Sweco’s design team consulted the drafting of a master plan in the Changji area in China. The area is in the process of expanding the existing cities and building an entirely new city.



Consulting on drafting the master plan for the special industrial development and innovation area in Changji. Drafting a component master plan for the first stage of the new Airport City.


Changchun High-Tech Industrial Development Zone Commission


Our task was to integrate the principles of sustainable development in all solutions.

In addition to land use, the design work concerned infrastructure strategy, water and energy production as well as cherishing natural resources, among other things.

The work was carried out in China in close cooperation with local operators. Our team consisted of several structural engineering and architecture experts and designers.

Drafting the component master plan for the Changji area is a milestone in Chinese land use planning that has not used any tools for coordinating the master plans of separate cities up until now. The work on the master plan is set to result in the development of comprehensive infrastructure solutions, the favouring of energy-saving and creative systems, the improvement of cherishing natural resources and cultural environments, as well as imposing limitations to overlapping growth prognoses.

The work of our design team required intense interaction between all the parties. Information was provided in lectures as well as through guidance, plans and reference material. The customer hoped for an emphasis on European scale and urban culture in the master plans. The important goals of sustainable urban development, i.e. limiting the use of private cars, minimising commutes and improving access to services, and communicating them through master plans, proved to be very challenging.

We handed in the first phase of our work in the form of a comprehensive report. In addition to the actual plans, the report included an information package on the principles of sustainable land use and construction. The location of the site in a climate that was very familiar to Nordic designers was a positive in terms of cooperation.