Manchester Airport and Laing O’Rouke are investigating the cause of cracks to a temporary gate that was constructed as part of the airport’s £1bn expansion.
One gate in Terminal 2 was evacuated at around 7am this morning (Tuesday 29 May) following the discovery. The cause of the damage to the gate, which was built around six months ago, is not yet known.
There are conflicting reports about the location of the cracks, with some passengers suggesting the damage was to the walls while other reports indicate that the cracks appeared on the floor. A spokesman for the airport would not comment until after inquiries have taken place.
The damage is to a temporary gate, which has been constructed as part of the airport’s £1bn expansion with Laing O’Rourke as the main contractor.
Temporary structures specialist Losberger De Boer was sub-contracted to build the gate. The 37.6m by 35m structure has been designed to be in operation for up to two years during the demolition of the existing terminal.
Speaking at the time of construction Losberger De Boer commercial sales director Robert Alvarez said: “The new gate lounge posed some interesting building challenges. Firstly, the lounge was constructed on an airside location alongside a fully operational airfield. Plus, we had to build in a very tight space between adjacent aeroplane stands, the airfield’s service road and aircraft taxi way.
“This required complex timetabling and coordination with all team members including airport personnel to ensure a smooth build and no disruption to the airport’s day-to-day activities. We are proud to work alongside Laing O’Rourke team, as principal contractors, on this successful project.”
New Civil Engineer has contacted Laing O’Rourke for comment. Losberger De Boer could not be reached for a response.
One traveller wrote on Twitter: “Been stood for 20 minutes where the temporary floors sound like they are collapsing.
“Finally evacuated outside. Trying to go on my cruise. Not great communication.”
Passengers were allowed back into the main terminal shortly after the evacuation.
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