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Woods Bagot has won the international competition to design China Southern Airport City, a 400-hectare mixed-use development in Guangzhou, China, triumphing over renowned international firms including Zaha Hadid and Aéroports de Paris with Paul Andreu.
Set on Guangzhou’s Liuxi River, the 3.8 million square metre development integrates business and manufacturing with residential and lifestyle uses. The project will transform the corporate headquarters of China Southern Airlines –Asia’s largest airline – into an urban centre. The masterplan divides the site into three precincts and aims to create a ‘concentrated city’.
“Transport, travel and communication are at the forefront of a connected city. The rise of these concentrated cities, where a variety of commercial, retail, residential and community facilities are present are seeping into the Asia Pacific urban landscape, where the success will hinge on smart urban design and an efficient use of resources,” said Kirsty White, senior associate at Woods Bagot.
The successful proposal adds to Woods Bagot’s expanding aviation portfolio, which includes their recent appointment as lead architects for the redevelopment and expansion of Perth airport.
“The expansion in the Asia Pacific region was a major growth area for Woods Bagot and the recent project wins are a testament to this, as well as an indication that further growth is to come in the Middle East and central Asia region,” said James Berry, Director of Transportation & Infrastructure at Woods Bagot.
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