Manchester Airport reveals progress made on £1bn transformation programme

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Manchester Airport today revealed the progress made on its £1bn transformation, with several months to go until it opens its new “super terminal.”

The UK’s third largest airport also released new images and a video to showcase what passengers using the new facilities can expect, when they start using the new terminal from next summer.

New features unveiled include a honeycomb light installation that proudly illuminates the departure lounge. With 16 million settings, it will change colours depending on the time of day.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said, “Our £1bn transformation will allow us to continue playing our role as the UK’s global gateway in the North, offering our 29.5m annual passengers and the entire region a world class airport, connecting them to a wealth of vital economic and tourist hubs.

We’re delighted with the progress that’s been made on the project and we can’t wait for passengers to experience the new facilities next summer. The new extension will offer a real step change to our passengers with state-of-the-art facilities and a great selection of shops and restaurants for them to enjoy.”

Gareth Jacques, Laing O’Rourke Project Director, said, “The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme is a complex, sizeable and logistically challenging project which Laing O’Rourke are proud to be delivering as the main contractor.

We have made great progress since the first spade hit the ground in July 2017. We have seen the handover of Pier One and its link bridge, both of which were operational in April this year along with the multi-storey car park. The Laing O’Rourke project team are approaching handover to MAG and we are working hard with our specialist supply chain to ensure everything is finished in style.”

Jack Thomas, from Manchester Airport’s Passenger User Group, said, “Manchester Airport’s historic investment will deliver a step change in the passenger experience and create an environment befitting of its status as the North’s main global gateway.

The airport has engaged with members of its Passenger User-group throughout and we have been pleased to make a number of suggestions along the way, as well as providing advice on issues such as disability access.

It is clear a huge amount of care and attention has gone into the design of all aspects of the new facilities and we look forward to them opening next year.”

As one of the largest construction projects in the North of England £688millon has so far been spent on the project and more than 1,800 people are currently working on the project. More than 300million has been spent with firms in the North West via contracts awarded by the main contractor, Laing O’Rourke.