If you’ve ever wondered just how an air traffic control tower is built then our time lapse footage of the construction of one of the country’s newest will show you.

The new tower at Manchester Airport had 1,500 tonnes of concrete poured in just nine days as it sprang up from nothing to its full height.

The “cab” that forms the Visual Control Room sitting on top of the stalk was constructed on the ground next to it before Europe’s biggest mobile crane had to be brought in to lift it delicately into place on the top of the tower.

Take a look at the nine day on site construction process in our two minute time lapse video below.

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20.06.2013

17:18

Peter Hargreaves

That’s really interesting. When does the new tower become operational?

Thanks Peter. The plan is to go live in the early hours of next Thursday morning (the 27th).

20.06.2013

20:02

Peter Hargreaves

I really wish everyone all the best with it. A long overdue development for this important airport.

20.06.2013

22:18

Bipan

Incredible. Wish Manchester Airport all the best.

26.06.2013

17:20

Peter Hargreaves

All the best for the changeover tonight. The sunrise over Kinder Scout will look fabulous. Manchester Evening News report

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-airports-new-control-room-4712471

11.08.2013

15:54

Silvia C

Great job! Your ATCOs must really enjoy coming to work…

30.08.2013

00:58

Jorge Nunes de Oliveira

The lords could provide this technology to INFRAERO here in Brazil.
Certainly we are in great need

17.01.2015

02:43

arso

it’s awesome to build ATC Tower/TRACON in 9 days.. i want to know what kind of concrete made that can be dry quickly..

21.08.2015

09:51

Amber Bentley

That footage was amazing!!! can you do the tours of the control tower? I am only 13 but really want to be an air-traffic controller when I grow up.


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