[photopress:zone_fenqxian.jpg,full,alignright]A blueprint for the redevelopment of Fengxian District in south Shanghai will increase the urbanization of the area, build new industrial areas and encourage tourism by taking advantage of the area’s natural beauty. Seems an ambitious plan. But if they could do it to Salford in England then anything is possible.
The new blueprint shows the district’s appearance will be greatly changed, introducing a more appealing environment for both residents and business.
Plans for the district aim to change Fengxian from a rural district into part of the urban area of Shanghai by 2020.
The 8,893 villages scattered around the district will be gradually merged, and 22 towns will be reduced to eight.
A new model introduces the Nanqiao New City which is a classic Chinese industrial city, seven towns and 30 central villages with distinctive water features. he new city of Nanqiao is being designed to an industrial city can accommodate 400,000, about 40% of the district’s population.
Foreign experts have been invited to submit designs for the residential area and central towns.
The town of Nanqiao new town as a very important industrial city is an important part of the development plan. Based on the concept of “new urbanism,” the district plans to bring residents quality lifestyle in a pleasant environment. The district government is working hard encourage some 100,000 farmers into the district’s new towns.
This has been done before.
The one the writer knows the best is Port Sunlight in England. It was purpose built by William Hesketh Lever (later Lord Leverhulme) starting in 1888 for the employees of Lever Brothers soap factory (now part of Unilever). The name is derived from Lever’s most popular brand of cleaning agent, Sunlight.
Port Sunlight contains 900 Grade II listed buildings, and was declared a Conservation Area in 1978. Port Sunlight has been informally suggested for World Heritage Site status to protect it from development. And the writer has worked there and it is a delight. So it is certainly possible.
In blueprints for the new round of development, industry will take a prominent role in the district’s economic development, with industrial zones to build electricity distribution equipment, fine chemicals, logistics and manufacturing.
These four industrial zones are expected to house 80% of the district’s enterprises by the end of 2005.
The 33.38-square-kilometer Fengpu industrial Park is designed to become a model to develop modern industrial. Shanghai Fengpu Industrial Park is the only one which includes the industrial park and export processing zone in Shanghai.
Source: China Industrial City