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Atkins reveals Nanjing masterplan

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Atkins has revealed images of its masterplan to transform the waterfront of Nanjing ahead of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games

The London-headquartered company has outlined 30km of development along the River Yangtze in the eastern Chinese city.

Its plans incorporate seven zones featuring tourism, leisure, commercial facilities and natural landscape highlights. They aim to improve connectivity and access to these features.

Atkins will oversee detailed landscape design and construction over the next two years.

Atkins project director Mark Kang said: ‘Due to the layering of the different development phases in Nanjing’s history, the waterfront appears non-homogeneous and fragmented.

‘We drew our inspiration from the local silk industry, which produces brocade known as Nanjing Yunjin, a series of weaving patterns using a consistent palette of colour threads.

‘The masterplan calls for a coherent design language while highlighting city heritage and fulfilling the needs of contemporary urban living and recreational activities.’

The Youth Olympic Games will be held in Nanjing next summer.

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