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31

May

2017

Airport City North Spine Road takes shape

GPL Group Airport Spine Road

GPL Group are making excellent progress on the Airport City North Spine Road project – a £9m year long contract for BCEGI which will see them constructing vital infrastructure for the future development of Airport City, Manchester.

Airport City Manchester is one of the most connected, intelligent and enterprising business destinations in development today. The site will eventually comprise 5 million sq ft. of offices, hotels, advanced manufacturing, logistics facilities, hybrid and ancillary retail space.

GPL have been contracted to construct a 1km link road connecting the Terminal 2 roundabout on the M56 Airport spur to Aviator Way off Ringway Road West. This road will form a crucial link to allow future development plots on either side forming Airport City North. The road is already taking shape with vegetation clearance, watercourse diversions, ground improvement and drainage works substantially completed. Utility diversions and road construction is now ongoing.

The project involves various logistical challenges around diverting major services including water, HV electric, communications and gas supplies. Interfaces with existing roads have had to be carefully considered, including building temporary roads to take traffic away from the main interface location and the construction of a 5m high, 125m long pair of reinforced earth walls ramping the road from Thorley Lane to the T2 roundabout.

The project has also required programme alterations due to some feathered friends, after duck eggs were discovered at an old ditch location on the route of the temporary road. Work was reprogrammed following the construction of an exclusion zone, allowing the ducklings to fledge before continuing works.

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