Yas Island masterplan approved

Waterfront community for 55,000 will span 680 hectares

A new 680 hectare waterfront community for up to 55,000 residents has been approved by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).

Designed by Broadway Malyan for Aldar PJSC, the project will be located on the Emirate’s Yas Island, home to Ferrari World.

“The approval of the masterplan is a major milestone in the creation of this major new residential area, with the success testament to close partnering with the client and the world-class skills, expertise and experience of our diverse team of global masterplanning experts,” said practice director James Rayner.

The project will create a series of communities that will become the Island’s residential hub. Surrounded by open space, each community will be linked by road, light rapid transportation (LRT) and cycle networks, in addition to walkways, described as a “key factor in the design”.

Surrounding community facilities will include schools, health clinics, extensive sports and recreation facilities, as well as convenience retail and commercial components.

The approved masterplan has already won an award for the ‘best urban design and masterplanning project’ at the Abu Dhabi Cityscape Awards 2011.

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