Many of the world’s top athletes will be admiring grass this summer supplied by the country’s leading artificial lawn specialists.
Rutland based Evergreens UK, have just finished laying 1600 square metres of their LazyLawn synthetic grass at the temporary Olympic Terminal that will be used by athletes leaving for home from Heathrow Airport after the Olympic Games in August.
The Olympic Terminal has been built solely for “Games Family” departures, and will be used for the three days after the closing ceremony on 12 August.
More than 10,000 athletes and 37,000 bags will be diverted away from the other terminals during the period. Some 80% of Olympic visitors are due at the airport, with August 13 expected to be Heathrow’s busiest day ever.
Inside the terminal a synthetic grassed area will give the approach a more prestigious look, with Evergreens UK “proud and delighted” to be able to say they have played their part in London’s hosting of the world’s top sports festival.
“It is a high profile contract win for us, and we’re very proud and delighted that the world’s finest athletes will be able to walk across our artificial grass before they leave for home, hopefully with fantastic memories from London 2012”.
“As visitors arrive at the terminal they will be greeted by a luscious green perfectly trimmed surface. The athletes will be travelling home in first class style enhancing their London 2012 experience.”
This is one of a number of artificial grass projects Evergreens UK have been selected to install for the games based on quality products and first rate workmanship.
Construction of the terminal – which is roughly the size of three Olympic swimming pools – began in February in an area that is normally used for staff car parking on the south side of the airport.
No flights will leave from the terminal, so athletes will be bussed to departure lounges.
With 31 check-in desks and seven security lanes, BAA expect athletes to take just 30 minutes to pass through the facility. Many of the athletes will be able to check in their luggage at the Olympic Village, ahead of arriving at the airport.
Heathrow is expecting a 35% increase in baggage on 26 July and 13 August, with around 15% of the 200,000 items expected on those days likely to be oversized luggage such as sporting equipment.
Watch the installation video here: