviting environment.
Terminal 3’s redevelopment will enable a further 17,000 passengers to travel through the building each day, meaning the departures lounge needed to be reconfigured and expanded to accommodate these growing numbers.
A key part of creating the right ambience was the lighting. The scheme was created by award-winning lighting designers Studio Fractal, who engaged Architainment Lighting in the project. Having worked with Architainment before, the designers knew they would be able to choose from an extensive range of products to fulfil the needs of the lighting scheme.
As with all of the Heathrow redevelopment, the upgrade of Terminal 3 was carried out to the highest specifications, creating an unrivalled experience for passengers. To assist with this, Architainment supplied Philips Color Kinetic’s Custom Flex MX low-smoke, zero-halogen cable, which was installed behind Barrisol stretch ceiling. Set in grid formation, the Custom Flex MX created moving images, controlled by Pharos VLC, which was also supplied by Archtainment.
Elsewhere in the terminal Vaya Tube also from the Philips Color Kinetics range was installed to deliver long lines of light, as well as present movement which replicated the motion created the Flex MX.
More solutions from the Philips Color Kinetics family were used across the development, including Purestyle which delivered colour and white light. Also provided to the project by Architainment were solutions from a range of linear LEDs, which was installed to offer clean lines of light in the ceiling.
Nic Tolkien, Architainment Lighting’s Managing Director, said:
Nic Tolkien – Architainment Lighting’s Managing Director
The redevelopment of Heathrow is such a significant and challenging project, it was incredibly rewarding to play a part and know our work will be seen by millions of visitors each year.
By providing a number of products from across our portfolio, Architainment has contributed to a hugely successful redevelopment of one of the world’s most-used and well-loved transport terminals
- Philips Color Kinetics Custom Flex MX
- Pharos VLC
- Philips Color Kinetics Vaya Tube
- Philips Color Kinetics Purestyle
- Linear LED solutions