First phase of airport's £1bn transformation complete

The first major phase of the £1bn transformation of Manchester Airport is now complete as the project marked the six month milestone.

Two apprentices, Elektra Politis and Holleeann Walker, tightened the final bolt on the steel framework on Friday, 23rd February; connecting one of the new airport piers to the Terminal Two extension for the first time.

The transformation programme, which was launched by The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP in July 2017, is set to see Terminal Two grow by more than 140% and offer the latest innovations in travel. Passengers will be able to use the new pier from next summer.

Manchester Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan said: "Today is one of the major milestones for our £1bn transformation programme, which is gathering pace at a rapid rate.

"As you can see from Elektra and Holleeann being here today, not only are we building an airport for the future, but we are creating jobs and acting as an economic stimulus for the region and beyond.

"Through the delivery of the transformation we will have a world class airport the whole of the North can be proud of, and one that will attract new airlines and routes so that we can continue to play economic provider by linking the North to key investment and trade opportunities across the globe."

Bryan Glass, Programme Director, from Laing O'Rourke, said: "We're delighted with the progress we have made on site so far. Today marks the pier and the pier link building coming together for the first time, which is a huge milestone for the team. In a little over a year, passengers will be taking off and landing from this building and it's from up here you get a real sense of just how large the project is.

"Having spent a few months demolishing, piling and laying foundations, we've recently started on the terminal extension superstructure and the new multi storey car park. Around 90% of the multi storey car park will be built using our innovative offsite construction methodology, enabling us to build faster, more safely and to a higher quality.

"I'm also delighted that the project is having such a positive effect on the local community, with 52% of our workforce coming from the local area and with apprentices like Holleeann and Elektra starting out their careers with us on this prestigious project."

With the demolition works now largely complete and foundations laid, focus is now shifting to the construction of the new Terminal Two extension and multi storey car park, with four tower cranes erected to aid the process, and two more to be installed before the end of March, creating a dramatic skyline to the construction site.

Announced in June 2015 the £1bn programme will more than double Terminal Two, introduce two new security halls, self-service check-in facilities and state of the art services along with up to 50 new retail and food & beverage outlets will be available

Manchester Airport


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mark Russell
Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 1:22 pm
How is it that a major infrastructure project like this can be done in such quick time, yet the a34/new bypass shambles has taken so long??

Easy, its private money. Mag group will not tolerate delays because its their profits paying for it. Meanwhile, the council couldn't care less, spending our money, "managing" an absolute shambles that must of cost the local economy millions of pounds in lost revenue. I bet the likes of B+Q, tesco etc are spitting teeth at the loss in revenue this joke has brought.

I guarantee the airports project will not over run by 12 months because of a bit of rain!!!!
Alan Brough
Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 2:59 pm
@ Mark Russell

I think you're overlooking the ridiculously long delays that motorists have suffered whilst negotiating the A538 / M56 Junction 6 interchange that is being re-shaped following the Airport City "development" to accommodate Amazon and DHL (amongst others)

This has been (and continues to be) a shambles in terms of planning and execution.
Mark Russell
Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 3:03 pm
@Alan, agree 100%. Every direction is a joke around Wilmslow.
John Clegg
Thursday 1st March 2018 at 1:14 pm
Mark Russell, it's not only cost to the local economy, it's a sort of social cost to people who have to re-order their lives to spend more time travelling on what should be relatively simple journeys.
But that doesn't really matter, does it?
james faulkner
Friday 2nd March 2018 at 10:26 pm
The warehouses appeared in record time but the roadworks drag on and on and on, yes money talks.

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