Revamp for tumbledown tower

Officials at Manchester Airport have unveiled plans to open the first ever restaurant in a control tower.

Manchester has asked all willing investors to come forward, promising enough floor space for 100 diners, and a wealth of scenic views, cast out over the busy airport and the Cheshire countryside beyond.

The tower, which has stood abandoned since the summer, could also support a small shopping arcade and reception area.

In July, a £50m redesign of Terminal One was unveiled to the public. The project saw the expansion of the airport’s retail and catering areas and alterations to the border, helping passengers get through the terminal as quickly as possible.

The new, improved terminal is capable of handling 11m passengers a year, up from 2.5m in 2008.

Unfortunately, the control tower did not factor into the renovation plans, and the building was left to rot beside the runway.

Its unique shape and location drew the attentions of local businesses, however, and the airport has been in consultation with investors ever since.

Andrew Harrison, director at the airport, was eager to attract as many people as possible to Manchester Airport.

He said that they were hoping that the control tower would become "a venue to rival some of the city centre’s most sophisticated venues", adding that the intention is to "produce an experience that far exceeds all current expectations of a great bar”.

Any prospective development would help Manchester offset the cost of the summer refurbishment. Milligan Retail, a local property specialist, has been hired to oversee the venture.

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