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Managing and Developing Our Land

Surface Water Management 

Surface water from the site drains to the river Bollin. Pollution can be caused by a range of materials including oil and fuel, detergents, silt from construction activities and toilet waste. The main source of potential pollution is the chemicals used for deicing aircraft and for anti-icing runways, taxiways and aprons during winter months. 

The Environment Agency has set stringent consent limits on the quality of surface water from the airport site that is released into local rivers. We must therefore manage our own and our tenants’ operations to prevent pollution. We have: 

  • Established spill response procedures for the clean up of any fuel or chemical spillage 
  • A drainage containment system to divert runoff contaminated with winter de-icing products to the foul sewer for treatment 
  • Monitoring of all discharges into the river 
  • A system for auditing service partners and contractors to ensure that their operations and facilities do not cause pollution. 

Ecology and Habitat Management 

As well as managing the landscape surrounding our buildings, we also manage over 350 hectares of rural land around the airport to maximise the wildlife, visual and amenity benefits of the land, whilst being consistent with the demands of the airport in terms of safety and security.

We do this through:

  • Maintaining a network of habitats for species which receive special protection such as bats, badgers and great crested newts and regularly monitor the populations. When developments impact ecology we will always mitigate or compensate for that impact. For example, if a pond is affected by development, we will either create two new or restore two existing ponds as suitable habitats for amphibians, and continue to monitor them to ensure they are maintained as such.
  • We encourage access to the footpath and bridleway network around the airport and have developed two walking trails through the Bollin Valley with interpretation boards on the history, archaeology and wildlife that can be seen.

On the airfield, we manage habitats in a different way to discourage birds and wildlife that are a hazard to aircraft.

Construction Projects 

Construction activities have the potential to generate waste, pollute rivers, damage wildlife habitats and cause noise and dust nuisance. We include our stringent control requirements in our contract documents, ensuring that the project is managed to prevent pollution. 

Airport City 

Airport City will include hotels, offices, high technology manufacturing and warehouses on the edge of the airport site, creating over 10,000 jobs and supporting growth in the region. This new development is a great opportunity to build innovative sustainable infrastructure with a low carbon and resource efficient environment. 

Investment of £50 million in the Metrolink system extension to the airport, alongside good connections to the Station and walking routes into Wythenshawe, will further enhance Airport City’s excellent public transport links, reducing car use to the development. 

Link to Airport City pages