Announcement of the Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park

Announcement of the Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park

Project Name

Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park


Host: Laoshan District People’s Government of Qingdao Municipality

Organizer: Bureau of Natural Resources of Laoshan District, Qingdao Municipality

Service Unit: Benecus Consultancy Limited

Project Overview

Shilaoren Seaside Park has significant location value, ecological value, cultural value and social value:

  • Location value: Shilaoren Seaside Park has outstanding geological advantage. It is located in the southeast of Qingdao Jinjialing CBD, and only 2km away from Laoshan District Government, Qingdao Municipal Museum, Qingdao International Convention Center, Qingdao Grand Theater and other municipal cultural and commercial facilities.
  • Ecological value: The area is close to mountains and faces the sea, with Shilaoren Bathing Beach, the longest natural beach in Qingdao in the west, and Laoshan Mountain, the highest peak in China’s coastline and ‘the first famous mountain on the sea’ in the east. In addition, Shilaoren (‘Stone Old Man’), a typical sea erosion pillar landscape of China’s bedrock coast, is only 100 meters away from the site. Thus, with incomparable world-class coastal ecological landscape resources, it has a whole-domain landscape vision integrated with mountains, sea and city, which endows it with unique natural coastal charm.
  • Cultural value: Shilaoren Seaside Park, as an important connecting point between Qingdao central area and Laoshan scenic spot, is not only the intersection of urban coastline and eco-tourism coastline, but also the transition area from rich culture to immersive natural experience. Laoshan District, where the site is located, has rich Taoist culture, marine culture, folk culture and other resources, and the historical legend of Shilaoren (‘Stone Old Man’) enriches the cultural and spiritual connotation of the site. Meanwhile, the prominent fashion culture and international culture of Laoshan District and Qingdao City, highlight the cultural value of the times.
  • Social value: As a valuable coastal resource in the central urban area of the city, Shilaoren Seaside Park should embody the principle of “public welfare, openness and inclusiveness”, provide citizens with more high-quality coastal public space, enable people to ‘experience nature, close to mountains and sea’ in the downtown, and fully embody Qingdao’s city-operating concept of respecting nature and being people-oriented.
  • In this context, Laoshan District People’s Government of Qingdao Municipality is organizing the Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park to collect world-class seaside park design schemes with international vision, rich in space creativity and oriented to implementation and construction. Adhering to the concept of ‘global vision, international standards’, and based on coastal ecological restoration, the goal of the Solicitation is to create a world-class seaside park, make it an icon showing the mountain-and-sea quality and urban charm of Laoshan District, and build a new dynamic coastal landmark in Qingdao.

Solicitation Contents

This Solicitation includes three levels: research scope, design scope and node design scope.

  • Research scope: with an area of about 207 ha., including Shilaoren Bathing Beach, the original golf course and its surrounding areas;
  • Design scope: with an area of about 97 ha., reaching Laoshan Road in the north, Shilaoren Bathing Beach in the west, Shilaoren Seafood Street in the east, and the coastline in the south;
  • Node design scope: design teams shall select a key node of no less than 5 ha. to carry out detailed design. The key node shall include but not limited to corresponding environmental landscape and key architectures (with a total building area of no less than 5000m2).

Organizational Process

In order to highlight the open, scientific and practical nature of this project, design solicitation will be applied for its organization with three stages, namely, ‘Stage of Prequalification, Stage of Design Competition, and stage of integration and detailing’, which is scheduled to be completed by June, 2022.

  1. Stage 1: Prequalification (December, 2021-January, 2022)

Release the announcement, working rules and design brief of this Solicitation, globally welcome design firms (including design consortium, similarly hereinafter) to participate, set up the prequalification committee to review the registration documents submitted (including commercial documents and concept proposal, similarly hereinafter), and select five invited design teams and two alternatives (in case any invited design team quits, they can take its place in order). To these invited design teams, the Host will issue the Invitation to Draft the Design Scheme, and the invited design teams shall send the Confirmation of Participation to the Host within a week.

  1. Stage 2: Design Competition (January-April, 2022)

Site visit: The Host will select a date afterwards to organize the site visit and Q&A session. After the site visit and Q&A session, the invited design teams shall carry out design for this Solicitation.

Experts’ review: After the invited design teams submit their deliverables as required, invite well-known experts in the design area to constitute the jury panel, who will review the submittals and select the top three candidates (without ranking).

Final ranking: The Host will comprehensively determine the ranking of the three candidates in combination with the area’s actual development situation and experts’ review comments. The final result will be publicized in relevant websites after the final ranking is completed.

  1. Stage 3: Integration and Detailing (May-June, 2022)

The first-prize winner will have priority to get the follow-up integration and detailing task. If the first-prize winner gives up this task, the other design teams will take over the task in order of ranking, and the task will be given through the government’s single-source procurement procedure. The deliverables of integration and detailing shall reach the depth of schematic design, and meet the requirements of guiding the next-stage preliminary design and construction design.

