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Goddard’s Ring of Harmony

visual ‘centre’ to symbolise its place in China and in the world,” explains Gary Goddard. “I thought about the many iconic symbols throughout the world, and realised no one had really perfected the circle on a grand scale. So we designed the ‘Ring of Harmony’ as a unifying symbol for Shenfu.”

While the 550ft stainless steel structure will be completed first, The Goddard Group’s masterplan also includes housing, retail, entertainment, civic buildings, parks, lakes and other community-based elements.

It might look like another giant wheel concept, but this is in fact the “Ring of Harmony” that will become a landmark for Shenfu New Town in China. Based in the north east of the country between Shenyang and Fushun, this entirely new city is being built in phases over the next four to five years. Around two square kilometres of the 10 sq km project will be built to a concept and masterplan by The Goddard Group, including two massive lakes.

“I felt that this massive new town needed a IE Park puts Indian mall in the loop

Pictured here is India’s first indoor looping rollercoaster – outside. The ride, now open as a signature FEC feature of the Infiniti Mall in Mumbai, is seen below at the premises of Italian manufacturer IE Park, ahead of its shipment to the subcontinent. According to Prakash Vivekanand of Amusement Services International, who ordered the ride on behalf of the mall, ”It is the star attraction and accounts for close to 40% of the revenue from the FEC. People are coming from far and wide to the mall just to ride the coaster.” Another loop coaster from IE Park will open this autumn in eastern region of Saudi Arabia,

while a Miniotto Cotroceni is due to open in Bucharest, Romania, any day now. Earlier this year, a JR40 coaster was opened in the Anatolium Mall in Ankara, Turkey, complete with a Grand Prix theme.

In the past eight years, IE Park has completed over 40 coaster projects of various shapes and sizes for customers around the world. A young but experienced team of engineers and technicians work within a dedicated rollercoaster division at the company’s 10,000sq m facilities in Praticello di Gattico, Reggio Emilia.


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