Development of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City moves to City Centre

Jul 1, 2018

With the start-up area completed, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city project will now focus on the development of the central district to create a vibrant city centre with amenities to serve residents and visitors in the Eco-city and its surrounding regions.

Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong and Tianjin Binhai New Area Party Secretary, Zhang Yuzhuo today officiated the launch of the city centre for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city to mark its next phase of development. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is visiting the Eco-city, witnessed the launch ceremony.

The city centre, bounded by the Ji Canal and the Central Boulevard, is about 1 km2, and will be the heart of commercial, leisure and recreational activities to enhance the Eco-city’s attractiveness to businesses and talent to support the future growth of the Eco-city. 

In line with its vision to be a “Green Smart Hub1”, the city centre would be a smart low carbon central business district with green and smart infrastructure. Open plazas will be embellished with greenery and water features, while sky gardens and terraces have been proposed for tall buildings. Smart bus stops and autonomous vehicles will be introduced to enhance commuting experiences. 

A 1.2 km pedestrian street will bring residents and visitors from the gateway plaza through shopping streets, F&B outlets, lifestyle hub, and finally the Sino-Singapore Friendship Garden and Sino-Singapore Friendship Library. The Garden and Library will serve as major nodes of attraction in the Eco-city.

Another interesting feature is the iconic skyline for the city centre. The master planner, Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Investment and Development Co., Ltd., has taken into consideration the terrain form and the design of the Friendship Garden in the creation of an interesting urban form and unblocked views towards the waterfront, as building heights gradually reduce from the two gateway towers towards the Friendship Garden. Mixed-use districts with live-in population will be developed to make the city centre lively and vibrant.

Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong said, “Our urban planners from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have contributed valuable ideas to the design team in the conceptualisation of the city centre, bringing to the table their rich experience in urban planning and place making. Close collaboration has always been key to the Eco-city project, and thus, the ‘Singapore DNA’ will also come through strongly in the city centre. I am confident that the new facilities and amenities in the city centre will improve the Eco-city’s standing as an attractive business location and add weight to the Eco-city’s appeal as an attractive place to work, live and play in.”

More information on the city centre and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city project are in Annex A and Annex B.

1 The “Green Smart Hub” will consist of a smart low carbon central business district, a green and accessible transit hub, a high-quality and people-centric open spaces and a compact, vibrant and diverse urban core.