Sweco has been chosen to develop a new high-tech park on the island of Hainan in southern China. The area will be a new landmark for China and a model for innovation, sustainable design and technology that will attract international tech companies.
‘We are very proud to be able to contribute our expertise in architecture and sustainable urban planning to an assignment that will impact many people for many years to come,’ said Daan Cedergren, acting President of Sweco Architects in Sweden.
Sweco won the assignment in an international competition and inauguration is planned to take place in 2024. Sweco’s architects are responsible for planning and landscaping and will also design all the buildings in the area. The total construction area is 500,000 square metres.
‘It’s a huge, very demanding project. Implementing it during a pandemic is a highly unusual challenge. Our architects use an integrated, complex planning process that provides unique sustainable values. At the same time, we keep learning from the efficiency and development ambitions of the Chinese stakeholders,’ said Cedergren.
Besides a ‘Future Office Park’, the assignment comprises buildings for research and development, housing, commerce, schools and a hospital. Several of Sweco’s areas of expertise are involved and nearly 100 architects from Sweco are working on the assignment.
‘Sweco has worked with sustainable development projects in China for 20 years and has been responsible for many interesting urban planning projects around the country. We are able to work comprehensively from planning to landscaping, architecture and interior design as in this project, is always extra enjoyable,’ said Christer Stenmark, Director of International Operations at Sweco Architects in Sweden.