Take Off - Summer '13
Summed edition of MAG's colleague magazine, featuring news from across Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands, Bournemouth Airports as MAG Property and Group functions.
COMMUNITY, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL NEWS DE-ICING PROJECT SECURES RESEARCH GRANT WORTH OVER £100K Manchester Airport has partnered with Lancaster University and Peak Associates to investigate opportunities for reducing, re-using or even recycling the chemicals used to anti-ice and de-ice runways and aircraft. AIRPORTS BAKE-OFF FOR CHARITY Last year, to ensure safe winter operations, over two million litres of chemicals were used at Manchester Airport to anti-ice the runway and de-ice aircraft. To protect any impact on streams and rivers around the site, all of the surface water run-off which has been contaminated with these chemicals is collected and sent for treatment at the local sewage works. This amounted to a staggering 1500 million litres. In order to investigate if there is a more sustainable approach, Manchester Airport has partnered with Lancaster University and Peak Associates, an environmental consultancy, and secured a research grant worth over £100K to investigate opportunities for reducing, re-using or even recycling the chemicals that are used. AIRPORT COLLEAGUES GIVE AND GAIN Housing trust was delighted to welcome the team of muscle to this needy site and Fiona Shirley from the Greater Manchester Youth Network was on hand to support the youngsters and help them understand the importance of volunteering both for themselves and others. Newall Green Pond has recently been given a face lift as part of Business in the Community’s ‘Give and Gain’ day. Six colleagues from Manchester Airport joined forces with Josh, John and Mathew - students from the Young Persons skills academy - to transform an overgrown pond. Mike Shaw from Parkway Green Howard Anstock, Manager of the Young Persons skills academy said, “This experience was a great way for Josh, John and Mathew to dispel the myths about young people and their attitude to voluntary work. These lads were enthusiastic throughout, doing more than was asked of them. Apart from the obvious benefit to the environment and community, they were also able to complete part of their qualification, a great achievement”. No soggy bottoms were in sight as colleagues from East Midlands, Stansted and Manchester Airports took part in bake-offs for Comic Relief. Colleagues at each of the airports got busy baking a variety of cakes and biscuits at home in March for their own version of the Great British Bake Off to raise money for Comic Relief. Over £800 was raised across MAG’s airports, so well done and thank you to all those who took part. The Young Persons skills academy is funded by Manchester Airport through a Government Employee Ownership of Skills grant. THE GREAT NEWT MOVE Plastic fences have appeared all around the World Logistics Hub site next to the hotels of Runger Lane at Manchester Airport to capture and move the great crested newt population on the sites to allow development to proceed. The great crested newt is a species that is protected by legislation because it is rare across Europe, although Cheshire just happens to be one of the hotspots. So how do you capture a great crested newt? At the base of the plastic fences, pieces of carpet tile have been placed and buckets sunk into the ground. As the newts move around the site their way is blocked by the fences and they either fall into the buckets or take refuge underneath the carpet tile. A committed team has been checking for newts every morning and releasing them into 30 newly created or restored ponds nearby. Some facts and figures: 15 km of fencing erected (enough to stretch from the Airport to the City Centre), 3000 buckets sunk into the ground, 100s of carpet tiles used and over 1500 newts captured. MAG’s COLLEAGUE MAGAZINE | SUMMER 2013 30