China Construction First Group secures contract to deliver Asia’s largest underground transport hub
A consortium led by China Construction First Group has won a US$595 million contract for Section 3 of the Beijing sub-centre integrated transportation hub (ITH). The construction project will create a huge transport hub to act as a gateway into Beijing.
The hub will cover an area of 305,300 square metres and is scheduled to open in 2024. Once finished, it will be the largest underground integrated transportation hub in Asia. It will be built between Beijing’s Northern Canal to the west and the East Sixth Ring Road.
Linking Beijing’s two main international airports, the hub will also be a connection point for the Beijing – Tianjin – Hebei region.
The ITH has been designed by AREP, Beijing General Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute, China Railway Design Corporation, and China Architecture Design Group. AREP is a multi-disciplinary consultant owed by SNCF, the French state railway operator. Much of the design was influenced by studies of La Défense in Paris, as well as Shangai’s Hongqiao Hub, and the West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong.
The developer for the project is Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Intercity Railway Investment Co., Ltd.
Currently, the largest underground station in the world is Châtelet–Les Halles in Paris, which opened in 1977.
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