1. Project Overview

As an important link in the future Hangzhou’s “five main and multiple auxiliary” railway passenger transport hub systems, Hangzhou South Railway Station is one of the five main passenger transport hubs. It takes responsibility as an important portal that not only opens to the provinces, but also connects the Yangtze River Delta, and meanwhile benefits the Greater Bay Area. Since the Hangzhou South Railway Station officially came into operation in July 2020, Xiaoshan District has been actively planning the development and construction of a new city center on the South Railway Station hub, with the hope of tapping the potential of the high-speed rail catalyst advantage to drive regional industrial transformation and development, and realize the development of Hangzhou South Railway Station as a “Golden South Hub New City & Window of the Greater Bay Area”.

In order to give better play to the value of the Hangzhou South Railway Station hub, stimulate the cultivation and high-quality development of relevant regional industries, and achieve the development goal of “station-city integration, industry-city integration”, based on the preliminary urban design of the new city, this RFP is inviting excellent domestic and international planning and design firms to join this open competition, and will fully incorporate the results into the statutory planning of the region, to guide future implementation and construction of the area.


2. Project Brief

This project includes three design scopes with different requirements:

Scope 1: New City Coordination Area (regional research):  
About 26.7 square kilometers. Beitang Road in the north, Ring Expressway in the east, Nanxiu Road in the south, and Tonghui Road in the west. (The scope can be expanded according to research needs.)

Scope 2: Core Launch Area (detailed urban design): 
Approximately 3.2 square kilometers (of which 1.7 square kilometers is reserved for current use). It is adjacent to Shanbei River in the north, Xiaoshao Canal in the south, Gaoxin Seven Road in the east, and Shangcheng Road in the west.

Scope 3: Demonstration Construction Area (architectural concept scheme):
About 45 hectares. It is adjacent to Tonghong Road in the north, Zhantong Road in the south, Xincheng Road in the east and Tongcheng Expressway in the west.


3. Registration Requirements

1Qualification Requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this international competition. All legal independent legal entities or institutions registered in China and abroad are welcome to register and participate. Applications by individuals or individual groups will not be accepted. Different organizations under one same head, or those affiliated to each other through shareholding or management are not allowed to participate in the bidding for the same bid section or the same bidding project without division of bid sections.

2The participating applicant may be a consortium (the total number of consortium leader and members shall not exceed three)

The organizer encourages design firms to team up with different background groups as cross-disciplinary consortia, to integrate fields including urban design, architectural design, landscape design, industrial and functional planning. Members of the Consortium shall jointly sign a consortium agreement and specify the lead. All parties of a consortium can no longer participate in this competition in their own name or form another consortium.

3)Design Team Requirements

The designers participating in this international competition should be registered under the design firm to which they belong. The chief designer must be a designer who has presided over multiple projects of the same type, or a well-known architect who has won important international and domestic architectural awards in related fields and must be truly responsible for this project and participate in the entire process of this international design competition, including but not limited to important node meetings (including video conferences) such as project presentations, surveys, mid-term reports, results reports, and Q&A sessions. If in the course of this international competition, it is found that the main creative designer does not match the person submitted in the application materials, the organizer reserves the right to cancel his qualification. In order to ensure that the designers have an accurate understanding of the background and related requirements of this international design competition, at least one of the planners and designers should speak Chinese as their native language.

4Experience Requirement

Applicants with the following project experience will be given priority:a. Possess comprehensive research capabilities and practical experience in urban transportation gateways such as railway hubs;b. Experienced with TOD urban design for rail stations;c. Experienced with urban design experience in key development areas.


4. Competition Rules

This international RFP is divided into two stages. The first stage is pre-qualification and conceptual proposal submission. The second stage is the solicitation of detailed urban design.

Stage 1: Pre-qualification and conceptual proposals submission

The organizers will organize a prequalification committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the applicants’ resume, industry reputation, main creative and team performance and experience, and conceptual proposals of the registered organization. After review, the committee will select three unranked shortlisted design agencies to enter the second stage. Meanwhile, two candidate design applicants will be selected and ranked. If any shortlisted design agencies withdraw, they will be replaced in order by the candidate design agencies.

Stage 2: Detailed Urban Design Solicitation
The organizer will organize shortlisted design agencies to conduct a mid-term report to check the design direction and answer questions.

The shortlisted design institutions shall submit design results documents in accordance with relevant regulations and requirements. Each applicant team can only submit one proposal.

The expert review committee will review the urban design results submitted by 3 shortlisted design agencies. One winner and two finalists will be selected. A formal written review opinion will be issued to the organizer for each project. The organizer will review and confirm the winner of the prize on the basis of fully respecting the expert committee review opinions.


5. Pre-qualification Document

The prequalification document submitted by the design agency consists of two parts: the registration document and the conceptual proposal, each must be separate volumes

The conceptual proposal should be formatted in A3 horizontal graphic layout, single-sided color printing, and has no more than 10 pages (excluding cover and back cover). The contents should include but not limited to the following (see detailed assignment book for details):1. Description of the project’s vision2. Concept of overall spatial structure3. Design description of core nodes or typical scenes4. Contents and experiences that can be used for reference.


6. Competition Bonus

The expert review committee will review the design results submitted by the three shortlisted teams in accordance with the procedures and determine the ranking. Subject to the ranking, the teams will receive the following bonuses (tax included):

The winning prize (1 winner) is two million RMB, including a bonus of one million RMB, and another one million RMB for further design development work.

Finalist Prize (2 finalists) is one million RMB for each finalist.

The winning team will be responsible for learning from the advantages of the other two works and deepening and further developing the urban design results. If the winner refuses to finish the tasks above the deepening integration work, the further design development prize of RMB 1,000,000 (tax included) will be stripped from the winning award bonus. The organizer will separately entrust another design firm to carry out the work according to the subsequent priority order, and sign a further design development work service contract. The further design development work fee is RMB 1,000,000 (tax included).


7. Schedule

Notes: The above date and time is based on Beijing time. The organizer reserves the right to adjust the schedule.

The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to more following details regarding this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR. What’s more, you’re more than welcome to touch base with us if you need architectural visualization.

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