(Yicai Global) May 7 -- Chinese property heavyweights Evergrande Real Estate Group Co., China Vanke Co. and Greentown Real Estate Group Co. are among some 14 firms bidding to build the sports village for the 2022 Asian Games, also known as Asiad, to be held in Hangzhou, capital of eastern Zhejiang province.
Other bidders include Hangzhou Binjiang Real Estate Group Co. and Poly Real Estate Group Co., building industry news site China JSB reported, adding that the application documents weighed one ton.
Construction firms have had since February to bid for the contract which includes living quarters for athletes, technical officials, and media personnel. The Asian Games Organizing Committee will organize an expert panel next month to assess the winner.
The 113-hectare sports village will be built in Hangzhou’s Qiangjiang Century City on the southern bank of the Qiantang River, 18 kilometers from the Xiaoshan International Airport. According to the schedule, the Asian Games Village construction project will start in June and should be completed by the end of 2021. It will start its trial operation in March 2022.
The organizing committee asked the construction firms to submit their proposals, including original designs, game operation management plan, and land quotation. The committee will evaluate the plans based on certain criteria, with the design making up to 50 percent, the operation management 20 percent and the land quotation 30 percent of the total score.
The residential building requirements adhere to China's highest three-star building standard, and involve eco-friendly building materials and green energy, said Yan Xiaoying, deputy director of Venues Department of the Asian Games Organizing Committee, reported Shine."The village will become an international community after the Asian Games, so we have taken into account requirements of environmental sustainability,” Yan added.
The Asian Games Village should use new technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, smart mobile communications, drones, and autonomous vehicles to reflect the advantages of Hangzhou's technology innovation, said the committee. More specifically, this would involve facial recognition, unmanned restaurants, and convenience stores.
Hangzhou's information technology sector has bolstered its economy since the setup of internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in 1999, and the city surpassed Beijing as the third-biggest hub after Shanghai and Shenzhen for listed companies in China last year.
Industry experts have said that the project will not only test the financial strength of the developers, but more importantly, they need to have comprehensive operational capabilities, especially in the areas of accommodation, catering, transportation, property management, commerce, and security during the games.
The Asian Games is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Hangzhou Asian Games is scheduled to be held from September 10 to September 25, 2022.
Editors: Emmi Laine, William Clegg