Britain`s Foster to design new Mexico City airport

 Famed British architect Norman Foster and a son-in-law of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim have won a contract to design Mexico City`s new $9.15 billion international airport, the government said Wednesday.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 04, 2014, 07:04 AM IST

Mexico City: Famed British architect Norman Foster and a son-in-law of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim have won a contract to design Mexico City`s new $9.15 billion international airport, the government said Wednesday.

Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said Foster`s firm and Fernando Romero Enterprise FR-EE, named after Slim`s son-in-law, were "unanimously chosen" for the project.

President Enrique Pena Nieto hosted Foster at the official Los Pinos residence, where a ceremony was held to present the six-runway project.

The new airport will be built near the capital`s saturated two-terminal hub, the Benito Juarez International Airport, and is expected to serve 120 million passengers per year, a fourfold increase from today`s capacity.

When he first announced the plan on Tuesday, Pena Nieto said it will be the "biggest infrastructure project of the last few years in Mexico and one of the biggest in the world."

Foster, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1999, has designed the Hong Kong airport and Beijing`s dragon-like Terminal 3.

Celebrated for his ambitious glass and steel designs, he is also behind London`s "Gherkin" skyscraper, the restoration of the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin and the dramatic Millau Viaduct in France.