Posted on January 14, 2013

We recently finished documenting the construction of the impressive new Air Traffic Control Tower at Manchester Airport, due to open this Spring. The tower is pre-let to our friends at NATS - the UK’s leading air traffic control company - who commissioned us to produce timelapse footage of the complex build. Here's one of the first images from our Lobster Pot camera system: This first video, captured in March 2012, shows the erection of the tower's 60-metre tall shaft using 'Slipform Construction' - the same technique used to build Toronto's iconic CN Tower.

This remarkable process required 600 cubic metres of concrete to be poured continuously, at a rate of 27cm per hour, for an astonishing 222 hours. Teams of twenty construction operatives worked from an elevated hydraulic platform, 24-hours-a-day, to reinforce the giant structure with 65 tonnes of steel - that's a lot of steel! This second video, from June 2012, shows one of Europe's tallest mobile 'Super Cranes' lifting the tower's 168 tonne sub-cap in to place -

Once the final interior and exterior works are complete, the new tower will be split between NATS and several other departments within the airport, including the Fire Watch and Apron Control services. Here's one of the final images from our Lobster Pot camera, taken in November 2012 - this shows the work nearing completion: To find out more information about the project - and the great work that NATS do - head over to their official website.