AS China works towards meeting the commitments made to sustainable building, it is announced that the British Research Establishment (BRE) has been appointed by Hongsheng Construction & Investment Group Co. Ltd as chief sustainability advisor on a pioneering project to develop a major construction industry zone in ShangRao, China, a major conurbation located in the Jiangxi province which, with the opening later this year of the high speed rail-link, will be just 100 minutes from Shanghai.
The new zone will become an elite address for operators committed to ongoing built environment improvements and is expected to house manufacturers, company headquarters, storage and recourses, trading and service centres and include residential accommodation, hotels, a shopping centre, conference centre and training centres. Hongsheng will develop several zones of this kind after the first zone is designed and built.
BRE will provide sustainability guidance in the planning phase for the construction industry zone in order to promote and enable sustainable development at every stage in the delivery process. Hongsheng Group has also enlisted BRE as key client advisor during the initial stages of the project to help arrange visits to construction material suppliers and product manufacturers through its network of industry contacts.
Rufus Logan, Director of BRE Scotland who signed the deal on behalf of BRE said, “We have been working with the Chinese government and other key organisations to support the development of local sustainable building frameworks in China. After seeing the technologies showcased on the UK BRE Innovation Park, Hongsheng are seeking to collaborate with some of the product manufacturers on this exciting project. We look forward to working with them and helping the development achieve its sustainable aspirations.”