Southeast of central Tianjin City, near the confluence of the Haihe
River and the Bohai Gulf, the 2,500-hectare (6,178-acre) Tanggu New Area
Master Plan redevelops an industrial zone that was once the old port of
Beijing into a new Central Business District. The City of Tianjin
solicited proposals from several international planning/architectural
firms and the School of Architecture of Tianghua University for a design
competition. The purpose of the design was to implement a National
Strategic Plan to create a major financial center in Tanggu with approximately
60 million square feet of development. A comprehensive road and rail system
will serve the mixed-use district of high-rises, historic neighborhoods,
and open spaces. Between Beijing and Tanggu, a high-speed train will link
northeastern China's major cities, creating an accessible network of
transit from the capital to the Bohai Gulf shore.
The Principal of CHS Consulting Group served as a Foreign Advisor to
the City of Tianjin Planning Bureau, along with Jonathan Barnett and
two Fellows of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
CHS provided guidance on overall circulation patterns, roadway connections
internally and across the Hiahe River, a mass transit network,
and potential alignment with the location of the high-speed rail station
from Beijing, and bus and rail transit connections.