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FLIGHTY MADRID

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Richard Rogers Partnership's Barajas Airport in Madrid may be shut within the next 10 years despite the fact that it is not due for completion until 2003. The 450,000m2 terminal lies to the north-east of the city, an area which has now been designated for expansion as part of a strategy to link Madrid with existing residential settlements to the north.

'It is in the wrong place, ' Pedro Ortiz, the former director of urbanism for Madrid told the AJ.

The RRP complex will not be pulled down, however. 'It is particularly suited to reuse because it is in a fishbone pattern with discrete buildings accessed from a main central circulation route, ' he said.

RRP won the commission for Barajas Airport in competition in 1997 - the design allows for phased expansion up until 2010. It looks likely that in the long term an entirely new airport will be built to the south of the city.

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