BAA recruiting T5 design manager

BAA is looking to appoint a senior design manager for the Terminal 5 construction at Heathrow airport.

BAA design and development director Mike Forster is understood to be assessing candidates for a head of design position on T5, though Forster declined to comment on reports that interviews are underway.

Forster absorbed the responsibilities of Raymond Turner, BAA’s former group design director, after Turner wound down his part-time consultancy role on T5 a year ago.

Due for completion in spring 2008, the £4bn development is one-third complete and is currently in the building phase. As the structure is assembled, the role of design groups is expected to come to the fore, with interiors, retail and signage yet to be designed.

It is understood that BAA is interviewing for someone with a strong design background to manage all the elements that will be involved at this stage.

The role is likely to involve overseeing a small in-house design team at BAA, as well as liaising with the other consultancies.

Richard Rogers Partnership is the principal architect for T5, leading a multidisciplinary roster which includes Pascall and Watson, Chapman & Taylor, HOK, YRM, Priestman Goode and Din Associates.

BAA’s in-house development, design and operational teams are also involved in the project, which is the largest construction development ever undertaken by the airport operator.

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