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Shanghai plans to develop China’s Broadway


Published on Nov 18, 2011

Former cement factory on Huangpu River to be transformed into major theatre district...

Old industrial buildings on the banks of Shanghai’s Huangpu River could be converted to form “China’s Broadway”, officials in the city said this week. China’s news agency, Xinhua reported the Bureau of Planning & Land Resources for Shanghai’s Xuhui district as saying that the new 70,000m2 development, comprising disused cement factories and other abandoned buildings, could be transformed to rival New York’s famous theatre district. “Shanghai lacks a riverside opera house along its 40km waterfront and we hope the Xuhui project can turn the old plant into a top-level theatre like the Sydney Opera House,” said Feng Guoqin, head of the city’s advisory body.

In total, the city is planning to redevelop a 1.4km2 area surrounding the factories. The cultural and theatre area will be developed at near Longshui Road, while the surrounding area will become a riverside business centre including a 250-metre-tall skyscraper. The Shanghai Cement Plant at the centre of the plan was established in 1920 as one of the earliest cement plants in China. Its three 80-metre-tall chimneys were demolished in 2010 when the business moved to the Pudong New Area, but the main structure of the original buildings remains in tact. “The core concept should be to make the riverside into an eco-friendly area and open it up to Shanghai citizens,” Feng added. Other districts of Shanghai are also developing their waterfront areas; in Hongkou authorities plan to build the north Bund area into a shipping and cruise centre by 2015, while Huangpu district intends to develop a 6km stretch along the southern part of the Bund as a corridor for sightseeing and recreation.

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