SWIRE-CCTF Community Centre
Sichuan Province, China
2020 RICS China Sustainability Achievement of the Year award
“Integration” category of The China CSR Awards British Chamber of Commerce in China and AmCham China recognition of the value that it brings to the community
The vision for this community centre goes beyond the commendable objectives of serving local women, children and the immediate community. The hope is to establish a replicable model for rural village services, in addition to creating a public welfare platform for all sectors of society to participate jointly in the promotion of community building and sustainable development of the countryside.
The community centre first emerged during the village’s reconstruction following the Ya’an earthquake and was supported by Swire Properties. The project is directed at helping the children, women and elderly who were left behind, while providing wider social welfare benefits to the community it serves.
The centre plays an additional important role in promoting local sustainable construction and community development in rural areas. It is built on hilly terrain and composed of three buildings, which are functionally independent from each other but master-planned as a coherent whole. The three structures form community facilities with interwoven with public open spaces creating a strong sense of place. The centre provides an umbrella of support across diverse sectors, from community library and training classroom to activity and skills development, offering local people the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills through a variety of training programmes.