International Competition of Conceptual Design for Meilin Mt.-Yinhu Mt. Eco Leisure Bridge, Shenzhen


While experiencing a critical transition period in ecological civilization construction and high quality development, Shenzhen now faces a prominent conflict between urban construction and ecological protection. Meilin Mt. and Yinhu Mt., the largest mountain forest and green space clusters in the downtown core, offer the main destinations for three million citizens in the surrounding areas to enjoy recreational climbing and embrace nature via country trails. They play a significant role in the city’s ecosystem and the urban service functional system.

In the earlier years, Meilin Mt. and Yinhu Mt. were completely disconnected due to the construction of Meilin-Guanlan Road, and no pedestrian link was left. In the past three decades since its opening to traffic, Meilin-Guanlan Road has brought great changes and huge social benefits to the surrounding areas, while at the same time, it also posed noticeable adverse impact on the eco-environment of both mountains and public leisure activities. The dissected Meilin Mt. – Yinhu Mt. ecological landscape area also adds to the difficulty of biodiversity protection as it worsens the fragmentation of the ecological landscape, and cuts off the paths for animals to forage, mate and migrate. Hikers have to take quite a long detour to climb across the mountains, which is time- and energy-consuming and goes against the advocate for regular outdoor leisure activities.

Meilin Mt.-Yinhu Mt. Eco Corridor, accommodating the “one ridge” as in the “one ridge, one belt, and twenty corridors” layout proposed by Shenzhen’s Mountain-Sea-City Integration Plan, is the main corridor that runs through all ecological patches in the central part of the city. It is of great ecological significance to securing and improving biodiversity, guaranteeing species migration and gene exchange, and building a continuous, complete ecological security pattern in central Shenzhen. Spanning over the Meilin-Guanlan Road, Meilin Mt.-Yinhu Mt. Eco Leisure Bridge serves as the north gateway to showcase the image of Futian District. Through creatively planned connections, it will reflect the harmonious relationship among animals, plants and human from different perspectives, further meet the demands of citizens for suburb hiking, sightseeing and leisure activities, upgrade the regional urban spaces, and demonstrate the concept of ecological civilization construction in the new era.


Location Overview

The Project is located at the mountains of Meilin and Yinhu in the north of Futian District, Shenzhen. As a node in close adjacency of Futian Central District, it will connect the Meilin Mt. Country Park on the west and Yinhu Mt. Country Park on the east.


Peripheral Conditions of the Project


Bird’s-eye View of the Project Site


Design Contents and Site Location

The Competition includes both the Eco Leisure Bridge and the underground culvert into its design scope to create a multi-level and multi-purpose eco bridge.

The Project is sited between Meilin Mt. and Yinhu Mt. to link up the mountaineering country trails of the two mountains. It is close to the valley catchment area while evading the protection scopes of the underground culvert, the high side slope, the high-voltage lines, Xincai Tunnel and metro lines 4 and 6. The specific location of the Project may be determined by the design team after research and analysis, with consideration given to ecological protection, bridge modeling and landscape design needs. The underground culvert is currently an underpass leading to the valley catchment area.


Site Location of the Bridge



  • The open call sets no threshold in terms of qualification certificates. All local and international design teams (independent legal entities or other organizations that can independently bear civil liability) with relevant design experience are eligible for the registration. Consortium bidders (both domestic and abroad) are allowed. Individuals and teams of individuals are not acceptable.
  • The design firm shall provide the corporate registration certificate, design license certificate or relevant documents of the same effect. Design firms headed by the same individual or whose shares are directly held by the same individual or have a direct holding relation are not allowed to register for the Competition at the same time.
  • In view of the composite functions of this project, the design team should include professionals (or specialized consultants) in architecture, bridge, ecology, landscape, etc., who shall have corresponding work and project experiences.
  • Members of consortia should meet the following requirements:
  1. Members of a consortium are not allowed to register twice for the Competition by their own name or via another consortium in the name of another firm.
  2. The members should sign a legally effective Consortium Agreement, and specify the division of work between the members at this stage, the proportion and way of distribution of the design fee, etc.
  • The chief designer directing the project and consultants shall attend the milestone presentation meetings. Should the chief designer present during the Competition be inconsistent with the one specified in the Application Documents, the Host has the right to disqualify the team from the shortlisting and competition.



