Rarely is a design firm presented with a blank waterfront canvas. A new man-made island in Qingdao, China, presents such an opportunity. Contrary to the revitalisation of historic city waterfronts, the design proposition for a new land mass is largely devoid of contextual reference and the cultural grain from which to evolve the essence of place. There is no resident community to engage and local identity to showcase.
The challenge is to fuse human, social, political aspirations, natural amenity and infrastructure elements to create a “place” that attracts people, generates wealth and defines the place in a global context – place capital.
Short listed as one of three international design firms by the Wanda Group to master plan the Qingdao East Precinct Marina, Scott Carver was announced the winner of the competition, and we will further design and oversee the design quality with our local Chinese partner IYNED. The project represents the next mega marina and entertainment precinct in China.
An established design leader in mixed use waterfront planning and super yacht marina, we are recognised for our design contribution of 16 venues including the Sailing Shore base for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Pre planning of the Wentworth Point Maritime Precinct (Sydney) is underway and construction has commenced of the Sydney Super Yacht Marina and Maintenance Facility in Sydney Harbour.
Scott Carver Director, Andrew Turnbull, has been a guest lecturer at Beijing’s Tsinghua University since 2012, speaking broadly in integrated waterfront masterplanning and mega marina. Also a speaker at the International Boat Show in Tianjin and the China Marina and Yacht Design forum (Qingdao 2013), Andrew is regarded as an international leader in waterfront and integrated marina design.
Construction has commenced on the new island at Qingdao to realise an ambitious plan – the next generation of mega marina. It will be supported with residential living, hotels, retail, convention and entertainment precincts.
China’s emerging boating and cruising leisure market is set to redefine the global tourism maritime sector through its sheer demand and product innovation. The global reach of China through its expanding aviation industry, evolving boating industry and appetite for international property and tourist assets, is evidence of its presence and influence in a global context