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Architect sought for new Manchester Airport air-traffic control tower

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A competition has been launched to find an architect to design the new air-traffic control (ATC) tower at Manchester Airport.


According to sources within the Manchester Airport Group, the current facilities are not high enough for air-traffic controllers to monitor all the runways, hangars and boarding areas.




The new structure, which is to cost around £8 million, will have to be substantially taller than the existing tower, which sits on top of an administrative block (pictured).




The source said: ‘You can’t see the whole airfield from the existing tower so we want something a bit taller.’




The contest has already attracted interest from architects across the country, including 3DReid, which masterminded the design of Edinburgh Airport’s ATC, completed in 2005.




It is hoped a winning design team, which will be asked to take the design from stage A through to completion, will be appointed in the autumn.




The scheme is expected to start on site in June 2008.




The deadline for requests to participate is 24 August. For more details visit ted.europa.eu (reference 2007/S 142-176775).




by Richard Waite

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