Eco-park for Thu Thiem New Urban Area to begin construction within six months
The cityscape of Ho Chi Minh City now has the foundation for an ecological area through the signing of the detailed masterplan between the Investment and Construction Authority of Thu Thiem and Archetype Group. The contract is for a 150 ha eco-park in Thu Thiem New Urban Area, located opposite to Districts 4 & 7 on the Saigon River, and will be implemented within six months.
During the contract signing ceremony in February, speeches about the ecological and social importance of the project to Ho Chi Minh City were given by both The Thu Thiem Authority and Archetype Group, and were witnessed by the Consul General of France, Mr. Fabrice Mauries.
“One of the highlights of the whole area is to exploit the Southern Delta to re-establish and supplement natural ecosystems, forming an eco-park in the new urban centre,” said Mr. Trang Bao Son, Deputy Head of The Investment and Construction Authority of Thu Thiem.
The plan of the entire Thu Thiem New Urban Area was approved in 2005 and the partial plan for the Southern Delta was approved last year. To complement the natural parklands, there will also be a resort, a water park and a botanical research institute.
“The important output of the master plan will be to identify and articulate the vision for the site, and to ensure that the physical layout, buildings and facilities all work together to reinforce that vision”, said Mr. Herve Boone, Managing Director of Archetype Vietnam. “Our other key objective is to be respectful of the site, and to protect, enhance and restore the natural systems whilst at the same time making it interesting and educational for visitors.”
Construction on basic infrastructure will begin within six months, and further development will follow, based on being able to secure investors for the area. Because Thu Thiem is an undeveloped area in the centre of one of South East Asia’s largest cities, there has been much interest in, and speculation about, what will happen with the land. With the award of this contract, the value of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area will be enhanced through the unique landscaping and environment of the eco-park.