HDR recently won two design competitions for transit-oriented development planning near rail stations in Chengdu, a Chinese city with more than 16 million residents.
During the competition, HDR examined ways to synchronize land use around the proposed sites of White Buddha Bridge Station and Linjiang Village Station.
HDR made the shortlist of qualified firms in May, entered its two designs in July and won both competitions. The contractor and developer, Chengdu Rail Transit Group, announced the decision in late July. Team members anticipate project start dates in September 2019.
Chengdu’s metro network totals 2,450 kilometers, and it plans to simultaneously build eight new lines. As the city’s key infrastructure provider, Chengdu Rail Transit Group is leading development of more than 100 major transit sites, enlisting 10 domestic and international design firms through a stringent selection process.
“We explore ways to design resilient, modern cities,” said Charlie Hales, urban planning director. “And we’re thrilled to work in Chengdu. These successful design competitions are the result of strong collaboration among six HDR offices from three countries, demonstrating our ability to find the best solutions for our clients.”