BRE has recently launched its first innovation park in China. The new scheme designed by Wilder Associates is a collaboration between BRE, Tsingua University, and the Gui’an New District Guizhou Province. The scheme which incorporates sustainable drainage on the Chinese ‘Sponge City’ principles, as well as waste water recycling and innovative materials, will serve as an exemplar for one of China’s most ecologically sensitive Eco-Cities to date.
Sir Michael Bear said, ‘I am delighted to be opening ThE studio, a magnificent visitor center designed to meet both BREEAM and China’s 3-Star standards. This partnership, which brings together academic, policy and commercial expertise, is exactly the sort of thing we are keen to encourage more of between the UK and China. I’m sure that the Gui’an Innovation Park will provide an excellent foundation for even greater collaboration between our two countries.’
Speaking at the Park’s launch, BRE China Director Jaya Skandamoorthy said, “Li-Keqiang, now the Premier of China, visited the original Innovation Park as part of a trade mission in 2011. He was inspired by the volume and quality of innovation in the buildings, and their materials and technologies. The Gui’an project is a direct result of that visit and will help to inform the urbanisation strategy for both the Gui’an New District and western China – it is a very significant project.”
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