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Chinese developer seeks innovations for £20m flagship building in new £6bn eco-city

The Building Research Establishment is working with Franshion Properties (China), one of China's leading state owned developers, to give businesses an opportunity to showcase their most innovative and sustainable technologies in a new eco-city in China.

Suppliers and partners from the UK and elsewhere in the world could have their technologies featured in Franshion's Sustainable Building Exhibition Centre in the Meixi Lake Eco-City, a new community in Changsha, Hunan Province.

The exhibition centre will itself be an exemplar of sustainability and low carbon construction, designed to both BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Methods) and China's 3 Star green building standard. Called the Living Lattice, the £20m flagship building is designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with local detailed design by the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science (SRIBS).

Technologies will be on display in the R&D zone of the building, which will provide a hub for innovation and knowledge transfer for low carbon construction. It is being established to communicate excellence to a wide audience, ranging from schoolchildren to industry, academics, diplomats and other high-level visitors. The building will also communicate the vision for the Meixi Lake Eco-City, which comprises nearly 15 million square metres of development, an estimated £6bn investment and will eventually have a population of more than 300,000.

Franshion chief engineer Dr Li Rong explains: "This building forms a key part of our strategy to become leaders in sustainability. It represents a significant commitment from us to partner with providers of the most sustainable technologies and innovations."

BRE director Jaya Skandamoorthy adds: "This is a significant opportunity for businesses to promote their innovation and expertise to a massive and highly influential developer and wider audience in China. BRE wants to hear about the most exciting technologies out there for what promises to be an extremely high profile project."

The full project team on the Living Lattice is:

- Client: Franshion Properties (China)
- Client advisor and lead in supply chain engagement: BRE
- BREEAM Assessor and project management: EcoIntel
- Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Local design institute: Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science
- M&E design: Atelier Ten
- Landscape design: Wilder Associates
- Exhibition design: Thomas Matthews

The Meixi Lake Eco-City is one of 240 new cites planned for China and is one of eight cities awarded by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Rural Development in China as exemplars of 'Eco-City' development. It will represent over 60 billion RMB (£6bn) of investment. The community is set around a man-made lake and has large areas of public open space, good transport connections to the central business district and airports, and pedestrian and cycle links to nearby amenities. Its master plan takes a rigorous approach to water quality management and includes city wide grey water recovery systems and surface water filtration systems.

To find out more about how to get involved:

T: 01923 664569
E: mckeownl@bre.co.uk
W: www.bre.co.uk

10th May 2013

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