Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, has won a contract as masterplanner to develop the IMX International Trade and Exhibition Centre, located within the new Hongqiao Central Business District (CBD) in Shanghai. The investment value for this project is approximately 4.8billion RMB.
The contract will also see Atkins develop its iconic architectural designs for the IMX exhibition centre and supporting commercial development covering approximately 150,000 square metres. All buildings within the Atkins masterplan have been designed to meet or exceed China’s three-star Green Building Standard. As the highest Chinese standard for sustainability, this achievement demonstrates the country’s commitment to future proofing cities.
The IMX masterplan is a part of the prestigious Hongqiao CBD which integrates businesses with the world class Hongqiao Transportation Interchange. This large scale integrated development is a Shanghai government-led initiative to directly connect Shanghai businesses with large scale transport hubs and is already considered a ‘pilot’ model for green CBD’s across China.
Steven Smit, Atkins’ architecture design director in Shanghai, said:
“The opportunity to work with King Wai on this forward-looking project in a prestigious Shanghai location significantly benefits the Atkins portfolio. Our team has been able to interpret the client’s unique vision for their IMX brand with significant flair.
“With this development our client aims to enter the burgeoning e-commerce sector in China, which makes this project particularly exciting. The Atkins-designed interactive exhibition showroom serves as a platform to access a wide range of online goods. This innovative merchandise model will help drive our client’s business growth,” added Steven.
The project is in partnership with King Wai Group Company Limited, an investment enterprise of Hong Kong King Wai Group Company Limited on the Mainland of China, with construction due to commence in the second half of 2014.