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Foster’s Beijing airport terminal damaged again by wind

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Foster and Partners has ruled out design faults after further problems were found with the roof of the practice’s Lubetkin Prize-shortlisted Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal in China

Earlier this week China state media reported that passengers at the 986,000m² building saw parts of the roof being blown across runways.

A statement from Foster and Partners said the company understood the issue was not due to a design fault. The analysis was supported by Shao Weiping of Beijing Architectural Design and Research Institute – which collaborated on the project.

He told the Associated Press: ‘If the products provided by the suppliers were not up to their highest standards, or if the individual items were not installed properly, then this kind of thing could happen.’

He added he was ‘very confident that the design was perfect and involved no mistakes or flaws.’

The terminal building was constructed in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was shortlisted for the Lubetkin Prize the following year.

The airport was reportedly damaged by wind previously earlier this year.

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