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Beixin’an Shantytown Renovation Project

Project name: Biexin’an Shantytown Renovation Project, Shijingshan District, Beijing (District A project and District B resettlement building project)

Project area: 1,370,000 sq m

GFA: 2,220,000 sq m

GFA of resettlement buildings:
1,390,000 sq m

Number of resettlement buildings:
69 buildings; 11,000 units

Biexin’an Shantytown Renovation Project is located at the west of 5th Ring Road in Shijingshan District of Beijing, close to technology hub Zhongguancun Science Park and near to one of the competition venues of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. While the project is organized by the local government and instructed by local policies, COLI serves as the investor, constructor and operator of the project. Beixin’an Shantytown Renovation is one of the largest projects of its kind in Beijing.

The project is previously a large shantytown with a mix of agricultural, industrial and commercial land uses, where land requisition involved 6,165 local households. After reconstruction, the project provides local and new residents with 69 resettlement buildings which can accommodate 11,000 households. In the newly constructed commercial area are nine Grade A office buildings, surrounded by community facilities such as residential properties, transportation hubs, schools and parks, forming a new lifestyle for the residents. Furthermore, the project preserves historical context of the district through protecting old buildings such as former district government, workers’ clubs, supply and marketing cooperatives, community pharmacies and Xinhua Bookstore. The resettlement houses have achieved outstanding performance in efficiency of development, design and construction, becoming a benchmark project for shantytown renovation in Beijing and across the country.

The Biexin’an Shantytown Renovation Project is a manifestation of COLI’s response to the “Opinions of the State Council on Accelerating the Redevelopment of Shanty Areas” and the “Beijing 2017 Shanty Town Reconstruction and Environmental Remediation Tasks”. Through participating in project research, planning, expropriation and construction, COLI facilitates the transformation of Shijingshan District, thereby promoting local economic development.

Huashan Shantytown Renovation Project

Project name: Jinan Huashan Shantytown Renovation Project

Project area: 14,600,000 sq m

GFA: 10,715,000 sq m

Total residential GFA (inclusive of resettlement housing) : 9,289,000 sq m
Total number of residential units (inclusive of resettlement housing):59,776 units

Huashan Shantytown Renovation Project is located at northeast Jinan, where Huashan, the most iconic mountain in Jinan, is situated. To facilitate urban renewal of Huashan area, COLI cooperates with local government to carry out “simultaneous demolition and construction” for the project, which is also the largest ever shantytown renovation project in Shandong Province.

The project involves cleaning up the environment, flood control, and large-scale demolition which includes 11,670 households. COLI prioritises to build the resettlement housing which GFA is 2,380,000 sq m with 92 blocks, containing 12,111 units. The project residential capacity is around 300,000 residents. In terms of community facilities, the renovated area enjoys a large wetland park of nearly 10,000 mu, low-carbon transportation networks, and COLI’s “Uni” shopping malls such as Huashan Unipark. The project thus recreates a joyful environment for living and working.

COLI has also helped to improve the ecosystem, such as cleaning up the 3,700 mu lake to improve the water transparency level from 0.5m to 1.5m; introducing shellfish, fish populations and aquatic species to enrich the bio-diversity. On preserving cultural heritage, COLI helps to restore 36 ancient architectures of Huayang Palace, which spans an area of ​​3,000 sq m; conserves 62 ancient cypresses aged between 858 and 898 in Huayang Palace; creates cultural and urban renewal exhibition halls to promote local culture and tourism.

During project development, COLI designs and constructs the Huashan Historical and Cultural Wetland Park in accordance with the “AAAAA” standards for tourist areas proposed by “The Classification and Evaluation of the Quality Grades of Tourist Areas” of China, where the Park is in line with 12 standards including tourism and transportation, safety, protection of resources and the environment. Meanwhile, by incorporating landscape characteristics of the Park into the planning, the project reproduces the beauty of an ancient painting, Autumn Colors on the Qiao and Hua Mountains, building a “world-class ecological new city” for residents.

East Jianguo Road Renewal Project

Project name: 67-71 Shanghai East Jianguo Road Historical Preservation and Urban Renewal Project
Project area: 147,500 sq m
GFA: 400,000 sq m
East Jianguo Road Renewal Project is located at Huangpu District, the heart of Shanghai, close to Xintiandi to the north and Laochengxiang to the east. It covers the largest ancient lane houses in the district. In July 2020, COLI signed a cooperation framework agreement with local government to develop five land parcels in the district. Total investment of the project has reached RMB59 billion.

The project involves large-scale renovation of the district where there were ancient lane houses made of bricks and wood, categorised as Grade 2 historic buildings. The area also lacked support of modern residential facilities.

The project will resettle a vast number of residents, nearly 8,500 households or 40,000 residents. COLI partnered with its long-term leased apartment, Unilive, to launch the “COLI Unilive Home (中海友里安家)” initiative for local senior residents, providing them with a series of housing benefits. The Unilive apartment has incorporated green design, well equipped with residential facilities, and is ready for immediate move-in. COLI and community workers also helped senior residents adapt to new living environment by offering one-to-one assistance which included house removal, cleaning, home modification for seniors and celebrating festivals.

Huangpu District, the heart of Shanghai, serves as an economic and cultural center of the city, with abundant heritage architectures. COLI’s project covers 13 heritage conservation spots in Huangpu, including Former Residence of Ba Jin (巴金), the former site of The Shanghai Academy of Art (上海美術專科學校), Venus Theater, characteristic lane houses, etc.. During the preparation stage of the project, COLI maintained close communication with local government to establish a development principle: “preserve, renovate and demolish simultaneously, with priority on protection and preservation (留改拆並舉,保護保留為先)”. Going forward, COLI and the local government will continue to cooperate strategically on aspects such as historic preservation, urban renewal, high-end living, talent apartment, smart community, business offices and logistical services.