- Environment & Infrastructure
- Strategic consulting
- Specialist consulting
- The Living City
- Happold Consulting
Working closely with architects John Thompson and Partners, we prepared a detailed economic and spatial strategy to support a masterplan for the redevelopment of Dalian’s eastern coastal periphery. The proposed redevelopment, adjacent to the CBD of Dalian City, is substantial in scale incorporating former docks, shipyards, commercial zones, areas of natural beauty and a large petrochemical plant. The economic study involved significant data collection, analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary data sources, in order to best appraise alternative uses for the site.
The client and architect required an economic and spatial strategy. The objectives are to support the successful development of a sustainable residential and service core, to enhance the existing CBD and to generate high levels of employment in professional, high value industries that would be internationally competitive. The analysis involved identification and assessment of viable industry sectors that would maximise the successful development of the city. These included industries ancillary to the logistics and maritime industries. In addition, a range of sub-sectors associated with digital technology, vocational education, creative and cultural industries and software design, as well as high-end tourism and leisure were tested for their viability in terms of long-term economic prospects and fit with evolving industrial policy in north-east China.
A key driver for the urban coastal site was the reinvention of a former industrial zone and the removal of polluting industrial activities to alternative sites. The team also undertook significant work determining land use patterns and phasing, as well as detailed economic and real estate modelling.
Client: Dalian Municipality
Architect: John Thompson and Partners
Happold Consulting services: Economic Development, Integrated Development Planning