It’s the home of football. It's where the atom was split. It’s consistently voted best UK city to live in. Manchester is a historical, economic powerhouse, and developing strong infrastructure and transport links will help to drive economic growth across the rest of the country. Manchester doesn’t need any more great reasons to visit, but travelers need a passenger and airline experience worthy of Manchester's reputation. That’s why Arcadis is involved in the £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, which includes the construction of an 85,000sq m extension to Terminal 2, reconfiguring the existing 87,000sq m Terminal 1 building, and constructing three 11,000sq m piers; all allowing Terminal 2 to become the airport’s primary Terminal building to cater for increased demand and an expanding flight schedule.
In order to make the most impact on travelers’ experience in Manchester Airport, we had to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of each of the 35 million passengers who will pass through the airport by 2024.
What would make their journey easier, and more comfortable? What would make their waiting periods and transfers less frustrating? What little details about the airport would they notice, or appreciate?
That’s what we think about continually at Arcadis. That's why, for example, some of our plans for this Transformation Programme include lounge areas designed for maximum flexibility, a new car park for 3,800 vehicles, a road network equipped to cope with rising traffic volumes, and smooth check-in and security facilities that will help to relieve passenger stress before flying.
What does it feel like, at Arcadis, to play a role in the development of Manchester’s transportation legacy?
In short, it is gratifying, inspirational, and endurance-building. The sheer scale and scope of this nine-year transformation, with almost fifty enhancements across the airport, is not for the inexperienced or the impatient. Yes, it is a complex and ambitious project, but what keeps us going is the certainty that the outcome will be a legacy that Manchester's residents and tourists will enjoy for generations.
Under our expertise, we are now four years into this Transformation Project and have successfully transitioned into a stage where over £500 million of works are currently in construction.