Foster + Partners design of the new terminal

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Chinese firms enter bidding war to build $6bn Kuwait airport

26 September 2014 | By Joe Quirke | 0 Comments

Several Chinese contractors have entered the race to construct Kuwait’s international airport, and their aggressive approach to cost cutting has prompted a number of British rivals to withdraw, according to the Kuwait Times. The newspaper’s anonymous sources did not name the companies involved.  

The source said the withdrawal of some British companies reflected a belief that a Chinese consortium was certain to win what he called the “price war”. He commented: “My company withdrew although we had provided all guarantees and securities demanded by the Ministry of Public Works.”

The airport is set to cost about $6bn and plans to have an initial capacity of 13 million passengers, rising to an eventual 50 million as further phases are completed. The existing international airport has a capacity of 8 million. 

The airport is designed by Foster + Partners, the architect recently chosen for Mexico City's $9.2bn airport

The terminal is in the form of a trefoil, with 1.2km symmetrical departure gate wings. These are an allusion to the lateen sails of Kuwait’s dhow sailing boats. 

The tender process is open until 2 November. 

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