Manchester Airport Transformation Programme – Pier 2 Link Bridge Installation

A stunning timelapse video shows the moment that a colossal 216-ton, two-storey link bridge is delicately manoeuvred into place at Manchester Airport’s Terminal Two, as work continues apace on a £1.3bn programme to transform and modernise the terminal.

The bridge will connect the existing terminal building to a new ‘pier’ currently under construction, which will offer extra aircraft gates, stands and seating.

More than 270 pieces of steel went into constructing the new bridge, comprised of metal decking and 150mm concrete slab flooring. The 90ft long, 33ft high bridge was pre-assembled on the airfield over the course of three months and then moved into its final place last week using a giant Shelf-Propelled Motorised Unit, a process which took eight hours.

The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (‘MAN-TP’) is scheduled for completion next year, and will see Terminal Two more than double in capacity. Around three quarters of the airport’s passengers will use the new-look terminal when it is completed. Firms working on the link bridge included Mace, which is overseeing the second phase of the MAN-TP project, and its supply chain partners, Martifer, Bethell, AMCO, LPL Construction Services and DGP.


Source: Manchester Airports Group