Manchester Airport’s £20m air traffic control tower stands 60 metres tall, making it the second tallest in the UK after Heathrow. It was designed to provide 360 degree panoramic views around the airport, Greater Manchester and into Cheshire.
Completion of the work marked the end of a collaborative five-year project, which began with the contract awarded in late 2007, won against significant European interest.
The project, for one of the UK’s largest airports, was a challenging, yet rewarding experience. The successful transition of the air traffic services from the old tower to the new tower was a momentous date for all involved.
The construction of the 60 metre shaft was completed in just nine days and led by contractor Morgan Sindall who used the ‘slipform’ process. This involved concrete being continuously poured for 222 hours. Approximately 600 cubic metres of concrete and 65 tons of steel reinforcement were cast to form the nine metre wide shaft.
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