Sheffield-based Weddle Landscape Design has won a competition to transform the international airport of Ningbo, a booming Chinese city

Weddle Landscape Design's plans for Ningbo Airport
Weddle Landscape Design's plans for Ningbo Airport

The city’s name, translated as ‘the peaceful wave’, provided inspiration for the design team, who used modern green wall techniques to create enclosing green waves at the site.

Ningbo is a fast-expanding industrial city situated on the coast south of Shanghai. It has an ancient history as a Silk Road port and has the best deep-water harbour in China. Its international airport is an important gateway and the city launched an international landscape design competition to give the site a more distinctive character.

A Weddle spokesperson said: “It was our Concept of a ‘silk ribbon’ that won the judges’ votes: a striking three-dimensional, spectacularly colourful, and horticulturally technical interpretation of the city’s name.”

The £3m scheme will incorporate large green walls, sculptural scrolls and clipped hedges along the airport approach road.

The firm has been working in China since 2008 and this is its 21st contract there. Other projects include ecological business parks, city plazas, hospitals and residential developments.

The Ningbo Airport scheme is due for completion next year.



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