Shenzhen Airworld

Business park design of one of China’s largest airports

The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SBIA), one of China’s largest airports, assigned NACO, a company of Royal HaskoningDHV to prepare an urban plan for the airport’s landside area. Multi-modal accessibility is spearheading the development of Shenzhen Airport. NACO contributed further to this by developing an integrated and highly efficient transportation system and a conceptual design of a ground transportation center (GTC). The GTC will act as gateway for several modes of transport between the new terminal, the airport city, and the city of Shenzhen, Hong Kong and mainland China by (hi-speed)train, metro, car, bus, taxi and ferry.


The main challenge of this assignment was to on one hand integrate the airport city development into the urban tissue of an already developed urban area with about 1.5 million inhabitants directly adjacent to the airport, which on the other hand should function as a catalyst for a transformation of the same area. Our multi stakeholder approach has led to a mutual willingness to make the Shenzhen Airport (region) China’s most thriving one. The airport city and GTC are currently under construction.




Wouter van Boekel

Wouter van Boekel Ir.

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