Time Activities
Stage I Open call

Aug.26, 2022


Release of preannouncement


Oct.10, 2022


Release of official announcement

By 16:00, Oct.18, 2022  

Design teams to complete information registration at


By 16:00, Oct.27, 2022


Deadline for registration, i.e. deadline for submitting electronic file of Registration document and early concept proposal at ,and the hard copies of Application Documents


Nov.1, 2022

Selection Panel to shortlist 5 design teams for subsequent conceptual design stage
Stage II Conceptual design

Nov.8, 2022


Site visit and Q&A meeting

Nov.15, 2022 Deadline of clarification; design teams to e-mail questions to e-mail box, which shall serve as the only mailbox to take questions. Any email received by other mailbox will be regarded as invalid and will not be replied
By 16:00, Dec.8, 2022 Provision of conceptual design submissions
Dec.9, 2022  

Evaluation meeting

Stage III Design finalization

The Host to finalize recipients of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes

Note: The schedule above is subject to Beijing Time. The Host may, in view of the COVID-19 situation, duly reschedule the time and the ways to conduct site visit and Q&A meeting and evaluation meeting as may be necessary.


Honorariums and Bonuses

 Prize Bonus
The First Prize (1 winner) CNY 700,000 each (tax inclusive) (about US$96,640)
The Second Prize (1 winner) CNY 500,000 (tax inclusive) (about US$69,030)
The Third Prize (1 winner) CNY 300,000 (tax inclusive) (about US$41,420)
Recipient of honorarium (2) CNY 200,000 each (tax inclusive) (about US$27,610)


Design Contract

The Host and the Co-organizer will select one design proposal for implementation from the winning design proposals based on the experts’ review comments and other actual conditions. If the design scheme submitted by a design team is finalized as the one for implementation, the design team will be awarded the design contrac (the specific work scope and contents are subject to the design contract finally signed).

The design consulting fee is charged as per 10% of the design fee in the budgetary estimate approved for the Project.


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International Tender for Universiade i-Park Landscape Planning and Design

International Tender for Universiade i-Park Landscape Planning and Design

Project background

Universiade i-Park, located in the core area of Shenzhen’s Longgang District, which is structured with “one core, two sub-cores and multiple fulcrums”. It is also part of the central cluster in Universiade Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Science and Education City. At present, the construction of educational, cultural and sports facilities around the park is gradually underway. However, the existing facilities of the site cannot meet the development needs of the area.

In order to further improve the environmental quality of Longgang District, to reshape the city brand and stimulate the vitality of the area, International Tender for Universiade i-Park Landscape Planning and Design will be launched soon. The project is now open for pre-registration. Design teams from all over the world are welcome to pre-regist

The completion of Universiade i-Park will help enhance the attraction of the Universiade Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Science and Education City to international talents. It will promote the integration of diverse cultures, and connect with the ecological corridors and surrounding functional areas. The concepts of low carbon, intelligence, ecology, vitality and inclusiveness will be embedded in the construction of Universiade i-Park, so as to build a distinctive brand, and present a new look of Longgang.


City Location


Project positioning

Universiade i-Park will be built into a city park integrating leisure, culture, landscape, artistry, ecology and innovation. In order to realize the connection with the surrounding natural resources and urban space, the park will take “intelligence” as the theme to carry out the improvement of functional facilities and greenway system, ecological restoration, improvement of the landscape, etc. The park will be integrated and linked with the surrounding functional areas of education, sports, arts, finance and residence. It is to be built into a model of international intelligent park.

The following key points are advocated in the design:

  • Enhance accessibility of the park and achieve continuity of urban space.
  • Embed intelligent and low-carbon concepts from landscape design, transportation, operation and other aspects, to create ecological intelligent corridors.
  • Respect the natural base of mountains and waters, and ecological restoration should be emphasized.
  • Propose landscape improvement strategies according to local conditions, improve supporting services and facilities of the park.
  • Fully make use of the landscape resources, build a city viewing platform at the highest place, and shape the brand of Longgang parks.


Project overview

The total site area of this tender project is about 103 hectares, including 3 plots.


Project Location

Universiade i-Park is located in the central cluster of Universiade Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Science and Education City, with Shenzhen Universiade Center and Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center on the east, Tusincere Tech Park on the north, and International University Park on the west and south, including Shenzhen Conservatory of Music, CUHK-Shenzhen, CUHK-Shenzhen School of Medicine, Shenzhen MSU-BIT University and many other institutions of higher education. The park has an excellent natural ecological base. It is connected to the large green corridor of Longgang Qingpingjing-Pingdi Urban Greenway, adjacent to Shenxianling Reservoir and Longkou Reservoir.


Diagram of Land Use and Important Utilities

Yanlong Avenue passes between Plot 01 and Plot 02. Wuhan-Shenzhen Expressway passes over between Plot 02 and Plot 03. The current site has low accessibility, poor internal road circulation and weak external connections. The current condition of the park lacks landscape focal points. The viewing pavilion on the hilltop has limited functions. The landscape resources are not fully made use of as well.


