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Hadid and Foster picked for China hotel schemes

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been chosen to design a pair of new hotel schemes for Jumeirah Group in China

The leading UK architects are the latest to be appointed by the Dubai-based company which is currently developing eight new hotels in China.

Hadid has been chosen for the 250-room Jumeirah Nanjing hotel project which is planned to complete in 2016.

Located in the city’s new Hexi business district, the development will feature a luxury hotel alongside a 4-star hotel, a conference centre, offices and retail.

Meanwhile Foster + Partners, has meanwhile been appointed to design the Jumeirah Wuhan hotel which is expected to open in 2020.

The hotel – located in the Hankou business district – will feature 200 guest rooms and 23 suites, a restaurant, lounge, bar, executive club lounge and business centre.

Kuala Lumpur-based Denniston International has also been hired to design the new Jumeirah Haikou Resort on a 136 hectare tropical island.

Planned to complete in 2018, the ‘golf community’ will feature 60 villas and a luxury hotel with 140 guest rooms.

Jumeirah Group president and chief executive Gerald Lawless said: ‘We are delighted to be expanding our portfolio of hotels and resorts in China, which is a significant market for Jumeirah.’

He continued: ‘We are honoured to have been asked to operate these three new hotels in key cities, bringing our pipeline of new properties in China to eight, in addition to Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai, which has been operating successfully since 2011.’

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