On July 30, 2020, Construction Plan of Intercity Railway in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, in which Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub is positioned as one of main hubs among “the three main and four auxiliary hubs” in the west coastal area of the Pearl River Estuary where it will connect to multiple routes of the radiating traffic network including Zhuhai-Zhaoqing HSR, Guangzhou-Zhuhai (Macao) HSR, and Shenzhen-Zhuhai Intercity Railway etc., to realize rapid connection between Macao, Zhuhai and such national strategic regions as Central China, North China, Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle, Yangtze River Delta, and Beibu Gulf Economic Zone, to the extent that this hub will play a role as the main gateway of Macao and Zhuhai to the whole country, and an important hub for the development of Macao-Zhuhai growth pole, supporting the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and integrating itself into the bigger picture of China’s national development.
Currently, the feasibility study report of the Zhuhai, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing East high-speed railway stations and other hub projects has been completed, and the construction is expected to start by the end of 2021. The relevant preparation for Guangzhou-Zhuhai-Macao High-speed Railway has been also started, and the construction is planned to start in 2022. This International Competition of Conceptual Planning and Urban Design for Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and its Surrounding Areas is resolved by Zhuhai Municipal Government, with a view to better exert the strategic value of Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and promote the high-quality integrated development of hub and city.
Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and its surrounding areas (“the Hub and Surrounding Areas”) are located on the west coastal area of the Pearl River Estuary, close to the central downtown of Zhuhai and Macao, and within 100km of straight-line distance from Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. They are located in the core area of the inner bay of the Greater Bay Area and play an important strategic role in the integration of the Greater Bay Area.
Project Location in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
The Hub and Surrounding Areas are located in the central area of Zhuhai, facing Hengqin New Area and Tanzhou Town of Zhongshan City across Modaomen Watercourse in the southeast and northeast respectively, adjoining Hezhou as a prospective city center in the south, and Doumen Area and Jinwan Area centers in the west. Located in the geographical center of Zhuhai, this area is the strategic pivot in “undertaking the central influence and extending westward” of Zhuhai urban space, and an important link to promote the balanced development of Zhuhai in the east and the west.
Project Location in the Territory of Zhuhai
The scope of this international competition consists of two parts, namely the conceptual planning of the Hub and Surroundings Areas, and the urban design of the Hub Area.
(1) Conceptual Planning Scope of the Hub and Surrounding Areas
Th conceptual planning scope of the Hub and Surrounding Area is a 51-square-kilometer area enclosed by the river channel and highway-expressway network, extending to Modaomen Watercourse in the east, Niwanmen Watercourse in the west, Tiansheng River in the north, and Zhuhai Avenue in the south.
(2) Urban Design Scope of the Hub Area
The urban design scope of the Hub Area is a 10-square-kilometer area with the Hub as the core, which can be delimited by the design teams in line with their conceptual plan.
Conceptual Planning & Urban Design Scope
There is no restrictions on qualifications for this international competition. All domestic and international design teams can sign up for this international competition, registration by a consortium (with not more than 4 members including the leading party) is acceptable, and top-rated design teams in various professional fields are encouraged to take part. Core chief designers should have experience in urban design or urban planning of large hubs/areas.
The international competition consists of three stages, namely, Prequalification, Conceptual Design, and Integration of Deliverables.
This international competition is an open solicitation to design teams from all over the world. In the prequalification stage, 6 design teams will be selected from all registrants (including consortiums, the same below) to participate in the next-stage conceptual design. In the conceptual design stage, the conceptual design proposals submitted by 6 shortlisted teams will be evaluated and ranked the first, second and third winners. The first winner will be required to integrate the conceptual schemes with the assistance of the technical service unit before submitting to the Host for acceptance. The Host will organize 1-3 workshops thereafter, and the top three design teams shall send their chief designers to participate in further planning and design (those who are confirmed to be affected by COVID-19 pandemic can participate online).
Detail schedule is as follows:
Note: The schedule above is applied in Beijing Time, and the Host reserves the right to adjust the schedule.
The winners of this international competition will be presented the following awards:
First Winner: can receive design bonus of RMB Four Million Yuan (¥4,000,000) (incl. workshop-related fees) (US$618,567), and the fee of design detailing and integration of RMB One Million Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,500,000) (US$231,960);
Second Winner: can receive design bonus of RMB Three Million Yuan (¥3,000,000) (incl. workshop-related fees) (US$463,900);
Third Winner: can receive design bonus of RMB Two Million Yuan (¥2,000,000) (incl. workshop-related fees) (US$309,280);
Other shortlisted teams (3 candidates): Each of them can receive a design compensation of RMB One Million Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,500,000) (US$231,960) for providing effective results.
Information Disclosure & Pre-registration
The competition is scheduled to be officially announced in early October 2021. Please keep tune to the subsequent information disclosure.
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