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BRE to spearhead Beijing showcase for UK construction

5 Jul 11 BRE is spearheading an initiative designed to be a catalyst for growth for UK construction-related companies in China.

It is working with developer Vanke to create the masterplan for the 450,000m2 Green Building Park in Beijing. The £100m development will incorporate an area called the Innovation Park, featuring British design, materials, construction products and technologies for sustainable homes.

Vanke will also showcase a range of its own demonstration homes, built to an environmental standard that is challenging developers to build in a better, greener way.

BRE CEO Dr Peter Bonfield 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."

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The development 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.

Vanke CEO Yu Liang said: "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 signed a memorandum of understanding last week in the presence of the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and prime minister David Cameron. 

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