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MAG appoints contractors to £60m services framework

Dan Whelan

Manchester Airports Group has selected a professional team to work across its property portfolio, including architects, cost consultants, surveyors and engineers. 

The Engineering Project Management and Design Services framework was procured across eight lots, with the winning firms including Aecom, Mace, Turner & Townsend, Atkins, AHR Architects and others. 

Disciplines covered by the £60m framework include quantity surveying; interior design; structural engineering; site investigation; ecology; architecture; BIM design; and fire consultancy. 

The contractors appointed to the four lots concerning Manchester Airport and East Midlands Airport are: 

Lot 1: Project Management Services:  

  • Mace 
  • Lendlease Consulting  
  • Capita Property and Infrastructure 
  • Turner & Townsend Project Management 

Lot 2: Multidisciplinary Engineering Services: 

  • Aecom 
  • Costain 
  • Mott Macdonald  
  • Arcadis Consulting  
  • Jacobs UK 

Lot 3: Airport Advisory Services: 

  • Jacobs UK 
  • Mott Macdonald 
  • Atkins  

Lot 4: Architectural Services: 

  • Strzala Architects 
  • AHR Architects  
  • Pascal+Watson 

Ancoats-based Strzala, which specialises in transport architecture, is the only winning contractor whose headquarters are in the North West. 

Strzala has a longstanding relationship with MAG, having delivered several projects including electronic gates at Terminal Three and a waiting lounge for Emirates airline at Terminal One.  

Lots one and two are worth £20m each, while lots three and four are each worth £10m.  

The framework, which contains a further four lots worth a further £60m covering Stansted Airport, is expected to be in place for five years. 

Manchester Airport is currently undergoing a £1bn transformation, with contractor Laing O’Rourke delivering a major overhaul of Terminal 2. The first redeveloped passenger pier has now opene,d with the updated terminal building set to open in 2020. 

At present, Manchester Airport is operating from a single terminal as a result of significantly reduced passenger numbers because of Covid-19.

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They will probably end up closing John Lennon down and throwing some spin on how it benefits Liverpool. Northern Powerhouse indeed.

By Gaz Riley.

I think MAG will be facing a bit of a dilemma, they have three terminals at Manchester, investment currently going on? Now they are faced with the real possibility of some of that space being underused(like most airports) for quite a while, passenger numbers will take a long time to return to 2019 levels, so tenants in the shops will suffer and some may have to close for good? Added to this the daily cost of maintenance and repair etc, all point to uncertain times for all the airports. I suppose the ones with the leanest OPEX will survive better than ones with massive overheads, time will tell.

By Plane Speaking

Nah!, I don’t think so, LJLA operates on a much lower cost base, with fewer planes and passengers for Manchester till “normal” times return they will be looking at how to maintain income for all their overheads? LJLA, could be more cost effective to operate from?

By Nice and Easy

LJLA is a very different airport than Manchester. who see themselves as wanting to grow more long haul. LJLA looks towards destinations within around 3000 miles; even with Covid slowing things down; I think I would rather be in the local Euro market, than long haul. I too think Manchester has the greater problem.

By Billy

JLA costs a fraction to operate, plus almost 100% of its services are to those locations which will recover most quickly in demand.

With a larger share of business travel and all of the North West’s long haul travel, Ringway has its work cut out even without the extra weight it’s carrying in the expansion.

Of course, these facts don’t alter that the government will undoubtedly step in and give them whatever cash is necessary to keep going, if need be. Not so with JLA.

By Mike

Mike – that’s because Manchester, as the UK’s third-largest airport, is a lot more important to the UK than bucket-and-spade airports like LJA. Why on earth would the government bail out an airport which serves holiday destinations only?

By Anonymous

Oh Mike give it a rest. Manchester Airport Group also own Stansted and East Midlands airports. There is also a property & development arm to the group. It is a relatively diverse business. Why has an article on MAG appointing consulting services turned into about LJLA in the comments.

By Anon

I am wondering if the planned downturn will speed up the decommissioning of terminals 1 & 3 – especially 3. If I remember correctly, the plan was that T2 continues expansion, with T3 to be the first to close, then eventually T1. But if there is lower capacity, a cost saving may be to close T3 early and as passengers increase, just shift it to the ever expanding T2.


Yes,@anon, LJA, Lodja airport could be classed as a bucket and spade airport, as it is based in the middle of the Congo and a lot of it’s connections fly to the coast.
As to inferring LJLA is the same, that is a cheap jibe, its almost like saying everyone on the Dubai flights are businessmen who just happen to take their families too. I’ve been on many flights back and forth to witness this, same with all the other “holiday” flights from Manchester, I think only 10% are business users, please correct me if I am wrong? Both airports are very good for the NW and we should feel lucky to have them.

By Plane Speaking

The reason why there are comments about JLA is because most people think (wrongly) anything connected to Manchester is always a winner. No one is saying Manchester Airport will fail, or even lose business; its problems are; current massive investment, which now looks untimely and the fact it looks towards long haul business. There is no saving grace being part owners of Stanstead; which may soon take over Manchester’s 3rd position. JLAs princpal owners are the Vancouver Airport Group, which consists of 19 other airports, so it makes sense to look for links to many of those for JLA. Manchester will survive, and grow, it will just take much longer.

By Billy

Why has this article sparked nothing but comments about LJLA?

Manchester Airport will be fine. Don’t worry.

By Anonymous

“The reason why there are comments about JLA is because most people think (wrongly) anything connected to Manchester is always a winner” – this sentence makes no sense. The comments read more like what some would LIKE to see. We are very lucky to have the transport infrastructure we do here in the North West – one of the airports however serves a much bigger catchment than the NW.

By Anon

oooh, there’s some massive chips on some of these shoulders.


Anon, your missing the point. Whats “LIKE” got to do with anything. Unless you havent been watching the news for the last two months, airlines are contracting; some pulling out of airports altogether. Manchester will survive, its just not going to go the way they originally planned. By the way, the transport infrastructure we do have in the North West is poor, at best.

By Billy

More than 4,500 construction projects worth £70bn have been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. IATA sees 2020 global revenue losses for the airline passenger business of between $63 billion and $113 billion. For one year. No estimates are yet available for the impact on cargo operations, or how long it will take to get back to 2019 levels.
Why do Mancs think their airport wont be affected?

By Plane Realism

Nobody said the airport won’t be affected – ALL airports will be affected. The surprise is at the flood of LJLA related comments on an article about MAG appointing consultants on a framework.

By Anon