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Foster loses out in race for huge new Beijing airport

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ADP Ingénierie (ADPI) has beaten Foster + Partners in the competition to design Beijing’s enormous new Daxing Airport

The French outfit beat a shortlist which included Foster and Chinese team CACC/Beijing Institute of Architectural Design to land the 700,000m² Terminal 1 job.

Zaha Hadid Architects with Pascall + Watson, Rogers Stirk Harbour with Arup, and Hok with Dutch airport specialist Naco were all originally longlisted to work on the high-profile £9billion scheme.

Organised by Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters, the competition was first launched almost three years ago.

Planned to complete in 2018, the new airport 60 kilometres south of Beijing will eventually include up to seven runways and handle more than 100 million passengers annually.

ADPI will design the new Terminal 1 building which is expected to feature a five kilometre-long façade and handle round 45 million passengers a year. The building will feature 82 seperate aircraft stands.

Foster and Arup completed the new Terminal 3 building at Beijing Capital International Airport six years ago.

However due to China’s growing use of air travel the airport, which is the second busiest in the world, is already at full capacity.

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