Benoy confirmed for Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 transformation

Architects and masterplanners Benoy have been appointed to the £1bn expansion of Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2. The Benoy’s team will be delivering the interior concept design for the international departure lounge for the scheme which has been described as the biggest single construction project to take place in Greater Manchester.

“Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport is an exciting addition to our aviation portfolio and we are honoured to be working alongside an incredibly talented team to design a new future for this global gateway in the north.” said Anna Manning, senior architect at Benoy.

The international departure lounge of Terminal 2 will form one of the key features of the transformation works. Spanning two levels and 32,467 m2, the space will feature new dining, retail and seating facilities. An innovative double-storey green wall acts as the centrepiece of the space and is surrounded by bespoke seating, a children’s playground and an expansive ‘market’ with dining, restaurants, bars and retail offers. 

Introducing a symbol of the north of England’s industrious past and present, the bee, hexagonal honeycomb patterns have been applied to the glass ceiling and feature wall designs.

“Bringing a sense of place is incredibly important in airport design; we want passengers to feel as though they are in Manchester, as opposed to any airport in the world,” said David Coyne, executive director at Benoy.

The completion of the Terminal 2 redevelopment is targeted for 2023, with significant changes to be noticeable to the public from as early as 2019.

In what is set to be a big year for Benoy in aviation, the firm confirmed its appointment as commercial masterplanner on the Heathrow Airport expansion project earlier this year. Benoy will also welcome its first airport terminal with the completion of Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 in the second half of 2017. 

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