Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ayala Land pumping US$220m into China eco-city

Total foreign investment in Sino-S'pore project hits 28b yuan

(TIANJIN) The Philippines' largest property company, Ayala Land, has become the fourth foreign real estate developer to join an 'eco-city' development project in north China's Tianjin Municipality.

The company signed an agreement to invest US$220 million in the project on Tuesday, taking total foreign investment in the 'eco-city' to 28 billion yuan (S$5.6 billion).

Other foreign property developers involved include Mitsui Fudosan Group and Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust, said Wu Caiwen, president of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development.

The Tianjin 'eco-city' development is the second of its kind between the Chinese and Singapore governments, following on from the China-Singapore Suzhou Industry Park.

Both projects feature cooperation in advanced technology and personnel exchange.

Located in the Tianjin Binhai New Area, the 30 square kilometre Tianjin Eco-City lies 150 km east of Beijing. It is hoped that the city would become a harmonious and sustainable community that meets the needs of China as it urbanises.

'The Tianjin Eco-city aims to be a model for the cities of China's future, as well as being a real international eco-city,' Mr Wu said.

The 'eco-city' is 50 km away from downtown Tianjin. It is designed to be a modern metropolis where 350,000 residents can live, work and play by the time it is completed in 2020.

Ayala Land has agreed to develop a 9.78 hectare residential complex in the city designed to accommodate 1,100 households by 2013.

Mr Wu said that all buildings in the eco-city conform with environmentally friendly standards in design, technology, construction and management. 'The foreign developers' experience in building environmentally friendly properties will help push forward the project and allow it to meet its eco-targets.' - Xinhua

Source: Business Times, 5 Aug 2010

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