Announcement on International Solicitation for
Urban Design of the Core Area Integrated TOD of Suzhou Science and Technology Town
Urban Planning Society of China （the organizing supporter） is commissioned by Suzhou Science and Technology Town Management Committee, Suzhou New District （Huqiu） Sub-bureau of Suzhou Natural Resources and Planning Bureau, and Suzhou Science and Technology Town Development Group Co., Ltd （the organizer） jointly to launch this open international solicitation activity for Urban Design of the Core Area Integrated TOD of Suzhou Science and Technology Town （hereinafter referred to as “this solicitation activity”）。 The relevant matters are hereby announced as follows.
Suzhou is a world heritage model city and a global advanced manufacturing centre, a national historic cultural city and a scenic tourist city, a national regional science and technology innovation centre, and an important core city in the world-class urban agglomeration of the Yangtze River Delta. The Suzhou New District （SND） is located in the west of Suzhou close to Taihu Lake, and at the intersection of the “One Circle, One Belt” of the Science and Technology Innovation Circle around Taihu Lake and the Shanghai-Nanjing Industrial Innovation Belt. It is the new centre in the west of Suzhou and the main position of industrial science and technology innovation in Suzhou.
As the first large-scale research and development innovation base jointly built by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the province and the city, Suzhou Science and Technology Town is the most important carrier of scientific and technological innovation in SND and an area with the most potential for future development. The core area of Suzhou Science and Technology Town is located on both sides of Taihu Avenue; as the administrative centre of SND and the CBD area of Suzhou Science and Technology Town, it is also an important “urban service core” in the spatial structure of Taihu Science City's “one mountain and one lake, two cores and three districts”. The comprehensive development with Transit-oriented Development （TOD） model will build the area into the most integrated and efficient “urban service core” in the future.
The transportation hub in the core area of Suzhou Science and Technology Town, with multiple rail transit lines converging, is an important transportation hub in western Suzhou. Specifically, there are the planned Suzhou-Wuxi-Changzhou Intercity Railway, the planned Rail Transit Line 9, Line 11 and Line 15, and the existing Tram Line 1. In order to promote the organic integration of transportation hub construction and surrounding development, highlight the city image as the urban service core of Taihu Science City, create an “upgraded version” of the integrated TOD project, and establish an international model of “station-industry-city integration”, this solicitation activity sincerely invites outstanding design institutions from all over the world to participate. With an international vision, forward-looking thinking, and innovative concepts, to propose high-standard and operable TOD design solutions for the core area of Suzhou Science and Technology Town.
Figure 1. Location of SND
This solicitation activity is divided into three stages, namely “pre-qualification”， “scheme formulation”and “follow-up deepening”.
This solicitation activity opens to all design institutions. Applicant institutions need to provide complete pre-qualification application materials in accordance with the requirements of the “Pre-qualification Document”. After the pre-qualification review, five applicant institutions will be shortlisted to participate in the scheme formulation stage; another two applicant institutions will be selected as alternative applicant institutions, if the shortlisted applicant institutions quit from the scheme formulation stage, the alternative applicant institutions will fill the vacancy in order.
（Ⅱ）Scheme formulation stage
The work in the scheme formulation stage mainly includes:
Combined with the upper-level planning and current situation, aiming at the integration of industry and city, station and city, environment, culture and tourism, and people and city, starting from the requirements of comprehensive development of modern integrated transportation hubs, and combining development conditions of the area with similar cases around the world, to study the comprehensive traffic organization of Taihu Avenue, propose solutions to transportation hub and urban space integration, and create a “three-dimensional, functional, complex, and intensive” spatial layout and a modern urban image.
To develop an overall and systematic conception of the transportation hub and the surrounding areas in the core area of Suzhou Science and Technology Town, and propose comprehensive solutions. In terms of urban design, to carry out design and research on function layout, architectural form, building height, development intensity, public space, and underground space; in terms of transportation, to build a traffic prediction model combined with the current traffic, stations and spatial layout, carry out comprehensive traffic analysis, and propose implementable engineering solutions.
（Ⅲ）Follow-up deepening stage
The applicant institution who is responsible for the follow-up deepening stage shall optimize and develop the scheme according to the opinions of the jury committee and the organizer, absorb the advantages of other schemes, to form an integrated and original design scheme.
