Chapman Taylor appointed to regenerate and create a new commercial district in Changzhou, China

Chapman Taylor has developed a design for a retail street as part of a major regeneration project in the Chinese city of Changzhou.

The design creates a sustainable and vibrant commercial district across two plots, including the former Mingli textiles factory and its surrounding areas, with the retail component complemented by office, leisure and cultural provisions.

Located on the southern side of the old section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, where it meets Lihua North Road, the development will see a mix of new buildings and carefully restored protected buildings in a sympathetically realised urban renewal scheme which respects the cultural and architectural heritage of the area.

121,000m2 will be dedicated to retail and leisure offers, sitting alongside 61,000m2 of office space and 22,000m2 of cultural amenities. The development will include 94,000m2 of underground space and 36,000m2 of landscaped green space in which visitors will be able to relax and be entertained.

Chapman Taylor is developing this major waterside commercial and cultural destination on behalf of retail and leisure investors RSUN Business Group.

Johnny Jiang (MArch MDA (Master of Design Arts))

Director, Shanghai and Beijing

Johnny has considerable experience in architectural design in both Germany and China and has led many important, large-scale urban design projects, including both architectural and interior design.

He plays a leading role in some of the Shanghai studio’s most significant urban design projects, and is skilled at combining innovative concepts with the requirements of China's market and the local context. Johnny’s leadership during the construction process, and his strict control of project quality, have been widely praised by clients and partners.

Johnny joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio as a Director in November 2018.

Areas of expertise:

Architecture / Interior Design / Urban Design / Masterplanning / Mixed-use

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