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Location: Terminal 5, London Heathrow
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
Designer: YRM Architects + DDSB
Product: GLO (White Onyx & Iris Arco)
Application: Concorde Bar and serving areas
Contractor: Swift Horsman
Completion: November 2007
Photography: © British Airways
Images courtesy of: British Airways Media Centre
Built at a cost of £60 million the ‘Galleries’ is the collective name for the six passenger lounges at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The Concorde Room for first-class passengers is the showpiece in what is now the most luxurious airport lounge-complex in the world.
YRM designed the six new lounges in conjunction with David Davies and Stuart Baron, whose design concepts drew inspiration from luxury boutique hotels and private members’ clubs. Housing exquisite furniture, Swarovski crystals chandeliers and a private art collection, the designers have created a luxurious and elegant five-star environment.
Artifex London was selected to supply a premium grade glass-laminated Iris Arco onyx for the Concorde bar and the purest white onyx for the servery areas. The bar, illuminated by an LED lighting system has proved to be one of the most popular features of the Concorde Room. It serves complimentary champagne and fine wines in addition to tea and coffee. The lounge also features private cabanas so that guests can enjoy intimate dining with full waiter service.
Designed to satisfy the demands of premium passengers, and with stunning views over the airfield, the Concorde Lounge; First Class Lounge; three Club Lounges and Arrivals Lounge are capable of hosting up to 2,500 people, a 25% increase in capacity compared with Terminal 1 and Terminal 4 lounges.