Schedule (Provisional)

阶段 Stage 时间 Time 事项 Event
December 6, 2021
Release of the official announcement
Before 15:00, December 27, 2021
Submission of the electronic commercial documents
Before 17:00, January 6, 2022
Submission of the printed registration documents, as well as their electronic files
January 11, 2022
Review of the registration documents, and selecting 5 invited design teams and 2 alternatives
January 12, 2022
Announcement of the prequalification result and issuance of the Invitation to Draft the Design Scheme
Design Competition
January 20, 2022
Organization of the site visit and Q&;A
Before 17:00, March 31, 2022
Submission of design deliverables
April 1, 2022
Design review meeting
Early April, 2021
Final ranking result by the Host
Integration &; Detailing
May-June, 2022
Follow-up integration and detailing of deliverables

Note: All the time and date above are applied in Beijing Time. The Host reserves the right to amend the schedule.

Related Fees

  1. Awards

After the final solicitation result is announced, the five invited design teams, who have passed prequalification and whose submittals have been evaluated as qualified, can win corresponding fees according to their ranking as follows:

First prize: can win the award of RMB Two Million Six Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥2,600,000) (about US$408,277);

Second prize: can win the award of RMB One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,800,000) (about US$282,653);

Third prize: can win the award of RMB One Million Two Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,200,000) (about US$188,435).

For the other two invited design teams that are not ranked top three, each can receive an award of RMB Eight Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥800,000) (about US$125,623).

  1. Follow-up Integration & Detailing Fee

The follow-up integration and detailing fee of this Solicitation will be RMB Two Million Yuan (¥2,000,000) (about US$314,085), and the first-prize winner of the Solicitation will have priority to get the fee. If the first-prize winner gives up this integration and detailing task, the other invited design teams will take over the task in order of ranking, and the task will be given through the government’s single-source procurement procedure. The deliverables of integration and detailing shall reach the depth of schematic design, and meet the requirements of guiding the next-stage preliminary design and construction design.

Registration Requirements

  1. The Solicitation will be open for registration by design firms or consortiums at home or abroad, but no member of the consortium is allowed to register twice for the Solicitation itself or in the name of another consortium. Personal registration is not accepted.
  2. Two or more legal entities with the same legal representative, parent company, sole subsidiary and its holding company are not allowed to participate in the Solicitation separately.
  3. Designers involved in the Solicitation should be the current staff of the registered design firm. The chief designer must have experience of directing a number of similar design projects, and must directly participate in the whole process of the Solicitation (basically, he/she shall attend the Q&A session, interim communication, and design review presentation in person; in case of special circumstances such as being affected by the epidemic, attendance or briefing through online video meeting is accepted). Moreover, the project team should include at least one member who is proficient in Chinese to ensure the accurate understanding of the project background and relevant requirements of the Solicitation.
  4. The design team shall include professional staff and consultants in landscape, urban planning and architecture, etc. And priority will be given to design teams with following similar project experience in recent five years:
  • Landscape design experience in large-scale coastal or waterfront parks, especially the design experience of projects that are built or under construction (the project status shall be marked);
  • Design experience of important public architectures, especially the design experience of projects that are built or under construction (the project status shall be marked).
  1. Design teams shall apply for this Solicitation by submitting both the commercial documents and concept proposal.


Before 15:00, December 27, 2021 (Beijing Time), the applicants shall send the electronic version of commercial documents (scanned copy of signed and sealed application form as well as its document in Word format) and consortium agreement (if having, scanned copy with signature and company seal) to the Host, and visit the website: or scan the following QR code to fill in the registration information for online registration.

Moreover, the applicants shall deliver the complete registration documents to the Host (Both on-site submission and mailing are accepted; Add: Block A, Laoshan District Civic Culture Center, Laoshan District, Qingdao Municipality, Shandong Province, PRC; Addressee: Ms. Chen [Tel: +86 18661652798] ) before 17:00, January 6, 2022, whose cover shall be marked as ‘Registration Documents of the Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park’ and whose contents include the printed commercial documents and concept proposal as well as their electronic files (in CD or USB flash drive).

Inquiry of Information

Please visit the following websites for more information on the Solicitation:

Registration Enquiry

Mr. Zhang Tel: +86 755-8290 7866 Mob: +86 13631600111
Ms. Zhou Tel: +86 755 8290 9299 Mob: +86 13265572115

Appendix 1: Working Rules of the Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park
Appendix 2: Design Brief of the Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park
Appendix 3: Relevant Registration Formats of the Design Solicitation for Qingdao Shilaoren Seaside Park
Appendix 4: Diagrams of the Design Brief and Current Situations


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The “Community 2050” International Competition, Envisioning Future Community with Urban Technology

The “Community 2050” International Competition, Envisioning Future Community with Urban Technology

With the rapid iteration of urban science and technology, facing various problems and huge challenges in the process of urban development, How should our cities adapt in the coming 30 years to become a platform for communities to thrive?

