Atkins set to design leisure park in China’s richest city

Engineering consultancy Atkins has been commissioned to design the new Donghu central leisure area in Karamay, China’s richest city based on GDP per capita.

The project will feature landscaped scenic parkland with facilities such as a waterside climbing wall and white-water rafting, alongside a lake with boating berths and a single-span bridge.

The work, commissioned by the Karamay Construction Bureau, is reportedly Atkins’ biggest and most complex multidisciplinary project on the Chinese mainland to date owing to the scale and the design challenge brought by dealing with local temperatures that range from around -30ºC in the winter to more than 42ºC in the summer.

Upon completion, the park — which covers an area of 3.41km² — will be the primary location for leisure in Karamay city, with a signature bridge sitting alongside a 1.8km² lake that connects the future central business district with the city centre.