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The security search facility would use computer tomography x-ray security scanning equipment. Credit: via planning documents

Manchester Airport details Terminal 3 security changes

Designed in response to new regulations, the 61,400 sq ft search facility would allow for a 15-minute maximum queueing service standard.

Manchester Airports Group wants to build a replacement security search facility for Terminal 3 to satisfy the Department for Transport’s latest requirements. These requirements call for the incorporation of computed tomography and body scanning technologies across all passenger and staff control points by June 2024.

Architect Pascall + Watson designed the scheme, which would accommodate the delivery of computer tomography x-ray security scanning equipment at Manchester Airport’s T3. The CTX is an explosive detection device that uses CAT scans and sophisticated image-processing software to automatically screen check baggage for explosives.

Plans also include a pre-security queueing area, passenger security processing lanes, orientation space, and staff support accommodation.

The single-storey search area would sit airside of the existing terminal building, adjacent to the baggage processing area. The site is currently used as aircraft parking stand 18, which would be lost to the development.

It is intended that the project will improve circulation and therefore the overall passenger experience, in line with the objectives of the Terminal 2 transformation scheme.

Currently, Manchester Airport is undergoing a £1.3bn transformation. The airport’s first passenger pier and new multi-storey car park were launched in April 2019, while the new-look Terminal Two in opened in July 2021.

In May, the group announced that it is seeking tenders for the final £440m phase of improvements, which will see 27 shops and restaurants join Terminal Two in summer 2025.

Jacobs is providing the engineering services for the project.

To learn more about Manchester Airport’s security re-provision, search for application number 137502/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.

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Why barely any windows? It’s not the 1960s. We know natural light is good thing these days.

By Mancunian

I thought T3 was to be demolished as part of the transformation programme, and would eventually just be one super terminal (T2)

By Simon

Nice! Looks a bit like one of those metal garden sheds you buy at B&M bargains to keep your garden tools in.

By We do things differently here

Bring back the Terminal 1 chandeliers! Manchester Airport could do with the architect of the restored New Century Hall on board to bring it back to its heyday.

By 20th Century Traveller

What are they improving? That terminal looks outdated and horrible. This can’t be going through like this. Windows NEEDED.

By Anonymous

Terminal 2, they got right. This looks odd and cheap. Should put thought into it and combine T1 + T3

By Airport Development

It’s your typical Manchester Airport ‘bolt on’ . If there’s one terminal that should be demolished it’s T3 – it’s far far too small and it’s a crush. T1 is also planned to be demolished, but this airport is slow slow slow at every turn.

By Bill

Maybe these architects should visit Munich airport for inspiration. An amazing terminal .

By Anonymous

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