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Woods Bagot to design ‘Airport City’ in China

[First look] The London office of Woods Bagot has won a major role in the masterplanning of a 400 ha development in southern China

Woods Bagot will design China Southern Airport City on the Liuxi River in Guangzhou for China Southern Airlines.

Architects in London will work with those in the firm’s Beijing and San Francisco studios on the scheme.

Two wing-shaped parcels of land either side of the road leading to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport will form the scheme.

The central precinct, bridging the highway, will be used for business, cultural and entertainment purposes as well as Southern Airlines University.

Manufacturing, operations and research facilities form a second precinct to the north-west, while residential and lifestyle neighbourhoods will make up the third.

Woods Bagot North America chairman Patrick Daly told AJ: ‘It is the biggest masterplan we have done and for a very visionary client.

‘Being near the airport there are significant height limits, and night lighting is an important issue.

‘It is a composite of things we have done previously and our ability to collaborate has been vital.’

The project’s chief design leader is Nick Karalis, who is usually based in London but has flown to Beijing to work on the scheme.’

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