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Supply chain sought for Manchester Airport job

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Laing O’Rourke is seeking local firms to join its supply chain for a design and construction contract at Manchester Airport.

It is hosting a “meet the buyers” event on 8 November to tell local businesses about the opportunities available.

The work is for phase one of the £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP), which entails 60 different enhancements. The 10-year programme will see a major expansion of Terminal 2, improvement of Terminal 3 and a direct link created between the two. New stands and piers will also be created and changes made to the roads leading to the airport.

Work on the first phase is set to finish in 2021.

Laing O’Rourke will be using a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach. It is also looking to support 150 apprentices as part of the project.

“Our involvement at Manchester Airport gives local businesses an opportunity to contribute to the transformation that is taking place. Not only are there supply chain advantages, but Laing O’Rourke is actively recruiting apprentices in the area to contribute to the project. The Meet the Buyers event will give all stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the plans and what is required to work with us,” said Laing O’Rourke director for construction in the North Tom Higgins.

MAN-TP programme director Brad Miller added: “Manchester Airport is committed to playing its part in driving local and regional economic growth. Our £1bn investment in the airport in the coming years will create a significant number of jobs and contract opportunities and, together with Laing O’Rourke, we are committed to ensuring as many local workers and supply chain businesses can benefit as possible.

“The Meet the Buyers event is important as it will allow firms in the region to understand, and find out more on how they can work with us to help deliver what is a hugely significant scheme for the North.”

The Meet the Buyer event will take place at the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport. This event is being delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to register for the event, email:

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