Diagram of Transportation Conditions


Site Diagram of Plot 01

Site Diagram of Plot 02 and Plot 03


Current Condition of Viewing Pavilion on the Hilltop


Current Condition of Shenxianling Reservoir


Tender procedure

The project adopts the method of “open call”, which includes 3 phases: pre-qualification, design competition and final evaluation. The compensation is set for the shortlisted bidders that fail to win the bid.


Phase I: Pre-qualification Phase

The first phase adopts the method of “open review”. The Concept Proposal shall be the major reference for the evaluation. The tenderee will organize Pre-qualification Review Committee according to relevant laws. The Committee shall conduct a detailed review with full discussion to evaluate the Concept Proposal (major) and Company Profile and Credit Documents (secondary) of the applicants. The Committee will vote by open ballot round by round to determine 5 shortlisted bidders (without ranking) and 2 alternatives (with ranking).

Phase II: Design Competition Phase

The second phase adopts the method of “open review”. The project leader or chief designer shall conduct a presentation during the Scheme Review Meeting. The tenderee will organize Scheme Review Committee according to relevant laws. The Committee shall conduct a detailed review with full discussion to evaluate the design schemes submitted by the shortlisted applicants. The Scheme Review Committee will vote by open ballot round by round to determine 3 finalists (without ranking). The remaining 2 shortlisted applicants will receive the Shortlisted Awards.

Phase III: Final Evaluation Phase

The Final Evaluation Committee will be organized by the tenderee according to relevant laws. The Committee shall determine 1 winner and the ranking of the 2nd and the 3rd from the 3 finalists (without ranking) which recommended by the Scheme Review Committee. The winner shall be awarded the design contract; the 2nd place will receive the Excellence Award; and the 3rd place will receive the Shortlisted Award.


Tender scope

The tender scope is all-phase design of Universiade i-Park, including overall schematic design, design development and construction documents design.

The work content in the contract includes design works of all disciplines (such as landscape design, architecture, municipal planning, greenery, roads, bridges, geotechnical, structural engineering, M&E, water supply and drainage, HVAC, BIM, floodlighting, art installation, sponge city, smart transportation, sports fields, etc.) of Universiade i-Park. The design works include the overall schematic design (including budget estimation), design development (including budget preparation), construction documents design (including construction and technical documents, construction drawings and instructions), assistance with construction approval procedure, assistance with compilation of feasibility study documents, on-site construction supervision, compilation of as-built drawings, assistance with completion acceptance and evaluation, etc.

The winning contract is a general design contract. In terms of some specialized design contents such as architecture, roads, bridges, and sponge city, if the winner does not have the above-mentioned specialized engineering design qualifications, the winner may subcontract to the professional company with corresponding qualifications according to regulations. The design documents of the subcontractor must be signed and confirmed by the winner. The winner is responsible for the design documents of the subcontractor.

The design documents of each stage must pass the examination. The project leader/chief architects should be responsible for supervision and control of design and implementation of the project, cooperation of various disciplines and review of the drawings, signing for confirming the materials and samples related to the appearance during the construction phase.

The detailed work content is subject to the design contract.


Design fee and compensation

The tentative contract design fee is RMB 9318000 (tax inclusive) (about US$1,291,510), including the design fee for BIM technology application of RMB 800000 (about US$110,880). If the work content of the design contract or the submitted design documents does not include BIM, the design fee for BIM technology application will not be paid.

Shortlisted applicants that fail to win the bid will receive corresponding compensation if their submissions are approved by the Scheme Review Committee as meeting the design requirements of this tender. The awards and compensation (tax inclusive) are set as below:



Application requirements

  • The bidding applicant must be domestic or overseas entities with legal business registration. Individual or team of individuals will not be accepted.
  • Consortium bidder (hereinafter referred to as the consortium) is permitted, and the consortium should meet the following requirements:
  1. One consortium shall include no more than 3 members (including the leading member);
  2. The leading member should be the landscape design team;
  3. 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;
  4. Each member of the consortium shall sign aConsortium Agreement according to the format provided in the Pre-qualification Document, and clarify the division of workload and equity share of the leading member and the others.
  • The applicant must have a Class-A Qualification Certificate for Landscape Architecture Engineering Design or Comprehensive Class-A Qualification Certificate for Engineering Design issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC. For a consortium, at least one of the members must meet the above requirement on the qualification
  • Two or more legal person enterprises or institutions whose legal representative is the same person, the parent company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and different companies that have a shareholding relationship with each other, shall not apply for Pre-qualification as different bidders at the same time.
  • The applicant (or consortium) must designate 1 project leader and 1 chief designer in the Pre-qualification Application Documents. The project leader can also serve as the chief designer. The project leader/ chief designer must be truly responsible for and participate in the whole project.



