The deal is with Shanghai International Shipping Services Centre (SISSC), a Chinese state-owned developer.
The first project the partners will collaborate on is the SISSC’s £4bn flagship commercial marina development on the Huangpu River. The latest phase of buildings to be constructed on the site will be designed to BREEAM, alongside the Chinese Three Star Green Building Standard.
Both parties will work together to attract UK companies to establish a base in the Shanghai development, representing the best of British construction in terms of sustainable design, technology and building products.
These companies can then share and develop their built environment expertise across one of the world’s largest growth economies. The development will also service the needs of the Shanghai commercial shipping sector.
Other existing commercial stock in Shanghai owned by SISSC will be reviewed under the BREEAM-In-Use sustainability standard, which allows existing buildings to measure and improve performance.
At the signing in BRE’s head office in Watford, SSE managing director Mr He said: “After the signing of this agreement we hope more British companies will join us on the project. When we complete the marina development in five years’ time, it will one of the most green and sustainable projects in the world - a great global advert for BREEAM.”
BRE Group CEO Dr Peter Bonfield said: “We are pleased to have this opportunity to work alongside and learn from our Chinese colleagues and to facilitate bi-lateral trade that benefits both countries. Our new relationship will also provide a strong platform for UK companies to demonstrate their world leading expertise, products and technologies in China.”