Bridge and Community Projects
With the support of the Ministry of Housing Urban-Rural Development in P.R.C., Foundation has mobilized over 2,800 volunteers to complete more than 44 projects in Anhui, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Gansu, Guizhou, Yunnan and Chongqing, including footbridges, village facilities, village center etc., benefiting numerous villages and over 52,000 villagers since its inauguration in 2007. In 2015, the Foundation looks forward to developing more Wu Zhi Qiao projects in Yunnan, Chongqing, Gansu and Guizhou.
Since 2013, in an attempt to better utilize its resources and promote project sustainability, the Foundation has tried to concentrate its efforts in a state-level poverty stricken county. The Pengshui Miao and Tujia autonomous county in Chongqing was identified as many of villages in the area are still located in remote corners in the mountains and lives of villagers in the area is difficult. In this connection, site exploration was launched in the Pengshui County.
Amongst the 39 villages/townships, as of 1 February 2015, the Foundation has explored project opportunities in 34 of them. In identifying potential projects, the economic level of the beneficiaries was our prime consideration. Volunteers were required to visit the beneficiaries to understand their situation and needs. As a reference, in 2014, the Foundation is looking for areas with an annual per capita net income of RMB4500 (half of the average annual per capital net income of rural villagers in the mainland in the previous year).
It was noted that apart from footbridges, some of the area experienced serious water shortage problem and public health hazards. Our teams will further investigate and explore the possibility to launch related projects to improve local livelihood. The Foundation would assess whether the needs can be met by the Foundation and the WZQ teams before launching the project.
As of 1 February 2015, amongst other community projects, our teams have completed four footbridge projects (two in Zhufo Village, one in Puzi Village and one in Baojia) in the region. Three projects are in progress (third phase of the project in Zhufo Village, one in Lutang Village and one in Tonglou Village).
Arup Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Mixia Village, Pinghe Township, Luchun County, Honghe State
Site Background – Currently, a primitive bamboo bridge is temporarily built at the bridge site. 4m in height, 17m in length. When the water level is low, pedestrians can still cross the river. Once it hits the rainy season, the rapid water flow constantly washes away the bamboo bridge, causing huge inconvenience to the local villagers. There are also simple self constructed bridges made out of bamboo either 500m away upstream or 5km away downstream from the site.
The Need – Mixia Village has 3 natural villagers comprising of 389 households (1,950 people). Villagers rely on the bamboo bridge to cross the river each day and both the primary and secondary school students in the village have to cross the river to go to school.
Villagers Benefited – 1950 nos
Project Team – Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd (ARUP) and teacher and student team from Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Kunming University of Science and Technology (KMUST)
Project Sponsor – Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd
Arup Wu Zhi Qiao won Outstanding International Development Project in the British Expertise International Awards 2013.
Arup Wu Zhi Qiao is honourabe to be awarded Special Appreciation to a Charity Project in Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (ICE) Joint Structural Division, and Edmund Hambly Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers based in UK which is for the creative design of an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development.
50 professional and student volunteers from ARUP, CUHK, KMUST built a 20 meters long footbridge successfully during the period from 26 Dec 2011 to 5 Jan 12. The bridge is named as "ARUP Wu Zhi Qiao".
Despite the heavy rain, many villagers and students joined the celebration and revealing of the bridge on 4 January.
Click to view video 1 & video 2 of the project.
The design came to the final stages which included full scale factory mock up in Shanghai and site formation was carried out by local contractor. The volunteer construction trip is scheduled in late Dec by mobilizing volunteers from Ove Arup as well as student volunteers.
to see bridge construction details.
Based on the winning design, the project teams tried to work out the detailed construction drawings and planned the relevant construction schedule.
In June, ARUP launched a global bridge design competition to invite bridge design from their internal staff pool around the world. Meanwhile, the organizing committee had also uploaded the entries online http://arupcause.ning.com/page/vote-now for pubic voting.
Project team conducted the 1st investigation trip in Dec.