Lounge at Manchester Airport

Lounge at Manchester Airport

Astron UK Builder De Boer has been recently contracted to provide 1,316m² of additional space as a departure lounge for the passengers of Manchester airport as part of the airport renewal project.

De Boer is a market leader of temporary and re-locatable buildings, hangars and operational space solutions for airports. For this project, the Astron building solution was selected for its speed of erection, on-time and on-budget delivery, allowing the customer to easily expand their airport operations.

This project is located on an airside location at the heart of Manchester airport, the largest airport outside London with over 210 destinations served by 70 airlines. The structure is 35 m in length and has an eave height of 5.1 m and is built directly onto a concrete sub-base. It was also a requirement of the customer that this space be completely fitted out internally and will remain in place for a period of five years. The building was erected in record time with the steel frame being erected in five days and the roof being fully installed using a 37m high tower crane and lifting system in a further two days.

Some passengers passing through Terminal 2 will now use a new temporary gate lounge that can hold up to 650 passengers. The first passengers used the lounge just days after handover and more flights will now use the facility as work elsewhere on the airport increases in impact. It will be in operation for up to two years and the wraps have been taken off the new building a little over a month after work on the project began.

The new gate lounge will allow the west half of Terminal 2 to be completely demolished and rebuilt whilst the airfield remains in full operation. The new terminal building is expected to be operational by 2019.