The “Community 2050” international competition, envisioning future community with urban technology, is now launched. Taking specific communities in two cities, Shenzhen of China and Amsterdam of Europe as the research sites, the competition will openly solicit outstanding proposals from experts, scholars, design practitioners, and young creatives from all over the world.

Community 2050 competition, co-organised by the Urban Planning & Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS), the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), the international curate and communication agency, ARQ and curated by Non Architecture, will gather the joint forces of international design and research, to explore the development possibilities of communities on a time horizon of 2050 from a global perspective.


Competition Highlights

  1. The competition takes into account both professionalism and creativity. Specially set up a “professional group” and “open group”, with a total prize of 24,000 euros.
  2. The competition invites experts from the world’s top design firms and design masters to serve as the Jury member.
  3. The competition specially produced “Key Competition Insights” of Shenzhen and Amsterdam sites for participant’s reference.

Looking forward to your participation and attention


Competition Details


  • Project Background

As the smallest governance unit in the city, the community is closely related to the good life of citizens. The community has become the focus of various urban challenges around the world. The world is facing challenges such as urban densification development due to population surges and climate change caused by environmental issues. Many countries have successively proposed the sustainable development of “carbon neutrality” goal. With the development of technology, e.g. 5G mobile network, 3D Printing and smart transportation, cities and communities around the world will change in unprecedented ways.

How to integrate innovative urban technology into the design field of cities and communities, and explore the sustainable development path of its circular development, resilience and safety, ecological health, urban regeneration, and heritage protection? How to create a future scenario of people-oriented community life, taking into account the needs of diverse groups of people such as the elderly, children, and low-income groups? Community 2050 Competition will look forward to the future possibilities of community development that can be constructed by innovative urban technology through an international competition, with professional group for urban plan proposals and open group for out of box proposals .


  • Project Location

The two sites selected for this competition are located in Shenzhen (CN) and in Amsterdam (NL). The sites present common features but also radical differences. In different ways, they both represent a context and challenges that are central for the competition theme.

The first is what we define “Innovation Ecosystem”, a complex urban form supporting a community of innovators and corporations in an interconnected system. The second was framed as a “Socio-cultural Powerhouse”, for its diverse social composition, value in informality and cultural assets. For each site, we framed two areas of interest:

Study Area, which will serve to competition participants as a context to better understand the role of their intervention. The study area will serve design teams solely to the purpose of building background knowledge.

Site area, where the intervention will take place. Within this area, participants are asked to build their vision for Community 2050.

Insights document and a series of useful resources that will complement the brief and help participants in their project workflow. Participants can choose the site that better fits their interest and expertise and develop only one proposal, since winners for each site will be awarded separately.


  • Project Rules




Open only to those, who are practicing Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or Urban Design professionally. Architecture firms, freelancers, deesign institutes and similar. Upon submission, a proof of registration to the chamber of commerce, VAT number or other dcumentation will be required.


Participants in this category are required to develop and submit a FULL URBAN VISION for the site selected. The Urban Design project submitted should address the whole extent of the area, with a varied degree of detail according to the design focus chosen by the participants. Massing, development principles and guidelines should be provided for the whole site. Details on architectural, landscape and public space design scale can be produced only for key nodes and highlights of the proposal. Regarding project visualization, traditional Urban Plan representation methods can be combined with more experimental and unconventional productions.




8,000 euros


5,000 euros


5,000 euros





Open to every human being with interests in the theme of the competition. This also includes people not practicing architecture, experts in other disciplines and students.


Participants in this category DO NOT have to develop a FULL URBAN DESIGN PLAN for the whole site. On the contrary, they can focus on single aspects or components of a plan, like key plots or buildings, public space, urban furniture, wayfinding, digital and technological systems, user experience and so on.Participants in this category can focus on very specific topics, nodes or design ideas. They can follow in a free way whatever fascination they might consider relevant for the theme of the competition, without the constrain of delivering a full urban design plan for the whole site. Creative out of the box ideas, project narratives and representation techniques.






1,500 euros


1,500 euros




  1. Participating teams are asked to join one of the two participation categories, according to their level of expertise and professionalism. Each category has specific requirements regarding the deliverables and the depth of the project submitted. Each team is asked to develop a design proposal for ONE of the two sites:

SITE 1: Shenzen
SITE 2: Amsterdam


  1. The competition theme proposes to look at communities through the lenses of technology and innovation.Five overall topics are considered central:
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Safety and Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters
  • Ecology and Health
  • Urban Regeneration, Densification and Heritage Protection
  • Social Inclusiveness and Community thriving
  1. THE REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION IS FREE.To take part in the competition, teams must register through the Non Architecture competition website. During registration process, teams will be asked to specify for which site and category they are participating.
  2. It is allowed for one team to register for both sites and submit two projects.Non Architecture reserves the right to close the registration temporarily for one of the two sites in case there isn’t enough balance with participation. If too many people choose one site over the other, registrations will be closed for that site to push teams to subscribe for the other one.
  3. Submissions will be evaluated only if all the terms of this brief have been respected. In case a proposal or the team doesn’t fit within the brief’s specified requirements, the project will be disqualified.
  4. The two categories will be awarded separately.


