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Broadway Malyan scoops planning for major Chinese scheme

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London-based practice Broadway Malyan is to design a major mixed-use scheme in eastern China that will feature a 150m high tower

The firm has secured planning permission for the 170,000m² Hefei ID Mall retail and office development for client CITIC Capital Holdings.

Broadway Malyan will now draw up detailed designs for the scheme, which consists of a six-floor shopping mall, and high-grade office space in the tower.

Shanghai-based director Melvin Davis said: ‘Planning approval is a significant milestone in the creation of this distinctive landmark scheme.’

A roof garden and restaurants will be orientated to match the historic geometry of this part of the city of Hefei, while also responding to new adjacent developments. 

The practice said the overall form was a series of flowing lines reminiscent of flowing water. The office tower is deliberately angular to emphasise the contrast of uses.

Sustainability features include green roofs and technologies to reuse rainwater.

Shanghai-based Broadway Malyan director Melvin Davis said: ‘Our focus in China is the retail-led mixed use sector and as our profile is increasing we’re winning more.

‘China is a very large market and what might be commonplace in, say Shanghai, is new and innovative in a third or fourth tier city. Each part of China is developing but all at a different pace and from a different base level.

‘We have purposely been targeting second and third tier cities over the last three years and this has contributed to our success. However, the design approach we take in Shanghai will be subtly different to that which we pursue in Hefei and the commercial models will vary depending on whether you are working with an international fund or a local developer.’

Due for completion in 2015, Hefei ID Mall will connect directly to the city’s new metro line.

A report by property firm CBRE this year calculated that China was responsible for half of the growth in shopping centres across the globe.

Seven of the eight most active cities for shopping centre development were in the country, according to the report.

Broadway Malyan’s Lefo Mall Shopping Centre opened its doors to the public in Jiangsu Province, China, earlier this year.

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