US firm picked to consult on Dubai Design District project

Parsons' scope of work includes infrastructure, road and bridge design, and construction supervision
US firm picked to consult on Dubai Design District project
An artists impression of the Dubai Design District project.
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 11 Oct 2014 01:55 AM

US-based Parsons has announced that it has been awarded a consultancy services contract by TECOM Investments for the Dubai Design District (D3) project.

Parsons’ scope of work includes infrastructure, road and bridge design, and construction supervision, the company said in a statement.

The D3 project is located close to the Dubai Business Bay area and has an overall site area of approximately 22 million sq ft and is Dubai's vision to be the destination of choice for international, regional, and local fashion, design, and luxury goods companies.

D3 has 10 buildings under construction and is expected to become a community that will encompass commercial and retail facilities, a waterfront promenade, event venues, academic institutions, distinct public spaces, unique street furniture, and shaded walkways.

“Dubai's luxury, design, and fashion sectors are poised for dramatic growth, and Parsons is eager to successfully deliver the project and support Dubai Holding in achieving its vision,” said Gary Adams, Parsons MEA president.

“Having worked on the Business Bay Bridge and Interchange and other innovative projects in Dubai’s Business Bay area, Parsons stands ready to assist Dubai in maintaining its status as the hub of commerce and tourism in the Middle East,” added Todd Wager, Parsons group president.

Parsons has been working in the Middle East Africa region for more than 60 years and has offices in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.

Last month, a new master plan for D3 was unveiled at Cityscape Global in Dubai, with the first phase of office and retail space set to be released in the first quarter of 2015, at which point land plots will also become available.

TECOM Investments, the company behind the city's creative hub, said the project will feature a range of luxury, 4-star and boutique hotels, and furnished apartments, offering over 4,000 rooms plus low-rise residential apartments.

In August, Parsons announced that it had been selected by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to perform infrastructure design services for the Dubai Water Canal Project.

Planned to be a major tourist destination, the Dubai Water Canal will include a new shopping centre, hotels, and restaurants, in addition to luxury housing and cycling paths.

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