US-based design firm CBT has been selected as lead designers to masterplan Hudayriat Island in Abu Dhabi, planned to become a mixed-use development with a 30km waterfront centrepiece.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by a spokesperson from the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), Zawya reported.
The 3,000-hectare site is located southwest of Abu Dhabi, with the concept masterplan set to be finalised by the end of 2017, the spokesperson told Thompson Reuters Projects in an email statement.
The statement also confirmed that CBT will be the lead designers for the master plan.
Abu Dhabi newspaper The National had reported that the development of the island was first announced in 2009, with plans to allocate the southern part of the development for housing for UAE nationals, as part of the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030.
The 2009 report stated that the master plan land would be “significantly expanded to the south and cut through by canals, with a transition to mangroves along its outer edges”.
In 2008, Dubai-based firm Dar Al-Omran had submitted a proposal for the project, as part of a design competition.
An accessible waterfront spanning 30km will be at the heart of the mixed-use development. It will take up to 10 minutes to walk from the waterfront to any point on the island, the statement added.
Other key features of the project include recreational activities, a public shoreline, green mobility network and rich natural environment.
UPC also added that the masterplan would take on an integrated approach to planning and design, with an aim to balance social, cultural, environmental and economic activities.
UPC also said that has held talks with stakeholders last week to discuss approaches that will transform Hudayriat Island.
“The UPC is delighted to get the planning work underway for Hudayriat Island and to announce that such a strong design firm has been appointed as the master-planner,” Abdulla Al Sahi, planning and infrastructure executive director, UPC, said in a statement.
“This master plan is one of many that demonstrate our commitment to benefit the community.”
“By utilising and enhancing the environmental features in this unique area of Abu Dhabi, this development will raise the standard of living, restore Emirati culture, promote healthy lifestyles and create a variety of coastal activities and attractions,” he added.