news from BRE

published: 26/10/2012

British Ambassador to China launches Beijing Green Building Park

British Ambassador to China Sebastian Wood officially launched the Beijing Green Building Park in the city earlier today.

The event which included a foundation laying ceremony, marks the start of the construction phase of the Green Building Park, which is being created by Vanke, China’s largest developer. Located in the Fangshan District of Beijing City, the 450,000 m2 development will incorporate an Innovation Park based on the original BRE Innovation Park model in Watford, UK. It will feature a range of pioneering sustainable home and building designs from around the world and help set the standard for sustainable development in China.

The park is a joint development between the Vanke Group, Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Fangshan District Government. BRE is the UK delivery partner on the project, having signed an accord with Vanke at the UK-China Summit in London in June 2011.

Ambassador Wood said ‘This park is an excellent example of the continuing and growing cooperation between the UK and China in the green building and eco city sphere and adds another important element to our relationship. I am of course particularly proud that this Park has been influenced by the BRE Innovation Park in the UK and that the Park will showcase the best that the British construction and associated industries’

BRE is currently meeting with selected organisations in order to form the consortia that will deliver the initial demonstration homes on the park. Construction of the first commercial building, the Visitor Centre (designed to the BREEAM Excellent standard) is already underway.

“This is a fantastic platform for UK companies to showcase their world-class building techniques, products and services,” explained Jaya Skandamoorthy, Director of the BRE Innovation Park, at the opening ceremony earlier today. “The consortia that will deliver the demonstration homes on the park will be primarily British-led and it is great to see so many of these companies here today to be part of this event.”

Also from today the recreation area of the Beijing Green Building Park will be open to the general public. The green space is the only parkland in the city that is available for use by the whole community for leisure and educational purposes. Featuring walking trails, woodland and wetland habitats, the site will include botanical gardens and food production areas in the future where organic produce will be grown and consumed by the local community

To find out more or to discuss how you can be part of the Beijing Green Building Park contact Linda McKeown, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk