heathrow control tower
KEEN photographer David Winyard made good use of his 38 years working at Heathrow Airport to get some pictures by using a bit of inside knowledge.
The former British Airways driver, 74, is an aircraft enthusiast, and when he heard the old control tower was to be demolished as part of the central area terminals redevelopment, he grabbed his camera.
“All the enthusiasts were saying what a loss it is and how we are all going to miss it,” said Mr Winyard, who lives a stone’s throw away in Longford. “I just thought I’d call it Requiem for a Tower.”
He got this striking shot by working his way around close to the chapel and prayer room, outside of which stands the cross in the foreground of his picture, with the half-demolished tower behind and an aeroplane drawing a vapour trail across the bright blue sky.
The tower, one of the last iconic remnants of ‘old’ Heathrow, is coming down this week as part of the airport’s transformation and to make way for roads which will serve the new Terminal 2.
With its distinctive red brick construction, glazed air traffic control room and white radar dome, the distinctive nine-floor silhouette of the tower has gazed out over an ever-evolving airport since 1955.
It was constructed in the same era as the now demolished Queens Building and Europa Building (the former T2) and replaced the RAF control tower, shortly after the first modern runway and terminal building were opened by The Queen.
Up to that point, the early passenger terminals were ex-military marquees which formed a tented village along Bath Road.
The OCT was designed by architect Sir Frederick Gibberd, who was also responsible for the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Didcot Power Station.
It closed last year after almost 60 years of service.