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Foster wins £1.2bn Beijing air terminal

China's airport authorities have chosen designs by a Foster and Partners-led consortium in the competition for a new £1.2 billion terminal at Beijing International Airport.

The consortium - made up of Foster, engineering giant Arup and Dutch airport planner NACO - saw off competition from USbased Landrum & Brown and Integrated Design Solutions from Hong Kong (AJ 18.9.03).

Foster's design, known as 'a modern gateway to China', will sit between the existing eastern runway and a proposed third landingstrip. It will aim to reflect the 'joy and excitement of flight through an aerodynamic iconic form' and increase the airport's capacity to 60 million passengers a year by 2015.

Norman Foster said he was delighted to have won: 'This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver a 21st-century airport that will set global standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and sustainability.'

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