Project Sign Up


1 November 2021 Registration OPENS

01 January 2022 Submission OPENS on the Non Architecture website

25 January 2022 / 23:59 Submission CLOSES

28 February 2022 Winners’ announcement

The timing always refers to Central European Time (CET)



For question about the competition, please do contact us at or

Notes for Registration

  1. The registration opens on 01 November 2021, and closes on 25 January 2022.
  2. For a project to be accepted, the team must be properly registered to the competition. All registrations will be done through the Non Architecture website ( Only the teams that are properly registered will be allowed to submit their proposal. The registration is per team,
    regardless of how many members are on the team. If a team wants to submit more than one proposal to the competition, they will have to register each proposal separately.
  3. After registering, Non Architecture will accept your request and provide you a registration code. THE REGISTRATION CODE WILL BE THE FIVE DIGITS CODE INDICATED AS “ORDER NUMBER”, which is sent to you once your registration is accepted.



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International Competition for Conceptual Design of Shekou Fishing Port Renovation Project

1.Project Profile

Shekou Fishing Port, a national first-class fishing port, is a historical witness and epitome of the urban development in Shenzhen. It experienced several changes and bears memory of many Shenzhen people. Along with the construction of the Free Trade Zone, the implementation of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and the completion of the Shenzhen Bay Coastal Leisure Zone, Shekou has taken on a new look. This area, marked by the reform and opening up, has a new historical position, and the old fishing port also awaits a new historical turning point.

To continue the special context of Shekou Fishing Port and increase the diversity and experience level of the urban cultural spaces, it is planned to solicit excellent design proposals through international competition to upgrade the fishing port as a whole, making it an attractive business card of cultural development in Shenzhen.

2.Work Content

The design contents of the Competition include urban design researcharchitectural design (fishing port supporting buildings, sea-crossing pedestrian bridge, Fishery Culture Park), and landscape design.

The design scope is shown in the figure. The design contents include fishing port supporting buildings, sea-crossing pedestrian bridge, Fishery Culture Park (Museum), and waterfront landscape.

Fig. Design Scope

3.Registration Requirements

3.1. Open registration is adopted worldwide. Consortium bidders (both domestic and abroad) are acceptable. Individuals and teams of individuals are not acceptable.

3.2. 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/have a direct holding relation are not allowed to register for the Competition at the same time.

3.3. In view of the complex functions of the Project, the design firm (consortium) shall include professionals and consultants in architecture, landscape, fishing port/fishery engineering, bridge, etc., with a chief designer. The professionals and consultants shall have relevant working experience and reference projects. For consortia, if applicable, the corresponding relationship of consortium members and the chief designer with the architectural and landscape design should be specified in the design contents.

3.4. 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 phase, the proportion and way of distribution of the design fee, etc.

3.5. The chief designer directing the project and specialty 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 Hosts have the right to disqualify the team from the shortlist and competition.

4.Work Rules

The Competition is open to all design firms worldwide. Design teams will be required to submit corresponding registration documents and design proposals pursuant to the Work Rules and the Design Brief. Eight design teams (consortia) and two alternative design teams (consortia) will be selected through a Selection Panel to participate in the subsequent concept design.

Note: The above timetable adopts Beijing time and is subject to adjustment by the Hosts.


Finalist (the 1st , 2nd and 3rd place): RMB 1,200,000 each(including tax) (about US$187,800)

Shortlist (the 4th – 8th place): RMB 600,000 each(including tax) (about US$93,900)

The Hosts will determine the winning design proposal from the top three finalists based on evaluation comments of the experts, and award the winner the contract for concept design and preliminary architectural design (specific work scope and contents subject to the final design contract), and the competition prize will be deducted from the design contract fee.


In accordance with design fee calculation specified in Standards for Charges on Engineering Survey and Design (Ver.2002), the engineering complexity adjustment factor is complex (Ⅲ) 1.15, the design fee fluctuation range value is 20%, the concept design and preliminary architectural design fee is tentatively set at RMB 8,260,000 (about US$1,292,850), accounting for about 30% of the total design fee. Total amount of the design fee is subject to adjustment based on the approved budgetary estimate.


