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Foster + Partners, Buro Happold to design $8bn transport mega-hub in Poland

by Sion Geschwindt
A Foster + Partners and Buro Happold consortium has won the competition to design the new $8bn CPK air-road-rail transit hub in Poland.

A Foster + Partners and Buro Happold consortium has won the competition to design the new $8bn CPK air-road-rail transit hub in Poland.

CPK, which stands for “Centralny Port Komunikacyjny”, or Solidarity Transport Hub, will be built between Warsaw and Łodz.

It will connect air passengers to a 2,000km network of railways, mainly high speed, and motorways. There will also be an airport city, including facilities for trade fairs and conferences.

Grant Brooker, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, said: “We are proud and excited to be chosen by CPK as the designers of this project.

“In collaboration, we will work together to create a model for the future of totally integrated transportation design. We believe that this project will completely revolutionise travel across the country and beyond.

“The vision of woven architectural form is deliberately and strongly expressed. It could shape the building and guide the passengers through its spaces, while also serving as a powerful symbolic reference to Poland’s rich cultural heritage and the united strength of its people.”

The airport’s interchange plaza brings together three main modes of transport: air, rail and road.

The vision for CPK airport includes an interchange plaza that is covered by lush greenery and brings together three main modes of transport: air, rail and road.

Design ideas will need to respond to the challenges of time, cost and quality, said the firm.

Opportunities for modularisation and prefabrication are to be maximised, allowing the transport hub to adapt to ever-evolving operational needs. This creates a resilient and future-proof scheme that stands the test of time, it said.


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Foster + Partners’ bid was selected from a shortlist that included Zaha Hadid Architects, WSP, Dar Al-Handasah, Perkins & Will and Kohn Pedersen Fox.

CPK hopes the concept design of the hub’s main buildings will be finished by the middle of 2023.

When the first phase is complete in 2028, it will have a passenger throughput of 40 million, rising to 65 million in 2060.

The value of the design contract is €150m.

Images: CGI’s of the CPK Airport (credit Foster + Partners)


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