[FIRST LOOK] BDP has won an international competition for the mixed-use redevelopment of Minsk Airport in Belarus
The AJ100 practice saw off an undisclosed international shortlist for the high-profile job to regenerate the capital city’s former main airport.
Designs by BDP’s Machester Studio will see the disused airfield transformed into 14,000 new homes, 305,000m² of office space and 150,000m² of retail space.
The project – known as Minsk World – will also include a new park connecting the development to the existing city and a north-to-south circulation route featuring an urban waterscape.
An international financial district is planned for the development’s northern end and a leisure park and exhibition centre earmarked for the south.
BDP head of urbanism Francis Glare said: ‘Minsk World is envisaged as an urban catalyst that will not only create a new destination in the city and a place where people will aspire to live and work, but also become a venue for Minsk’s civic, cultural and social life.’
He continued: ‘By integrating a regular urban grid with a more organic structure, the masterplan will be flexible enough to adapt to changes in its future development whilst defining recognisable spaces in the city.
‘The use of multiple building typologies and open spaces will create a truly contemporary piece of the city, incorporating sustainable principles and an efficient public transport network.’
BDP practice chair David Cash added: ‘BDP shares the Manchester city region’s internationalising agenda to export Manchester expertise and services. BDP’s work in abroad reinforces Manchester’s position as an international hub for design and construction sector services and grows the Manchester brand abroad.’