The official announcement of this international tender will be issued soon. We welcome design teams from all over the world to pre-register.

The pre-registration deadline is 17:00, October 25, 2022 (UTC+8).

Pre-registration is for intention collection only, and is NOT official bidding application. Applicant’s information is subject to paper documents instead of pre-registration.

All information shall be subject to the official tender announcement released later.



Tenderee Bureau of Public Works of Longgang District, Shenzhen
Co-organizer Shenzhen Position Spatial Culture Development Co., Ltd.


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International Architectural Design Competition for Civic Center, Qin Chuang Yuan Jinwan Sci-tech Innovation Area, Xixian New Area

International Architectural Design Competition for Civic Center, Qin Chuang Yuan Jinwan Sci-tech Innovation Area, Xixian New Area


Located between the built areas of Xi’an and Xianyang in Shaanxi Province, Xixian New Area is the seventh national district approved by the State Council, and the first National New Area themed on innovative urban development. It shoulders the key mission of the national strategy to create an important hub for China’s opening to the west, a new engine for development of west China, and an example of new urbanization with Chinese characteristics, and serves as a major window of the innovation-driven Qin Chuang Yuan Platform of Shaanxi.



Fig. 1 Rendering of the major axis

Located in the center of Guanzhong’s urban clusters and Xi’an metropolitan area, the Energy Finance and Trade Zone (including Energy Finance and Trade Area and Cultural and Educational Park Area) is the core area of the new center and new axis of the Greater Xi’an. It is also the only functional area featured by energy finance in Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone, assuming the important function of developing Xixian New Area into an important financial, business and trade core area in northwest China. At the same time, the Energy Finance and Trade Area, as a pioneering area of Qin Chuang Yuan, will contribute to building a leading source and platform of innovation-driven development across the province, and produce a strong impetus for high-quality development in Shaanxi Province.


Fig. 2 Location of the Energy Finance and Trade Area


Fig. 3 Function block diagram of the major axis

As the core area and main location for developing the new center and new axis of the Greater Xi’an, after years of intensive efforts, the Energy Finance and Trade Zone has achieved fruitful results. Among all, Jinwan Sci-tech Innovation Area focuses on headquarters economy, emerging finance, business and trade services and scientific and technological R&D. Thanks to its prominent location, transportation, ecological advantages and high-quality built space, it is becoming an attractive industrial and talent destination in the region.



Fig. 4 Rendering of the Energy Finance and Trade Area


Fig. 5 Photos of Energy Finance and Trade Area

Public cultural facilities are important carriers for inheritance and development of urban culture. In order to further upgrade the overall service capacity of Xixian New Area, and create a high-quality new center and new axis for the Greater Xi’an, Xixian New Area has decided to accelerate the construction of the Civic Center in Qin Chuang Yuan Jinwan Sci-tech Innovation Area, and make it an urban parlor with international influence, an important showcase of the new center and new axis of the Greater Xi’an, a lakefront activity center for citizens, and a new urban culture landmark. In the future, the Civic Center will significantly demonstrate the competitiveness and strength of the new area in urban culture, realize the cultural rights and interests of the people for a better life, enable the sharing of the development outcome by all, and make public culture the most eye-catching highlight in the urban backdrop of Xixian New Area.


Fig. 6 Rendering of Qin Chuang Yuan Jinwan Sci-tech Innovation Area


Work Scope

Design coordination scope: about 100 ha to be coordinated, connected and designed as a whole with the surrounding plots, including the four museums and one pagoda, and both sides of the east-west green corridor in Jinwan Sci-tech Innovation Area.

Architectural design scope: about 18.5 ha. in total for conceptual architectural design, including three plots and the surrounding green space, namely:

Plot I: Sci-tech Center
Sci-tech Center (site: 3.83 ha, above-grade floor area: 60,000㎡) focuses on Science and Technology Exhibition Center, and includes Youth Activity Center, Women and Children’s Activity Center, small theater, etc;
Plot II: Culture Center
Cultural Center (site: 2.66 ha, above-grade floor area: 40,000㎡)focuses on cultural and art blocks and leisure commercial streets, and includes performance center and library;
Plot III: Sports Center
Sports Center (site: 4.01 ha, above-grade floor area: 60,000㎡) focuses on national fitness center, and includes natatorium and outdoor sports venue;


Fig.7 Design scope


Registration Requirements

(1)The Competition is open for registration by design firms around the globe. There is no qualification requirement, and design firms from both at home and abroad are welcome. Individuals and individual consortium are not allowed for registration;

