Atkins is to work with a Chinese university to provide urban design for the area around a new high-speed rail development.
In Shangrao, part of the Jiangxi Province of China, Atkins will work with the Planning and Design Institute of Nanjing University, Beijing Branch, to design an area that will boost the local economy. The new rail development comes into operation next month.
The plans have a sustainable, low-carbon, urban planning approach, with a pedestrian system. Walking and cycling will be encouraged. There is an emphasis on promoting the area as a cultural and tourist destination.
Atkins project manager Jessie Yao said: “Our design aims at making the best use of natural city landscape. Many land plots in the area have been sold off and the fragmented environment is a planning challenge for our client. We’ve maximised the public open space in our landscape design to enable Shangrao city government more flexibility in its subsequent management.”
Shangrao is home to two Unesco World Heritage sites, including Mount Sanqingshan.