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According to the planning: “1 Horizontal Road and 5 Longitudinal Roads”, “1 Horizontal Road” refers to Wuzhong Road, and “5 Longitudinal Roads” refer to 5 trunk roads running from South to North: Gubei Road, Hongmei Road, Hechuan Road, Jinhui Road and Hongjing Road. The “1 Horizontal Road and 5 Longitudinal Roads” planning will promote construction for a sample section of landscape road on Wuzhong Road. The project covers several aspects, including municipal facilities, greenbelts, shop signs and lighting for night views. Renovation projects will be made on external facades of old buildings along Wuzhong Road and the “5 longitudinal roads”. Adjustment will be made on certain landscape and certain types of business will be upgraded.

 

Renovation for Landscape Road Progressing Gradually: Wuzhong Road Will Be More Beautiful in the Future

 

Hongqiao Town of Minhang District has compiled an overall scheme for renovating all landscape roads within its jurisdiction in 2015. Last year, Hongqiao Town initiated the renovation project for the “1 Horizontal Road and 5 Longitudinal Roads”. This year, Hongqiao Town will enhance the efficiency of renovation, and it is estimated that the construction project for the landscape road will soon be completed in March.

Let’s take a look at the design sketches of these renovation projects.

 

Design Sketch: Wuzhong Road to the West of the Middle Ring Road

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Design Sketch: The Intersection of Wuzhong Road and Hongmei Road

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Design Sketch: The Intersection of Wuzhong Road and Lianhua Road

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Design Sketch: The Intersection of Wuzhong Road and Hongzhong Road

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Design Sketch: The Intersection of Wuzhong Road and Jinhui Road

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Construct a LOHAS Wuzhong Road: Renovation Projects with Different Grades for Buildings on the Streets

 

Wuzhong Road has high human traffic and traffic flow. City appearance is not so good in areas along Hongxu Road and Hechuan Road. Shop signs along the street are scattered and lack of unity. The quality of railings on lane separators is low. The appearance of these railings is ugly. Wuzhong Road, as a trunk road running from East to West, still has broad space for further improvement. Hongqiao Town endeavors to change the image of Wuzhong Road and construct this road into a pedestrian-friendly road with diversified, unified style and harmonious, graceful and LOHAS environment.

 

The “1 Horizontal Road and 5 Longitudinal Roads” planning is composed of the following contents: renovation of external façade of buildings on the streets, renovation of shop signs, renovation and upgrading of landscape walls, renovation of municipal facilities, and renovation and upgrading of lighting at night.

 

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There are 46 buildings along the streets on Wuzhong Road. Based on the strength and intensity of buildings, the renovation project is divided into 4 grades: Clean, need improvement, renovation and demolition. The grading standards are determined based on the type of buildings, what regions they are located and what problems they have currently. The specific standards are shown in the following table:

 

Grade of building

Grade of renovation

Methods for renovating residential buildings and public buildings

Methods for renovating shops

Amount of renovation

Grade 1

Maintain the present status

Clean or maintain the present status

Clean or maintain the present status

12

Grade 2

Simple renovation

Remediation for advertisements

Renovation for shop signboards

18

Grade 3

Overall renovation

Apart from making renovation on Grade 2, add covers for air conditioner external units, install windows on balconies, coating on external walls, replace dilapidated doors, windows or glass curtain walls

Renovation for the entire shop, change shop signs, and install new glass windows, spring doors and roller shutter doors for shops

15

Grade 4

Demolition

Demolition and redevelopment of certain sections

Demolition and redevelopment of certain sections

1

 

After making renovation under the above 4 grades, what will these buildings look like? Let’s take a look at a few examples.

 

Grade 1 Renovation (Maintain the present status) — Shanghai Home Expo

 

Shanghai Home Expo is located to the Southwest of the intersection of Hechuan Road and Wuzhong Road. It takes an important position on the landscape road. Currently, it is a commercial building with 8 floors. The first floor is composed of shops along the street. The entire building is in good condition.

 

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Grade 2 Renovation (Remediation for advertisements) — M8

 

M8 is a commercial building with 6 floors. This building takes an important position on the landscape road. Excessive advertisements could be seen on the external decorative curtain walls of the building. They seriously damaged the overall effects of the building’s external façade.

 

To solve these problems, we plan to remove all advertisements on the external façade above the second floor and install signboards in the vicinity of the building.

 

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The Present Status

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After Renovation

 

Grade 2 Renovation (Renovation for shop signs)—Xuan Run International Building

Xuan Run International Building is located on Wuzhong Road and close to Wanyuan Road. Many advertisements and shop signs could be seen on the external façade. They seriously damaged the overall effects of the building’s external façade.

 

To solve these problems, we plan to redesign the shop signs and advertisements for the building. According to our design scheme, we will place shops on the first floor only, remove all advertisements on the external façade above the second floor and install signboards in the vicinity of the building.

 

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The Present Status

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Design Sketch

 

Grade 3 Renovation (Renovation for external facade) —819 Wuzhong Road

 

This building is located to the South of the intersection of Wuzhong Road and Hongmei Road. It takes an important position on the landscape road. This is a commercial building with 5 floors. The first floor is composed of shops along the street. The shape of building is relatively complete, but the building’s external facade looks untidy, full of stains on wall coating, and shop signs look messy. The quality of materials on the building’s external façade is poor, and the color of building is not graceful, forming sharp contrast with residential buildings and public buildings nearby.

 

To solve these problems, we will redesign the external façade for the building.

 

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The Present Status

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Design Sketch

 

Grade 4 Renovation (Demolition) — Changfa Shopping Center (1056 Wuzhong Road)

 

Changfa Shopping Center is located to the Northwest of the intersection of Wuzhong Road and Hongzhong Road. It takes an important position on the landscape road. It is a commercial building with 1 floor. The shape of building is relatively complete, but the building’s external facade looks untidy, full of stains on wall coating, and shop signs look messy. The quality of materials on the building’s external façade is not satisfactory, and the color of building is not graceful, forming sharp contrast with residential buildings and public buildings nearby. To improve the landscape in this area, we plan to demolish this building and create an urban green space here.

 

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The Present Status

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Effects after Demolition

 

Renovation for external façade is divided into the above 4 grades. When making renovation for landscape walls, we will add plantations on existing walls of the Middle Ring Road. When making renovation for municipal facilities, we will make arrangement on isolation belts for motor vehicles and non-motor vehicles, bus stops on both sides of the roads and barrier-free facilities on sidewalks for the blind. When making renovation for lighting at night, we will make renovation for lighting for buildings, lighting for greenbelts, lighting for municipal facilities and lighting for shop signs.

 

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Lighting for Greenbelts

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Lighting for Municipal Facilities

 

After taking a look at this “1 Horizontal Road and 5 Longitudinal Roads” planning, are you more confident of the future of these roads? City appearance and traffic environment is one of the most concerned issues of citizens. We wish this project to be completed soon and make the landscape in this area more beautiful and harmonious. Buildings will be readable. Streets are suitable for taking a stroll. In the future, the Hongqiao area and the entire Minhang District will become a more vibrant and beautiful place.

 

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