Plans for the £1bn redevelopment of Manchester Airport, which include a huge extension to Terminal 2 and the demolition of Terminal 1, have been given the go-ahead.
Manchester City Council’s planning committee has approved an application by Manchester Airport spanning 33.4 acres across two plots within the current airport site at its meeting on Thursday (3 March). The first plot is located to the north west of the existing Terminal 2, while the second affects the existing Terminal 1 building and accompanying multi-storey car park.
The project involves the construction of an 886,892 sq ft extension to the north-west elevation of Terminal 2 to provide extended passenger processing facilities, an extension of the upper level Terminal 2 forecourt and reconfiguration of the Terminal 2 multi-storey car park, an extension to the Terminal 2 lower level forecourt and reconfiguration of the existing forecourt, and the creation of an elevated access road to Terminal 2 from the elevated roundabout on the M56 spur.
It also features the construction of a seven-storey extension to the existing multi-storey car park to provide 2,592 additional car parking spaces and a new seven-storey car park for 4,236 vehicles.
In addition, the application involves demolishing Terminal 1 and the associated multi-storey car park, which would mean the loss of 2,006 parking spaces.
The proposed extension to Terminal 2 is part of the airport’s transformational modernisation programme. Manchester Airport has estimated that the development will result in 2,000 additional workers being employed on the site.
The £1bn ten-year Manchester Airport Transformation Programme is a series of 60 enhancements that are intended to provide passengers with enhanced facilities and services.