UK-based engineering and design consultancy Atkins has been selected by Karamay Construction Bureau, China, to design the new Donghu central leisure area in the city.
The project will feature landscaped parkland with facilities that include a waterside climbing wall and white water rafting, a lake with boating berths and a single span bridge.
Upon completion, the park will cover an area of 3.41km² and the project will also feature a bridge, alongside a 1.8km² lake, which links the future central business district with the city centre.
Atkins claims that the project is its biggest and most complex multidisciplinary project in China to date, in terms of the scale and the design challenge, as it has to deal with local temperatures that range from around -30°C in the winter to more than 42°C in the summer.
Atkins director for landscape in Asia Pacific Clive Horsman explained Karamay exists in the far north-west of China in semi-desert conditions and has an annual temperature swing of more than 70 degrees between seasons.
"Our technical teams are drawing on extensive local expertise in order to find the sustainable ecological solutions we need and in the choice of materials that will withstand the extreme heat and cold variations," Horsman said.
Atkins project manager of the Karamay Donghu project Lin Hao said: "We have developed a very strong and special relationship with the Karamay city government since our success on the masterplan, which focused on a new transport hub, a central business district and motor city zone, as well as the new park, lake and bridge."
In December 2012, Atkins won an international competition to design the Skyworth Gongming mixed-use complex in Shenzhen, China.
Image: After completion, the project will feature a landscaped park covering an area of 3.41km². Photo courtesy of Atkins.