Located on the east bank of the Pearl River Estuary, Dongguan Binhaiwan Bay Area connects with the Airport Town and Qianhai Free Trade Zone of Shenzhen in the east, faces Nansha of Guangzhou across the river in the west, borders Shiziyang in the south, neighbors Hong Kong and Macao, and bridges Huizhou and Shenzhen, which makes it the geometric center of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. It's also a rare area with lands that are well connected and to be developed in the east ring of the Pearl River Estuary. It covers a planning area of about 84.1km2, and is composed of Jiaoyi Bay, Shajiao Peninsula and Weiyuan Island. In February 2019, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council issued the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, according to which, Binhaiwan has been listed as a characteristic cooperation platform in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. In June 2019, the Overall Development Plan of Dongguan Binhaiwan Bay Area (2019-2035) was officially issued by Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission with approval from the People's Government of Guangdong Province as its first provincial development planning for new districts, which marks that Binhaiwan has been promoted to a major provincial development platform.

The development of Dongguan is in an important period of strategic opportunities, ushering in an important historical opportunity posed by the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the building of Shenzhen into the pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the construction of the innovation experimental zone for supply-side structural reform of the manufacturing industry of Guangdong Province. At the same time, Binhaiwan Bay Area is a starting place for China’s modern history as well as a pioneering place for reform and opening up. Therefore, it has very advantageous humanistic, historical and industrial bases.

Located in the middle of Weiyuan Island, Binhaiwan Bay Area, Weiyuan Island Forest Park functions as the bridgehead of Humen Bridge at the east bank of the Pearl River. With the Pearl River Estuary in the west, it faces Mingzhu Bay in Nansha of Guangzhou across the river, and in the east, faces Humen Town across Taiping Waterway. It is about 7km away from Humen High-speed Railway Station and 30km from Dongguan downtown and Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, which takes about 15 and 30 minutes around, respectively. Speaking of regional ecological pattern, Weiyuan Island Forest Park is known as an important node of the regional ecological corridor in Dongguan City, and one of the three ecological green centers in Binhaiwan Bay Area, constituting the ecological barrier at the Pearl River Estuary together with Nansha Huangshanlu Forest Park and Shajiao Dasong Mountain-Buyu Mountain.

Weiyuan Forts, one of the ancient battlefield sites of the Opium War and also one of the most complete and large-scale ancient forts preserved in China, have profound historical and cultural value.

This International Competition of Conceptual Design for Weiyuan Island Forest Park, Dongguan Binhaiwan Bay Area is organized to solicit forward-looking, innovative and feasible design schemes, with an aim to realize the ecological concept of “Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, improve the ecological pattern and network in the Bay Area and its ecological environment, fully leverage the advantages in humanistic landscapes, coastlines, and ecological resources, and build a quality, ecological, featured forest park at international level.

Work Content

Study scope: the whole Weiyuan Island (which can be properly expanded to surrounding related areas, such as Lin Zexu’s Opium Combustion Pool at Humen and Shajiao Fort, etc.) with an area of about 19.6km2.

Design scope: an area of about 753 ha., from Jiumenzhai Community and Wushansha Community in the east to Island Ring Road in the west, and from Nanmian Community and the Outer Ring Road in the south to Beimian Community in the north, in which, there are the mountains on Weiyuan Island, the historical and cultural protection unit of Weiyuan Fort, Xiangshan Reservoir, Haokeng Mountain Reservoir, Liaoqian Reservoir, the premises of the maritime salvage team, and Humen Power Plant, etc.

The design contents mainly include the overall design of Weiyuan Island Forest Park, key sections design, hiking trails design, viewing platform design, landscape bridge design, and design for small-scale landscape supporting facilities and VI system, etc. For details, please refer to the Design Brief of the International Competition of Conceptual Design for Weiyuan Island Forest Park, Dongguan Binhaiwan Bay Area.

Registration Requirements

Design firms at home and abroad can sign up for this International Competition, subject to no restrictions on qualifications. Design firms with experience in urban design and landscape design of forest parks and waterfront (coastal) projects are welcome to take part in the International Competition individually or jointly.

Designers participating in the International Competition shall be the personnel on the payroll of the design firm. The chief designer must be a person who has taken charge of many similar design projects, and must directly participate in the whole competition process; at least one personnel with proficient Chinese language skills shall be included in order to make sure the project team of foreign design firms has a correct understanding of the background of China and relevant requirements.

The International Competition is open to design firms and consortiums meeting the above requirements (consortium shall consist of no more than three [3] members), and registration by individuals is not accepted.

WORK RULES

This International Competition will be divided into three stages, namely, "Pre-qualification", "Design Competition" and "Follow-up Design Detailing". At the stage of pre-qualification, four (4) design firms will be selected to issue the Invitation to Draft the Design Scheme according to the registration documents (including commercial documents and concept proposal) submitted by applicants (at the same time, two [2] alternatives will be selected; in case any invited firm quits, they can take its place in order). At the stage of design competition, four (4) invited firms will submit their deliverables, and after the experts' review, their rankings will be finalized. At the stage of follow-up design detailing, the first-prize winner shall integrate and optimize these deliverables at the competition stage into a formal design scheme according to the experts' review comments and the Organizer’s requirement (the detailed concept design shall reach the depth of schematic design).

2 months before the submission deadline of deliverables, those registered design firms that have met the registration requirements but haven’t received the Invitation can submit the Confirmation Letter of Participation to the organizers to confirm their participation in the design competition. If their schemes meet the requirements set in the design brief, they can take part in the review. Except for the design compensation, they will enjoy equal opportunity to win the bonus and get the design commission as the rest invited firms.