Heathrow Permanent Flight Connection Centre

Heathrow Airport Permanent Flight Connection Centre

The Flight Connection Facility (FCC) was a business-critical project for Heathrow Airport, undertaken within the footprint of Terminal 3. Careys were contracted to deliver the enabling works for a temporary centre and were awarded a further contract for the demolition of the existing structure and the creation of a new, permanent FCC.


Heathrow Airport Ltd



Principal Contractor


This demolition and groundworks contract included pile cap foundations, drainage diversion, new drainage installation, ground floor slabs, road and footpath reconstruction and street furniture. While the permanent FCC was being constructed, the temporary facility was live and operational.

The Careys team were responsible for the complete demolition of the FCC building. Due to logistical issues, it was necessary to plan careful phasing of the works, with our teams working together to ensure the smooth running of the demolition and that each contractor could undertake their work and access their respective working areas without causing disruption.

Extensive CGI capabilities and detailed planning ensure no disruptions to airport operations

After completing the demolition works, excavations and disposing of the ground floor slab, we commenced drainage works. We diverted the live services, excavated all service trenches with subsequent backfill and compaction, installed a pit and duct system and surface-water drainage, and made alterations to the foul drainage system.

The demolition and construction site was surrounded and connected to existing facilities on all sides, with additional challenges being presented by the constantly used passenger connection route from the temporary FCC and a main airside road passing below the existing structure and through the works area.

Our use of CGI and detailed planning helped to demonstrate our commitment to delivery of the project with no incidents or disruption to airport operations.

Due to several of the pile caps being located outside the main works area and inside the airside road, we carried out works in limited possession periods during the nightshift, enabling us to return the road to operational use the following day.

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