18 February 2014
Atkins and China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSWADI) have won a contract for the conceptual planning and terminal design of the new Qingdao airport, marking the start of a successful partnership.
With an investment of 35 billion RMB ($5.77bn), Qingdao airport is one of the largest of five airports recently approved by China’s National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC).
The total budget for the five airports will amount to approximately 150 billion RMB ($24.7bn).
The new airport will serve as a main regional hub for passengers and freight. Located in Shandong Province, Qingdao is a seaport with trading links to Japan and South Korea.
Qingdao airport is one of the largest of five airports recently approved by China’s National Development and Reform Committee (Atkins)
With a first phase scheduled to open in 2017, Qingdao airport will grow to handling 38 million passengers per year in 2025 and 60 million passengers per year in 2045, officials say.
The contract for Atkins and CSWADI covers all design aspects including master planning, airfield design, transport planning, landscaping and water engineering.
Atkins has been working in mainland China for 20 years but hopes that its partnership with CSWADI, the largest design institute in western China, "will allow us to unlock opportunities to deliver our multidisciplinary, high end engineering services in China," said Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific.