British architect Norman Foster will help in preparing a master layout plan for a new cultural district in western Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The architect will head one of three groups of design consultants for the project, while the other two are headed by Rem Koolhaas and local architect Rocco Yim.

Koolhaas earlier designed the new China Central Television headquarters in Beijing.

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has selected the three groups from more than 40 contenders.

The cultural district is expected to cost HK$21bn (US$2.7bn).

Work on the arts and cultural district is scheduled to start in the next three years.

Passenger terminals at the new Hong Kong and Beijing airports as well as the dome of Berlin’s Reichstag building were designed by Foster.

The proposal of a 15m-high giant glass canopy covering most of the 40-hectare cultural complex had created controversy in 2005.