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Great 1890: Wuhan’s response to the world

时间:2020/12/29 20:21:01   作者:   来源:中非日报   阅读:6620   评论:0
内容摘要:At a certain stage, any city will face a key problem in urban development-the activation and utilization of industrial sites in the original...
At a certain stage, any city will face a key problem in urban development-the activation and utilization of industrial sites in the original core area, such as London King's Cross and Beijing 798. This problem, in Wuhan, now has a new solution with the global release of Wuhan 1890 as an opportunity.

On December 26, 2020, Wuhan 1890 has officially embarked on global investment promotion. At the same time, the 1890 Industrial Sites Institute was officially inaugurated. Experts of urban planning and product design will work together on the protection, transformation, and innovation of the industrial heritage.

(The official launch of 1890 Industrial Sites Institute)
The wonder of the world 130 years ago, the spotlight of the world today

Wuhan 1890, consisting of residential and commercial composite plates, has a total built-up area of around 1.3 million square meters, among which the business area covers about 760,000 square meters, 1.22 times (623,000 square meters) that of the entire Wuguang business district and 1.24 times (612,900 square meters) that of Wuhan Tiandi business including Yi Fang. Such large-scale protection is also extremely rare across the country.

As heavyweight as an aircraft carrier, the project located on the site of the Hanyang Steelworks and Hanyang Arsenal was the base of China's first full-scale steelworks 130 years ago. In 1890, in the context of self-improvement and -prosperity, Zhang Zhidong, Governor-General of Huguang took office to build Hanyang Steelworks which is unprecedented in China at that time. The first batch of molten steel caused a worldwide buzz and was regarded in the West as a symbol of the "Awakening of China".

With the change of times, the land of Hanyang Steelworks has gradually become the core area of Hanyang. Within the second ring Road, it connects Wuchang with Hankou. The downtown now is clearly not ready for the development of the steelmakers. In 2000, the century-old iron-making work of Hanyang Steelworks came to an end and was transformed into a space of steel trading and warehousing. After 2010, the downtown function of Wuhan was strengthened again with the function of logistics and warehousing gradually weakened until most of them were abandoned.

In 2017, Hanyang Steelworks was listed in the first batch of China's National Industrial Heritage by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. It is also the only industrial site on the list in Wuhan so far.

In April 2019, Sunac bought the land of Hanyang Steelworks with 7.95 billion yuan, and began to build it into a civilized agglomeration with a brand-new lifestyle and increasing economic value for the city.

"Our positioning is a model zone of national industrial culture protection and a core area of Wu Han culture and creativity, arts and business", Liyong Luo, Senior General Manager of Sunac Central China R&D Design Center and Director of Wuhan1890 Industrial Sites Institute, said, "We investigated the New York High Line Park, London King's Cross, Liverpool Albert Dock, Sheffield Train Station and other projects. We think the transformation of Hanyang Steelworks must realize three values. First, the value of urban humanities. We need to keep something to carry on the spirit of city and the story of Hanyang Steelworks from generation to generation. Second, the value of urban functions. We need to renew something to turn this place from a factory into a center of art, commerce and culture. Third, the value of urban development. We also need to create something to give it a new culture and a new taste for life. To this end, we cooperated with AEDAS, a design team of London King's Cross."
(Liyong Luo, Senior General Manager of Sunac Central China R&D Design Center and Director of Wuhan1890 Industrial Sites Institute )

AEDAS, one of the top five architectural design firms in the world, not only specializes in high-quality design, but also has advanced restoration technology integrated with modern technology, which can bring historic buildings back to their former glory - its renovated Raffles Singapore hotel was awarded the Best Hotel Renovation and Restoration Award in the Asia AHEAD Awards 2020.

AEDAS assembled 14 design directors to participate in the design project of Sunac Wuhan 1890.

Keith Griffiths, the Chairman of Aedas and Global Design Principal, said: "This project has large scale, great number of industrial sites and outstanding scale effect. It is of great significance for the preservation and restoration of industrial heritage in China and the world. We will maximize our restoration and design ability to protect the site and build it into a leading cultural and creative industry gathering place."

Industrial heritage institutes and demonstration zones have been set up, and the industrial landing is well in progress.

At present, Sunac Wuhan 1890 has set up the industrial heritage demonstration zone. In the global press conference on December 26, 2020, the Institute of 1890 Industrial Heritage was unveiled. This marks a change from the fragmented development and transformation of the original industrial site to a systematic and logical standardized construction.

