Eight consortiums from three continents are in the running for the design of a new airport for Beijing
On the high-profile shortlist are teams from the UK, China, France, the Netherlands, and four from the USA.

The UK team, British United Airports Consortium (BUAC), is led by Vector Management, which is the project manager for Heathrow's Terminal 5. Vector has several other Chinese airport contracts, including work at Shan and Dalian international airports.

The team also includes consultant Mott McDonald and architect Winston Shu of Integrated Design Associates, which was involved in the Kong Kong International Airport project with Foster and Partners and BAA. Consultant Buro Happold and architect Chapman Taylor are also involved in the bid.

The Dutch consortium, led by airports operator NACO, poses a serious threat to the British bid. The team includes Foster and Partners and consultant Arup.

John Davey of Vector's business development division said that despite friendship with Foster and a love of his work, he wished that Foster's practice was not a rival.

We have spent years in China trying to understand how the Chinese work

John Davey, Bidder

Davey said: "Years of planning have gone into our bid. We have spent years in China trying to understand how the Chinese work."

American architect Murphy/Jahn, famous for its skyscrapers, which include the Frankfurt Tower and the Trump Tower in New York, leads one of the four US consortiums.

The other three are led by airport consultant Landrum & Brown with architect Yang Molen; multidisciplinary consultant Parsons; and architect William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates.

The French consortium is led by Aeroports de Paris, whose chief architect is Paul Andreu. The Chinese bidder is the multidisciplinary Beijing Design Institute.