(2)The design firms may register for the Competition in “1+N” format: “1” refers to the chief architect / coordinator team responsible for the overall design and coordination of the three plots. To enhance the diversity in architectural ideas and the viability of implementation, it is suggested to join hands with “N” team(s) specialized in cultural planning, business operation, architectural design, and landscape architecture. Where the three plots are designed by different chief creative teams, the specific plot each team works on shall be indicated;

(3)Design firms applying for participation must be an independent legal entity, or a partnership enterprise or organization in other forms. Different firms chaired by the same person or involving shareholding and management relationship are not allowed to register at the same time;

(4)Design firms inside Chinese Mainland must be legally registered independent legal entities with valid business licenses;

(5)Design firms outside Chinese Mainland (incl. those from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan regions) should provide the following verification materials: company registration certificate approved and issued by competent authority of the country (region) where the design firm is located;

(6)Consortium is allowed to participate in the Competition without limitation on the number of consortium members, while Consortium Agreement is required to specify the leading party and obligations of each member. Member of a consortium is not allowed to participate in the Competition separately by its own name, nor join other consortium at the same time;

(7)The project chief architect must have innovative design philosophy and experience in projects of the same type as the competition project, and directly participate in the whole process of the Competition including key milestone meetings (including but not limited to design presentation and Q&A) required by the Host. During the Competition, if the project chief architect is found inconsistent with that specified in the registration materials, the Host will be entitled to disqualify the design firm from shortlisting or bid winning, and may hold it for liabilities as per relevant regulations.



This Competition includes three stages, i.e. Registration and prequalification; concept design and evaluation; and concept development and bid finalization.


Note: The above timetable (Beijing time) is tentative and subject to adjustment by the Host.


Prize and Stipend

The First Place: RMB 4 million (about US$567,300), tax included (including fee for concept development stage);
The Second Place: RMB 3 million (about US$425,500), tax included (including fee for concept development stage);
The Third Place: RMB 2 million (about US$283,600), tax included (including fee for concept development stage);
The Forth and Fifth Place: RMB 1.5 million (about US$212,700) each, tax included (including fee for concept development stage);
Other finalists (seven): RMB 0.8 million (about US$113,400) each, tax included.


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Announcement: Collection of Conceptual Proposal and In-depth Design for Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center

Project Background

The Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center project is located at the former Sinopec refinery site in the middle of Hangzhou Grand Canal New Town, in the core area of the northern part of Hangzhou city, and will build a public cultural center in the northern part of the city together with the Grand Jiang-hang Canal Museum in the south and the Ecological Art Island in the west, injecting sustainable development momentum into the north of the city and driving up the value of the north of the city. The Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center project is positioned as a public cultural lounge of the city and a gathering place for future industries, with functionalities including the art and technology center, the international creative industry park, the arts and culture creative block, oil refinery park and other functions.

In 2020, six projects, including the Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center, formed the “Grand Canal World Cultural Heritage Park”, which has be the only project in Zhejiang Province and successfully listed in the National Cultural Park Landmark Program. In order to further accelerate the planning and construction of the National Grand Canal Cultural Park with high quality, the world’s best design teams are invited to participate in the Collection of Conceptual Proposal and In-depth Design for Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center from August 29, 2022.


Project location map


Planning Structure Plan

Project Overview

Project Title

Collection of Conceptual Proposal and In-depth Design for Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center.


Scope of Work

The scope of work is divided into study area and design area (see the attached figure for details)

  • Study area: The study area is approximately 176 hectares. The designer needs to fully consider the overall coordination relationship between the Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center project, the Grand Canal and the surrounding plots.
  • Design area: The design area is GS1002-41 plot, with a total land area of about 17.56 hectares. The designer is required to carry out the integrated design of architecture and landscape, implement functional planning projects and operational visions, build a functionally composite Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center, and shape an art and cultural landmark architectural cluster representing the style and urban spirit of the core area of the Grand Canal National Park.


Figure of design area and study area


Project Design Conditions

Planning indicator: The nature of the land is park green space compatible with square green space and cultural facilities. The plot covers an area of 17.56 hectares, with a plot ratio of 0.9 (tentative, subject to the final approved urban control regulations). The building density is no more than 28%, the park area is no less than 8 hectares, the density of the open block road network is no less than 15%, and the pier management room is 2400 square meters.


