Understanding the impacts that the places we develop and manage have on society and the environment is crucial to our long-term decision-making. Addressing the question “What makes a great place?”, our third Places Impact Report focuses on the area around Taikoo Hui Guangzhou.
Published in conjunction with the School of Architecture at South China University of Technology, the report, called “The Creative Transformation of Taikoo Hui Guangzhou”, was released in March 2023.
The report assesses how Swire Properties’ placemaking and placekeeping efforts have created positive impacts on the neighbourhood and surrounding area over the past 12 years, while also providing insights into the future role that Taikoo Hui Guangzhou will play as a city landmark that offers unique cultural and lifestyle experiences.
The report continues to adopt the framework that explores the four dimensions of place – Vibrancy, Livelihood, Wellbeing and Resilience – to assess the qualities of Taikoo Hui Guangzhou, how these qualities have changed over time and how they compare to other commercial complexes in the city. The research highlights how Swire Properties’ continued investment in both hardware and software, as well as the multi-layered placemaking and placekeeping elements incorporated into the development, have contributed to the resilience of Taikoo Hui Guangzhou and its communities.
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Social Integration Strategies

We recognise that our placemaking and placekeeping efforts can contribute positively to better-quality places, creating better-communities and improving the lives of our tenants, visitors and employees. This is why “Places” are at the heart of our SD 2030 Strategy.
Swire Properties is committed to building and improving our portfolios to enhance the lives of the people who live and work within our developments and the surrounding communities. Our social integration criteria, embraces our four dimensions of place under the “Places” pillar – Vibrancy, Livelihood, Wellbeing and Resilience.
  • Located in or in close proximity to major transportation hubs
  • Promote connectivity with public transit, amenities and between buildings with well-designed walkways
  • Design accessible, inclusive and barrier-free pedestrian network
  • Promote sustainable mobility wherever appropriate (e.g. walkable neighbourhoods, use of bicycles, free shuttle buses and electric car charging systems)
  • Extensive integration of arts in public spaces across our portfolios and in community programmes
  • High-quality open spaces and venues designed for and dedicated to community activities
  • Offer in-kind venue support for social enterprises and NGOs
  • Mixed use development promoting a strong diversity of business sectors and economic resilience
  • Promote cohesive business networks to create a “local business ecosystem” and a greater sense of community among the working population
  • Support affordable housing wherever appropriate
  • Monitoring of occupant wellbeing (e.g. indoor air quality) and incorporation of wellness features and initiatives
  • Amenities such as accessible toilets, nursing and breastfeeding rooms, accessible parking spaces and wheelchairs
  • Accessibility to green space and nature and promotion of urban farming facilities wherever appropriate
  • Employ best practice risk management procedures to ensure business continuity at the corporate and asset-levels, including proactive measures to assess climate risks and to build climate resilience and adaptive capacity across our portfolios
  • Promote social resilience and community connection through community initiatives and educational programmes
We employ an integrated design approach to our projects in accordance with the requirements of several internationally recognised standards and rating schemes, such as BEAM Plus, LEED, The China Green Building Design Label and WELL. These standards set out the requirements of physical and social environments that benefit the health, well-being and productivity of people. Our new development projects will, as far as practicable, pursue credits under these green building standards and rating systems, to promote social integration.
The following initiatives represent Swire Properties' alignment with the social integration criteria of our projects under development and existing portfolio in 2022.
  • 100% of our properties are located in close proximity to transportation hubs, with pedestrian-friendly networks that are well connected with transit stations and amenities. Free shuttle bus services are available at some of our portfolios. Bicycle parking facilities are provided at most of our properties.
  • 100% of our properties have open spaces and venues designed for and dedicated to community and arts events
  • 98% of our properties have accessible, inclusive and barrier-free pedestrian networks.
  • For common areas, approximately 83% and 80% of buildings in our Hong Kong portfolio and our Chinese Mainland portfolio achieved IAQ Excellent Class and fulfilled the local IAQ standard respectively.
  • In March 2023, we published our third Places Impact Report, exploring the social and economic placemaking impacts of our Taikoo Hui Guangzhou development. The research highlights how Swire Properties’ continued investment in both hardware and software have contributed to the resilience of Taikoo Hui Guangzhou and its communities.
  • Swire Properties' Placemaking Academy is back again in 2022, offering Hong Kong university students the opportunity to design, plan and execute the White Christmas Street Fair. Through this programme, we hope to transfer creative knowledge and skills to participants and empower them to support Swire Properties’ long-term community-building initiatives.

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