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PRP reveals Chongqing masterplan

PRP Architecture has unveiled the first images of its masterplan for Chongqing in China

The enormous city on the Yangtze River has a population of 32.8 million and is understood to be the biggest inland river port in western China.

PRP has masterplanned a strategy to increase green space and reduce the volume of construction in the ‘Two Rivers/ Four Shore’ Yuzhong peninsula. The 12km² area has a population of 9.5 million.

The masterplan aims to create a ‘European style’ district by opening up the river front.

John Chapman, PRP director, said: ‘Chongqing was a complex project as the City had grown organically and there was no central framework. We have successfully created “green corridors” throughout the City, which create a visual link through the district and vastly improve the central space.’

The city centre population is planned to decrease, with industry moving out of the centre and two new bridges being built to link the city’s main business district with the mainland.

PRP has previously worked on the redevelopment of Chongqing’s Pencil Factory, turning it into a residential development now known as Oxford Street.

The news comes as the practice revealed its turnover plunged by a fifth.

The top 10-ranked AJ100 practice, which employs around 130 UK architects reported a turnover of £20.4 million in the year to March 2010, £5.7 million less than the year before.

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