Manchester Airport

The Project

Manchester Airport is an international airport at Ringway, south-west of Manchester city centre. In 2016, it was the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers and the busiest of those not serving London. After the airport handled a record 27.8 million passengers in 2017, it is currently undergoing a major expansion programme to double the size of Terminal 2, with the first elements opened in 2019. The £1 billion expansion will be completed in 2024 and enable Terminal 2 to handle 35 million passengers. Capacity exists for up to 50 million passengers annually with two runways, however, this potential figure is limited by the airport’s restriction to 61 aircraft movements per hour as well as existing terminal sizes to effectively process arrivals and departures.

Application: Public
Location: Manchester
System: Modular Steel Platforms

Client brief

Working in collaboration with Laing O’Rourke to provide ramped and stepped access to all entry and exit points of the new temporary terminal, while works were being simultaneously carried out completing the expansion of the airport. The requirements of the ramps and stepped access points would be relatively straightforward, directly on to the ground with no requirement for additional groundworks.

Identified solutions at survey

  • One pedestrian ramp and step unit was required for boarding with a further two additional pedestrian ramps and step units for fire exits.
  • All ramps and steps were fully compliant with building regulations for public access including full balustrade, rail continuation and 1100mm high handrails on all platforms. The ramp gradient was set at 1:20 with resting platforms.

Challenges identified at site survey

  • Stringent liaison with airport security and Laing O’Rourke required for each visit, to organise specific personnel and delivery arrival times.
  • Additional time was required for daily morning inductions, the obtaining of airport security passes plus the need to be escorted to and from site, with comprehensive security scanning and visual checks.

Project Summary

A very successful portfolio of installations fully completed within the allotted timeframes. For Easiaccess it was a very interesting project to be involved in, working alongside Laing O’Rourke and their very helpful and professional team of people. These installations will now remain in situ for quite some time, as the terminal refurbishment is carried out.


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