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World Expo site to get a 'green' look

A MAJOR redevelopment work is in full swing at the former World Expo 2010 site with a huge underground complex that will link up with the pavilions, and dozens of new buildings will house some of the top state-owned enterprises, officials said yesterday.

The 770,000-square-meter underground space will include a pedestrian passage, parking areas as well as shopping malls and entertainment venues under the former Zone A and Zone B where the former China Pavilion stands, Xi Qunfeng, vice president of the Expo Development Group, told a forum.

"The underground parking area will have about 9,000 parking lots with a cutting-edge system that will help the drivers to find their vehicles conveniently," Xi said.

Work has also started at a central area that will include office buildings plus restaurants, hotels and other supporting facilities.

The central area will be called Green Valley with a large square of trees that will include four blocks covering 210,000 square meters, Ding Hao, president of the group, has said.

Green Valley will also feature a three-level 200,000 square meters underground parking area, a power station and walkways connecting to the Metro stations.

Former Expo Zone B in Pudong is also undergoing similar redevelopment and will be the headquarters of some of the top state-owned companies.

A total of 13 state-owned enterprises, including Baosteel and State Grid, have signed contracts to move their offices there.

The zone housed Australia and Thai pavilions.

About 28 buildings will be built there using environment-friendly materials.

The Beijing-based Sinochem Group and China Changjiang National Shipping Group are building two buildings - 70 and 50 meters high - in the zone, and will move their operation centers there by 2015.

"The 187,200-square-meter Zone B aims to become the world's top-notch corporate headquarters zone," said Ding.


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