Dalian Diamond Bay Regeneration

Happold Consulting
  • Diamond Bay Dalian City
  • Diamond Bay European Quarter Streetscape
  • Diamond Bay Fishing Village
  • Diamond Bay Industrial Zone
  • Diamond Bay Masterplan
  • Diamond Bay Opera House and Viewing Tower
  • Diamond Bay Redevelopment

1 / Introduction

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.


Key facts

  • The site was formerly the location of the largest shipyards in China
  • One of China’s first Special Economic Zones
  • Dalian has had annual double-digit percentage increase in GDP since 1992

The Project Details

Client: Dalian Municipality

Architect: John Thompson and Partners

Happold Consulting services: Economic Development, Integrated Development Planning

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