THE Zhuhai real estate market will be given a lift by an expected influx of workers and professionals, needed for the city's infrastructure development, Gao Juping, general manager of Zhuhai Everbright House Property Development, says. The Zhuhai municipal government is to recruit 200,000 to 300,000 skilled workers and professionals to take up jobs in the city's infrastructural projects. Mr Gao said the demand for housing was set to grow, despite a general slowdown in the property market of Guangdong Province. 'In the next two years, the development in Zhuhai's real estate sector should be fast compared to the other Chinese cities,' he said. Mr Gao's comments came in the wake of a slowdown in the Zhuhai property market and a reduction of property prices on the outskirts of the city. The Zhuhai government estimated that there was a stockpile of 10.76 million square feet of gross floor area waiting to be sold, of which 80 per cent was residential. But the recruitment exercise for infrastructure projects was expected to change this. Core infrastructure projects include the Zhuhai port, the Tuen Zhu Bridge, which will link Zhuhai and Tuen Mun in Hong Kong, the Zhuhai airport, the Zhuhai-Guangzhou Railway and highways to other cities in the province. Mr Gao said each professional could require about 1,000 sq ft of living space and he anticipated a demand for about 100,000 residential units in the next two to three years. Despite his optimistic outlook, Mr Gao said his company would wait and see before making commitments for new projects. He said the company's preliminary plans were to build about 645,840 sq ft of gross floor area. Its projects would mainly be in Jida district. Zhuhai Everbright has a land bank of about 2.1 million sq ft. Projects under development include building 100 luxurious bungalows in the Baiteng Lake Peasant Holiday Resort area, 50 kilometres from the city. Construction of the bungalows is due to start next year. Although another company project, a 19-storey five-star hotel, has been shelved indefinitely, Mr Gao said the company intended to revitalise the project sometime in the future. The 400-room hotel is expected to cost $400 million to $500 million to build.