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Progress at Dubai’s IMPZ

After almost two years since the completion of a masterplan for the residential district of Dubai’s International Media and Production Zone, a present day satellite image show the completion of the lagoon, primary roads and some local roads.

The image below shows this alongside the initial concept masterplan and the outline parcel plan and road network.

From concept to implementation

From concept to implementation…

The masterplan, infrastructure, building and landscape design was completed in 2013 by a multi-disciplinary team including Hyder Consulting, Arif and Bintoak architects and Verdaus landscape architects.

New community in West Ibadan, Nigeria

Having prepared the outline masterplan in 2014, we are currently developing six typical residential units that range from bungalows and town houses to villas and apartments.

Illustrative section looking north

Illustrative section looking north

Each of these is being designed to support the overarching ambitions of the masterplan, which seeks to foster a strong sense of community and identity while sensitively integrating new development within the site’s natural setting.

In particular, this has involved a complex building massing strategy that encourages views from all units and minimises overlooking from adjacent units – this is particularly significant owing to the variation of typologies and a gradual slope in topograpy towards the river.

Illustrative section looking west

Illustrative section from south to north

Illustrative impression across the new community from the south

Impression across the new community from the south

In parallel with the development of units, the design of roads, services and utilities is well underway and the site is currently being cleared for grading.

Development of six typical typologies from bungalows to apartments

Development of six typical typologies from bungalows to apartments


Outline Masterplan for a new community in Warwickshire

We are currently working with a multi-disciplinary team to prepare an integrated masterplan and supporting material for a site of up to 40 hectares in Warwickshire.

With the intention of creating a sustainable, energy efficient development that is akin to the character of a traditional village, the masterplan provides a framework for up to 800 homes, local centre retail opportunities, employment generating activities, a community centre and a primary school.

Underpinning the masterplan is a complex landscape strategy that seeks to strengthen a particular sense of place, support biodiversity and a sustainable drainage strategy and provide a hierarchy of open spaces of varying character and function.


Outline Masterplan

Illustrative Masterplan for potential development

Happy New Year 2015


Autumn Update

Outline Master Plan for a new residential community in Ibadan

We have recently submitted an Outline Master Plan for a predominantly residential community to the east of Ibadan City in Oyo State, Nigeria.

Occupying an area of up to 10.5 hectares, the Master Plan provides a framework for the development of up to 150 units of varying typologies ranging from apartments and town houses to low density detached and semi-detached dwellings.

A mixed-use local centre is located at the heart of the plan. Within a walking distance of up to 200 meters from all units, the local centre will include a shop, day care centre, community centre and a number of one bedroom and studio apartments. The local centre is arranged around a neighbourhood park with sports courts and a public transit hub, which provides the opportunity to connect the new community and the wider locale through shuttle busses.

The structure of the Master Plan has been arranged to follow the site’s natural topography, which is sloping in two directions. This is coupled with a complex building massing strategy that seeks to encourage south facing views in relation to existing topography and accommodation of varying heights. The Master Plan is currently progressing through the infrastructure design of roads, services and utilities.


Outline Master Plan, Ibadan


Touristic Complex, Tabuk, KSA

We have recently initiated a new project for an exciting eco-tourism development in the Tabuk region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

With an immaculate Red Sea coastline and a fertile plateau that is rich in agricultural production, Tabuk is aptly referred to as the Garden of Saudi Arabia. Through a combination of the region’s unique natural beauty, relatively temperate climate, historical attractions and antiquities and also, proximity to neighbouring Jordan and the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, Tabuk represents a fantastic opportunity for eco-tourism within the Kingdom and also, internationally.

In the first instance, a feasibility study is being prepared to identify the scale, nature and character of potential development. Following completion of this, the team can proceed with the preparation of a Master Plan and vision strategy for a viable and sustainable eco-tourism destination.


Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Urban extension and new town development in Pakistan

We are currently working with the Meinhardt Group and local authorities on two significant developments in Pakistan. One, an urban extension to the historic city of Lahore and secondly, a mixed-use new town development of up to 1,200 hectares in the north of Punjab province.

A Strategic Plan has been prepared for the latter that provides a variety of complimentary land uses around the core of a knowledge and education campus. An underlying landscape strategy seeks to respond to existing constraints and the site’s natural topography while the arrangement of series of relatively self contained satellite districts will support a long term phasing strategy that may accommodate variation in market trends and demand over time.


Food Street, Lahore


The Walled City, Central Lahore


And finally…

Having completed a master plan and concept building and landscape design for l’Heritage in Beirut in 2012, the resort is now fully operational and has enjoyed a first full summer season.

Occupying a relatively narrow and linear site, the master plan was arranged to strengthen views to the city and beyond this, to the Mediterranean Sea. Accommodation is arranged in two clusters either side of a main entrance and an area designated for special events. To preserve views, services and storage are located at the rear of the site beneath an elevated walkway for circulation. A traditional Levantine building style is combined with a contemporary entrance pavilion, which, when lit for events and functions, can be seen from the city below.

A couple of images of the completed resort are included below…


L’Heritage Resort


L’Heritage Resort


Mitros City Concept Master Plan presented at the Ogun State Government Investment Forum

On 21st and 22nd May, the Concept Master Plan for Mitros City will be presented at the Ogun State Government Investment Forum in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Representing an area of up to 2,000 hectares that is strategically located at the edge of metropolitan Lagos and yet rooted in the natural landscape of Ogun State, Mitros City represents a unique and exciting development opportunity.

With a long frontage to both the River Ogun and the Lagos to Ibadan Expressway, the Concept Master Plan provides a framework for a mixed use development incorporating a range of residential, commercial, industrial, hospitality and tourism accommodation together with supporting institutional and community facilities for up to 180,000 residents.

The structure of the Master Plan has been prepared to encourage a multi-modal transport network to improve access and  connectivity while an underlying landscape strategy seeks to mitigate site constraints and provide a variety of open spaces for leisure and recreation.

Mitros City

Mitros City Concept Master Plan, Ogun State, May, 2014


Mitros City

Mitros City Concept Master Plan, Ogun State, May, 2014


New project award


Having submitted a Concept Master Plan for a significant mixed-use development in Nigeria in 2013 as part of an international design competition, we are delighted to have been appointed to develop this as a Comprehensive Master Plan, together with supporting guidance documentation.


The site presents a unique development opportunity, together with a number of complex physical and environmental considerations and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to consider these aspects in greater detail.


More details to follow as this exciting project unfolds…


Place-Make Consulting, 2014