The International Consultation on Central Area Planning and Core Zone Urban Design for Pingshan, Shenzhen is about to be launched and is open for preliminary registration from renowned design institutions both domestically and internationally. The purpose of this international consultation is to gather global insight and leading ideas, and to solicit design proposals that are both imaginative and viable. It aims to thoroughly examine the strategic resource value of Pingshan’s Central Area, enhance the overall attractiveness of the region, and exert a positive regional influence.


As one of the youngest administrative districts in Shenzhen, Pingshan serves as an important gateway for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to expand eastward, as well as a key node in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, showcasing a vibrant Hakka cultural heritage. In recent years, the industrial economy in Pingshan has experienced rapid development. In 2022, the GDP growth rate reached 14%, ranking first among all counties and districts in Guangdong Province. And in the first half of 2023, the GDP growth rate is expected to be around 22%. Three major leading industries have been formed, represented by new energy and intelligent connected vehicles, biomedicine, and new generation information technology, attracting renowned leading enterprises, such as BYD Global Headquarters and R&D Center which are listed on Fortune Global 500, and other giants including Honor, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, and Sanofipasteur.

Pingshan’s Central Area has many distinctive features, including Pingshan Avenue and Pingshan River as the two main development axes. It is home to the only comprehensive transportation hub in eastern Shenzhen-Pingshan High-speed Railway Station and the first large-scale comprehensive natural museum in the Bay Area. There are also ecological landscape elements, such as Songzikeng Mountain Corridor, Urban Countryside Belt, and Yanziling Parks. It is planned to build a world-class business district in the east of Shenzhen, presenting a unique combination of “Industry, Urbanization, and Eco-environment”.

To further advance the development of Pingshan’s Central Area, and create a regional urban center that radiates and propels the “3+2” region encompassing Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Huizhou, the planning of Central Area in Pingshan, Shenzhen and the international consultation on the core zone urban design is underway. With an international perspective, forward-thinking mindset, and innovative design, this initiative aims to guide the area’s high-level planning, high-standard construction, and high-quality management of the area.



The scope of this international consultation includes three levels: research, planning and overall urban design, and detailed core zone urban design.

Scope of research: The research will cover the entire Pingshan District with joint consideration of the surrounding areas, including Baolong sub-district of Longgang District, Dapeng New District, Yantian District, Huizhou Daya Bay Economic and Technological Development Zone, and Huiyang District of Huizhou City.

Scope of planning and overall urban design: The project covers a total area of approximately 46.4 square kilometers, extending east to Lanjing Road, south to Nanping Expressway, west to Jinlong Avenue, and north to Songzikeng Reservoir.

Scope of detailed core zone urban design: The core zone covers an area of approximately 6 square kilometers, extending east to the west side of the Comprehensive Bonded Zone, west to Shenshan Road and Dongzong Road, south to Jinniu Road and Pingshan Avenue, and north to Danzi West Road. The specific urban design will be focused on an area of 4.3 square kilometers, including approximately 1.6 square kilometers in the western section of the core zone and approximately 2.7 square kilometers in the eastern section of the core zone.


Sketch map of the scope of consultation



Following the urban planning concept of “One Respect and Five Overall Plans”, and focusing on the strategic goal of building “Innovative Pingshan, City of Future”, and the planning and construction experience of advanced regions at home and abroad will be fully utilized to scientifically conduct this international consultation and promote the establishment of a future-oriented, well-organized, and adaptable overall spatial framework for Pingshan’s Central Area, thus creating a spatial development blueprint that combines future prospects with practical feasibility and formulating a systematic solution that is feasible.

The international consultation will cover 46.4 square kilometers of planning and overall urban design, as well as 6 square kilometers of core zone detailed urban design. The detailed consultation content will be released in the formal announcement.



4.1. This international consultation adopts the method of global public registration without qualification requirements.

4.2. The participating team familiar with China’s national conditions and has the following similar design experience will be given priority :

  1. a) Having experience in urban design projects in urban central areas similar to the positioning and development goals of Shenzhen East Central Area;
  2. b) Having experience in urban design projects in complex large urban hub areas and world-class business districts;
  3. c) Having experience in urban planning and design projects with integration of ecology, production, and life;
  4. d) Having experience in implementing detailed urban design projects throughout the whole process in key areas.

4.3. Encourage the participating team to be composed of professionals in urban planning and design, architectural design, landscape design, municipal transportation, history and humanities, ecological environment and other fields.

4.4. The consortium is allowed to participate in this international consultation and the number of members of the consortium shall not exceed three.

4.5. If a consortium participates in this international consultation, no member of the consortium shall be allowed to sign up twice either independently or by joining another consortium. All members of the consortium shall sign a legally-binding Consortium Agreement, and the leading member and work division among parties shall be specified.

4.6. Persons participating in this international consultation must be the ones enrolled in their organizations. The chief urban planner must be assumed by the person(s) who has/have presided over the same type of project, and must participate in the whole process of design. In order to ensure that the team members have an accurate understanding of the relevant background and requirements, there should be at least one person in the team who is proficient in Chinese.

4.7. Individuals and individual combinations are not accepted in registration.



The international consultation is divided into three working stages: “registration and pre-qualification”, “scheme design” and “outcome review”.

5.1. Registration and pre-qualification stage: A Pre-qualification Review Jury shall be established by the sponsor and the undertaker to comprehensively consider the corporate creditability, corporate performance, team competence, and select 6 shortlisted teams (without ranking) and 2 alternative teams (with ranking) to enter the scheme design stage.

5.2. Scheme design stage: The 6 shortlisted teams complete the scheme design in accordance with the requirements of the International Consultation Design Brief and submit the complete achievements to the sponsor and the undertaker.

5.3. Outcome review stage: An Outcome Review Jury shall be established to select the top 3 (without ranking) of the 6 shortlisted teams and recommend them to the sponsor and the undertaker. On the basis of fully respecting the expert review opinions, the sponsor and the undertaker shall determine the ranking of the top 3 winners. And grant awards of corresponding amounts to 6 shortlisted teams.



Interested teams are welcome to pre-register. Please scan the QR code below or visit the link below to fill in the pre-register information.




Sponsor: People’s Government of Pingshan District, Shenzhen, Planning and Natural Resources Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality

Undertaker: Key Area Construction and Development Center of Pingshan District,Shenzhen, Pingshan Administration of Planning and Natural Resources Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality

Technical Supporter: Chief Designer Team of Pingshan District

Organizer and Planner: RJRX Urban Planning & Design Consultants Co. Ltd., Shenzhen

Contact Information

Commercial part: Ms. Li, (+86)13632658134

Technical part: Mr. Li, (+86)18566255020

(9:00 – 12:00, 14:00 – 18:00 Beijing time, Monday to Friday)

The pre-register form does not serve as a formal registration submission or a basis for formal registration. All the contents involved in the pre-announcement of the International Consultation will be subject to the official announcement.



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