The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme has reached the six-month mark, with steelwork being completed on one of the new piers for the Terminal Two extension, a project that will extend the terminal’s capacity by 140%.
Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: “Today is one of the major milestones for our £1bn transformation programme, which is gathering pace at a rapid rate.
“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 for main contractor 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 offsite construction methodology, enabling us to build faster, more safely and to a higher quality.”
After being officially launched by the Secretary of State Justine Greening in the autumn, the transformation programme’s first landmark was the opening of a new gate lounge seating 650 people.
With the demolition works now largely complete and foundations laid, focus is now shifting to the construction of the new Terminal Two extension and multistorey car park, with four tower cranes erected to aid the process, and two more to be installed before the end of March.
Milestones ahead for the MAPT include the full handover of the first pier, the construction of the second, changes to the highways and Terminal Two forecourt and the creation of a new baggage hall. By 2019 passengers will start to experience the new facilities first hand with the opening of the first pier.