Manchester got permission for the second runway in January 1997. Work started on the 10000ft runway in May 1997, but environmental protestors held things up. Completion date was
May 2000, this has now slipped until at least
August, due to the British winters!
This runway has it's own website. I suggest you spend some time there. I has lots of photos and details of the runway's construction plus lots of other stuff, the diversion of a road and river, a new firestation and dealing with all the extra rain runoff water.
If you're interested in runway building - Visit this site.
Plus Manchester's 24L/06R must be the only runway in the world with it's own website!