BDP designs new business district for burgeoning Chinese megacity, Wuhan

UK-headquartered architect BDP has completed a commission by the city of Wuhan, China to masterplan a new Central Business District (CBD) in the Qingshan Riverside District. 

Wuhan has a population of over 10 million and its recent growth has outpaced the national rate with the city set to become one of China’s eight megacities by 2025.

BDP’s proposal for the 2.19 sq km site comprises a core business area with commercial workplace buildings, supported by a mix of facilities including a retail and leisure centre, a 5 star exclusive hotel and a cultural exhibition hall. 

The public realm offer will include a two-level public square facing the Yangtze River giving visitors a view of the waterway.

BDP said masterplan makes use of the riverside location by creating a new iconic skyline, and that the new landmark buildings are accessible by interconnected landscaped axes and a network of pedestrian walkways.

Steve Gillham, chairman of the Shanghai studio said: "Our smart design is also integrated with Wuhan’s energy and water demands, and carbon emission targets, producing a high quality and innovative model of ecological and sustainable city development."

Image: Artist’s impression of the new central business district for Wuhan, designed by BDP (BDP)

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