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Beijing Finance Street Master Plan



Beijing Finance Street Master Plan
Beijing, China

Project Overview

Beijing Finance Street (BFS) is one of the most prominent projects in China and a signature project for the Beijing Fuchen District. It consists of 13 buildings with a mixture of office, hotel, retail, and a convention center. The project site is located on the east side of West Second Ring Road, north of Fuxingmen. The area has a significant traffic congestion problem. The surrounding major arterial roads have left turn restrictions, so access to the project site is significantly constrained.

CHS Role

CHS Consulting Group provided transportation planning and engineering consulting services. Prior to CHS involvement, a transportation concept plan was developed by a local design institute, which calls for an underground one-way loop roadway system to allow left turn vehicles to enter the project site from the surrounding north-south arterial roads. The original concept also called for this underground roadway to accommodate through traffic in the Fuchen District to relieve surface traffic congestion.

CHS recommended 1) elimination of the underground roadway system and allow left turns at key intersections; 2) if the client insisted on the construction of the underground road and the City would not allow left turns at these intersections, then this underground roadway should be a two-way system and discourage through traffic, because allowing through traffic would overburden the underground roadway and cause motorists further confusion. CHS recommendations were accepted by a Technical Review Committee and the Planning Commission.

The project has been fully completed and occupied since 2008. Most vehicles enter and exit the 13 buildings from their surface garage access points.