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ZHA wins contest for Mumbai’s second airport

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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won an international competition to design India’s new Navi Mumbai International Airport

The London studio defeated an undisclosed shortlist of rival international firms to win the fast-track contest, which was held over a 12-week period.

The practice has been selected to design Terminal 1 and an air traffic control tower for the new 1,160ha airport, which will serve an estimated 60 million passengers a year when completed.

Mumbai’s existing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (pictured) is the second busiest in the country and fast reaching capacity. Located in Navi Mumbai across the harbour from the historic city, the new airport will be served by the planned Mumbai Trans Harbour road link and existing rail lines.

The new airport project is backed by Indian conglomerate GVK, which operates Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

At a foundation stone-laying ceremony last month, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi said: ‘The aviation sector worldwide is moving very fast; we cannot afford to lag. For 70 years, there was no aviation policy in India, which we have now implemented to provide all-round connectivity.’

ZHA project director Cristiano Ceccato said: ‘We are very proud to have been awarded the Navi Mumbai International Airport, which will be a much-needed addition to Mumbai’s infrastructure and an additional gateway to India. Our ambition is for the design to speak to India’s future, while celebrating its present and honouring its past.’

ZHA chief executive Mouzhan Majidi said: ‘Navi Mumbai International Airport is a transformative and unique project and we look forward to our partnership with GVK, working together to develop it into one of the most sustainable passenger-centric airports in the world, and an opportunity to contribute to India’s continued growth and success.’

The appointment comes three years after ZHA was selected to design the world’s largest aviation hub – serving 72 million passengers a year by 2025 – in Beijing.

Earlier this month ZHA was named one of three finalists in an international contest for a new tourism and recreational cluster on Admiral Serebryakov Embankment in Novorossiysk, Russia.

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