Atkins fostered and developed what it terms ‘the living room concept’ for seamless interconnection of the project site and adjacent areas. The design provides leisure space for the public and links various commercial and residential developments.
Mianyang is located at the northwestern end of the Sichuan Basin, on the upper to middle reaches of the Fu River and is the gateway for visitors coming from Chengdu, the capital of the province. Since Mianyang became the second-largest city in Sichuan province, it has sought to extend the frontage of the city beyond its core to the shores of the surrounding three rivers. The riverfront site covers a total area of 21km2, a quarter of which is water.
Clive Horsman, director for landscape at Atkins in Asia Pacific, said: “Our design concept is derived from the iconic mountain range and the strands composing ridges and valleys in Sichuan. The ‘strands’ found in nature match the topography of the site and the meeting room concept perfectly. Forests and wetlands, weaving as in the patterns of fingers and strands, link the natural landscape and man-made development coherently. The site is not an isolated extension of a city but a living organism capable adapting to the environment.”
Atkins’ scope of works involves landscape planning and design, riverfront embankment design and promenade design. It includes a pedestrian footbridge to creates a passage for visitors from man-made structures to the riverfront.