Planning indicator list


Plot location


Project Design Content and Depth

  • Design content: The design content is to complete the overall conceptual plan of the Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center project and the subsequent deepening of the plan design until the completion and acceptance of various cooperation guidance and technical support work. The bid winner shall provide not less than the following 7 professional service consultation (may be undertaken by the bid winner itself) to ensure the implementation of the plan, specifically: landscape, structure, mechanical and electrical (strong and weak electricity, water supply and drainage, HVAC, vertical traffic), curtain wall, floodlighting professional, logos and signs, and traffic.
  • Design depth: To complete the overall conceptual plan of the project during the collection stage; after winning the bid, to complete the deepening design of the architecture and landscape public space plan based on the clear conceptual plan and the technical guidance until the completion and acceptance of the project.



Eligibility Requirements

  1. Eligibility Requirements for Applicants
  • Domestic applicants are required to have Class A qualification for comprehensive engineering design, Class A qualification for construction industry (architectural engineering) design or Class A qualification for architectural design firms.
  • Overseas applicants are required to have legal business or design license in the country or region where they are located, have engaged in planning and design service business in China, and have similar design experience in domestic projects. Overseas design firms must have branches in China.
  • Participation by consortium with no more than 2 members is allowed in this project. Members of the consortium are not allowed to participate in this collection in any form again. In case of participation by consortium, it is encouraged to form consortium by professional architecture and landscape institutes.

Remarks: Two or more legal persons whose legal representatives are the same person, parent company, wholly-owned subsidiary and its holding company shall not register for the collection at the same time. For legal persons registered in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, please refer to the requirements of overseas applicants.

  1. Experience in the following projects is also required:

Since 2012, the applicant has undertaken the design of landmark public cultural buildings with a building area of not less than 20,000 square meters in Beta- and above cities released by GaWC in 2020.2.2 Since 2012, the applicant has undertaken the design of industrial office parks with a building area of not less than 50,000 square meters in Beta- and above cities released by GaWC in 2020.2.3 Since 2012, the applicant has undertaken the design of large public space landscape with a building area of not less than 30,000 square meters in Beta- and above cities released by GaWC in 2020.Domestic Beta- and above cities include: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Taipei, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Tianjin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Wuhan, Changsha, Xiamen, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Xi’an, Dalian and Jinan.



Stage I: Online registration

  • All applicants must scan the following QR code or click the link to fill in the relevant application information before the application deadline of 16:00 on September 7, 2022. After successful registration, you will receive the “Guidance Manual for the Production of Application Documents”, which will be sent by the agency by email. Please check it in time.

QR code: Grand-Canal-Future-Art-and-Technology-Center-international-architectural-design-competition-3d-rendering-visualization-AIMIR


  • After successful registration, please submit the application materials in paper form (either by mail or on site). Each applicant shall submit the complete paper materials (either by mail or on site) to Xie Haining (Mobile: 13588039506), Room 1706, F17, West Building, Xiandai Zhiye Building, No. 42, Wenhui Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou before Beijing time 16:00 on September 9, 2022, and mark “the full name of the applicant – application materials – Conceptual Proposal and In-depth Design for Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center” on the outer envelope. The time of delivery by mail shall be subject to signature for receipt.
  • This application is subject to the receipt of paper documents, and no late submission of application materials will be accepted. (Overseas applicants who can’t deliver the application materials within the specified time due to force majeure reasons such as COVID-19 can contact with the agency to discuss the solution separately.)

Stage II: Selection of applicants in two rounds. In the first round, a review panel will be formed by the Organizer to comprehensively evaluate the qualification, experience in similar projects, awards, introduction of chief creators and performance certificates of all the applicants, and the best 10 will be selected. In the second round, the soliciting units will organize the review committee to hear the design ideas and proposals of each unit, and finally select three finalists (three prospective finalists and three alternative candidates (subject to ranking)).

The shortlisted designers are expected to be announced at the end of September 2022, and the invitation and solicitation documents will be issued. The shortlisted designers are required to sign the competition agreement and confidentiality agreement for the “Conceptual Proposal and In-depth Design for Grand Canal Future Art and Technology Center”.

Stage III: Submission and evaluation of outcome documents. The shortlisted applicants shall submit the results within the specified time (about 60 days), and the Organizer will organize the evaluation and determine the ranking of the applicants in the expert evaluation stage.

Stage IV: Finally, the Organizer will set up a selection committee, and the selection committee will determine the final bid winner according to the recommendation of the expert panel and comprehensive analysis.



The prize is a one-time bonus paid to the shortlisted designers. In addition to the bid winner, the other two designers in the shortlisted stage will be awarded with bonus. Among them, the one with the higher expert review score will receive the design fees of RMB 1.8 million (including tax) (about US$260,800), and the other with the lower expert review score will receive the design fees of RMB 1.6 million (including tax) (about US$231,830). The design fees of the bid winner are included in the service consultation contract and will not be paid separately. If the final proposal submitted by the shortlisted designers fails to meet the requirements of the design specification after evaluation, the Organizer may not pay remuneration.


