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Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 recognised as one of the most beautiful in the world

Manchester Airports Terminal 2 has been named as one of the most beautiful in the world

Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2, a key component of the £1.3bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, has received international acclaim as one of the most beautiful airports globally.

The prestigious Prix Versailles, an esteemed award in the realm of design and architecture recognized by UNESCO, commended the terminal’s innovative and inspiring design.

Judges Laud “Perfectly Mastered Interior Design”

The Prix Versailles, launched in 2015, evaluates criteria such as innovation, creativity, reflection on local heritage, and ecological efficiency.

And the newly updated Terminal 2, designed by renowned architects Pascall+Watson, opened in 2021 and was judged as part of the 2022 cohort for the Prix Versailles.

Judges specifically praised the terminal’s “perfectly mastered interior design,” highlighting its blend of lightness and conviviality.

Transformation Milestone: 1 Million Hours of Work

The recognition coincides with a significant milestone in the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, with over 1 million hours of work dedicated to the project since its announcement in 2015.

The transformed Terminal 2, open since 2021, has garnered acclaim for its modern facilities, locally sourced dining options, and renowned retail outlets.

Expansion Plans and Economic Impact

The next phase of the transformation aims to nearly double Terminal 2’s current capacity by 2025, making it the primary hub for around 80% of the airport’s passengers.

The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, spearheaded by Manchester Airports Group (MAG), is expected to create over 500 jobs in construction alone, with an additional 16,400 jobs generated by 2040.

Global Recognition Among Top Airports

Terminal 2 joins the ranks of six airports recognised by the Prix Versailles in 2022, including Los Angeles International Airport’s West Gates Terminal, Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2, and Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in China.

Testimonials from Industry Leaders

Jérôme Gouadain, Secretary General of the Prix Versailles, praised Manchester Airport for its architectural work, stating, “Focusing on the purity of lines and a perfectly mastered interior design, the airport combines lightness and conviviality. Inspiring.”

Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, expressed pride in the recognition, emphasizing the ongoing commitment to creating a world-leading facility for the region.

Continued Transformation and Future Plans

Terminal 2’s success contributes to Manchester Airport’s reputation as a global gateway, connecting the North to the world.

The second phase of the Transformation Programme is underway, featuring new gates, enhanced security, expanded retail and dining options, and iconic artwork.

Key Partners in the Project

Key contributors to the project include architects Pascall + Watson, program managers Mace, airfield designer Jacobs, structural engineer Buro Happold, and baggage system lead Vanderlande.

Manchester Airport remains committed to enhancing passenger experiences, and the recognition from Prix Versailles solidifies its position as a world-class aviation hub

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