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Zaha pushes the boat out with plans to transform Spanish peninsula into an island

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed its latest audacious project

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed its latest audacious project to convert the Zorrozaurre peninsula in Bilbao, Spain, into an island.

The £987 million scheme will transform the peninsula, once a crucial part of the Port of Bilbao, into an island in the river Nervión connected to the mainland by eight bridges.

The site is currently falling to decay and is inhabited by no more than 450 people, but Hadid plans to redevelop the 72ha peninsula, building 6,000 new homes, two technology centres and a new 4ha park.

Hadid was given the job back in 2003 but initially met with strong opposition, as many residents believed the scheme would cut them off from the rest of the city.

Her practice will carefully flood part of the peninsula, while adding more flood defences and building the new housing 4.7m above sea level to reduce the risk of flooding.

A canal will also be constructed, that will join to the river, widening the river bed by 75m.

Construction will begin by 2010, and it is believed the work will be completed between 2025 and 2030.

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