Norman Foster has been commissioned to design the third tower to be rebuilt at the site of the World Trade Center in New York.

Foster, who lost the masterplanning bid for Ground Zero to Daniel Libeskind in 2003, has been appointed by developer Larry Silverstein to design a 65 storey tower.

Work on the building, proposed for the North-east corner of the World Trade Center site, is due to begin in 2009 and finish in 2011. The first building on the site by SOM is almost complete.

The tower, at 200 Greenwich Street, will join the Hearst Tower and 7 World Trade Center, both by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, on the site, which was razed to the ground by terrorist attacks on 11 September, 2001.

“It is an honour and a tremendous responsibility to play a role in hastening the rebirth of the World Trade Center,” said Foster. “The 200 Greenwich Street tower in particular is critical as its street level retail and direct connections to the WTC transit hub will reinvigorate the area with a humanity and a vitality that has been noticeably absent these past four years.”

Sliverstein said: “When I committed the rest of my working life to the World Trade Center, I vowed to build to the very highest architectural, environmental and life safety standards. As he has proven time and again - from Hong Kong to London to New York City - Norman Foster understands how to design a bold urban icon while simultaneously enhancing the environment and the quality of life of the building’s occupants. There is no doubt that he will add yet another remarkable jewel in downtown’s skyline.”