Located in the Eastern part of Fujian Province, and with a land area of 393 km2 and a population of 390,000, Pingtan is the closest city to Taiwan, separated only by the Taiwan Strait. The Pingtan High Speed Rail Station Hub is centrally located in the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone. The hub will provide a variety of transport modes including National High Speed Rail, Intercity Rail, metro, bus, intercity coach, taxis and cars. The planned land-use surrounding the hub includes commercial and residential areas as well as convention and exhibition centres.
The study area for this competition is confined to the High Speed Rail New Town Development Zone, covering an area of 862 hectares. The objective of this competition seeks to develop the Pingtan HSR Transport Hub into a state of the art intermodal facility with efficient interchange and environmentally friendly facilities for passengers. At the same time, the transport hub should stimulate the urban development of Pingtan and thus promote the status and image of the city. The focus of the competition includes functional positioning of the transport hub, patronage and size of the various intermodal facilities, circulation and layout logistics of the various traffic and transport facilities, as well as external traffic circulation and planning.
On October 17th, 2013, the expert panel met to evaluate the competition entries. After deliberation, MVA was awarded first place with technical scores far above the other participants.