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Sheppard Robson reaches final two in China

No, it's not Rem Koolhaas - this is Sheppard Robson's shortlisted proposal for a 550,000m2 mixed-use development in Hangzhou, China.

The practice is down to the last two in the international contest to mastermind a huge carbon-neutral commercial, residential, shopping and leisure scheme.

Although the winner is not officially unveiled until next month, the AJ understands the British firm may be disappointed, with an as-yet-unnamed German practice currently in pole position to scoop the contest.

Sheppard Robson's seven-tower 'ultra low energy' scheme will feature a six-storey, 750m-long skybridge housing 'an exclusive retail destination topped by a botanical garden.'

The development will also include a five-star hotel and a residential skyscraper, and aims to harvest rainwater and recycle all grey water via a reed-bed filtration system - part of a ground floor eco-park.

The scheme was drawn up in collaboration with Battle McCarthy, Arup Structures and landscape architects Edco.

by Richard Waite

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