Jacobs Engineering wins major UK aviation infrastructure contract at Manchester airport

Jacobs Engineering Group has been contracted to handle multi-disciplinary engineering and selected architectural services in support of the transformation of Manchester airport.

The company is working to support development by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to support development of the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MANTP).

MANTP is a 10-year investment programme of over £1 billion designed to maintain the airport’s position as a global gateway for the North of England by delivering a series of 60 enhancements in a phased plan that includes 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-storey car parks and surface access facilities. The planned expansion is expected to provide a significant increase in airport capacity and allows for optimum use of its two existing parallel runways.

MANTP programme director Brad Miller said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Manchester Airport, with a significant investment being made to ensure that we meet the future needs of our airlines, customers and the communities we serve.

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

In making the announcement, Jacobs senior vice president buildings and infrastructure Bob Duff stated: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with MAG and support Manchester Airport with this major programme to transform passenger experience, advance connectivity in the north and create an exceptional world-class airport. We are building an internationally competitive skills base in the north of the UK. This centre of expertise is supporting the airport expansion and also the region’s wider transport and infrastructure development strategy.”

Phased to ensure minimum disruption to airport operations and the surrounding area, programme benefits expected include smoother journeys, quicker connections and greater punctuality for customers.

Jacobs provides professional services across M.A.G’s business under its UK framework and has supported MAG in delivering its transformational project at Stansted Airport. Jacobs has delivered asset upgrades across Manchester Airport and M.A.G’s other UK airports for the past six years and continues to undertake airfield inspections across the UK asset base. Jacobs also helped deliver MAG’s first project in the United States – the Escape Lounge at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

MAG serves over 50 million passengers per annum and handles almost half a million tonnes of air freight every year through its ownership and operation of the airports of London Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

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