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Foster, Rogers, Hadid and HOK in running to build world’s largest airport

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Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, and HOK have been shortlisted to design the world’s largest airport in China

The quartet of top UK practices are among seven design teams competing for the massive new airport city in rural Daxing, 50 kilometres south of China’s capital Beijing.

The project – which will be four times larger than Heathrow and will have nine runways when complete – is scheduled to open in 2017 with the capacity to serve 200 million passengers a year.

The 5,400 hectare scheme comes just three years after Foster and Arup took the wraps off the new Terminal 3 building at Beijing Capital International Airport (pictured). Due to China’s growing use of air travel, the city’s main airport is already at full capacity and is the second busiest in the world.

HOK senior vice president and director of aviation and transport, Richard Gammon, said the company was ‘delighted’ to be on the shortlist.

HOK has teamed up with Dutch practice Naço for its bid, Zaha Hadid Architects with Pascall + Watson, and Rogers Stirk Harbour with Arup.

The other contenders are the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, the East China Architecture Design and Research Institute and France’s ADPI, part of the Aéroports de Paris Group.

Zaha Hadid Architects, RMJM offshoot 10 Design and Stirling prize-shortlisted practice Hopkins, have been shortlisted for another high profile Chinese project, the Dalian library.

Gordon Affleck, design partner at 10 Design said: ‘UK architects have gained a good reputation in China for pushing both technical innovation and creativity while staying buildable and within budget.’


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