The whole Process Design of the Shenzhen New Cultural Center (Originally Known As Shenzhen New Mass Art Center) is now open for pre-qualification applications. Design teams are welcomed to participate in this competition.

Construction Background

With the background of “building a global and regional cultural center city” and “building a pilot demonstration area for socialism with Chinese characteristics”, Shenzhen has raised its development strategy for public cultural services to a new height and issued a series of policy documents, including Shenzhen Cultural Innovation Development 2020 (Implementation Plan), striving to build public cultural service facilities that are compatible with modern, international, and innovative cities and international technological and industrial innovation centers.

The existing Shenzhen Cultural Center was built back in 1980. Its facilities have seriously aged in that time and cannot meet the requirements for developing current public cultural services. To meet the increasingly diverse citizen needs for public cultural services, the municipal government plans to build a new municipal cultural center to further improve the city’s public cultural service level and enhance the quality of the city’s public cultural service.

Project Positioning

Whole Process Design of the Shenzhen New Cultural Center(originally known as Shenzhen New Mass Art Center)project is advertised as the “Bay Area Center and Domestic Benchmark” and integrates education, communication, training, performances, exhibition, as well as cultural and creative functions. It is a comprehensive cultural landmark that covers all groups and all art styles with a nature for public welfare cultural services. In the future, the Shenzhen New Cultural Center will be built into an innovative civic culture and art training base, a civic experience and cultural and art exhibition center, a multi-category cultural and art exchange camp, an inter-city cultural exchange and gathering spot in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, a digital network platform for the city’s cultural museum alliance, and a mass cultural and core art & creativity park.

Project Introduction

The project is located on Minzhi Street, Longhua District, Shenzhen, also within the key development area of the Shenzhen North Railway Station. It is located at the northwest corner of where Minzhi Avenue and Minkang Road intersect, adjacent to the Yousong River in the west, the Second Children’s Hospital in the east (under construction), and a municipal park in the southeast. The northeast corner of the project is close to an exit of the Minzhi Subway Station on Metro Line 5. In the future, the planned Metro Line 22 and current Metro Line 5 will intersect at the Minzhi Metro Station.

Construction for the project primarily includes a performance art area, exchange exhibition area, counseling and training area, library and reading area, business entrepreneurship area, business support facilities, and public service support facilities. The project covers an area of 31,367.04 square meters, with a total construction area of about 83,000 square meters.

Building line requirements for the project site: Meeting the requirements of the Shenzhen Urban Planning Standards and Regulations, the setback line of level 1 is >6m, of level 2 is > 9m. The ground building on the north shall be 20m away from the plot boundary line in the statutory plan, and the ground building on the south shall be 30m away. In addition, the north side should consider the connection between the underground space and the Metro Line 5 station, as well as track safety.

Work Content

The Whole Process Design (scheme design, preliminary design, construction drawing design, as-built drawing preparation and construction coordination), including but not limited to the following professional contents:

Planning, master plan, architecture, structure, electrical system, plumbing, HVAC, interior design, building information and communication technology, fire protection, landscape, green building, gas, elevators, steel structure, curtain wall, road (including road junction), civil air defense, foundation pit, foundation treatment, water usage and saving, kitchen, BIM design, sponge city design, lighting design, signage system, pipeline access from outside the scope of construction land , industrial design, cost file (budget estimate making) for tendering, stage design, special acoustic decoration, acoustic design, exhibition design, design of bus original and terminal stations , etc.,

The final work content shall be subject to the bidding documents and the design contract.

Registration Requirements

1 Bidding applicants must have Grade A or above qualifications in the domestic design and construction industry (civil engineering)

2 This project accepts consortium bidding, and the bidding partners in the consortium must meet the following requirements:

(1)No more than 2 members in the consortium (including the head unit).

(2)The leading unit in the consortium must have Grade A or above qualifications in the domestic designand construction industry (civil engineering).

(3)Members of the consortium may not register individually or as part of another consortium.

(4)The consortium partners must sign a Consortium Agreementand clarify the head unit, division of labor between the two parties in each design stage, and design cost allocation ratio, distribution method, and other aspects.

3 Individual or teams of individuals will not be accepted.

Procedure of invitation is adopted Open bidding for this project tender(Pre-qualifications). There are Invitation Stage, Pre-qualifications and Scheme Bidding Stage and Calibration stage.

1 Pre-qualifications

The tenderee form a pre-qualification review committee in accordance with the law to review valid pre-qualification application documents the bidding applicant submits. It will cast by open ballot and identify 12 finalists (unordered) and 2 alternatives (ordered).

2 Scheme Bidding Stage

(1)The 12 formal bidders submitsresult documents that meet the requirements for the design assignment, and each bidder is only allowed to submit one bid proposal.

(3)The tenderee forms a bid evaluation committee according to the law to evaluate bidding plans. The committee adopts an open ballot and elect five candidates (unordered) to advance to the Calibration Phase.

3 Calibrationstage

Calibration method: One vote

The tenderee shall establish a bidding committee in accordance with laws and regulations, and one bidder shall be selected from 5 winning candidates recommended by the program review committee.

4 Schedule for Open Call and Pre-qualification:

2020.06.16-07.10 Releasing pre-qualification tender announcement, and accepting pre-qualification applications

2020.06.22 (before 17:00) Query Deadline

2020.06.28 (before 17:00) Clarification, Amendment and Answering Period Deadline

2020.07.10 (before 15:00) Due date of pre-qualification application documents submission

All the time mentioned is Beijing time. The tenderee reserves the right to adjust the schedule.


The contract price of design fee is tentatively fixed at RMB 30.74 million, including the following 3 parts: engineering design fee RMB 26.24 million, excellent scheme compensation fee RMB 4.1 million and scheme optimization compensation fee RMB 400,000 (if any).

Engineering design fee includes basic design fee, BIM design fee and as-built drawing preparation fee.

Engineering design fee: Engineering Design Fee = Construction Area X Fixed Unit Price, and the upper limit of bidding price of engineering design fee is RMB 315 per square meter (bidder’s quotation is required, bidding quotation shall not exceed the upper limit). The unit price will not be adjusted in settlement. The construction area is temporarily calculated as 83,290 square meters, and the final construction area is subject to the result of total project estimate approved by Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission. The project design fee is tentatively priced at RMB 26.24 million.

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