New pairing for Chinese airport

Monday 17 Feb 2014

Atkins and CSWADI to partner on 35bn RMB Qingdao Airport development in China

A 35bn RMB airport scheme has been secured by Atkins and China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSWADI), marking the first project for this new partnership. The two companies will work together to provide masterplanning, airfield design, transport planning, landscaping and water engineering for the Qingdao Airport in Shandong Province.

This project is one of five airport developments approved by the National Development and Reform Committee which will come at a combined cost of 150bn RMB. It is expected that the Qingdao Airport will handle 38 million passengers per annum by 2025 and 60 million by 2045, drastically enhancing the current capacity for the area.

Yang Guo, deputy dean from CSWADI, said: “This contract win is the beginning of a productive partnership between CSWADI and Atkins. Both parties bring their own skills and strong design capabilities. It’s the combination of local knowledge and international experience that creates the most powerful synergy.”

Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific, furthered: “Atkins has been present in the mainland China market for the last 20 years and has gained a reputation as a leading player in the planning, architecture and landscape business. Our partnership with CSWADI, one of the leading design institutes in China and the largest in western China, will allow us to unlock opportunities to deliver our multidisciplinary, high end engineering services in China.”

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