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Three teams compete for '2020' masterplan

Consultancy contract for the Dubai 2020 masterplan is expected to be awarded this week.

The consultancy contract for the study of the Dubai 2020 masterplan is expected to be awarded next week.

A source involved in the bidding process, who wished not to be named, told Construction Week that three consortiums have been short-listed for the contract.

These include Canadian consultancy firm Cansult, in partnership with California-based Edaw, London-based Foster & Partners with Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Australian consultant, Urbis.

"The award is imminent so we're just waiting to hear back from the client," said the source.

"The contract will involve reviewing current planning standards versus the future vision for Dubai's development. It's also to make sure that development is done in tandem with all stakeholders including semi-government companies such as Emaar and Limitless.

Dubai Municipality and the RTA are making sure that everyone is working towards the same agenda. It will include the planning for roads, rail, public spaces, buildings and everything within the city. It's going to be a total review of current planning, standards and guidelines."

An official from the RTA said: "The master plan will include the assessment of current road networks and establishments around the city including Dubai Metro and the integration of this with further developments. The plan will also incorporate the study of a rail network including a freight line that could later be linked up with the other emirates."

The Dubai Executive Council is the client while Halcrow is in charge of organising the study.

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