£1bn Manchester airport plan clear for take-off

Aaron Morby 9 months ago
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Planning consent has been granted for Manchester Airport’s £1bn transformation programme over 10 years.

Manchester Airport

The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme includes demolition of Terminal 1 and the major Terminal 2 upgrade, forming the core of a modernisation plan that involves new baggage handling facilities, alterations and extension of the existing terminal, new piers and multi-storey car parks.

Several contractors including Balfour Beatty,Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Vinci are understood to have expressed an interest in bidding the project.

Shortlisted contractors have just returned initial tenders in a two-stage bid process for the main Terminal 2 build.

Commenting on the planning approval, Brad Miller, Manchester Airport Transformation Programme Director, said: “This means work can truly begin on the project, which over the next decade will see the airport continue to develop as a global gateway for the UK, directly to and from the North.”

Arcadis is project managing the scheme with Jacobs providing multidisciplinary engineering and selected architectural services for many facilities including terminal, piers, airfield, multi-level car parks and surface access facilities.

Transformation Programme – 60 enhancements

Key elements

Manchester terminal

    • The expansion and reconfiguring of Terminal 2, to become primary terminal building
    • Improvement of Terminal 3 to cater for increased demand
    • New and enlarged airside transfer facilities, including the direct linkage between Terminals 2 and 3
    • US pre-clearance facility
    • Enlarged security hall that will screen more passengers, quicker
    • New customer friendly enhancements, including self-service check-in facilities and 50 food and retail outlets

Manchester Airport

  • New stands and piers, offering better departure gate facilities
  • Improved surface access road system

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