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Competition: Tongyeong Dockyard, South Korea

Tongyeong Dockyard, South Korean
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The Korea Land and Housing Corporation has launched an international contest to transform a disused dockyard in Tongyeong into a £720 million culture and tourism centre

Open to teams of architects, landscape architects and real estate consultants, the competition seeks proposals to redevelop the 185,000㎡ Shina shipbuilding dockyard, which recently closed following a slump in global demand and increased competition from Chinese and Japanese rivals.

The project will transform the huge waterfront site on the country’s southern coast into a landmark culture and tourism hub featuring resort and leisure facilities and residential flats. Proposals must retain the dockyard’s main administration building and a Goliath crane.

According to the brief: ‘The vacant residential units followed by the departure of dockyard workers have led to an overall doughnut-pattern of development in the region, resulting in rapid stagnation and a decline in the regional economy.

‘The purpose of the Former Shina Dockyard Urban Regeneration Project is to form a cultural and tourist hub on the site of the closed dockyard, thereby establishing a global hub of tourism through industrial reorganisation. By using the former dockyard as a tourist attraction, a globally recognised model for a comprehensive waterside town consisting of international core facilities, resort facilities, areas for seaside leisure activities, high-end residential facilities, etc, will be established.’

Tongyeong is a major coastal city located in South Korea’s South Gyeongsang Province and home to around 130,000 people. The picturesque port, surrounded by mountains and islands, hosts several shipbuilding businesses and other industries.

The Shina dockyard was founded in 1946, employing around 5,000 people at its peak, but witnessed a slowdown in business following the global financial crisis and closed three years ago. The large waterfront plant was purchased for redevelopment by the Korea Land and Housing Corporation earlier this year.

The latest project aims to transform the site into a new ‘future-oriented’ culture and tourism hub featuring a new entrepreneurship and community centre, a maritime park, hotels, entertainment facilities and housing. Connections to the wider city and existing tourist infrastructure will also be required.

Applications may be in English or Korean and must include a 15-page statement of intent to participate in the competition. Entries will be judged 40 per cent on team composition, 10 per cent on experience of similar projects and 50 per cent on response to the project and viability.

Between five and seven teams will be invited to participate in the competition’s design phase, which will run from late May until late August. The overall winner – to be announced in September – will receive £2.2 million and be invited to masterplan the regeneration, which is planned to complete in 2023. 

The other participating teams will receive around £65,000.

The deadline for applications is 5pm local time on 18 May.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Korea Land and Housing Corporation
5th Floor
Urban Research Centre of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
5 Gukchaegyeonguwon-ro
Sejong Special Self-Governing City

Email: krihs_compe@tongyeong-regeneration.com


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