The site is located on both sides of Taihu Avenue, with Xiaoxiang Road in the east, Kepu Road and Kexiu Road in the south, Longshan Road in the west, and Qingchengshan Road in the north. It covers an area of about 2.66 square kilometres （about 3988 mu）， of which the undeveloped land is about 900 mu （refer to figure 3 for details）。
Figure 2. Location of the project
Figure 3. Diagram of the design scope
This solicitation activity opens application to domestic and foreign institutions, and there are no qualification requirements. This solicitation activity encourages application by consortium, and there is no limit on the number of consortium members, but the members of the consortium are not allowed to apply separately on their own or form another consortium. Applicant institutions should have corresponding design abilities of TOD project; if not, applicant institutions can form a consortium with a TOD design institution. Considering the impact of COVID-19, foreign applicant institutions （without branches in China） must form a consortium with domestic institutions. Applications by individuals or groups of individuals will not be accepted.
Domestic and foreign design institutions must be legally registered and have valid business licenses, and must be independent corporate legal entity. For two or more legal entities whose legal representative is the same person, the parent company, the wholly-owned subsidiary and the holding company are not allowed to apply at the same time.
The professionals involved in this project must be the current registered staff of the applicant institution; the chief designer must have experience in directing several similar projects, and the chief designer and team members must participate in the whole process of the project. The project team shall be fully equipped with different professional types. The professional team of the foreign applicant institution should include at least one member who is proficient in Chinese to ensure the accurate understanding of the regional background and relevant requirements.
Applicant institutions with planning and design experience similar to this project will be given priority:
（1） Comprehensive research ability and practical experience of industry-city integration, station-city integration, and TOD project;
（2） Rich experience in urban design, traffic organization, architectural style, public space, underground space, and transportation project design of modern integrated transportation hub area.
Ⅴ.Fees and Awards
Five applicant institutions will be shortlisted to participate in the scheme formulation stage. After the shortlisted applicant institutions submit valid application documents in accordance with the requirements of the Solicitation Document, the jury committee will review and determine the ranking of schemes, and award the corresponding design fees.
The first place: a bonus of RMB 3.5 million （including RMB 2.0 million bonus, and RMB 1.5 million for the follow-up deepening work; including tax）；
The second place: a bonus of RMB 1.6 million （including tax）；
The third, fourth, and fifth places: a compensation fee of RMB 1.0 million （including tax） each.
In principle, the applicant institution who wins the first place will be responsible for the follow-up deepening work; specific matters will be negotiated according to follow-up arrangements; and another contract shall be signed.
However, the applicant institution who fail to submit application documents within the prescribed time, or whose application documents are not acceptable according to the requirements of the Solicitation Document, or whose qualifications have been revoked, will not be paid the design compensation fee or bonus.
It is planned to determine the shortlist of applicant institutions and organize the site survey and hold the project release conference in March 2022 in Suzhou. The chief designer and the team members of the applicant institutions are required to attend the conference. The design period of the scheme formulation stage is about 80 calendar days （including holidays） from the date of the project release conference.
Note: The above time is based on Beijing time, and the organizer reserves the right to make timely adjustments to specific arrangements.
Any applicant who intends to participate in this solicitation activity shall register first. After downloading the application form （Appendix 1） and completing the application information, the applicant shall send it to the designated email address firstname.lastname@example.org. After receiving the application form, the organizing supporter will reply with the Prequalification Document and other related documents by email.
Prequalification application documents shall be made in strict accordance with relevant requirements, and can be submitted by on-site submission or express delivery. Due to the special circumstances of the pandemic, if submit by express delivery, please reserve enough time for the express transportation; a letter of authorization by the legal representative shall be presented if submit on site.
Submission time and place for the prequalification application documents: The applicant institutions should submit the printed prequalification application documents to the designated address before 16:00 on March 14, 2022, and send all electronic prequalification application documents to the designated email address （email@example.com）。 The submission address for the printed documents is as follows: Urban Planning Society of China, North Annex Building of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, No.9 Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China, Miss Zhang （the addressee）， 010-58323854. The time for submission is 09:00-16:00 on working days. Prequalification application documents that are overdue or do not meet the requirements will not be accepted. In case of special circumstances such as pandemic control, the time or address will be notified.
Announcement of prequalification result: The selecting result of shortlisted applicant institutions will be announced within 30 calendar days after the deadline for submission of prequalification application documents.
Contact: Miss Zhang 010-58323854, Miss Lei 010-58323868
Telephone consultation time: 09:00-11:00 and 14:00-16:00 on working days
The announcement is issued on the website of Urban Planning Society of China （www.planning.org.cn）， and the website of SND Management Committee （www.snd.gov.cn）。 The amendments and supplements to this announcement are subject to the contents published on the above websites. If there is any inconsistency between Chinese and English, the content in Chinese shall prevail.
March 1, 2022