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796 Huai Hai Road Restoration

796 Huai Hai Road Restoration

Shanghai, China

Client: Richemont Group

Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: project management services, mechanical and electrical design

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Located in the heart of Luwan District, previously known as Avenue Joffre, the project involved the restoration and conservation of four pre-war buildings. Originally constructed in 1921, the buildings were comprehensively restored to provide a viable commercial reuse which will allow the building to be well-utilized and maintained in the future. The 43,000-square-foot (4,000-square-meter) converted terrace has been renovated to house a boutique for high-end retail, namely, Vacheron Constantin and Alfred Dunhill, as well as the ShanghART Gallery and Hong Kong's famous KEE Club. The restoration combines the luxury shopping experience with art, taste and refinement, all incorporating without diminishing the culture and history of the building. From the 1960s staircase to the stained-glass windows, it evokes a past generation with the new—creating an experience in indulgence, offering much more than simple retail.

Parsons Brinckerhoff provided project management services for the restoration works in addition to serving as the mechanical and electrical design consultant. In 2009, the project received an Award of Merit for Cultural Heritage Conservation from UNESCO Asia-Pacific.

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Parsons Brinckerhoff provides one-stop shopping for buildings - from permitting to design, from construction management to operations and maintenance. Our structural and civil engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, and architects and landscape architects provide expertise for the planning and design of buildings, transit stations, and institutional and industrial facilities.

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Throughout our history, we've made substantial contributions to structural and foundation design, and in today's computer-aided design environment, we’re even better equipped to respond to the needs of specialized building projects. When rehabilitation is the answer, we prepare efficient, often innovative designs and construction plans, with particular emphasis on construction phasing.

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