International Tender for Guangming Scientists Valley Urban Design and Major Projects Architectural Design is about to start. The official announcement of this international tender will be issued soon. The project is now open for pre-registration. Design teams from all over the world are welcome to pre-register.

Project Background

Shenzhen Guangming Science City, as the pilot zone for the Comprehensive National Science Center in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), will be built into the core functional area of the International Science and Technology Innovation Center in the GBA, attracting the world’s top scientific researchers and talents. It is to become a world leading base for basic science research and a large open source of original innovation. Guangming Science City plans to have “One Core Two Zones” as the Cluster of Facilities, in which the “One Core” is the Large-scale Scientific Facilities Cluster, covering 5-square-kilometer core area and 1-square-kilometer expansion area, to arrange world-class large-scale scientific facilities and to provide space for future expansions.

Guangming Science City Spatial Structure Diagram(Source: Guangming Science City Outline Plan, Planning and Natural Resources Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality and Guangming District Government, May 2020)

Guangming Scientists Valley is located in the core area of the Large-scale Scientific Facilities Cluster, covering an area of about 1.2 square kilometers. It consists of the Liantang Reservoir, Loucun Pond and the valley in between them. The natural conditions of Scientists Valley are superior.

Project Location

Current Condition of Scientists Valley


Project Positioning

As an important functional area of Guangming Science City, Guangming Scientists Valley is a “home for scientists” in Guangming District, built for scientific talents, and also the center of supporting services for the Large-scale Scientific Facilities Cluster. With scientists as the main user group, Scientists Valley will create an international scientific campus that provides a sense of belonging, and merges scientific elements with the natural landscape to build an integrated service supporting system for work, communication and living.
Construct a unique service core that satisfies the scientific function – It will provide high-quality public service facilities of international standard and featured services supporting scientific development, enabling different talents to learn about the frontier of science and obtain inspiration for innovation.
Build a creative, shared social space – Through integrated design, it will create a comprehensive and immersive shared social space, and build a large-scale scientific social network.
Set up an international sample area – Create an artistic and cultural atmosphere, build up a work, travel and recreation area with a sense of belonging, warmth and vitality.

Panorama of Scientists Suites and Science Multi-functional Center (Taken at an altitude of about 50 meters above the Scientists Suites)

Current Condition of Loucun Pond

Current Condition of the Valley and the First Building (Multi-functional Building of Institute of Advanced Science Facilities, Shenzhen)

Current Site and Surrounding Condition of Scientists Suites and Science Multi-functional Center

Current Site and Surrounding Condition of Scientists Mansion

Current Condition of Liantang Reservoir and the Dam


Tender Scope

The tender scope includes: detailed urban design of Scientists Valley, the schematic design of Scientists Suites and Science Multi-functional Center, and Scientists Mansion.

1) Scientists Valley Detailed Urban Design
The winner shall be responsible for the integration of urban design, complete detailed urban design scheme and urban design guidelines. The urban design guidelines include guidance and control documents for all sub-plot design and development, which shall meet the technical requirements of implementation and can guide the subsequent architectural design and landscape design.

2) Scientists Suites and Science Multi-functional Center, and Scientists Mansion Schematic Design
The winner shall be responsible for the schematic design and scheme development stage of two major projects (Scientists Suites and Science Multi-functional Center, Scientists Mansion), including conceptual design optimization, architectural schematic design, architectural scheme development and detail design, landscape conceptual design, public area interior conceptual design, flood lighting conceptual design, etc. The design work should meet the Requirements of Construction Engineering Design Document Compilation Depth Regulations (2016 edition) and schematic approval. The architectural scheme development and detail design should meet the technical needs of further design work of LDI to ensure the design effect can be implemented.
The work content shall be subject to the tender document and design contract.

Design Scope

Urban Design Scope Diagram of Scientists Valley

Schematic Design Scope Diagram of Scientists Suites and Science Multi-functional Center

Schematic Design Scope Diagram of Scientists Mansion

Tender Process

The project adopts the method of “open call”, which includes 3 phases: pre-qualification, design competition and final evaluation. The honorarium is set for the bidders that are qualified but fail to win the bid.
Pre-qualification Phase – The tenderee will organize Pre-qualification Review Committee according to relevant laws to evaluate the qualification, performance and composition of design teams as well as conceptual proposal, and determine 5 qualified bidders (without ranking) and 2 alternatives (with ranking).
Design Competition Phase – The tenderee will set up the Scheme Review Committee according to relevant laws. The Scheme Review Committee will listen to the presentation of 5 qualified bidders, evaluate the submissions and determine 3 finalists (without ranking).
Final Evaluation Phase – A Final Evaluation Committee will be established by the tenderee according to relevant laws to determine 1 winner from the 3 finalists (without ranking) recommended by the Scheme Review Committee.


Design Fee and Compensation

The design fee is tentatively set at RMB 17.225 million (tax inclusive) (about US$2.7 million), and the compensation will be set in addition.
Design fee and compensation (tax inclusive) are set as below:


Application Requirements

1. The bidder must be domestic or overseas entities with legal business registration. Individual or team of individuals will not be accepted.
2. There is no qualification requirement. Design team composed of professionals in architectural design, urban design, landscape design, ecology is encouraged.
3. Consortium bidder (hereinafter referred to as ‘the consortium’) is permitted, and the consortium should meet the following requirements:

  • One consortium shall include no more than 3 members (including the leading member).
  • The leading member should be the architectural design team.
  • Each member of the consortium shall not apply for pre-qualification alone or participate in another consortium, otherwise all relevant pre-qualification applications will be invalid.
  • Each member of the consortium shall sign a consortium agreement according to the format provided in the pre-qualification documents, and clarify the division of workload and equity share of the leading member and the others.

4. Two or more entities whose legal representatives are the same person or have direct holdings in each other, may not apply for the tender at the same time.
5. Each consortium member shall appoint one chief designer, who must directly participate in the whole process of this tender in person, including but not limited to site visit and Q&A session and final presentation (video conference can be considered in the case of epidemic impact).


The official announcement of this international tender will be issued soon. We welcome all design teams to pre-register. If interested, please scan the QR code or visit the link below to fill in pre-registration information. Please fill in pre-registration information accurately so that the co-organizer can inform updates of the tender in time.

The pre-registration deadline is before 17:00, March 31, 2022 (UTC+8). Please refer to the official announcement for the pre-qualification application and subsequent schedule.
All information shall be subject to the official tender announcement released later.

Special Notes

The formal announcement will be published on Shenzhen Public Resources Trading Website:
According to the management requirements of the follow-up procedures, if the bidder hasn’t registered on Shenzhen Construction Engineering Transaction Service website yet, it is recommended that bidders (including the leading member and consortium member) complete company information registration online in advance.
Company information registration website:


Guangming Administration, Planning and Natural Resources Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality
Science City Development and Construction Bureau of Shenzhen Guangming District

Shenzhen Guangming Science City Development Investment Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Position Spatial Culture Development Co., Ltd.

Enquiry Email

Ms. Huang +86-18028798106
Ms. Chen +86-19129915597

Project Homepage


The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to 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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