Alburouj Master Plan
Place Dynamix were appointed as master planners and lead consultant for the design team that developed the master plan, architectural concepts, highways, infrastructure and landscape design for the 510 hectare (1,260 acre) Alburouj project in the new Cairo area, east of the city. The project is being developed at an estimated cost of $4.47 billion dollars by Capital Group Properties, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Capital Group (ADCG) and Al Ain properties.
The Alburouj integrated residential project will provide around 30,000 residential units and a population of over 70,000. The development will include schools, retail destinations, sports complexes, a grand mosque, Friday mosques and a business park expected to create 50,000 jobs. A green network designed to reduce road crossings and enable users from all of the districts easy access to a central 23 hectare forest park that unifies all the districts and provides a green lung for the project. At the centre of the first phase, Place Dynamix has designed a modern interpretation of the Cairo Qasaba, a mixed-use retail destination integrated into the pedestrian network and neighbourhoods.
The entire Alburouj development has been designed along traditional planning principles of walkable catchments connecting neighbourhood and district centres with larger regional centres. The planning principles ensure all residents are in walking distance of local & regional retail destinations, pocket & forest parks as well as local mosques & the grand mosque. With sub-consultants, WSP we developed the street hierarchy network to ensure that interconnections allowed for all modes of transportation while favouring walking, cycling and jogging as lifestyle choices for new residents.
The mix of product types has been studied comprehensively and Place Dynamix has provided schematic design typologies for all of the product range including apartments, townhouses and villas. The comprehensive range of housing types is aimed at allowing people and families to grow and to live their later lives in the development by providing smaller higher density apartments at the centre of the lower density villa developments. The housing typologies were developed with a balance between high efficiency and living comfort - all of the villas having gardens and all apartments having terraces.
The full Alburouj master plan prepared by Place Dynamix was approved by the higher authorities in Abu Dhabi and Egypt in late 2015 and detailed design for Phase 1 has been completed ready for construction.