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Call for Entry: Whole Process Design of the Campus Construction Project of Georgia Tech Shenzhen Institute Tianjin University

1.Project Background

GTSI is a joint institute between Tianjin University and Georgia Institute of Technology (hereinafter referred to as “Georgia Tech”). It introduces the excellent educational practices and resources of Georgia Tech, and gives full play to the outstanding advantages of Tianjin University as a leading engineering education institution in China.

Formerly named Peiyang University, Tianjin University was founded in 1895. It is the first modern university in China, creating a precedent for higher education in modern China. The university adheres to the development concept of “strengthening engineering, focusing on sciences, revitalizing arts and medicine”, forming a comprehensive discipline layout in which engineering is the main priority, sciences are combined with the arts, and multiple disciplines coordinate with each other, including economics, management, culture, law, medicine, education, art, and philosophy. At present, the university has become a high-level research university with strong faculty, distinct disciplines, first-class education quality and scientific research level and international influence.

The founding of Georgia Tech in 1885 signaled the beginning of the transformation of the agrarian South to an industrial economy. Georgia Tech is renowned for its rigorous academic style. It is well-known throughout the United States for its focus on advanced technologies and scientific research; its mission is to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. Guided by its motto “Progress and Service”, Georgia Tech is now a highly ranked university in the world leading in engineering and technology fields.

Established in Shenzhen, GTSI aspires to become a world-class educational institution and serve as a bridge between the peoples of China and the United States. It will develop innovative approaches to engineering education, striving to become a model for “New Engineering” education in China. GTSI will prepare its students to use innovative skills and strong work ethic to solve real-world problems and improve the lives of people around the globe.

2.Project Overview

The project is located in the Baishiling area of Xili Lake International Science and Education City, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.

Xili Lake International Science and Education City is a key node of the “GuangzhouShenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao” innovation and technology corridor, including important innovation platforms such as the University Town of Shenzhen, Liuxiandong Headquarters Base, Nanshan I Park, Nanshan I City, and the Maker Town at the University Town. It plays an important part in the establishment of a comprehensive science center in Shenzhen. At present, 7 universities have been built in this area, accounting for nearly half of the higher educational resources in the city. Meanwhile, it has attracted a large number of enterprise headquarters and start-ups, forming a favorable eco-system for businesses. This area has a focus on high-tech industries, and integrates manufacturing with education and research, forming a complete innovation chain.

Fig. 1 Location Map of the Project

Fig. 2 Schematic Traffic at the Project Location

Fig. 3 Surrounding Traffic Situation & Planning


3.Work Content

The total scale of Shenzhen University is 3,000, and the ratio of full-time undergraduates to postgraduates is 1:1. The construction area of the campus is 16.21 hectares, and the total construction area is about 190,000 square meters.

The construction content includes: classrooms, teaching laboratories, office buildings, libraries, student activity centers, student dormitories, teacher dormitories, canteens, stadiums and sports facilities, scientific research centers and key laboratories, and a demonstration center for waste sorting and intensive disposal and utilization , International Conference Center, logistic ancillary rooms, underground garages and equipment rooms.

The campus construction advocates the use of low-carbon, green, and sustainable planning concepts and design methods, through energy conservation and emission reduction, renewable energy utilization, and ecological carbon sequestration, to create a demonstrative near-zero carbon campus and help achieve the goal of carbon neutrality.

The design content of this project is the whole process design. The design of the building must strictly meet the requirements of the relevant national and Shenzhen current regulations or regulations.

4.Registration Requirements

4.1.Applicants must be domestic or overseas entities with legal business registration.

4.2.Applicants must be class-A qualification/certificate in Chinese architecture design and construction industry (Construction Engineering).

4.3.Application as a joint group is allowed in this tender project. Individuals or teams of individuals are unaccepted. Requirements for joint groups are as below:

4.3.1.Lead Member of the consortium shall have Class A qualification or above in the construction industry (Construction engineering).

4.3.2.Members of a joint group should not re-apply for the bid independently nor should they form another joint group with other design institutes for registration in any way.

4.3.3.A Joint Group Agreement with legal effect is required to clarify the leading member, equity share, proposed working responsibilities, division of work and so on.


The project adopts the method of “open bidding”, which is divided into pre-qualification, design competition and final evaluation stages.

5.1.Prequalification Stage

In the pre-qualification phase of this project, the concept proposal will be reviewed in the form of hidden bids, and the credit documents will be reviewed in the form of open bids. Finally, 7 shortlisted units and 2 ranked candidates will be determined based on the review results of the concept proposal and the review of credit documents.

5.2.Bid Determination Stage

The bidder submits the result documents that meet the requirements of the design assignment, and the tenderer will set up a bid evaluation committee, which will be evaluated by registered voting, and 3 unranked winning bid candidates will be recommended.

5.3.Final Evaluation Stage

The tenderee sets up a bid determination committee in accordance with laws and regulations, and determine 1 winning bidder from the shortlisted candidates recommended by the scheme review committee.

