GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking ceremony for Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza, constructed on plot No. AB2910019 in Baiyun New Town, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, was held on November 15. The plot of land was acquired by LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG), through its member Guangdong Infinitus Property Development Company Ltd., in May 2016 for RMB 2.01 billion (approx. USD 294 million). World-leading architect Zaha Hadid, who was known as the "Queen of the Curve", served as the designer of the project. It is the first project among Zaha Hadid's final architectural works to break ground. Mr. Lee Man Tat, Lee Kum Kee Group Chairman and his wife, Mr. Charlie Lee, Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group, Mr. Sammy Lee, Chairman & Managing Director of LKKHPG and his wife, and Mr. Satoshi Ohashi, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects in the Far East, as well as more than 500 distinguished guests and journalists attended the ceremony.
Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza will be a complex of modern buildings that combines health, fashion, environmental conservation and intelligent technologies, comprising several facilities including a new global R&D center, a Chinese herbal medicine research and safety assessment center, as well as a corporate exhibition center and gallery. It will serve as the new headquarters of Infinitus (China) Company Ltd., a member of LKKHPG, meeting Infinitus' projected business and office needs for the next 10 to 15 years. The overall investment in the project will reach RMB 4.5 billion (approx. USD 659 million), and the construction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.
"24 years ago, Infinitus started its business in Baiyun District. And today, 24 years later, Infinitus embarks on its new journey here again," said Mr. Harry Yeung, Senior Vice President of LKKHPG. "Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza reflects Infinitus' commitment to the health industry, as well as the spirit of constant entrepreneurship. It will bring customers and employees a dynamic new environment, and drive the economic growth of the Baiyun District and the surrounding areas. "
Mr. Satoshi Ohashi enjoyed 30 years of working experience with Zaha Hadid. He said: "Ms. Zaha Hadid gave a high evaluation and expectations of this work. The design of the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza continues her legacy. As she had referred, this fluidity of the architecture had the coherence and intricacy of nature. Infinitus has a vision for nurturing healthier lives, and adheres to the Spirit of Constant Entrepreneurship. Zaha Hadid has translated this to create a new workplace environment that nurtures openness and communication. The design activates the city and its surrounding conditions, while implementing the latest technologic solutions and construction methods to create a functional, adaptable and enjoyable workplace."
Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza just looks unlike a workplace. Designed as a series of "infinite rings" that bring everyone together and follow the arrangement of the symbol for infinity - ∞ -Zaha Hadid organized all departments within the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza around the central atria and courtyards that foster open communication and interaction. The buildings were designed to maximize the amount of natural light entering the interior while the exterior surfaces provide sun shading and rain collection systems. Connected walkways improve communication for all employees. Walking and jogging courses, as well as a garden of Chinese herbal plants and flora on the roof enable all employees and visitors to maintain an active lifestyle.
The health industry will embrace broader development space under the guidance of the national strategy "Healthy China". Upon completion, Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza will be an important anchor to the health industry development of Baiyun District, contributing to the local economy with excellent employment opportunities.
Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza is the first large project in which LKKHPG conducted site selection, conceptual planning, and construction all by itself in Chinese Mainland. LKKHPG had earlier acquired the Infinitus Center in Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou; the Infinitus Plaza in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; and the Shanghai Corporate Avenue 3 (soon to be renamed Infinitus Tower) in Huangpu District, Shanghai. This collection of quality properties is expected to meet the long-term development goals of LKKHPG while providing strong support for the sustainable and healthy development of Infinitus' business.
About LKK Health Products Group (www.lkkhpg.com)
LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG) is a member of Lee Kum Kee Group, a century-old Hong Kong enterprise. Headquartered in Hong Kong, LKKHPG is a modern and diversified business group that specializes in R&D, production, sales and services of Chinese herbal health products; TCM plantation management and sales of raw Chinese medicinal materials; mobile internet platform and related products and services; and property investment. As of 30 June 2016, LKKHPG had approximately 4,800 employees.
About Infinitus (China) Company Ltd. (www.infinitus.com.cn)
Infinitus (China) Company Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Infinitus (China) or the Company), founded in 1992, is a member of LKKHPG. It has been accredited as National High-Tech Enterprise. Its Product Inspection Center has been accredited as National Accredited Laboratory by China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS), and has passed the Proficiency Testing for Food Chemistry of the Food Analysis Performance Assessment Scheme (FAPAS) in the UK in 2012. Committed to providing high-quality Chinese herbal health products, Infinitus (China) invests more than RMB 100 million in R&D and technology every year. As a pioneer in compound polysaccharides technology, the Company has acquired 452 patents as well as scores of core independent intellectual property rights. As of June 2016, the Company had developed 124 high-quality Chinese herbal health products in 5 series that were marketed under 6 brands. It also has set up 36 branches, 29 service centers together with over 6,400 exclusive stores in Chinese Mainland.
About Zaha Hadid Architects (www.zaha-hadid.com)
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004. She was the first woman to receive the award and internationally known for her ground-breaking streamlined architectural works. Zaha Hadid's outstanding architecture projects also include the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the 2012 London Olympic Aquatics Centre, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Guangzhou Opera House, and the Wangjing SOHO in Beijing.
Zaha Hadid's vision redefined architecture for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe. Her legacy endures within the DNA of the design studio she created. Working with office partner Patrik Schumacher for three decades, ZHA's work arranges form and space into breath-taking spatial compositions. With 55 projects in 26 countries under construction or in design development, ZHA's hugely talented and dedicated teams honor Zaha's legacy, working to design and deliver transformational projects on six continents.
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