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Beijing Green Building Park will showcase 'Best of British' construction
BRE are spearheading an initiative that will be a catalyst for significant growth for UK construction related companies in China.
Working with the world’s largest developer Vanke, BRE are creating the masterplan for a 450,000 m2 site in Beijing called the ‘Green Building Park’. The development will incorporate an Innovation Park featuring the Best of British design, materials, construction products and technologies for sustainable homes.
Vanke will also showcase a range of their own demonstration homes on the Park which are built to the Chinese Government's Green Star environmental standard which is challenging developers to build in a better, greener way.
Dr Peter Bonfield CEO of BRE said 'This represents a huge opportunity for UK companies to showcase their services and products in the world's largest growth economy where millions of new homes are required in the coming decades. BRE will drive the Best of British showcase on the Innovation Park with real ambition, promoting the opportunity to British companies and encouraging organisations to come on board and collectively create global export growth for Britain.'
The development, which represents an estimated £100 million investment by Vanke will also host the organisation's new research and development centre and incubation facilities. A key feature will be a green parkland which will be open to the general public for leisure pursuits and educational purposes - it will be the only park in the city that is free for use by the whole community.
Mr Yu Liang, CEO of Vanke commented ‘Our mission with the Green Building Park is to push the boundaries of sustainable development in China and see what can be achieved not only with green homes but also in creating a green community that works for the people, the business community and the environment'
Vanke and BRE will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in the presence of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister David Cameron. The MoU sets out the future collaboration between the two organisations on key areas of research which cover low carbon construction technologies, indoor environment and healthy homes.
In addition to attracting British companies to the Beijing Green Building Park and Vanke's Incubation Centre, the collaboration will also bring Chinese companies to the BRE Innovation Park in Watford to showcase the ‘Best of Chinese' products and technologies for export to the UK and Europe, where there are significant opportunities in the refurbishment market for renewable technologies and materials with the introduction of the Green Deal in the UK and other retrofit initiatives in Europe.
Mr Yu Liang commented ‘Vanke profoundly appreciates BRE's high scientific reputation and international popularity. By signing this MoU with BRE, Vanke hopes it will not only bring a win-win commercial collaboration, but also reflect an integrated idea between modern technology and humanity and introduce world-class Green building techniques into China. It will definitely be a great moment in non-governmental cooperation between China and UK.'.
Dr Bonfield added 'This collaboration has come about due to the efforts and commitment of the UK Coalition Government, the Chinese Government and its Embassies along with UKTI*. It's a tangible demonstration of increasing business cooperation and growth between our countries. We are very excited about this'
For more information contact: Linda McKeown, BRE, tel 01923 664569 or email email@example.com