Date: Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Venue: Room U, Portcullis House, House of Commons
Chaired by Richard Graham MP (Chairman of the APPCG)
Guest speakers Dame Zaha Hadid and the team from Zaha Hadid Architects.
Dame Zaha Hadid is an award winning Iraqi British architect whose international architecture company Zaha Hadid Architects has been responsible for a number of high profile projects including the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, Cardiff Bay Opera House and the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre.
She and her team are now the sole remaining British team in the bid process for the Beijing New Airport and she will be briefing the group on their vision, the final stages of the competition and what this can mean for UK creative industries in China.
On completion the new Beijing Airport will be the biggest airport in the world with a total investment estimated to be over £7 billion. ZHA are in the last two bids shortlisted for this project. The other bidder is AdPI (French).
ZHA is leading this all-British planning and engineering consortium which included Zaha Hadid Architects (Design Lead), Pascall + Watson (Terminal Planners), Buro Happold (Engineering), Mott Macdonald (Airfield Planning) and EC Harris (Cost & Project Management). Final selection will be agreed by the State Council and Premier Li Keqiang. Construction is due to start in 2014 with the new airport entering operation in 2018.