The main objective of the project was to prepare a concept plan as the first stage of a full feasibility and business planning study for a 6 sq km area of Guangzhou which is to be developed as a science district. The area has been formally designated as a software development zone, with attractions for inward investors and local companies. The area is close to the new business centre of Guangzhou, to the city’s main universities, and to the main highway and rail line to Hong Kong.
The concept plan was based on an analysis of the likely scale and mix of demand, the limited existing infrastructure in the area, and the natural features including landscape, woodland and water courses. The area was divided into different commercial zones themes on specific technologies and phasing was related to the characteristics of demand.