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Qianhai Infrastructure Consultancy, Shenzhen

Shaping 'a special zone inside a special zone'

Endorsed by the Chinese central government, a manufacturing, services, and global trading hub will be built from scratch on the 15km² Shenzhen Qianhai development zone, creating 800,000 jobs and housing 300,000 people.

The dream of Qianhai

Standing on the frontline of the country’s financial and social reform, Qianhai is destined to be ‘a special zone inside a special zone’ and to lead the industrial upgrading of the entire Pearl River Delta region.

The development will adopt the world’s leading management concepts in modern service industry, aiming to attract top investment banks, financial institutes, logistics providers and become one of the hottest destinations for global investment.

Project Summary


15km² of land in Shenzhen and Qianhai for the development

800,000 jobs created within the zone

12 railway routes

Laying down the backbone

As part of the ambitious plan, Arup in a consortium with China International Engineering Consulting Corporation was appointed to undertake the infrastructure planning consultancy.

The consultancy requires Arup to provide a multidisciplinary solution including infrastructure designeconomics and planningtransport consultinggeotechnicsrail engineeringmaritime engineeringgeographical information systems and landscape architecture.

More importantly, our international and Hong Kong experience and project management skills will be of great benefit to help Qianhai build up its international brand.

Development in phases

The Qianhai development will span over years to 2030 in three phases. The consultancy will formulate a comprehensive and technically feasible programme for short to long term infrastructure development.

Milestones and critical paths will be identified for each element of infrastructure and each phase of development along with the interface requirements.

Technical challenges

Key technical challenges will be relocating the existing Ping Nan Railway, Nanshan Electrical Station, 12 planned railway routes and a water treatment for the Xixiang River.

As massive underground projects have been planned, GIS modelling will be used to investigate the complicated relationship between existing underground structures and future developments such as underpasses, utility tunnels and railway lines.