Airport operator Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has awarded a new £38m contract to UK-based construction company Galliford Try to carry out works at Manchester Airport.

The latest contract is part of MAG’s £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Project and focuses on the expansion of the airfield’s west apron.

It also includes the construction of new taxiways and aircraft stands around piers and terminal buildings.

Other services to be provided include associated stand reconfigurations, ground lighting, drainage, communications networks, security fencing and aircraft control systems.

The scope of the project involves excavation of 65,000m³ of cut material, laying of 95,000m2 of pavement quality concrete and similar quantity of stone, as well as installation of 6km of ducting and cabling, over 500 airfield lights and new fire and aviation fuel mains.

Galliford Try aviation director Colin Abbott said: “A challenge of the scheme is that it needs to be undertaken while the airfield remains in operation.

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"We have considerable experience of this type of work and will complete it efficiently and to a high standard."

“We have considerable experience of this type of work and will complete it efficiently and to a high standard without disrupting the safe running of our client’s day-to-day activities.”

Work on the project is set to begin immediately, with completion expected by November next year.

Once completed, the ten-year Manchester Airport Transformation Project will increase the size of Terminal 2 at the airport to double, thereby generating more than 1,500 job opportunities during the construction phase.

Separately, Galliford Try has secured another contract, worth £5m, to construct a new 4,050-space car park at Stansted Airport, also part of MAG.

Image: Galliford Try secures contract to boost capacity at Manchester Airport. Photo: courtesy of Galliford Try.