Masdar City: Expansion on new building activity

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Masdar City, one of UAE’s developing sustainable cities which rely heavily on solar power and renewable resources, is set to expand a new wave of building activity over the next few months. Contractors will soon be appointed to build more residential apartments, two student accommodation blocks and a 10,000 square metre office building.

The first wave of residential development containing 500 units will be completed within the next 18 to 24 months, bringing up to 3,000 residents to the site. The second phase of residential accommodation and two blocks of student accommodation is estimated to be completed in the first quarter of next year, as said by Chris Chi Lon Wan, Masdar City’s design manager.

According to Masdar City director Anthony Mallows, all of the buildings have been fully tenanted and occupied to date, and so there is no vacancies left open. However, there is a need to build aggressively as to accommodate the demand. He added that the new residential accommodation will likely reach up to 100,000 sq metres of buildings, compared to the 57,000 sq metres under way.

Emirates College of Technology has agreed to relocate its main campus, with 3,000 students, to Masdar City, and a new 6,500 sq metres Abu Dhabi Science Centre for children will be placed nearby. Meanwhile, the UAE Pavilion at Milan Expo will be re-sited to become a Masdar Visitors’ Centre.

The master plan for Masdar City is for a 6 sq kilometre site which can hold up to 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses. About 60 per cent of the buildings will be residential accommodation, 17 per cent commercial offices, 12 per cent community facilities and 11 per cent light industrial space.

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