The new CBD addition to the historical city of Hangzhou has created a regional center that has weakened the economy of nearby Fuyang. To correct this, a New Regional Center is being planned using three key elements: Preservation and consolidation of old town Fuyang; redevelopment of the underutilized industrial district to its south; and development of a 31 square kilometer island as a national center for Sport and Sport Research, and as a regional employment center. Planned at FAR 1, and using less than 50 percent of its land, the island will have a resident population of 300,000, and will generate 1,000,000 jobs.
The core of the New Regional Center is defined by a loop of regionally connected roads that surround an island ecological preserve. Inside the loop on the main island is a Sports University at one end, an international Sports Center at the other, and in between are the Athlete’s Villages and the new CBD, all served by a riverfront entertainment and recreation district, and a regional retail center. The core is connected mixed-use and residential neighborhoods to its east by new and existing highways that connect Fuyang to Huangzhou. On either side of the main axis that is established by the regional retail center and a 65 square kilometer central park are pedestrian-scaled neighborhoods. A transit network ensures that residents will have no need for private transportation.