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Planners lower height on planned Bund complex

SHANGHAI'S urban planning authorities yesterday lowered the height of a modern high-rise complex planned on the historic Bund to make it more harmonious with the rest of the Bund's architecture.

The heights of three side buildings of the planned Bund International Financial Service Center complex were reduced to less than 80 meters - 15 meters lower than the previous design, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources said on its website yesterday. It is soliciting public opinion.

The side buildings will be used for offices, businesses and hotels. However, the plan has not been changed for the main part of the complex, two 180-meter-tall twin towers. The bureau said they will be farther away from the historic Bund scenic area and therefore received approval.

The green-capped Fairmont Peace Hotel is now the tallest among Bund buildings at 77 meters.

The bureau publicized an initial plan for the complex in July and changed the plan amid public opinions that the buildings would ruin the historic Bund scenery.

"The developer fully supports the new plan and welcomes further public opinions," Wang Fujie, deputy chairman of the board of directors of the Shanghai Zendai Property, told Shanghai Television Station yesterday.

Construction will begin at the end of the year on the complex which will be a comprehensive venue for business, finance, offices and cultural uses, Wang said.


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