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Laing O'Rourke bags main Manchester Airport job

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Laing O’Rourke has signed the main contract on a £1bn expansion of Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 as Galliford Try announced its own £38M contract on the project.

Over the next four years Laing O’Rourke will be responsible for the design and construction of the Terminal 2 extension, involving the terminal’s extension by 150%, reworking access roads to the terminal and building a new access ramp linking the M56 to the airport.

In July 2016 Laing O’Rourke was appointed preferred bidder by Manchester Airports Group and since then has undertaken enabling works in preparation for the main contract. The £1bn expansion programme will see the airport’s capacity increase from 20M passengers to 45M.

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

“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.

The news comes a day after Galliford Try announced its own £38M contract on the project, beginning immediately and finishing November 2018. The firm was chosen to extend the airfield’s western section, building new taxiways and laying 95,000m² of concrete.

Galliford Try has previously won a £5M contract to construct a 4,050-space car park at Stansted Airport, which is also owned by the Manchester Airports Group.

“A challenge of the scheme is that it needs to be undertaken while the airfield remains in operation. We have considerable experience of this type of work and will complete it efficiently and to a high standard without disrupting the safe running of our client’s day to day activities,” said Galliford Try aviation director Colin Abbott.

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