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Industrial site to get an Olympic facelift

By Li You | China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-24 07:34

A disused industrial site in Beijing's western Shijingshan district is to be given a new lease on life as it is refurbished to host facilities and events for the forthcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The old production complex of Shougang Group, one of China's largest steel companies, will be transformed into training centers, venues and administrative buildings for the global event. The site has not been used for steel production since 2010.

The silos at the northern end of the 9-square-kilometer complex has been built to be the offices of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee.

The refurbishment project will begin later this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. It will include broadcasting, media and hospitality facilities, according to the organizing committee.

The snowboarding venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics will be built in the complex and will include a 60-meter-high ramp. After the games, it will remain a permanent venue for snowboarding.

A 17,000-square-meter stadium for ice hockey events will also be built, which will incorporate the roof of an old coal workshop. Once completed, it will be able to seat 3,000 people.

Wang Shizhong, deputy general manager of Shougang Group, said that he hoped the revitalization of the complex could contribute to the further development of Beijing.

"The project will become a model for the refurbishment of industrial sites and the revival of the city's industrial zones," he said.

It is not the first time that Shijingshan district's industrial area has been given a facelift.

Following the national strategy developed for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the structural optimization of the steel industry, Shougang Group began its gradual five-year relocation from the site in 2005. Other manufacturers in the district were also included in the relocation project in a bid to reduce air pollution in the capital.

The steel company has moved its entire operation to Caofeidian district in neighboring Hebei province and was the first manufacturing company in Shijingshan district to complete its relocation.

Zhang Jiandong, vice-mayor of Beijing and executive vice-president of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee, said Shougang's portfolio of regeneration projects bodes well for the forthcoming games.

"Beijing 2022 will make sure that the Shougang complex fully enjoys a wide range of benefits that come with the Olympic brand, so that it achieves more growth and becomes a new landmark of urban regeneration in Beijing," Zhang said.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has praised the project for its repurposing and transformation of old factory buildings, workshops and furnaces into facilities for the games as well as a museum.

Industrial site to get an Olympic facelift

(China Daily 07/24/2018 page7)

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