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Full steam ahead for £1bn Manchester Airport ‘super-terminal’

Laing O’Rourke has confirmed its four-year deal as principal contractor on the £1bn redevelopment of Manchester Airport, including developing a new ‘super-terminal’.

Construction News revealed the contractor was in line for the deal in July 2016.

Since then, O’Rourke has been carrying out advanced and enabling works. 

Its four-year contract includes the design and build of an extension to Terminal 2, more than doubling its current size.

Other companies to have won work on the £1bn programme include Galliford Try, which confirmed its own £38m deal with Manchester Airports Group this week.

Other works include:

  • Reconfiguring and extending T2 by more than 150 per cent.
  • Two new security halls with an option for a US pre-clearance facility.
  • An International Departure Lounge with around 50 food, beverage and retail outlets.
  • Business lounges.
  • Baggage-handling facilities.
  • Airside piers.
  • A 3,800-space multi-storey car park.
  • Construction of an access ramp linking the exit of the M56 onto an upgraded and extended forecourt around T2.
  • Reconfiguration of permitted access roads in and around the new terminal.

Laing O’Rourke head of UK building Liam Cummins said: “This is a contract of international significance, working with a progressive client on such a high-profile aviation sector transformation.

“We will be required to work sensitively in a live, high-intensity environment, drawing on our engineering expertise as well as our ability to deliver complex and challenging programmes.”

Manchester airport food hall 1

Manchester Airport food hall 1

At its peak, the project will employ around 1,500 people and Laing O’Rourke has committed to creating 150 apprenticeships on the programme.

The job is the latest in a series of high-profile Manchester schemes undertaken by Laing O’Rourke, including an extension to Manchester’s Metrolink, the Two St Peter’s Square development, expanding the Etihad Stadium, and the Manchester Town Hall Extension.

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