Other Requirements

  1. All correspondence and documents involved in this collection shall be written in Chinese.
  2. Taxes arising from the design fees received by the designer and all costs incurred in the collection process shall be borne by the applicants.
  3. The design achievements submitted shall remain original and shall not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party, otherwise the consequences arising therefrom shall be borne by the applicant, and the Organizer reserves the right to pursue and claim compensation.



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Call for Entry: International Competition for the Creative Scheme of Cuihu Sports Centre

Call for Entry: International Competition for the Creative Scheme of Cuihu Sports Centre

Project description

  1. Organization unit

This competition is hosted by the Zhongshan Cuiheng New District Management Committee as the competition organizer, while the Zhongshan Cuiheng New District Engineering Project Construction Affairs Center is fully responsible for the operational work of this competition. Guangzhou Wangtat Project Management & Consultancy Group Co., Ltd., as the planning and consulting unit of this competition, is authorized to organize and plan the whole process of this competition.

  1. Project background

To positively promote the goal of building fitness facilities for every citizen, the Zhongshan Cuiheng New District strives to build a civil sports centre with a superior, comprehensive, and accessible public sports service system. By constructing the Cuihu Sports Centre, it would present the level of urban construction, establish a city image, improve the class of the city and supplement the urban function. The project geographic position is superior, locating on the middle-west bank of the Pearl River Estuary, with Guangzhou Nansha New District in the north, Zhuhai Hengqin New District in the south, Shenzhen Qianhai New District in the east connected by Shenzhen-Zhongshan Corridor, and Zhongshan Torch Development Zone in the west. The Centre is required to be built as a district-level centre composed of mid-sized stadium and mid-sized gyms to meet the Class B requirements for sports events (to host regional and national individual event competitions).

The Cuiheng New district organizes “The International Competition of Open Call for the Creative Scheme of Cuihu Sports Centre” to sincerely invite well-known design agencies to participate in and submit high-quality design schemes for guiding construction work of this project. The above actions are to propel excellent construction work for the Cuihu Sports Centre and to make it a city card for the Cuiheng New district.

  1. Main design tasks (For specific requirements, please refer to the Design Specification (announcement version), the final requirements are subject to the Competition Technical Documents)
  • Design scope and construction scale

The Cuihu Sports Center project locates in the East Area of the Cuiheng New District, Zhongshan City. It is to the east of Maolong Waterway, north of the intersection of Diancui Street and Weilai Avenue, adjacent to the Cuiwan Culture and Art Center, with a regular triangular plot. The project covers a total floor space of 59,090 square meters.

The main construction contents include: one stadium (with a floor area of no less than 20,000 square meters, with no less than 10,000 seats, including a 400-meter running track and a standard football field); one gymnasium (with a area of not less than 5,000 square meters and not less than 1,000 seats, can undertake competitions for basketball, badminton, volleyball, and table tennis); one public fitness square (with a floor area of no less than 3,000 square meters) and some municipal public support facilities.

Figure 1 Design Scope Diagram

  • Main tasks of the competition stage

The design content is the overall planning and the single building schematic design for the project land area, including but not limited to the overall layout of the building, traffic organization, vertical design, greenery landscape design, public space design, single (or group) building design, underground space design, investment estimation, etc.

  • The work requirements of the subsequent deepening design work for the competition scheme
  1. Based on the scheme design results of the competition, the deepening design should absorb the advantages of other participating schemes, as well as the comments from the experts, the competition organizer, the competition operator, and the relevant departments. The final result should reach the depth of schematic design and meet the depth requirements of the second chapter of the Provisions on the Depth of Construction Engineering Design Documents (2016 Edition) enacted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China. The final result should meet the relevant regulations of Guangdong Province and Zhongshan City.
  2. Simultaneously, the unit is required to undertake modification of the scheme responding to reviews and shall cooperate with the competition operator for relevant works such as report and promote the scheme by providing relevant design materials and technical support, as well as being responsible for the technical interpretation of design to the design unit in the next design stage.
  3. If the unit that has obtained the deepening design work does not have the Grade A or above qualification in the architecture industry design (architecture engineering), it should entrust a domestic unit with corresponding qualification to proceed with relevant work to ensure that the scheme design meets the relevant regulations and requirements from the administrative examination and approval departments of the corresponding city, province and country. The unit should report the past achievements of the entrusted unit and the individual achievements of its team members together with team introduction, and get approval from the competition operator before signing the deepening design contract for this project.

