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RIBA London China Trade Mission 2013

Discover how UK-based architectural practices can access projects in China. Gain the right contacts and support to help your practice to take advantage of this rapidly growing market. Join the RIBA Trade Mission to China in June 2013.

Starting 24th June 2013 RIBA’s one week trade mission to China is visiting Beijing and the cities of Chengdu and Chongqing. This mission is part of RIBA’s international strategy to support architects in accessing opportunities overseas. RIBA has been developing significant profile, recognition and relationships in China. Recent successes include a trade mission of architects to Hong Kong and Shenzhen; and the RIBA Shanghai Shop Windows project collaboration between nine UK based architectural practices and Chinese property developer Shui On Land in Shanghai. This next trade mission in June is a continuation of RIBA’s work in China.

This RIBA trade mission will introduce ten architectural practices to business opportunities in China; in Beijing and in Chengdu and Chongqing, the gateways to western China. Practices will see at first-hand the range, scope and scale of opportunities available in architecture, urban design and development projects across Beijing, Chengdu and Chongqing. Sustainable and low carbon projects will be a focus in response to increasing emphasis and demand in China for sustainable design and low carbon buildings and cities. You will meet decision makers and senior officials from the municipal and provincial departments, city planners and local investors and developers. You will gain a platform to showcase your practice’s skills, experience and expertise in China and develop understanding of the local business context and culture.

The Trade Mission Package – Places available for 10 architectural practices
The trade mission package includes, a full programme of activity in China, meetings, site visits, introductions, business matching, marketing materials, standard economy return flights from London, hotel accommodation during the visit, UKTI Overseas Market Introduction Services, local transport, meals, interpreters and translation services. RIBA provides support before, during and after the mission. The trade mission package fee which has been subsidised through sponsorship will be confirmed with practices direct.

Opportunities for architectural practices

China's construction growth has exceeded 20% per annum in recent years. Construction spending in China increased 165% in the last four years and is still expanding year on year. Opportunities for architects include flagship projects around the country, new national and provincial major cultural and historical infrastructure, urban complexes and hotels, and leisure and tourism. Opportunities exist for involvement in masterplanning and urban regeneration projects for local towns and small cities. There is increasing scope for collaboration between UK architects and Chinese developers on low carbon and sustainable architecture design proposals and eco-cities planning.

Western China

Chongqing - As one of the world's largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas, Chongqing is not only spearheading China's drive to develop its Western regions, but is also becoming a litmus test for the future of urban planning. The 1,200 km2 Liangjiang New Area is a state-level development zone in China. It will see some £55 billion spent on development by 2020. The area's key projects, including airport expansion, Yualai New Town and Jiangbeizui, provide significant opportunities for UK design professionals, and are being targeted by the UKTI's High Value Opportunities (HVO) programme.

Chengdu - The Chengdu Municipal Government is required to meet Central Government urbanisation targets, and it aims to do this by integrating urban and rural areas to a modern and sustainable international garden city. Particular opportunities exist for those working on high-end luxury retail and housing, sustainable or low-carbon building, transport infrastructure, hotels, city planning and cultural venues.
Dialogue between the RIBA and Chinese design, architecture and construction bodies suggests that Chinese decision makers value British best practice very highly and appreciate the often sophisticated responses needed to tackle contemporary urban issues - something British practices are especially adept at.

The Trade Mission Package – Places available for ten architectural practices
The trade mission package includes, a full programme of activity in China, meetings, site visits, introductions, business matching, marketing materials, standard economy return flights from London, hotel accommodation during the visit, UKTI Overseas Market Introduction Services, local transport, meals, interpreters and translation services.
Sponsorship is being used to subsidise the costs of the mission, therefore delegate fees for the trade mission package will be approximately £3,500 per delegate.

 
For more information on the trade mission and how your practice can take part, please email Emma Livingston-Jones, emma.livingston-jones@riba.org |

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