Centralny Port Komunikacyjny awards Foster + Partners the landmark Master Architect contract for the new Polish airport

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) has completed the most anticipated tender related to the construction of the new CPK airport in Poland and signed an agreement with a consortium of Foster + Partners and Buro Happold Limited, whose bids proved to be the most advantageous in the process has the selection of a Master Architect (MA).

CPK Airport Master Architect main responsibilities include designing the passenger terminal building, railway station and public transportation hub. In addition, the Foster + Partners-led consortium will participate in CPK consultations with key stakeholders and potential prime contractors.

CPK is one of the largest infrastructure investments in our part of Europe. Despite its enormous scope, we are executing it according to schedule and hitting milestone after milestone. Today we mark one of the most important – the inauguration of cooperation with the master architect, who will have the most spectacular impact on the shape of the new airport. I’m confident that not only will it look great, but it will offer the best passenger experience by putting them at the center of the designsays Minister Marcin Hora?a, Government Plenipotentiary for CPK.

The contract value (including the tasks covered by the option right) is PLN 696 million net (approx. EUR 150 million). The concept design of key CPK buildings is expected to be ready by mid-2023, and all other design services will be provided within two and a half years of signing the contract. The Foster + Partners bid was selected from companies shortlisted for the competitive dialogue: consortiums Zaha Hadid Architects and WSP UK Limited; Dar Al-Handasah and Perkins&Will; Vidal y Asociados Estudio de Arquitectura, Weston Williams + Partners LLP, gmp International GmbH and Kohn Pedersen Fox.

We selected the contractor as part of the competitive dialogue tender process. It consisted, among other things, of the design exercise, thanks to which bidders could present their vision of the CPK project. However, the real challenge begins now. Together with the world famous architects we will prepare the final design of the most important part of the new Polish transport systemsays Miko?aj Wild, CEO of CPK.

One of the main assumptions of the design is expandability and modular design, which will allow the airport to be built and operational by the year 2028 and ready to serve up to 40 million passengers and then seamlessly expand to meet the target of 65 million passengers in 2060.

Foster + Partners early design ideas include a landside interchange enlivened by lush greenery and flooded with natural light. People congregate in this vibrant space before traveling or greeting visitors. The square connects the three main transport modes of the hub: air, rail and road.

It acts as the linchpin of the program and supports the shift to more efficient and sustainable modes of transport. The space will also be able to host future emerging technologies. The final design will optimize the passenger experience and make the facilities accessible and inclusive. The functional and flexible layout with minimal level changes enables efficient and seamless passenger flow and optimized transfers.

We are proud and excited to have been chosen by CPK to be the designers of this project. In collaboration, we will work together to create a model for the future of fully integrated transportation design. We believe this project will completely revolutionize travel across the country and beyond. The vision of a woven architectural form is consciously and strongly expressed. It could shape the building and guide passengers through its spaces, while serving as a strong symbolic reference to Poland’s rich cultural heritage and the combined strength of its peoplesays Grant Brooker, studio head, Foster + Partners.

The design must meet the challenges of time, cost and quality. Modularization and prefabrication opportunities should be maximized to allow the hub to adapt to ever-changing operational needs. This creates a resilient and future-proof system that will stand the test of time.

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