Project Title: Longzi Lake Master Plan and West Bridge Park
Location: Bengbu, China
Built, Unbuilt or Under Construction: Built
Firm Website: www.aecom.com
Project Description: Bengbu City lies in the northern Anhui Province, China. In the western part of the city, the government has begun to implement an extensive development plan for new residential, commercial, and tertiary education facilities arrayed around the Longzi Lake Scenic Area. Recognizing the enormous potential value of an attractive lakefront image for the city, the State Land and Planning Bureau for the New Town Comprehensive Development Zone of Bengbu commissioned AECOM Design + Planning (EDAW) to help articulate this vision into a comprehensive master plan for the entire 3890 hectare Longzi Lake Scenic Area.
Following completion of the master plan, AECOM also completed the design for the West Bridge Park. The West Bridge Park occupies a strategic focus point on the western shore of Longzi Lake. The task was to create a signature lakeside park that captures the culture, history, and future vision for Bengbu as an aesthetically, environmentally, culturally, and economically prosperous lakefront city. The design also creates an active urban waterfront park that encourages interaction among people, and between people and nature. The success of this park will provide a benchmark for the future phases of Longzi Lake and adjacent urban areas. The programs consist of a revitalized beach, floral gardens, urban amphitheatres, and multipurpose lawns.
The design concept emphasized features that give Bengbu and Longzi Lake a clear and distinct identity. Important components include: minimizing earth-works to preserve the original land form; utilizing a low-impact design to reduce and filter the stormwater runoff entering Longzi Lake; selecting locally appropriate species that fit the climate and soils of Bengbu, as well as providing habitat for birds, fish, and insects; reducing irrigation and maintenance costs; and drawing on local traditional methods for the structural design.
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