The first major phase of the £1bn transformation of Manchester Airport was today (Friday 23rd February) completed, as the project marked the six-month milestone.
Two apprentices who have been recruited to the scheme tightened the final bolt on the steel framework – connecting one of the new airport piers to the Terminal Two extension for the first time.
Stunning footage showing how the building work has progressed since the launch of the scheme in July 2017 was also unveiled to mark the milestone.
Manchester Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan, joined Bryan Glass, programme director from Laing O’Rourke, and apprentices Elektra Politis and Holleeann Walker.
The two apprentices tightened the final steel bolt in the first new pier of the transformation programme, which is set to see Terminal Two grow by more than 140% and offer the latest innovations in travel.
Passengers will be able to use the new pier from next summer.
Manchester Airport’s Andrew Cowan said: “Today is one of the major milestones for our £1bn transformation programme, which is gathering pace at a rapid rate.
“As you can see from Elektra and Holleeann being here today, not only are we building an airport for the future, but we are creating jobs and acting as an economic stimulus for the region and beyond.
Laing O’Rourke’s Bryan Glass 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.”
He added: “I’m also delighted that the project is having such a positive effect on the local community, with 52% of our workforce coming from the local area and with apprentices like Holleeann and Elektra starting out their careers with us on this prestigious project.”
With the demolition works now largely complete and foundations laid, focus is now shifting to the construction of the new Terminal Two extension and multi storey car park.
Four tower cranes have been erected to aid the process, and two more will be installed before the end of March, creating a dramatic skyline to the construction site.
As the scheme continues, the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme will see many more milestones come to fruition including 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 to service the vast new Terminal Two extension.
By 2019 passengers will start to experience the new facilities first hand with the opening of the first pier.