HASSELL wins urban planning project for China’s new economic zone
HASSELL was recently announced as the winner of an urban planning project in China, together with the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS).
The HASSELL proposal is a conceptual plan for a 340-hectare site within the Qianhai Zone, called the Qianhai Hong Kong – Shenzhen Modern Service Co-operative Zone Key Precincts.
Shenzhen Qianhai Zone, a special new economic zone, will serve as an experimental business area for better interaction between Mainland China and Hong Kong in the financial, logistics and IT service sectors. It is estimated that the Qianhai Zone will take up to 25 years to develop.
As the only precinct in Qianhai facing the ocean and Hong Kong, the HASSELL and UPDIS winning concept features a structured green connectors framework for the tax-free port with a future plan to build shipping headquarters and services. HASSELL incorporated a future iconic green wedge into its transformation of the waterfront into a recreational area. The spatial planning embodies the theme of opening Qianhai to the ocean economy.
"We are very honoured to win this project for the Qianhai Economic Zone. This Special Economic Zone in Shenzhen is one of the most important new development zones in Southern China. The winning HASSELL concept combines our experience and thinking about the design of China’s new liveable green cities with a Chinese cultural quality," said Peter Duncan, HASSELL Chairman, who is based in Shanghai.
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