Beijing’s new airport will open new markets
Since Beijing were selected to hold the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, there has not only been a newfound appreciation for winter sports within the country and developing teams within the region, but a new airport is under construction in anticipation for the high number of visitors.
Situated in the Daxing District, the new airport could become the world’s largest. Designed by NACO, the airport will be located just half an hour away from the games and incorporate a strong transportation network. The terminal building was designed by the late Zaha Hadid, in partnership with ADPI.
Beijing was an unlikely choice to be selected for the winter games. Although not famed for its winter sport prowess, the country has taken on the win with enthusiasm and has created further snow sports teams, with the aim to become a strong contender within the sporting arena within the next decade through the development of new and existing infrastructures. Beijing aims to become a new tourist haven for a new sporting market and boost the local economy. This will be supported through the construction of over 30 new ice rinks across Beijing by 2020, highlighting significant investment in this area.
In order to keep costs at a minimum, venues built for the 2008 games will be converted and developed to incorporate the necessary requirements for the winter sports, alongside the newly developed sporting areas.
Constructing not only smartly, but building sustainably is a key issue for construction workers, especially with the development of the new sporting arenas, alongside keeping costs within budget. Historically, countries such as Brazil and the UK have exceeded budgets significantly, yet Beijing is determined to not go over budget on either project, but ensure work is completed on schedule, to a high standard, be sustainable and cost-effective.
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Hill Partnerships, Wheat Quarter revive Welwyn Garden City
Wheat Quarter and Hill Partnerships have entered into a construction agreement for the delivery of the former Shredded Wheat Factory buildings and public realm at the exciting Welwyn Garden City regeneration scheme.
The multi-million pound deal will bring about the sensitive refurbishment of Wheat Quarter’s Listed Production Hall, Listed Silos and Art Centre. Hill will also deliver the new Louis de Soissons Building and Bridge Community Building as part of a comprehensive single package deal. Welwyn Garden City is a town in Hertfordshire, approximately 20 miles from London.
Wheat Quarter Project Director, John West, said “We are delighted to have signed the construction agreement with Hill, who bring their quality, proven track record and delivery strength on board. Having created the platform for Metropolitan to be on site today delivering affordable housing on the south site, we hope to receive planning approval for our improved scheme on the north site in the coming months and start work later this year for the final phase of this landmark site.
“We have all endured a tough three years through Brexit and Covid. However after a lot of hard work, we are excited to be back to deliver this exceptional scheme with Hill as our delivery partners, who will use their skills and expertise in town centre regeneration to make the former Shredded Wheat Factory Buildings shine once again”.
Andy Hill, Chief Executive at Hill, said it was looking forward to working with Wheat Quarter to carefully restore and refurbish the iconic listed Production Hall, Silos and Art Centre and will use its "exceptional skills" in regeneration to ensure these landmark historic buildings and the new Louis de Soissons and Bridge Community Buildings, deliver excellent amenities for the benefit of the community, helping to revitalise and breathe new life into the centre of Welwyn Garden City.
Walter Cooper & Co assisted with the acquisition and disposal of land at Wheat Quarter to a range of developers. Working in conjunction with JLL, Walter Cooper has packaged the deal with Hill, which will see them build 150,000 sq ft of commercial buildings, creating hundreds of new job opportunities in the town. The Hertfordshire Mercury reports that the site could house 1,200 flats.
Towns and cities are working hard to reposition themselves in response to the pandemic and growth in online shopping.
Wigan Council has announced that Galleries25 – a joint venture partnership between Cityheart and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International – has been appointed as the Strategic Development Partner for the £130 million redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan.
Plans for the transformation of City Square in Leeds are set to take a significant step forward with the appointment of Leeds-based Re-form Landscape Architecture which will collaborate with Leeds City Council and other stakeholders on the scheme. The company’s concept for the new-look City Square is due to be fine-tuned over the course of the next year.
Startup Digital Urban is incorporating 3D digital modelling capabilities and satellite technology. It is the latest company to join the ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, and aims to take advantage of the support available in space and satellite technologies to further its commercial development.
Turn to page 70 of our June issue to read more on urban regeneration projects.