Groupe ADP demonstrates design credentials at Chengdu Tianfu Airport

By Andrew Pentol |

The new Tianfu International Airport will play an important role in the development of the Sichuan Province economy.

Groupe ADP has declared the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which commenced operations on 27 June as a major benchmark for the company in China.

Back in 2015, the group’s subsidiary ADP Ingénierie won an international competition for the planning and architectural design of the first phase of the greenfield airport.

After optimisation of the initial design concept, Groupe ADP has remained actively involved throughout the design process by supporting local partner China South West Architectural Design Institute, which was appointed for the development of the studies.

As reported, China Duty Free Group and UK design company The Design Solution revealed an advance preview of their design for the airside commercial area at the airport, where CDFG secured the contract to operate 4,000sq m of space.

Nick Taylor, Director, The Design Solution commented: “ “This design scheme has been a unique and fascinating challenge — bringing to life China Duty Free Group’s vision to distil the essence of Chengdu and the province of Sichuan, both culturally and physically, as an authentic expression of its DNA.


“A fast-paced project delivered from start to finish during the pandemic, our team in London has had to manage all aspects remotely working in close conjunction with China Duty Free in Beijing.”

China Duty Free Group secured the contract to operate 4,000sq m of space at the new airport.

Located in Jianyang district, approximately 50km east of downtown Chengdu, the new Tianfu International Airport will play an important role in the development of the Sichuan Province economy and its 80 million inhabitants, according to Groupe ADP.

Considered a hub for air traffic in China, Chengdu will have a dual international airport system (two complementary airports coexisting in the same area) as is the case in Shanghai and Beijing.

The new greenfield airport will open with two terminal buildings and three runways, allowing for an initial annual capacity of 40 million passengers. Planned developments include a second ‘mirror’ area in the south for two more terminals and additional runways. This would raise annual capacity to 90 million pax.

The two first terminals designed by Groupe ADP’s teams cover an area of more than 600,000 sq m and provide 83 aircraft parking stands.

The luxury and contemporary fashion and watches, jewellery and sunglasses areas encompass multi-brand duplex stores.

Terminal 1 accommodates mainly international flights, while Terminal 2 is fully domestic. Groupe ADP says the two buildings are distinct, with processors and piers gently angled, but sharing the same architecture. It also says that each terminal is optimised for its specific function and that operational flexibility is enhanced by a connecting airside corridor and the positioning of swinging gates in Terminal 1.

Sustainable development and energy saving considerations were also at the heart of this new airport complex. Walking distances between terminal gates and boarding rooms are kept to a minimum. Way-finding within the terminals is also intuitive and hospitality standards are high.

Xavier Hürstel, Deputy Executive Officer, Development operations, Groupe ADP said: “The new Tianfu International Airport in Chengdu is a fine example of the expertise developed by Groupe ADP in large-scale airport design, which is part of our DNA as an airport operator and come from decades of experience gained in Paris and through our worldwide network.


“China is a fast-growing and resilient market and Groupe ADP has gained major references there over the past 25 years, contributing in several large-scale airport projects facilities. The successful commissioning of Tianfu International Airport is another remarkable achievement in our long-standing relationship with China.

“We are, more than ever, committed to playing an active role by providing high value-added services that contribute to the smooth expansion of the Chinese airport system.”

China Duty Free Group and The Design Solution have revealed an advance preview of their design scheme for the airside commercial area in April.

Through its ADP Ingénierie subsidiary, the company has implemented or supported the design of major projects such as Beijing-Daxing Terminal 1, Shanghai-Pudong Terminal 1, Nanjing Terminal 2, Chongqing Terminal 3A and the new Guangzhou Baiyun Terminal 3.

It has also undertaken consulting assignments, including master planning services and the optimisation of airside infrastructures.

*All images courtesy of The Design Solution.


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