Slipstream Heathrow T2

Futurecity | Slipstream Part.1

Richard Wilson
Future City
Structural Engineers
Price & Myers
Laing O'Rourke

Slipstream, by Richard Wilson, is an ambitious sculpture that combines precision engineering with the sense of velocity and movement of a stunt plane. The sculpture will fill the length of Terminal 2's Covered Court, twisting through the atrium and physically integrating with the architecture. At over 70m long and weighing 77 tonnes, it will be the longest permanent sculpture in Europe. With an estimated 20 million people travelling through the terminal per year, Slipstream will be one of the UK's most viewed artworks.

The design of Slipstream has evolved in partnership with curators Future City, structural engineers Price & Myers and specialist fabricators Commercial Systems International (CSI).

Commercial Systems International Ltd,Hull (CSI) specialises in the design, fabrication and installation of bespoke structures and total facades. Formed in 1986,CSI is a skilled professional team dedicated to the holistic approach to the delivery and design of engineered and architectural products.

CSI were tasked by BAA to deliver the sculpture as the principle contracting party to Laing O'Rourke to include the services of Richard Wilson and Price & Myers.

CSI are experienced with the design and rapid systemisation of highly complex structures and broad use of materials. Advanced use of software in combination with in-house prototyping facilities is at the core of this process to develop efficient production and installation methods.