The site that we wish to develop is 15km west of Hanoi, along Route 32 and Lang Hoa Luc Highway. Cutting through the site is the alignment of proposed Route 4. This land in the district of Hoai Duc is in the province of Ha Tay bordering Hanoi. We have identified 530ha of agricultural land, used for planting padi. Although an estimated 2500 householders work on this land, it is obvious that the income gained from working an average 0.2ha per household is very low; this land is a valuable resource that can be better utilized.

Location and Site Plan

The current economic situation in in Hanoi points to the opportunity that exist to use this land to overcome some acute problems faced in the rapid process of modernization and urbanization in Vietnam:

  • There is a large demand for housing, where Hanoi residents have to live in very overcrowded conditions
  • Land for commercial and industrial use is scarce and expensive, providing a disincentive to investment
  • The fast growing capital city is lagging behind in infrastructure; there is an urgent need to decentralize Hanoi with modern development along the outer ring of the city along Route 4 to cope with the rapid pace of urbanization
  • Vietnam has a big young population that is looking for employment and economic opportunities: the country is shifting from an economy based on agricultural to a multi-sectoral economy integrated with the world

Our proposed development seeks to transform the agricultural land into a township that will supply modern housing; that will offer land for productive commercial and industrial use; which will contribute to upgrading the roads and other infrastructure in Greater Hanoi: to help it keep pace with rapid urbanization; to generate local and foreign economic investment and provide jobs and business opportunities. The removal of existing houses is minimized; the displacement of farmers from their land will be attractively compensated for their loss of income with a combination of payment in cash and kind.

Site plan


Our overall mission is to unlock the economic value in the 530ha of land so that affected farmers and their family, the affected Communes, the District and Provincial Administration, the capital city of Hanoi, the Central Government, as well as the local and foreign joint-venture partners, all gain from this development.

Overall Site layout

To achieve our mission and its objectives, a strategy based on the following approaches is adopted to meet these objectives:

Multi-sectoral Development

Hoai Duc Township will comprise development into 3 broad sectors:

  • Mixed Housing sector consists of houses built for various income groups. The residential sector will have products for the low-income, low-medium income, medium income, as well as the higher income categories. Together with the houses will be commercial and social facilities to make it into a self contained township. The mixed housing development is targeted to meet the huge pent-up demand for new housing with modern infrastructure.

    Mixed Housing sector

  • The Commercial and Industrial Corridor along Route 4 will attractive to investors to set up light-industry factories, assembly plants, logistic hubs, and corporate offices that want to be highly visible and easily accessed from a major highway. Route 4 is identified as a major development strip that will skirt Hanoi and link Noi Bai Airport to the south. This sector is targeted to Malaysian, regional and multinational firms that want to take advantage not only of the opportunities provided by Vietnam in general, but also of the particular attraction of the Hoai Duc Township

    The Commercial and Industrial Corridor

  • Educational Sector – this comprises vocational training schools, colleges and university including academic, residential and ancillary facilities. Having a young post-war population, the country needs to develop its human resources to attain a higher level of skill and education. The developers will partner with local and foreign education providers to develop the institutions to serve this market. There is potential in private sector initiative as has happened in Malaysia.

    Educational Sector

  • Small-industry villages – these are new villages adjacent to existing communes where cottage enterprises, small businesses and small to medium scale industries are encouraged. The construction of these villages will go on stream in the early stages of the project to compensate the farmers who have to make way for it.

    Small-industry villages


Development Phasing

The phasing of the construction of the Hoai Duc Township will synchronize development of various sectors, looking for synergies between the various sectors.

Initial Stage

Initial Stage Development Components

At the start of the project about 100 ha will be acquired. The land will be used to:

  • Excavate the lakes to provide earth for fill. Soil tests will be carried out to ascertain the suitable locations. Relying on localized cut and fill is necessary to avoid importing massive amounts of earth on the small roads that serve the site at present.

  • Commence work on the service road that links Route 32 to Lang Hoa Lac Highway – particularly to bring the transport connection, water mains and high- tension electricity supply to the site.

    Sevice road linking Route 32 to Lang Hoa Lac Highway

  • Complete some of the Small-industry villages. Land here will be offered to affected farmers –it will encourage the start-up of small industries to serve the upcoming market for building materials and services; these Small-industry villages will immediately link to the infrastructure of the existing settlements around the site, but will eventually become integrated with the future township.

Phase 1

Phase 1 Development Components

In this phase the selling of the development products commences.

  • The developers will launch lower priced mixed housing – some of these products will be
    offered to the displaced farmers. Particularly suitable will be the lower priced housing and shops. These products will also be targeted to other local residents of Hoai Duc and the neighbouring district in Hanoi City.



  • This phase will see the complete all Small-industry villages. The roads in the neighbouring settlements will also be upgraded as necessary. Access into the site for construction and sales and marketing activities will be fully secured.
  • The developers will launch the Commercial/ Industrial Corridor – the target market includes:

    • manufacturers from Malaysia and region that want to serve the demand for building materials created by this and other projects in Vietnam,
    • manufacturers that involve labour-intensive processes that get benefit from the cheap but high quality labour available in Hanoi and Ha Tay
      Plan of Commercial/ Industrial Corridor

  • The developer and its partner in education will launch a training school to produce skilled construction workers. There is an existing demand for Vietnamese workers to work in foreign building sites. And of course, there will be jobs for the graduates of the school in the project itself.

