Surbana wraps up 2 Qatar masterplan projects

Surbana wraps up 2 Qatar masterplan projects


SINGAPORE-BASED Surbana Corporation yesterday said it had completed two masterplan projects in Qatar, one each for the municipalities of Al Wakrah and Al Khor.



Both projects, by the Surbana Urban Planning Group, were awarded last year by Qatar’s Urban Planning and Development Authority and launched recently.


The detailed masterplans, to be implemented over a 25-year period, maps out the land use and zoning for the two municipalities taking into account the need for infrastructure, residential and commercial spaces, transportation networks and environmental concerns.


Surbana said in a press statement yesterday that they were presented to the Qatari government in March this year. Residents from both municipalities as well as various government agencies were invited to give feedback.


Both municipalities are near Qatar’s industrial hubs with Al Khor in the north and Al Wakrah in the south.


The vision is for these areas to flourish as ultra-modern and vibrant cities with downtown precincts devoted to the arts and culture, family recreation, fishing and marina as well as heritage. There will also be a mix of commercial spaces, government buildings, educational institutions and residential enclaves.


Upon completion, the two municipalities will be able to house a population of 170,000 for Al Khor (1,552 sq km) and 600,000 for Al Wakrah (2,483 sq km).


Separately, Surbana said a project it designed clinched an award in Abu Dhabi last week. The Tourism Development & Investment Company, Abu Dhabi’s lead developer for tourism assets, took the Best Commercial/Office Project Award at the Cityscape Abu Dhabi awards for its waterfront headquarters.


The nine-storey building, scheduled for completion in 2010, has a series of eco-friendly energy conservation features.


Source: Business Times


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