Galliford Try has secured a £54m contract as part of the second phase of the £1bn Manchester Airport upgrade.

The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme will double the size of Terminal 2 and reconfigure its airfield to unlock the growth potential of its two runways.

Galliford Try won a £38m contract last August to extend the airfield’s west apron with new taxiways and aircraft stands around piers and terminal buildings.

This £54m second phase project will increase aircraft stand capacity and other aircraft parking to cope with the 2024 traffic projections.

This will involve upgrading the existing taxiway system and improve departure performance capability.

It project team will install more than 79,000m3 of pavement quality concrete for new taxiways and aircraft stands while reallocating the existing airfield and dualling a mile-long, 400,000m2 stretch of taxiway so that aircraft can be manoeuvred more efficiently.

In addition, more than  six miles of new ducting and lighting will be installed and the existing security boundary relocated to accommodate the changes.

Colin Abbott, Galliford Try aviation director, said that planning for the new work would begin immediately with the project lasting two years.