6.Tender Schedule



The tender controlling price is tentatively set at RMB 36.74million Yuan (about US$5,757,000).


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Announcement of Yuejiang Road (Canton Tower-South China Expressway) Riverside Section Landscape Environment Enhancement Design Competition

Ⅰ. Name of Competition

Yuejiang Road (Canton Tower-South China Expressway) Riverside Section Landscape Environment Enhancement Design Competition (hereinafter referred to as “design competition”)

Ⅱ.Design Competition Background

In August 2021, the 15th Plenary Session of the 11th Guangzhou Municipal Committee formulated a work deployment plan to promote high-quality development of the Pearl River coastal area, oriented to high ecological protection standards, oriented by high-quality development of composite functional areas, high-quality public spaces, and cultural charms that highlight Lingnan’s unique characteristics. This will build a world-class waterfront vitality area that comprehensively and accurately implements the new development concept.

The section from Guangzhou Bridge on Yuejiang Road to South China Expressway is the launch and demonstration section of Guangzhou’s work deployment plan for promoting high-quality development along the Pearl River coastal area. Located at the intersection of the central axis of the Guangzhou New City and the former waterway of Pearl River, it connects a series of functional sites and landmarks such as the Haixin Bridge, Guangzhou International Media Harbor, Canton Tower, Party Pier, and internet clusters.

In order to implement the idea of ecological civilization construction, the execution of people-centric development concept, and addressing the needs of Guangzhou’s comprehensive urban functions, comprehensive urban cultural strength, modern international business environment and services, these key requirements will serve as inputs and guidance to the construction of the high-quality development demonstration section along the Pearl River coastal area, and Yuejiang Road (Canton Tower-South China Expressway) Riverside Section Landscape Environment Enhancement Design Competition work.

The design competition is co-sponsored by Guangzhou Municipal Planning and Natural Resources Bureau and Guangzhou Urban Construction Investment Group Co. Ltd. The Guangzhou Urban Planning and Research Center will represent the Guangzhou Municipal Planning and Natural Resources Bureau as the technical advisory unit, and Guangzhou Xin Zhongzhou Construction Co. Ltd will be the design competition organizer. Guangzhou Urban Planning Association and Guangzhou Urban Investment Development Research Institute Co. Ltd will be the technical consultants, and Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co. Ltd will be the organizational planning unit.

Ⅲ.Scope of design competition

The scope of design competition comprises of research scope and design scope (see Annex 1 for details).

(I) Research scope

The research scope includes the former waterway of Pearl River, west of Bidao Yuejiang Road demonstration section, the 3.6 km riverside section from Guangzhou Bridge to South China Expressway and its deep hinterland, covering an area of about 87.5 hectares.

(II) Design scope

The design scope is to the west of Bidao Yuejiang Road demonstration section, and the 3.6 km riverside section from Guangzhou Bridge to South China Expressway, covering an area of about 27.5 hectares.

Ⅳ.Content of Design Competition

The content comprises of 3 separate parts: Peripheral coordination research; Overall improvement design; Key landmark/functional site design. For specific requirements, see Annex 2 《Design Task Requirements for Yuejiang Road (Canton Tower-South China Expressway) Riverside Section Landscape Environment Enhancement Design Competition》。

Ⅴ. Design Competition Registration

(I) Registration Requirements

The following items 1-5 are mandatory requirements for registration, and item 6 is for reference only.

i. The design competition accepts domestic design companies individually or collectively as a consortium, and registration of consortium of overseas design companies. Registration of natural persons or combinations of natural persons are not accepted. Overseas design companies must form a consortium with domestic design companies for registration. Overseas design companies must form a consortium with domestic design companies for registration. Both domestic and foreign design companies must complete legal and effective company registration at their locations; Design companies with shareholding structure as predominantly overseas based shareholding ratio will be regarded as overseas design companies. The number of design companies forming a consortium shall not exceed three, and each design company in the consortium shall no longer participate in the competition in its own name or form a new consortium with other design companies . When registering a consortium, it is mandatory to submit the “Consortium Agreement” and specify the main unit of the consortium in the agreement (see Annex 3 for details).

ii. Different design companies with the same person in charge or with controlling or management relationship shall not register separately or join different consortium at the same time.

iii. Designers participating in the design competition should be employees of the design companies , and the lead designer should participate throughout the entire competition process; the lead designer should also be an employee of the main unit of the consortium.

iv. The participating team should comprise of personnel from multi-professional disciplines including but not limited to urban planning and design, architectural design, garden landscaping, transportation, and municipal government administration.

v. The team should be able to prepare and present conceptual proposals that meets the design task requirements of the design competition.

vi. Lead designers with the following requirements are preferred:
(i)Recipients of industry or national awards/honors;
(ii)Comprehensive design research capabilities and practical experience in first-tier megacities design projects;
(iii)Comprehensive capabilities and hands-on experience in the detailed design of central business district, central vitality zones, urban core landmarks and surrounding waterfront areas design projects;
(iv)Extensive experience in ecological landscaping and environmental design projects.
(v)Extensive experience in planning and creating high-quality public leisure space.
(vi)Proven track record of delivering completed waterfront landscape environment enhancement design projects.

