Engineers have ruled that a temporary gate at Manchester Airport is ‘‘structurally secure’’, after it was evacuated earlier this week when cracks appeared.
A phased reopening of the gate, which was constructed as part the airport’s £1bn expansion with Laing O’Rourke as main contractor, will begin today, an airport spokesperson confirmed.
Passengers reported cracks in the wall and floor of the temporary structure on Tuesday before being evacuated. One traveller wrote on twitter that the temporary floors sounded “like they were collapsing”.
Temporary structures specialist Losberger De Boer was sub-contracted to build the gate. The 37.6m by 35m structure was designed to be in operation for up to two years during the demolition of the existing terminal.
Laing O’Rourke is 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.
A full report on the cracks is expected to be finalised by Laing O’Rourke following the investigation.
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