Tuesday 27 July 2021

Chapman Taylor unveils new Saudi airport city masterplan

JEDDAH, June 30, 2020

Chapman Taylor, a leading global architect and masterplanner, has unveiled the masterplan for an innovative new urban district located in an area adjacent to King Abdulaziz International Airport in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
Airport City will be a world-class, mixed-use development boasting a 1.91 million sq m GBA (gross building area), which on completion, will become a leading destination for visitors from across Saudi Arabia and the GCC region, said a statement from Chapman Taylor. 
The masterplan introduces an innovative mixed-use community concept to the region, creating diverse tourism and business opportunities while also providing a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment venue.
Included within the masterplan are leisure and entertainment functions, retail units, healthcare clinics, private residences, a financial district, an artisans' district, a green food yard and a central artists' district. A "Saudi Dreams" centre will provide an ideal showcase for the Kingdom's culture and ambitions, it stated.
Established in 1959, Chapman Taylor is a multi-award winning practice of global architects and masterplanners, specialising in residential, retail, leisure, hospitality and office design. It is known for designing places and buildings that are both creative and successful across design studios in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. 
Chapman Taylor said it is designing this transport-orientated urban development on behalf of SARH Airport Development and Real Estate Investment, together with AE Prime as a lead consultant and project manager.
A vibrant transport orientated development, Airport City, creates a new hub gateway to Jeddah and beyond at the strategically important meeting point of the airport, high-speed railway station and the motorway junction between central Jeddah and the Northern Expansion Zone.
The scheme will deliver a dynamic and sustainable mix of provisions around a central avenue, which links the airport's railway station to the airport's dedicated mosque. 
The Airport City masterplan vision creates a sustainable new-generation city district, unique for its human scale and fully pedestrianised urban community, with a perfect synergy between landscape and architecture.
It emphasises on plug & play flexibility and high connectivity, with designs inspired by nature, history and traditional local architecture and art, in addition to careful planning, well-curated community spaces and an in-depth understanding of user requirements.
Green spaces and water features are provided throughout the development, along with public squares, a village street, botanic gardens, a family promenade and other beautifully landscaped areas.-TradeArabia News Service


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