Ⅱ ) Registration time

Chinese Standard Time: From 30 September 2021, 2:30pm to 21 October 2021, 5pm (acceptance time for on-site submission of registration materials is from 10am to 5pm on working days; No submissions on statutory holidays).

(III) Registration Procedure

i. The design Company shall email the registration presentation document and the “Design Company Profile List” (detailed requirements can be found in “(4) Design Competition Registration Documents” of this announcement ), at least 3 days before the registration deadline (i.e. before 18 October 2021, 17:00), to email address:

ii. All registration materials, prepared in accordance with “(4) Design Competition Registration Documents” of this announcement, must be delivered on-site or by mail delivery to the receiving address before the registration deadline. The registration is deemed successful if the registration materials are delivered before the registration deadline (subject to mail delivery receipt or on-site receipt record). If the registration materials are not delivered before the deadline due to mailing and other reasons, all consequences arising from mailing and other reasons shall be borne by the participating design companies.

The receiving address is as follows:
Name of receiver: Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co, Ltd
Attention: Mr Liang
Tel: +86 13535323251, +86 20-61101333-1870
Address: Bidding agency Department, 18th floor, No. 4, Guangwei Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong

(Ⅳ)Design Competition Registration Documents

i .The following documents should be in A4 format in accordance with Annex III “Registration Document Format”. The total number of pages should not exceed 200 with double-sided printing on paper less than 80g. The documents should be bound as a single volume with soft cover. The original volume and two copies to be sealed together. The original volume is stamped with the design company’s official seal according to the position marked in the format document, and also stamped on the edges of all pages (For a consortium, the page stamping will only require the main unit’s official seal).

According to the 《Selection Rules for the Yuejiang Road (Canton Tower-South China Expressway) Riverside Section Landscape Environment Enhancement Design Competition》(refer to Annex 6), the following points (1) to (7) are mandatory materials for compliance review and hence they need to be prepared strictly to the requirements as stipulated in Annex 3 《Registration Document Format》。

(i)《Registration Information Sheet for Participating Design Company》 (to be signed and affixed with official seals).
(ii)Official registration confirmation letter.
(iii)Consortium Agreement (only applicable to design companies registered as a consortium).
(iv)Name of design company and listing of relevant qualifications (provide a copy of qualification certificates).
(v)Brief Introduction and registration information of the design company (provide a copy of the relevant registration certificate or business license, and if the overseas design company is represented by its branch in China, it should provide a description of the branch’s shareholding structure).
(vi)Certificate of legal representative (original), power of attorney of legal representative (original) (applicable to domestic design companies or domestic design companies in a consortium); certificate of person in charge of design company (original), power of attorney of person in charge of design company (Original) (Applicable to overseas design companies or overseas design companies in a consortium); a copy of the authorized person’s valid personal identity documents.
(vii)Lead designer’s letter of employment and letter of commitment for participation in the entire design competition process.
(viii)Lead designer’s detailed resume and relevant experience & achievements.
(ix)Design experience and achievements of similar projects undertaken by design companies (since January 1, 2016).
(x)Professional experience and achievements of the designers in the participating teams.
(xi)Understanding of the tasks of the design competition (including but not limited to the understanding of the design requirements of the competition, overall design objectives, design strategies, analysis of critical success factors, etc. Presentation of conceptual design proposals and usage of simple sketches to convey design ideas.
(xii)Other information deemed necessary by the design company.

ii. A conceptual proposal should be provided in response to the design task requirements of the design competition. It should be typeset horizontally in A3 format, with 25mm reserved for the left gutter, and printed on no more than 4 pages (double-sided) and on paper below 80g. 8 sets of documents are to be printed.

iii.Concurrently, the following documents should be copied to a USB flash drive (the total size of all documents shall not exceed 200M) and replicated to another similar flash drive. Both flash drives are to be sealed together with the registration materials.
(i)The above-mentioned bound documents need to be scanned as *.pdf files after the original is stamped.
(ii)The above-mentioned conceptual proposal to be exported as *.JPG file, with an image resolution no less than 300dpi.
(iii)Registration Presentation Document: The design company’s introduction, related achievements, understanding of the tasks of the design competition and introduction of the design team to be included in a *.pptx/*.ppt format presentation file (within 30 pages, 16:9 aspect ratio, containing Chinese translations, refer to Annex 5 for the format specifications). 8 sets of documents are to be printed.
(iv)List of Registered Design Companies (Refer to Annex 4 for format specifications).