"It's much more difficult to transform an industrial site than to build a new one." Liyong Luo told reporters, "The process involved is very complicated and limited by the protection of space. We can not do large-scale construction, and often have to adopt special means. So, we're going to build a demonstration zone first to experiment and present. In the process of transformation, we have made a lot of innovations and got enough experience. This demonstration zone is a classic work of the architect master Zhaoqing Song."

The demonstration zone of Wuhan 1890 industrial heritage was opened in June this year. It has held many cultural art exhibitions and reading parties, and has become an internet-famous site for citizens to enjoy the industrial culture of the city and improve their taste of art.

"The built-up area of the demonstration zone is 4,019 square meters, which is only three thousandths of the 1.3 million square meters blueprint of the Wuhan 1890 project. You can imagine what will happen here when the whole project is completed." Liyong Luo said.
(“One Park with Five Districts” Planning Map of Sunac-Wuhan 1890)
Wuhan 1890 is planned as one park with five districts. The intersection entrance of Metro Line 12 and Line 14 will be directly set up within area of the project. This section is called TOD Gateway to the city, which will be the commercial and business center of Hanyang District in the future. The office area of Qintai headquarters will be set up in Yanqintai Avenue, and several small-scale ecological single offices will become the agglomeration of Hanyang headquarters.

The middle of Wuhan 1890 gathers a large number of remains of industrial buildings and structures, which will be developed into a cultural, creative and artistic activity zone. The feature is that each building here is custom-built in transformation, which means that each building is unique. This kind of space holds strong appeal to designers, artists and curators.

The most distinctive building in this land is a huge bar factory used to stock steel, the longest industrial plant in Asia and one of the largest single buildings of industrial site in the world. It is 550 meters long, 55 meters wide and 23 meters high. In the future, it will be transformed into a mini city, which is a must for fashion shows of major brands and large-scale art exhibitions of installations.

The whole area covers everything, including art gallery, museum, grand theatre, concert hall, business street and so on. Adjacent to the Zhangzhidong Museum, rail transit connects 7 major central urban districts directly, covering more than one million people.

Sunac is committed to urban co-building, adding diversified plate to Wuhan 1890

At the press conference, Yingjia Wang, the Executive President of Sunac China Holdings Limited and Group President of Sunac China Central China Regional, said that Sunac is the co-builder of city to Wuhan. Since its debut on the Wuhan market in 2015, Sunac has invested in 30 projects in Wuhan, covering real estate, service, cultural tourism, culture, conference and exhibition, medical and health care, with a total investment of more than 200 billion yuan, fully supporting Wuhan's urban construction and high-quality development.

In recent years, Sunac has created a high-quality layout centering on consumption and industrial upgrading. It has formed six parts of strategy, namely real estate, service, cultural tourism, culture, conference and exhibition, and medical and health care, ready to urban development and integration and operation of industry.

In 2020, Sunac upgrades the positioning of the enterprise from "the service provider of Chinese families' better life" to "the co-builder of a better city", fuels "new consumption" with high-quality "new supply", and serves the "great cycle" of the economy with the "small cycle" of the enterprise's industrial capacity. This will benefit the coordinated development of industries and cities, promote urban employment, improve the happiness index of family life, realize the harmonious coexistence of people, industries and cities, and build a high-quality and warm beautiful city.

Sunac Wuhan 1890 is one more IP of Sunac in the transformation of industrial sites. Sunac Culture Group and Sunac Culture & Tourism Group will also contribute to the project which will be handed over to Sunac business management team to attract investment and operate. By July 2020, Sunac Culture & Tourism Group has set up more than ten commercial projects of cultural tourism in Wuhan. It is the diversified corporate business that makes Sunac play a key role in urban renewal and industrial upgrading.
(Photograph of Sunac-Wuhan 1890 Industrial Heritage Demonstration Zone)
To look forward to the future, with industrial sites as the root, history and culture as the soul, Sunac-Wuhan 1890 will help Wuhan enter the era of cultural innovation with the continuous construction, operation and value of cultural industry clusters. At the same time, as modern service industry becomes one of the important development goals of the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan, the Sunac Wuhan 1890 project, with the cultural and creative industry as its core, will also get a huge potential in the process of delivering on the 14th five-year Plan. It will not only become a new cultural landmark of Wuhan, but also have the opportunity to become a "symbol of Chinese cultural in the new era" and help China move forward from a "cultural power" to a "power of culture".