WORK HAS started on the new Air Traffic Control Tower at Birmingham Airport, UK. Designed to replace the original facility at the old Elmdon Airport site, which has been in use since 1939, the new tower is expected to be operational from early 2013 and will stand almost 110ft (33m) high. The construction work, which is being undertaken by UK firm Morgan Sindall, is due for completion by March 2012 with over 13ft (4m) being added to the structure each day.
“This iconic tower will be furnished with state-of-the-art radar and navigation equipment and will give the controllers a better view of the airfield, above buildings that have been developed over the last few years. It will also allow them to see the end of the extended runway, a development that will be complete in 2014 and will allow airlines to fly to more long-haul destinations,” commented Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe.