Swire Properties’ continued placemaking efforts were recently recognised at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards China 2020, with the Company winning several accolades including the highly-coveted Commercial Project of the Year award.
With some of the leading Chinese mainland and international developers competing for awards in 13 categories, this distinction is regarded as one of the industry’s highest honours. From 18 finalists
HKRI Taikoo Hui, Shanghai won Commercial Project of the Year and Swire Properties’ Sichuan Community Centre received an Excellence Award in the Sustainability Achievement of the Year category. Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu’s Technical Team was a Finalist in the Facility Management Team of the Year category.
Among the many comments made by this year’s judges, they highlighted HKRI Taikoo Hui’s transformative power, describing it as a perfect balance between cultural preservation, community engagement, environmental conservation and asset value, while driving the District’s overall development.
They were also impressed by the project’s many "firsts", including setting a new benchmark for the industry in terms of commercial collaboration based on an integrated mixed-use model, while also showcasing creative ways to offer unique lifestyle experiences.
Tim Blackburn, Chief Executive Officer, Chinese mainland, Swire Properties, said, “HKRI Taikoo Hui was our second Taikoo Hui development, following the success of Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou. True to brand, the development carries our signature hallmarks of great connectivity, bespoke design and quality, and mixed-use convenience. Since its opening in 2017, HKRI Taikoo Hui has helped establish Jing’an District as one of the leading commercial districts in Chinese mainland, with innovative, one of a kind concept stores and specially curated, unique event spaces for the community.”
HKRI TAIKOO HUI AT A GLANCE
Jointly developed by Swire Properties and HKR International, HKRI Taikoo Hui opened in 2017 and is a large-scale mixed-use development that spans 322,000 square metres. The development comprises a shopping mall, two Grade-A office towers, two luxury hotels – The Middle House (and The Middle House Residences) and The Sukhothai Shanghai, as well as the “Cha House” – a revitalised historical building.
The Mall offers a diverse tenant-mix of more than 250 brands and provides more than 10 dedicated event spaces for marketing activities.
HKRI Taikoo Hui has also achieved many LEED certifications at several levels. The Mall has been awarded LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C): Core and Shell (CS) Gold Certification; while the office towers HKRI Centre 1 and HKRI Centre 2, were the first projects to obtain Core and Shell LEED® Platinum Pre-certification in the Jing’an District in 2017, and were certified Platinum in 2018.
RICS is the leading global professional body in land, real estate, infrastructure and construction. The RICS Awards – the highest accolade bestowed – was launched over 20 years ago. Since its introduction in the Chinese mainland in 2016, it has become the most influential industry honour representing the most forward-looking projects and successes in China's land, real estate, building and infrastructure.