New Control Tower set for take-off

Manchester Airport has confirmed the construction of a multi-million pound brand new Air Traffic Control tower, the second tallest in the UK.

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

Set to stand at 60m high it will become an iconic building rivaling the Manchester big wheel. The present, 40-year-old Air Traffic Control centre on top of the tower block will be reviewed as part of the renovating process.

With 360-degree panoramic views, it will provide unrivalled 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 to ensure Air Traffic Control can effectively service the long-term investment and future growth of the airport.

The new tower will be a stand alone, 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.”


For further information please contact Manchester airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email

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Published on: 04/02/2011 09:00:00