Abu Dhabi-based developer Imkan has appointed Ramboll, a global engineering, design and environmental consultancy firm, for the first phase of its AED2 billion ($540 million) Makers District project in the UAE capital.
The AED120 million contract marks the official launch of Makers District, an 18-hectare masterplan development on Reem Island, Abu Dhabi.
The development is designed as a waterfront community that cultivates creativity through residential, hospitality, commercial and retail space with an aim to become the city’s new heart, Imkan said in a statement.
It said Ramboll will provide lead consultancy services on the first phase of Makers District, working alongside international architects BIG and MVRDV.
With over 1,000 residential units and 11,000 square metres of commercial and retail space, the scheme is scheduled for completion in 2020 with the first units on sale by the end of 2017.
Design of the The Artery, the first building to be launched in Makers District, was awarded to BIG, an architectural design firm based out of Copenhagen and New York in April.
Walid El Hindi, CEO of Imkan, said: “We are delighted to appoint Ramboll as the lead consultant for the first phase of Makers District. This is testament to our approach of entering partnerships with global firms with a proven track record in delivering truly outstanding projects.
“With a vibrant hub, it will become the new beating heart of Abu Dhabi and will herald a new type of real estate development that will benefit end-users, investors and the wider community.”
Makers District is the inaugural development for Imkan, which was formed earlier this year with projects planned in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Europe.