Laing O’Rourke signs Manchester Airport’s terminal revamp contract


Construction specialist Laing O’Rourke has signed a contract with Manchester Airports Group (MAG) for the refurbishment of Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport.  

The latest move marks the formal launch of a £1bn expansion programme. The construction company, which was selected as the preferred bidder in July 2016, has been carrying out advanced and enabling works in preparation for the award of the main contract.

After finalising the contract, Laing O’Rourke will now proceed with a four-year plan to create Manchester’s ‘super-terminal’, which includes design and construction of an extension to the existing Terminal 2 building.

The contract will also include the construction of two new security halls, a new international departure lounge and new business lounges, new baggage handling facilities and new airside piers.

Furthermore, Laing O’Rourke will build a new parking space capable of accommodating 3,800 cars with direct links to the terminal building, a new access ramp connecting the exit of the M56 onto an upgraded and extended forecourt around T2, and carry out a reconfiguration of 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.

“Laing O’Rourke combines its local knowledge of Manchester where we have recently delivered the extension to Manchester Metrolink, Two St Peter’s Square, the expansion of the Etihad Stadium and the transformation of the Manchester Town Hall Extension and Central Library, with experience of delivering major, complex projects in the aviation sector including Heathrow’s Terminals 2A and 5.”

At peak, the project will employ approximately 1,500 people and Laing O’Rourke has committed to creating 150 apprenticeships. Once completed, the airport will be able to handle 45 million passengers per year.

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