Airport stripes-off iconic red, white & black in 1.5M freight terminal refurbishment

North West based commercial roofing and cladding specialist Rooftop Solutions Ltd today announced it had completed a 1.5million, eight-month refurbishment project of the World Freight Terminal at Manchester Airport.

[WFT in 1986] - [WFT in 2009]

[WFT in 2011]

The external upgrade and improvement works have seen the original World Freight Terminal (WFT) cladding – iconic red, white and black stripes as seen by millions of passengers since the WFT opened in November 1985 – replaced with a new “Nova Oyster” Grey coloured over-cladding, matching the exterior of the airport’s three passenger terminals.

The project has also included upgrading insulation and replacement of existing roof lights to provide additional natural lighting within the WFT buildings, along with replacing rainwater pipes and relining the guttering.

Jenny Smith, Property Manager, MAG Developments, said: “As a customer-focused business, we were impressed with Rooftop Solutions’ innovative systems and their dynamic approach to completing this project without disrupting the day-to-day operations of the businesses based at the WFT. We are delighted with the quality of the finished work – it will ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of our own customers by providing quality accommodation and exceptional customer service.”

MAG Developments is responsible for the management and development of all the commercial property and land at Manchester Airport. Part of the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) – which also includes East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside airports – MAG Developments’ 320m Group-wide portfolio comprises over 200 properties across 5000 acres, serving over more than 850 companies. Its World Freight Terminal deals with cargo aircraft and freight consignments that arrive or depart in the holds of passenger aircraft at Manchester Airport. In 2010 this equated to around 120,000 tonnes.

Mark Colbert, Contracts Director, Rooftop Solutions Ltd, said: “This was a huge project and somewhat unique as the World Freight Terminal is in operation 24-hours a day, 365-days a year, with a variety of businesses based there – all in addition to the stringent security requirements of an international airport.”

He added: “To have delivered the refurbishment of this iconic facility is a real coup for us and we hope that our client-friendly approach will enable us to achieve our goal of establishing ourselves as one of the market leaders in the provision of industrial and commercial roofing contracting and consultancy services.”

Specialising in all aspects of industrial and commercial projects from concept through to completion, Rooftop Solutions Limited is based at Wingates Industrial Park, Westhoughton in Bolton, Greater Manchester.


For more information, contact the Manchester Airports Group press office on 0161 489 2700 or

Published on: 07/02/2011 10:30:00