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New control tower for Manchester Airport

New 60m high tower will replace 40-year old centre

Published on February 4th 2011.


New control tower for Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is set to build a new multi-million pound Air Traffic Control tower, the second tallest in the UK.

The project will replace the current Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities and will be located adjacent to the north fire station. It is expected to be complete in 2013.

The 60m high tower will replace the 40-year-old Air Traffic Control centre, which sits on top of a tower block. The future of the old tower will be reviewed as part of the renovating process.

It will provide 360-degree panoramic views of the entire airfield operation. At present, cameras are used by controllers to assist with the view to the furthest runway end.

The tower will house a new visual control room, an approach radar section and navigation, surveillance and communication equipment.

The new tower will be a standalone, purpose-built building, with the base of the building housing a new equipment centre and offices for ATC, which is carried out at Manchester by Air Traffic Control company, National Air Traffic Services (NATS).

Tim McDermott, Manchester Airport’s operations director, said: “This new Air Traffic Control Tower will offer 21st century facilities that will be a fantastic new addition to the Manchester skyline. It will further strengthen our great relationship with NATS and I am very pleased to be working together to create what will be an iconic building.”

NATS will manage the equipment and run the tower’s 24-hour operation while Manchester Airport will own and maintain the building.

Paul Jones, NATS’ general manager at Manchester Airport, said: “This is fantastic news for Manchester Airport and the Air Traffic Control team. It will introduce new technology and new ways of working, making the Manchester control tower one of the most advanced operations in Europe and offering a platform to develop into the future. We are delighted to be involved in this landmark project.”

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