Manchester Airport releases ATC Tower designs

The international airport has released the latest images of its proposed new air traffic control tower, which it claims will be the second tallest in the UK.

Nottingham-based architects CPMG has drawn up the plans for the facility, which will stand around 60 metres in height.

 New ATC Tower at Manchester AirportManchester Airport said in a statement: "The building will not just be impressive from the outside. Inside it will house the latest ATC technology, taking Manchester Airport into the premier league for flight information management. The electronic flight data system and the replacement radar display system will allow for Manchester to take advantage of the fast track process and give our business partners and passengers more accurate, up to date information."

A tender process for a construction contract is due to end around the middle of September, with the successful contractor expected to start on site at the end of November 2011.

Manchester Airport declined to reveal any further details, but said five contractors are shortlisted for the £16m contract.

The current air traffic control centre, located on top of the tower block, is 40 years old and is being reviewed as part of the renovating process.

National Air Traffic Services will manage the equipment and run the tower's 24-hour operation while Manchester Airport will own and maintain the building.

The new ATC Tower is due to be completed in spring 2013.

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