City of Shenzhen to benefit from China-UK collaboration on sustainable development

BRE, Nottingham University and development and investment organisation Shenzhen Xingcheng Holdings Ltd signed an accord yesterday at the China-UK Business Summit hosted by the Chinese Premier Li-Keqiang and UK Prime Minster David Cameron.

The agreement will see the three partners collaborate on a number of sustainable development initiatives in support of the Tier 1 city of Shenzhen. This follows on from a commitment between BRE and the Shenzhen Municipal Government to collaborate on research, standards and training as the city drives forward with its aim of being the most sustainable city in China.

The signing event at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office forms a key part of the Premier’s trade visit to the UK this week, aimed at creating further mutually beneficial commercial opportunities for trade and investment between the two countries.

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Under the terms of the agreement the partners will deliver a range of training courses related to urban sustainability including sustainable master planning, green building design, energy and waste efficiency and construction management and quality. A key aim of the collaboration is to support the up-skilling of local professionals in Shenzhen’s construction industry through development and accreditation training courses that bring long term benefits to the trainees in terms of future career development. The partners will also create opportunities for innovation and research in green buildings.

Professor Chris Rudd of University of Nottingham said ‘As the first university to be invited to establish a campus in China (in Ningbo 2003) which now has over 6000 students, we are delighted to be involved in this new venture for the training and accreditation of professionals that will have a direct impact on all future development in this growth city‘.

Director of Shenzhen Xingcheng Holdings ltd Quan Xing Qing said ‘China is starting to understand the significant benefits of green building and sustainable development  – better long term asset value, lower operational costs, increased rental value, happier and healthier occupants. The Shenzhen government have set significant plans for green growth, and we are keen to invest in initiatives, and collaborate with leading partners, to help us achieve our goal.

The partners are also exploring the creation of an exemplary Innovation and Research Centre in Shenzhen, which will be designed to both the local green building standard and international standard BREEAM, and will help set the benchmark for all future development in the city.

Director of BRE China Jaya Skandamoorthy said ‘This is a significant step forward for China-UK collaboration on sustainable development, and we are very excited about the prospect of the two-way sharing of expertise and knowledge with our valued Chinese partners to deliver exemplary outcomes not only for the City of Shenzhen, but also for mainland China and the rest of the world’.

This new collaboration follows Premier Li-Keqiang visit to BRE in 2011 (as then the Vice Premier) at which he requested that BRE support China’s new low-carbon city developments currently being planned and constructed, and BRE’s recent successes with BREEAM in China on a number strategic developments in Beijing, Changshaand Shanghai, and the uptake in BREEAM training in China which is being delivered in Beijing and Shanghai.

For further information contact Linda McKeown, BRE, telephone 01923 664569, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk