Ramboll wins $33m contract for UAE ‘Makers District’

Consultancy will serve as lead consultant on 18-hectare masterplan development


Ramboll has been appointed as lead consultant for the $544m ‘Makers District’ project, which is being developed by Abu Dhabi-based IMKAN. The $33m win was announced during Cityscape Global in Dubai.

The development is a waterfront community consisting of residential, hospitality, commercial and retail spaces, and will be spread across 18 hectares on Reem Island. As per the terms of the contract, Ramboll will provide lead consultancy services on the first phase of the project, and will work with BIG and MVRDV architects.

“This is a significant win for our team in the UAE. Our multi-disciplinary buildings team are involved in several high-rises, and mixed-use projects in the region and this high-profile win cements our position as one of the leading engineering design companies. With the consultancy contract valued at $33m, the ‘Makers District’ is a very challenging project, and we are excited to utilise our knowledge and expertise to deliver a project of this scale successfully,” said Soren Holm Johansen, group executive director at Ramboll.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2020, and will consist of 1,000 residential units, and 11,000sqm of commercial and retail space. The development is being billed as the first of its kind in the region, and is being developed to respond to the ‘maker movement’, and the requirements of highly networked creative workers.


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