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Future proofing cities

Future Proofing Cities, China

Atkins was commissioned by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Prosperity Fund to prepare eco-low carbon urban planning guidance in close collaboration with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development (MOHURD) and the FCO, and supported by the China Society for Urban Studies (CSUS).

China’s 12th Five Year Plan, which places strong emphasis on energy and resource efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental protection, calls specifically for an “optimized pattern of green development”. The National New Urbanisation Plan (2014-2020) issued in March 2014 further emphasises the importance of sustainable development and sets out a clear vision of green eco-low carbon smart develop­ment.

While indicator systems are important in helping to define and determine overall ELC planning goals, there is currently little guidance for urban planners, in terms of practical approaches and methods, on the means of achieving ELC goals. The ELC urban planning guidance is aimed at addressing this gap. It provides a clear, practical methodology for ELC urban planning which sets out approaches and methods tailored for Chinese urban planning based on international best practice. It is designed for hands-on use as an everyday working tool in practical, ‘on the ground’ urban planning setting.

The methodology is aimed at providing a blueprint for ELC urban planning in China. In promoting a new type of urban planning to meet the challenges of the new type of urbanization in China, the guidance places strong emphasis on integration (technical, process and conceptual), understanding local context, and human scale development in harmony with nature, as well as the importance of place making in urban form, and partnering to finance ELC development through green credit initiatives.

The methodology follows a sequential, process based, step-by-step approach. The document is designed primarily for use by urban planning and other related Chinese local government officials at the city and district administrative levels. However, the practical, process based methodology has also been designed to be useful for developers engaged in preparing site plans.

The methodology was officially launched in Beijing in May 2014.

Click here to download the ELC urban planning methodology (Chinese).

Click here to download the Overview of the ELC urban planning methodology (Chinese and English).

Click here to download the Overview of Future Proofing Cities (Chinese).

For more information, contact Mark Hewlett.

British Business Awards 2014 - Sustainability Award Winner

British Business Awards 2014 - Sustainability Award Winner  

Awarded by the British Chamber of Commerce in China and the China-Britain Business Council, Atkins has been recognised as an organisation that has demonstrated a commitment to the building of a sustainable business in China, and is helping to promote the advantages of a sustainable model in the Chinese market.
Click here to read our press release on the British Business Sustainability Award.


Low Carbon Master Plan for Meixi Lake, Changsha, China

Atkins has prepared a concept plan and urban design for Meixi Lake area in Changsha, Hunan Province for client Franshion Properties (China) Limited. Comprising a new district of 200,000 population, the plan seeks to raise the land value of the 7.6km2 site, which is positioned close to a mountain. The plan incorporates a 2.2km2 man-made lake, wetland islands and river, all of which have now been constructed.

Positioned as an International Service and Technology Innovation Centre, the vision of Meixi Lake is that it embodies the spirit and objectives of an Ecological City master plan, maximizing implementation driven synergistic opportunities through transport infrastructure, promoting a development strategy of high density Transit Oriented Development (TOD) core areas, a new CBD for business exchange, as well as seven diverse function character districts, all to be implemented over the evolutionary life of the development.