Nanjing waterfront in China

UK-based engineering and design consultancy firm Atkins has unveiled a masterplan for the development of 30km of waterfront in Nanjing, China, ahead of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Nanjing waterfront covers an area of 11km² on the banks of the River Yangtze, and will feature seven interconnecting landscape and activity zones.

The zones will incorporate tourism, leisure and commercial facilities, which will sit within a nature-based landscape.

Atkins said the masterplan will provide connectivity and access along its length addressing industrial sites and urban dereliction, as well as linking with recent new developments and existing open space.

The project is part of a major masterplan to consolidate Nanjing’s historical, ecological and social landmarks within the overall riverside corridor, Atkins added.

Atkins will oversee detailed landscape design, construction, urban planning and tourism consultancy services over the next two years.

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Atkins project director Mark Kang said that due to the different development phases in Nanjing’s history, the waterfront appears non-homogeneous and fragmented.

"We drew our inspiration from the local silk industry which produces brocade known as Nanjing Yunjin, a series of weaving patterns using a consistent palette of colour threads," Kang added.

"The masterplan calls for a coherent design language while highlighting city heritage and fulfilling the needs of contemporary urban living and recreational activities."

In August 2012, Atkins secured a contract to transform London’s Olympic Park into a new visitor destination and community park.

Image: Atkins’ design covers an area of 11km² in the city of Nanjing, on the banks of the River Yangtze. Photo: Atkins.