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07 Oct 2015

Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu selected as a global winner in the 2015 Urban Land Institute

Swire Properties is pleased to announce that Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, the large-scale retail complex it jointly developed with Sino-Ocean Land in Chengdu, has been selected as a global winner in the US-based 2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition. The award ceremony was held at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco today.

Widely recognised as one of the property development industry’s most acclaimed award programmes, (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence has been running since 1979 to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development. It honours superior developmental efforts that go beyond good design, including leadership, community contribution, innovations, public/private partnerships, environmental protection, response to societal needs and financial viability.

The competition is overseen by an international jury of ULI members who are leaders in their fields. Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu is one of ten global winners selected from 22 finalists and many more original entries from all over the world.

Located in the heart of Chengdu’s bustling commercial district of Jinjiang, Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu is a 100,000 sqm open-plan, lane-driven retail complex built around the ancient Daci Temple. Officially opened in April 2015, it is the key component of the Daci Temple Project, which also comprises The Temple House, a boutique hotel with 100 rooms and 42 serviced apartments managed by Swire Hotels.

“We are delighted to receive this award, a testament to the successful partnership with our joint venture partner, Sino-Ocean Land,” said Alvin Kong, Director, Retail at Swire Properties. “Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu bears the Swire Properties stamp of quality design, innovation and respect for local heritage. This recognition affirms our commitment to building world-class commercial landmarks, and we are extremely proud to have this acknowledged on an international level.”

Blending the old and the new, Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu realises an innovative architectural design that pays homage to traditional Sichuan architecture and the nearby Daci Temple, while incorporating modern building techniques and materials. Its appeal is further enriched by the introduction of a contrasting fast and slow lanes concept, which echoes the tranquil nature and slower pace of the temple, as well as the trendy, bustling atmosphere along the high street.

Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu incorporates environmentally-friendly features throughout the complex. Key highlights include architectural fins on the façade, roof eaves for solar shading, rainwater harvesting, and its use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to improve its surrounding microclimate.  The project received a Gold rating for LEED Neighbourhood Development and achieved a China Green Building Design Label 2-Star Rating.

For more about the 2015 ULI Global Awards for Excellence, please refer to the website: http://uli.org/press-release/urban-land-institute-names-2015-global-awards-excellence-winners/.