Qianhai Rail and Masterplanning

As part of a special economic zone along China’s Pearl River Delta, Qianhai is developing fast – and it needs an ultra-efficient transportation system to keep up with increasing demand. 

That’s what Hassell, our client and our collaborators WSP are delivering through a far-reaching rail and master planning project for the city.

Together, we’ve planned and designed seven new underground stations to link seamlessly with the existing Shenzhen Metro. They’ll form part of a safe, sustainable rail network to serve Qianhai’s growing population and enhance its liveability. 

Each station precinct forms the heart of a series of mixed-use urban hubs that have opened up opportunities for commercial, retail, entertainment, recreational and residential developments.

We designed the stations themselves as distinctive urban landmarks, illuminating access points with beautiful beacons’ that make entering and moving around easier and more enjoyable for users. With multiple ways to enter and exit the stations, we’ve also made sure that overcrowding won’t be an issue in busy pedestrian areas. 

Together with our client, we’re also looking further into the future, developing a 10-year masterplan that pinpoints the right places to put new rail lines and stations – the Qianhai precincts predicted to see the greatest growth in coming years.


Qianhai Development Authority


Shenzhen, China


In progress




Design guidelines for 7 metro stations / Masterplan guidelines for several future metro lines



Design team

Peter Morley, Richard Mullane, Chris Kelly, Jessie Chui, Min Zhang, Xinsen Chen, Albert Dy, Alex Chow, Andy Lo, Bing Gu, Bonix Chung, Cat Zhang, Daewook Lee, Della Zhang, Endong Song, Glen Guo, Han Xiao, I-Hsiang Lee, Iris Jiang, Jennifer Yip, Jhun Oconer, Jianshan Dou, Jing Dong, Joe Li, John Chow, Lorraine Choi, Markus Aalderen, Mayuko Ando, Nana Liu, Peggy Zhang, Phoebe Kung, Seung Mhi Lee, Shengze Chen, Steven Chiu, String Du, Valentina Preti, Vui Chong, Weilun Chen, Weiwei Kuang, Xiao Liang, Yi Zhao, Zhang Chuhan, Zhong Di

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