Airport invites bids for T2 package worth £500m

Manchester Airport this morning launched the formal procurement process for the £500m first phase of the Terminal 2 transformation to be carried out over six years from next April.

Following the appointment of Arcadis this week to manage the ambitious project, the airport today invited bids from large contractors with turnovers in excess of £750m to design and build the extension of the terminal.

The airport has also applied for planning permission for the first phase of works, designed by architect Pascall & Watson.

The works will include:

  • New baggage handling facilities
  • New piers
  • New terminal extension building
  • Forecourt extension and upgrade of existing forecourt
  • Associated access roads
  • Alterations to existing terminal
  • New multi-storey car parks
  • Site clearance
  • Associated services diversions

Brad Miller, transformation programme director, said: “In June, we announced a 10-year investment programme aimed at enhancing Manchester Airport’s status as a key national asset based in the north.

“It involves the current Terminal 2 becoming our main terminal, with a series of improvements proposed, all of which will turn it into a world class, state-of-the-art facility, so we can provide the best possible experience for passengers and airlines alike.

“A planning application for the work set to be carried out at T2 has been submitted to Manchester City Council.”

The procurement office of the airport explained the terms as follows: “The overall scope of works includes design and construction of building, civil and structural engineering, mechanical and electrical and IT works in connection with the work elements identified above and the management of interfaces. It is envisaged that this entire scope of works will be procured, via a negotiated process, under one NEC design and build contract that is structured in two stages: design and construction.”

The airport has three terminals. Terminal One was opened in 1962 and has undergone significant expansion and redevelopment in the intervening years, most recently in 2007 to 2009. Terminal Two Opened in 1993, along with the railway station, and has also undergone some redevelopment. Terminal Three, originally the domestic terminal, was opened in 1989 and benefited from significant investment with a major extension opening in 1998.

The first phase of the Terminal Two transformation is due to start in April 2016 and complete by the end of March 2022.

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