The content and duration of the engagements of the subsequent deepening design work for the competition scheme shall be subject to the deepening design contract finally signed by both parties. The final results must be reviewed by the evaluation meeting organized by competition organizer, the competition operator or the relevant departments. The competition organizer and the competition operator will finally confirm the content of the results in writing.


Competition rules

1. The first stage—Prequalification

  • The open competition mode is adopted for this competition, in which the competition openly accepts applications from eligible domestic and international design units (including consortiums) that meet the qualification requirements for participation.
  • The Prequalification committee that is legally formed by the competition operator will evaluate the prequalification application documents submitted by the contestants. The committee will adopt disclosed ballot to select 4 official participants (including consortiums) with excellent experience in similar projects and certain strengths of its design team.
  • The 4 selected competition units will receive invitation letters from the competition operator. If the official participants who confirmed participation withdraw or eventually give up the competition due to non-force majeure factors, the competition organizer and competition operator have the right to reject the participating units to participate in any other future projects competition.
  • If the official participants withdraw from the competition, the competition operator will fill vacancies in the order of ranking of alternative units.

2. The second stage—Competition design

  • The 4 official participants will carry out the conceptual schematic design according to the requirements of the Competition Technical Documents subsequently issued, and submit the formal design results documents on time. Each unit is limited to submit 1 design proposal. The design scheme submitted by a design unit other than the official competition unit will not be accepted.
  • The scheme evaluation committee legally established by the competition operator will review the submitted competition schemes and record the ranking of each competition scheme by disclosed ballot.
  • In principle, the No.1 scheme unit will complete the subsequent deepening design work for the competition scheme (the final result shall reach the depth of schematic designs). If the competition organizer and the competition operator believe that the No.1 scheme cannot achieve the purpose of this competition, the No.1 unit will not follow the deepening design work but will be rewarded the cost compensation fee and bonus.
  • If the No.1 scheme unit cannot fulfill the contract or abandons the deepening design work, the competition operator has the right to select other participating units to take over according to the ranking order. The units awarded the subsequent deepening design work for the competition scheme will receive the fee for the deepening scheme.


Requirements of participation qualification

  • There must be a legally registered and valid business license or commencing certificate. Design units registered in China must have an independent legal person. Design units that have the following relationships can not participate at the same time:  The legal persons of two or more companies are of the same person;  The parent company, wholly owned subsidiary, and its controlled company.
  • There are no qualification requirements for this competition, and both domestic and foreign design units with relevant project experience can apply to participate. Considering the impact of the pandemic, design units in foreign countries and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions that do not have branches in Chinese Mainland must form a consortium with design units in Chinese Mainland.
  • The competition prefers applicants (independent or consortium) with abundant experience in sports project design.
  • This competition accepts participation in form of consortium, with no more than 2 members. The consortium must submit a consortium agreement, and define the main member of the consortium. After the members of the consortium have signed the Consortium Agreement, they can no longer participate in its own name, nor can they form a new consortium or participate in other consortium, otherwise their qualifications of participation will be invalid.


Competition schedule

  1. August 1—August 16, 2022: Announcement will be issued to accept the design unit to submit prequalification application documents.
  2. August 23, 2022: Evaluate the prequalification application documents and confirm the official participants.
  3. August 26 — October 24, 2022: Official participants start to work on schematic design with 60-calendar-day design period.
  4. The press conference and site survey are scheduled on September 1, 2022.
  5. The expert evaluation is scheduled on October 26, 2022.
  6. The competition operator reserves the right to adjust the competition schedule. As affected by the Covid-19 or other factors, the competition operator may duly adjust the dates and the forms of specific meetings. The notice issued by the competition operator shall prevail in this case.


Competition fee

Official competition unit can obtain the competition fee (RMB, including tax, the same below) after submitting the entry result documents that meet the requirements of the technical documents of the competition and passing the expert evaluation. Details are as follows:

  1. If the No.1 competition unit is awarded the subsequent deepening design work for the competition scheme, it will receive a fee for deepening scheme, cost compensation and bonuses of 3 million RMB (about US$444,070) paid by the competition operator. If the No.1 competition unit is not granted the subsequent deepening design work, the cost compensation fee and bonus of 1.2 million RMB (about US$177,600) will be paid by the competition operator.
  2. The No.2 competition unit will receive a cost compensation fee and bonus of 900,000 RMB (about US$133,200) paid by the competition operator.
  3. The No.3 competition unit will receive a cost compensation fee and bonus of 600,000 RMB (about US$88,800) paid by the competition operator.
  4. The No.4 competition unit will receive a cost compensation fee of 500,000 RMB (about US$74,000) paid by the competition operator.

Note: Official participants whose design schemes were evaluated as invalid by the scheme evaluation committee will not be eligible for the relevant competition fees.


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