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BDP wins Shanghai business district job

BDP has won an international competition to design a new business district in Shanghai, China

The 350,000m2 Hongqiao scheme, close to the city’s main railway station and domestic airport, features shops, offices and new public spaces.

Drawn up for developer Golden Kingdom, the project is 17km from Pudong, Shanghai’s existing business district, but will be very different in character with its low-rise blocks, none of which are above eight storeys high.

The scheme is part of a larger ‘flexible, mixed-use, mixed-density masterplan’ designed to allow for large-scale future growth.

A BDP spokesperson said the design ‘follows the principle of creating places for people, carving up a large urban block into a human-scale development taking into account pedestrian flow, natural light and wind paths.’

The project is expected to start on site in September this year.

The Shanghai victory for BDP comes just three months after the practice giant landed the contest to masterplan the Zhengdong Transit Hub in Henan, China.

The firm’s proposals for Zhengdong include more than 2km2 of development set around the city’s new bus and rail station, serving major high-speed rail routes between Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.

Hongqiao Central Business District by BDP

Hongqiao Central Business District by BDP

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