Water Garden City planned for Bahrain
Manama, October 16, 2009
A futuristic 'Water Garden City' is to be built on reclaimed land off Bahrain's coast. The development is expected to be spread over 2.2 million sq m.
It will include residences, hotels, a beach park and marina, schools, plus commercial, leisure and retail facilities.
The project, , facing the sea across from the Bahrain City Centre mall, will be formally launched in April, developer Albilad Real Estate general manager Zeyad Janahi said yesterday.
The budget and when the development will be completed have not yet been disclosed. "We hope it would attract a 40,000-strong community, as well as businesses and tourists," he told the Gulf Daily News, our sister newspaper.
The city has been designed by UK-based architects HOK.
"It will bring together the vital elements of water, garden and city life and set a new benchmark for 'reclamation' in the Gulf. It will enhance Bahrain's rapidly expanding economy and cultural growth as it continues to attract the world's best and brightest to its shores," he said.
Janahi said HOK had used its knowledge of the area to develop a project that not only includes large areas of business and leisure facilities, but will also offer plenty of open spaces for the inhabitants, tying in with the concept of a Water Garden City.
"The master plan will place Bahrain at the forefront of modern design and help it gain recognition as a place that values the quality and finish of its urban spaces," he said.
A new causeway will support transport connections to Bahrain International Airport, which would then be less than 10 minutes drive. "The three precincts of the city will offer residents different lifestyles and are identified by themed signage, landscaping, building materials and styles," he said.
"The distinct but linked precincts are a dynamic blend of residential, commercial, retail and leisure activities. Each will be divided into three, creating nine neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct appeal and key features."
There will also be a marina, providing berths for owners and a leisure destination for residents, visitors and workers within the city. "The marina is a premium facility that complements the environment of excellence created by the overall development," he said.
Another attraction will be the Pearl, an architectural feature in Marina Bay, accessed via a bridge from the garden square. "The core component will be an upmarket showroom complemented by stylish cafes and restaurants. There will also be a strong community element to the civic centre, providing opportunities and space for community activities." - TradeArabia News Service