Ⅵ. Design Competition Approach

(Ⅰ)Selection of participating design companies

The design competition will adopt an online registration approach, through publication of the design competition announcement on official websites, accepting public registration of domestic and overseas design companies, and selection and ranking by industry experts. The top 8 design companies are selected as the participating companies, and the 9th-10th will be considered as reserved participating companies. If there are less than 8 design companies that satisfy the qualifications for the design competition, the organization unit may decide to extend the registration time or reorganize the registration work according to the project situation. if the participating design companies give up its qualification for any reason before the technical documents are released and after the determination of the participating design companies, they will be replaced, in turn, by the reserved participating design companies. The organizing unit will issue formal invitation letters to the selected participating design companies, and the design competition proposals submitted by the other design companies that are not formally invited will not be accepted.

The selection results of participating design companies for the design competition will be announced before 29 October 2021 (tentative).

(Ⅱ)Release of design competition technical documents

The official technical document release meeting of the design competition project will be held in Guangzhou. Both site survey and Q&A will be organized at the same time. The tentative date will be 4 November 2021, where the exact location and date specified in the invitation letter shall prevail.

(Ⅲ)Proposal outcome submission deadline

The deadline for submission of the design competition proposal outcome is tentatively set before 5pm, 5 January 2022. All participating design companies must submit the design competition proposal outcome documents to the designated location before the deadline, subject to the actual date of receipt.

(Ⅳ)Proposal evaluation approach
The proposal evaluation approach of the design competition comprises of two stages: the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposal and proposal evaluation. The review committee will first review the feasibility of all proposal outcomes and determine the effectiveness of the proposals. Unfeasible proposals may not enter the proposal evaluation stage.

The proposal evaluation committee will review the effectiveness outcome of the proposals, and shortlist three proposals by voting on the basis of detailed comparison and careful assessment of the design competition technical documents.

(Ⅴ)Evaluation approach of awarding winning proposal
The top 3 design companies of the design competition project are required to submit business documents and project team information, etc., as required by the organizing unit.

The review committee will evaluate the above mentioned documents and award one winning proposal by vote.

(Ⅵ)Fee payment arrangement

i.Design Competition Cost Compensation Fee

For participating design companies (consortium is regarded as one participating design company) confirmed by experts committee as having feasible design proposals, they can receive a cost compensation fee of RMB 800,000.00.

ii. Bonus for winning proposal

Upon confirmation of winning proposal by experts committee, and after submitting the display model as required by the organizing unit, the design company of the winning proposal will receive a bonus of RMB 500,000.00 on top of the cost compensation fee. That is to say, the winning participating design company will receive a total of RMB 1,300,000.00.

iii.Proposal integration and expansion fee

The winning participating design company that has been granted the rights and successfully submits the integration and expansion proposal outcome that meets the requirements as specified by the organizing unit, will receive a total of RMB 1,000,000.00 in addition to the cost compensation fee and bonus. That is to say, the participating organization will receive a total of RMB 2,300,000.00.

iv.Mode of Payment
The design competition cost compensation, bonus and proposal integration and expansion fees are all paid in RMB and shall be settled by the organizer of the design competition with the participating design companies, and any taxes incurred shall be borne by the participating design companies. The cost compensation, bonus and proposal integration and expansion fees will be paid in RMB to domestic participating design companies in China.

( i ) Participating design companies whose design competition proposal outcomes are deemed unfeasible by the review committee will not be eligible for any design competition cost compensation, bonuses and fees.

( ii ) The cost compensation fee of this design competition includes all the costs incurred by the participating design companies during the design competition (including but not limited to design fees, results production costs, design research costs, travel costs incurred for holding relevant project communication meetings, design copyright fees, relevant taxes, etc.). No other expenses will be paid.

Ⅶ. Design competition deposit

No deposit is required for the design competition.

Ⅷ. Other key notes:

(Ⅰ) The design competition is governed by the laws of the People’s Republic of China, and the competition work and all documents are subject to Chinese laws. In case of dispute, if negotiation fails, it shall be submitted to the Guangzhou Arbitration Commission for arbitration. The arbitration shall be final and binding on all parties.

(Ⅱ) If there is any discrepancy between the design competition announcement and the official Technical Document of the Design Competition, the official Technical Document of the Design Competition shall prevail.

(Ⅲ) In case of any inconsistency between the English and Chinese versions of the design competition announcement, the Chinese version of the announcement shall prevail.

(Ⅳ) All registration materials will not be returned. All design competition registration documents and design competition proposal outcome documents must be prepared in Chinese.

(Ⅴ) Participating design companies only have the signatory rights to the design competition proposal outcomes, other intellectual property rights belong to the organizer and sponsors of the design competition.
(Ⅵ)Overseas design companies must obtain authorization from their headquarters to participate in the design competition.


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