UK-based design and engineering company Atkins has secured a contract worth CNY4.8bn ($768.3m) to build the IMX International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Hongqiao Central Business District (CBD) of Shanghai, China.
The IMX centre development is part of an initiative taken by the Shanghai Government to connect Shanghai businesses with transport hubs, such as Hongqiao CBD's Hongqiao transportation interchange.
The project will be developed on the mainland of China in partnership with King Wai Group, an investment enterprise of Hong Kong King Wai Group.
Under the contract, Atkins as a master planner will be responsible for the preparation of architectural designs for the IMX centre and building commercial facilities, and the centre will spread across an area of approximately 150,000m².
All buildings have been designed to meet or exceed China's three-star green building standard, claims the company.
Atkins Shanghai architecture design director Steven Smit said the opportunity to work with King Wai on this forward-looking project in a prestigious Shanghai location significantly benefits the Atkins portfolio.
"Our team has been able to interpret the client's unique vision for their IMX brand with significant flair," Smit said.
"With this development our client aims to enter the burgeoning e-commerce sector in China, which makes this project particularly exciting. The Atkins-designed interactive exhibition showroom serves as a platform to access a wide range of online goods. This innovative merchandise model will help drive our client's business growth."
Construction work on the project is scheduled to start in the second half of the year.
Image: Ariel view of the IMX International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Shanghai, China. Photo: courtesy of Atkins.