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Foster still vying for world’s largest airport - but Rogers, Hadid and HOK miss out

Foster + Partners remains the only British practice in the running to design the world’s largest airport at Daxing, 46km south of Beijing

The AJ can reveal that the largest architectural practice in the UK (see AJ100) has made the final three in the high-profile competition in China which was launched last year.

The other finalists are Chinese team CACC/Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and France’s ADPI, part of the Aéroports de Paris Group.

The much-anticipated decision by China’s Civil Aviation Engineering Consulting Company spells the end for bids by HOK, which teamed up with Dutch airport specialist Naco, Zaha Hadid Architects with Pascall + Watson, and Rogers Stirk Harbour with Arup.

The project – which will be four times larger than Heathrow and will have nine runways when complete – was originally scheduled to open in 2017 with the capacity to serve 200 million passengers a year.

Foster and Arup only took the wraps off the new Terminal 3 building at Beijing Capital International Airport (pictured) four years ago however due to China’s growing use of air travel the airport, which is the second busiest in the world, is already at full capacity.

A future timescale for the project is yet to be revealed.



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  • How is it that the Aeroports de Paris get any comissions let alone be considered for a competition and be chosen as a finalist? Is there a decent french airport at all designed by them? or have I missed something?

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