The Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corporation recently placed an international call for tenders for the subway station serving the future Universal theme Park on its official website. The Universal Theme Park Subway Station is located in Tongzhou District, occupying an area of 5.06 hectares (12.5 acres), about the same size of an ordinary transfer station. The station directly connects to line seven and Batong line, which will begin operation in 2019. The landscape along these two lines is also part of the Universal Theme Park development. The subway station will be located near the main entrance of the park.
All experienced urban planning, architecture, and rail transportation companies, firms or unions can submit proposals to design the subway station. The design of an ordinary subway station usually does not call for tenders worldwide, at the exception of rare cases.
"This subway station will serve the Universal Theme Park, therefore the design concept, as well as detailed features, have to meet high standards," said the project’s manager. Participants are invited to submitted proposals for the architectural design of the station, the outdoor landscape including gardens and surrounding streets and the riders’ passage connecting the inside and outside of the station. Proposals should also address security inside and outside the station, ticketing, and platform design. Before the international call, invitations were already sent out in China.
The Universal Theme Park subway station will be different from ordinary stations inside and out. The design concepts and recommendations of the award-winning proposals will be integrated into the station design. The theme park buildings, gardens, roads and stations should all be integrated within the design concept. The Universal Theme Park subway station will connect to related commercial facilities.
The internal structure of the station is made of a dual-island platform, similar to the transfer stations of National Library and Guogongzhuang. However, the adoption of a one transfer stage, that is more convenient, is still considered.
The first phase of the Universal theme park project is scheduled for completion in 2019, and opening in 2020. The park is expecting up to 10 million visitors annually after its inauguration. Thus, the extension of the Batong Line and line seven is expected to relieve the great pressure of large numbers of passengers.
Is there a universal theme park in your area? Is it well served by public transit? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.
Credits: Images and data linked to sources.
The original article, published in Chinese, can be found here.