China Design Centre delegate visit

ADAM Architecture hosted China-UK Ideal Town & Garden City Summit delegates in Winchester

28th April 2016

We were delighted to welcome delegates from the China-UK Ideal Town & Garden City Summit to Winchester during their recent trip to the UK. The delegates were representatives from two of China’s largest development companies, Greentown and Vanke Group.

The group, brought to the UK by the China Design Centre, enjoyed a guided tour of Winchester College, the Cathedral, the Great Hall and the high street. They then came to our offices for a presentation and discussion of some of our master plan, urban design and private house projects. The group travelled on to Norton St Philip for a tour of Fortescue Fields, the award-winning village extension designed by Robert Adam.

ADAM director Hugh Petter said that the delegates were particularly interested in discussing ADAM’s approach to sustainable urban design, such as the new development at Newquay that is rooted to the established character of the surrounding area and tailored to the needs of the local community.

Hugh said “The delegates were eager to learn how to create successful small communities because China’s national policies now promote the development of small towns in response to the huge issues of congestion, pollution and lack of facilities in Chinese mega-cities. We hope to work with these enlightened developers as they develop their garden city model in China."

The Ideal Town & Garden City Summit conference held at the Building Centre bought together influential Chinese developers and other property professionals with dozens of UK specialists in master planning, urban design and development. The daylong summit gave delegates a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities, resulting in UK experts being invited to look at new progressive town projects in Hangzhou and Changzhi Island. Fourteen speakers including ADAM Architecture director Robert Adam, each experts in their field, addressed the delegates and opened the discussions.