McGregor Coxall was announced a prize winner in an open international design competition for the 10 hectare East Bund Shipyard site. Located on a 1km stretch of historic waterfront, the site was a focal point of Shanghai ship building for over 130 years. Set on the Huangpu River adjacent to Shanghai’s new business district Luijazhui in Pudong, Xiangsheng Shipyard Park is a post-industrial waterfront park that celebrates the cultural heritage of Chinese ship building and manufacturing.
The design is a collaboration between the firm’s Australian Studios and the Shanghai Studio. The concept contains four distinct river quarters offering a gradient of activity levels and a diverse range of user experiences. The project design is due to conclude this year with construction planned to commence in the first quarter of 2017. The site masterplan incorporates a Cultural Centre by Kengo Kuma and an Exhibition Centre by OMA.
The concept includes a series of innovative strategies in adaptive re-use, access, heritage interpretation and environmentally sustainable design. Supporting a diverse range of public activities, the park is planned to be an important link in the East Bund riverfront park system. The park melds adaptive reuse of cultural heritage with ecological repair to regenerate an important riverfront with a rich maritime history.