US giant lands airport transformation role

US construction company Jacobs Engineering Group has joined the roster of contractors for the £1bn 10-year project to transform Manchester Airport.

The California-based group has been awarded a contract to provide multidisciplinary engineering and selected architectural services to Manchester Airports Group to support the ambitious development.

The phased program includes the delivery of a series of 60 enhancements, as well as significant airside and landside development.

Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is providing multidisciplinary engineering and selected architectural services for new and upgraded facilities including terminal, piers, airfield, multi-level car parks and surface access facilities.

The planned expansion provides for a significant increase in Manchester Airport’s capacity and allows for optimum use of its two existing parallel runways. It will also see the current Terminal 1 phased out, with Terminal 2 significantly expanded and improved.

Jacobs already provides professional services across M.A.G’s business under its UK framework and supported the group in delivering a recent investment project at Stansted Airport.  The company also helped deliver MAG’s first project outside of the UK – the Escape Lounge in the US at Minneapolis.

MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish said: “Manchester Airport is thriving as a national asset, forming a key component of the UK’s aviation infrastructure at a time when airport capacity in the United Kingdom is at a premium.

“At Manchester, we have invested heavily in meeting the needs of our airlines, passengers and local communities, and we recognize now is the right time to deliver a transformation program that will meet the needs of all our customers and drive further economic growth for both the region and the country.

“We are delighted to have Jacobs on board and look forward to working with its team to fulfill this ambitious project over the coming years.”

Jacobs senior vice president buildings and infrastructure Bob Duff added: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with M.A.G and support Manchester Airport with this major program to transform passenger experience, advance connectivity in the north of the UK and create an exceptional world-class airport.”