Training School

Phase 2

Phase 2 Plan

Phase 2 Development Components

In this phase the development company will continue with the products launched in Phase 1, but with a changing emphasis:

  • Sales and construction of the mixed-housing will proceed as before, but there will be the gradual introduction of more housing in the medium to high-income range.




  • The development of Commercial/ Industrial Corridor will proceed as before, but with the completion of the service road link between Route 32 and Lang Hoa Lac Highway, the marketing of this corridor will emphasize on the future Highway frontage (Route 4)
    • aim for hypermarkets, assembly plants, warehouses and logistic nodes that require good transportation links

    Perspective of buildings along highway

  • The educational enterprise will start to diversify towards training for employment opportunities created by companies in Commercial/ Industrial Corridor.

  • At this stage, the Small-industry villages will be integrated with the modern infrastructure of the development. The neighbouring settlements will also benefit from this new infrastructure.

Phase 3

Phase 3 Plan

Phase 3 Development Components

In this phase, the development is expected to go beyond the critical mass, where the Township becomes economic magnet attracting residents, workers and businesses from outside the province of Ha Tay and the neighbouring district in Hanoi.

  • By this time Route 4 is completed, not only between Route 32 and Lang Hoa Lac Highway, but from Noi Bai Airport to the south, linking various modern developments circling Hanoi.
  • At this stage the marketing of the Commercial/ Industrial Corridor will emphasize on high-tech/high rise buildings that can serve as corporate offices.

    View of High Rise buildings along corridor

  • Similarly, the launching of the Commercial and Entertainment zones in mixed housing sector can now aim to attract people and businesses from a much wider geographical base, that cater to the whole of “Greater Hanoi”.
  • The housing component in the mixed housing sector can be completed.
  • The educational enterprise will start to upgrade itself towards providing university level education. Construction of the campus, which includes academic, residential and ancillary facilities can commence.

View of Educational Campus



  • Mixed-use
    The mixed housing area comprises both housing and shops – this is to ensure not only that the housing is fully served by commercial amenities, but also to make available the economic opportunities for employment and enterprise.
    In addition to this, the Township integrates housing, educational institutions, commercial and industrial – including for big, medium and small enterprises, and social facilities in a way that allows people that live, work, study and rest in one place.

  • Honeycomb concept
    This concept, though pioneered in Malaysia, should be suitable for Vietnam with the high emphasis given to the communal life in its traditional past and socialist culture. The aim is to retain community life in high density urban areas, where there is a tendency to change into an individualistic society.
    The honeycomb design attempts to create communities by first clustering of houses into small groups. In apartment blocks, six or less apartments share a lobby. For landed property, less than 20 houses share a cul-de-sac courtyard.
    Secondly, it creates of a hierarchy of semi-private and communal spaces. In the Kotapuri shop/apartment block for example, small groups of units share a lobby, and less than 150 units share a semi-public courtyards.


    The design of the layout, phasing and development components in the proposed Hoai Duc Township is based on a philosophy of creating a city that offers opportunity to its people whilst retaining the communal features of traditional and socialist Vietnam.
    • Mixed income
      The various neighbourhoods offer housing products that are sold at a range of prices. For example, in the Lamanpuri neighbourhood, garden apartments of 80sm built-up area are available next to quadruplexes of 120sm.


      Similarly, in the Cantumanpuri neighbourhood, apartments ranging from 45sm to 80sm are available in the same low-rise block.


      From Kotapuri

      Kotapuri courtyard

      In the Cantumansari, every house is in a cul-de-sac and each house faces a small pocket park where their small children can play safely. The courtyard parks can be used for communal use.
      In the honeycomb layout with its cul-de-sac, there is less road compared to rectilinear layout. In this way, there is more room for open spaces and trees without sacrificing land-use efficiency.

      Cantumansari courtyard

      High density
      Hanoi is overcrowded because available land is underused. The Hoai Duc Township aims to fully utilize the 530 ha of land identified. With the Honeycomb concept, a high density of houses can be achieved, without compromising the quality of the social and physical environment.

      Development Components Table

    • Integration with Hanoi City
      The development of the Township is expected to go through 3 stages:
      At first, most people live in the Township but work in Hanoi City. At this stage it is a dormitory suburb.
      As the Township economy grows, there will be more and more people who both live and work in the Township. At this stage the Township can be said to be self-contained.
      As the Township matures, more people from outside Hoai Duc, including people from Hanoi, will come to work in the Township.
      Once a certain critical mass has been achieved, Hoai Duc Township will have a combination of all three types of population. At this time, Hoai Duc Township can be said to become an integrated part of Metropolitan Hanoi.

    View of Commercial Zone


    After Phase 3, the proposed Hoai Duc Township will be largely complete becoming a satellite town that is not only self-contained, but fully integrated with Hanoi. It will have

    • 22,000 houses with a residential population of 110,000

    • Colleges for 30,000 students with residential facilities for 10,000

    • Large businesses occupying the whole of the commercial/ industrial corridor, employing 100,000 jobs

    • Small and medium scale industries, projected to value over USD1 billion in the Small-industry villages providing employment and business opportunity to the original farmers

    • Thriving new and modern commercial centre to cater for Hoai Duc and other provinces competing with central Hanoi

    • Link with other New Townships circling around Hanoi to create a modern Metropolitan City

    New roads and Upgrading of existing roads

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