Unplanned SettlementsJeddah //Saudi Aramco + JSDP[Current]As the gateway to the two Holy Cities of Makkahand Madinah, Jeddah is emerging as an importantworld city.The success of Jeddah, however, is recognisedas hinging upon its ability to address some fiftyunplanned settlements entwined within the fabricof the city itself.These localities are severely overcrowded andaccommodate as much as a third of Jeddah’spopulation in predominantly substandard housing.Within the unplanned settlements reside the city’sunderprivileged and migrant populations - theylack adequate access to safe water and sanitationand are devoid of those essential urban servicesnecessary to meet the needs of residents. Theyare the root of many of the city’s social problems.The redevelopment of these settlements is seenas the beacon of a new beginning for Jeddah.Under the auspice of the JSDP (a USD 10 billioninvestment in the planning, engineering, andconstruction of sustainable infrastructure forJeddah) – AECOM have been engaged to resolvethe challenge of the unplanned settlements.In doing so, AECOM are carrying out a range ofplanning, design and engineering exercises aimedat transforming the unplanned settlements intorevitalized, safe and complete communities andneighbourhoods – whose central concern islivability.A primary focus of the undertaking is thedevelopment of a series of discrete ConceptMaster Plans for each of the unplannedsettlements. These plans aim to guide theirtransformation – whilst avoiding unnecessaryintervention, property expropriation and disruptionto the existing urban fabric and the every-day-livesof residents.Beyond this, a range of ‘priority interventions’ areto be distilled from each the Concept Master Plansand translated into detailed infrastructure designdocuments (and supporting capital cost estimate)for Engineer, Procure and Construct tenders. Thisapproach is considered paramount and is a keystep in ensuring those aspirations around publicbetterment are fully realised.
Dubai 2020 Urban MasterPlan //Dubai MunicipalityIn the wake if the global financial climate,AECOM was appointed to prepare a newstrategic city plan for Dubai to assist indirecting the Government’s strategic approachto economic recovery and city governance.Underpinning the plan is the vision of Dubai asa modern Arab city and regional gateway to theworld. Key to the project was defining apreferred spatial direction and structural formthat responds to the city’s long-term needs,while enabling immediate priorities for publicand private investment to achieve sustainablelong term growth.The Dubai 2020 Plan seeks to optimize existinggovernment infrastructure investments, protectkey economic assets, and respond toenvironmental constraints while identifying adesired staging, scale and character of futureurban development as the city seeks to refocuson targets for economic growth andsustainability.Following an assessment of previousdocuments, existing conditions and projectionsof further population growth and land useprogramming, a number of urban developmentscenarios and spatial/ structural planningoptions were identified taking into considerationthose key challenges, opportunities andconstraints identified within the Emirate.Through a series of workshops with DubaiMunicipality senior staff and key stakeholders apreferred option was identified for furtherrefinement. The key outcome is an agreedSpatial Structure Plan that provides the basisfor continuing the implementation of public andprivate sector projects and urban developmentup to and beyond 2020.The Plan provides recommendations and toolsfor legislative implementation that includes agovernance framework and the regulatoryprocess covering both the Strategic and theStatutory planning aspects including policies,plan making and development controls for bothpublic and private sector parties.
National Tourism PlanningGuide //Tourism and Transport ForumIt is recognised that investment in tourismdevelopment is pivotal to both attracting andaccommodating visitors to an area. Althoughtourism investors face a range of challenges,navigating the disconnect of Australia’sdifferent town planning systems is emerging asa key concern that might otherwise mightotherwise stifle the industry’s potential if noteffectively addressed.Funded through a TQUAL grant - the Tourismand Transport Forum engaged Urbis to preparethe National Tourism Planning Guide.The Guide established the rationale for thedelivery of a long-term and consistent platformthat will foster the strategic alignment oftourism policy across the nation. In particularthe Guide addresses the planning and approvalbarriers that currently inhibit tourisminvestment. In its simplest form the Guide: Explores the range of issues and impacts (from an economic, social and environmental perspective) associated with tourism activities; Outlines the potential for tourism activities to be integrated with other land uses within both an urban and non-urban context; Identifies those land use zones within the existing planning and legislative framework that have the capacity to effectively support and accommodate tourism activities; and Establishes a series of provisions, standards and guidelines as they relate to the use and development of land for tourism purposes.The National Tourism Planning Guiderepresents a paradigm shift in how industry andall levels of government engage on tourism andit is intended that the Guide be utilised by arange of proponents including policy makers,approvals authorities and the advocates oftourism developments themselves.The Tourism Ministers’ Council is now takingsteps to facilitate the successfulimplementation of the Guide as a key focus ofthe National Long-Term Tourism Strategy inenhancing the supply of tourism products inAustralia in an increasingly competitive globalmarket.http://minister.ret.gov.au/MediaCentre/MediaReleases/Pages/NewNationalTourismPlanningGuidetoStreamlineInvestment.aspx
Wadi Hanifa DevelopmentControl Plan //Arriyadh Development Authority[November 09 – March 10]Urbis was engaged by the ArriyadhDevelopment Authority to prepare the WadiHanifa Development Control Plan. The intent ofthe project was to build and deliver a new andfully integrated development control frameworkto meet the complex and competing demandsfor protection and progress within a systemrecognised as the most significant and valuablenatural attribute within the city of Riyadh.The Development Control Plan is intended toset out regulation s relating to all developmentwithin the boundary of Wadi Hanifa. It includesthe rules, provisions and guidelines as theyrelate to the use of land, built form outcomes,subdivision and both environmental andamenity standards. It is informed by thepremise that ‘protection’ and ‘progress’ are notnecessarily mutually exclusive concepts. The key elements that were developed as partof the project include: Development of the strategic direction and rationale for the development controls via the establishment of a Vision, overarching planning objectives and a series of spatial policies from which all other provisions of the Plan flow. Preparation of a detailed zoning plan and associated provisions that set out the out the desired end state for each zone, outline the type of assessment required for different uses (and development) in each zone and further specify requirements that apply to land use, built form and subdivision. Development of additional layers of control that reflect the physical characteristics, features, capabilities or constraints of a particular location. Preparation of technical provisions and codes that specify mandatory obligations for various types of development. Creation of detailed guidance on the preferred development outcomes in particular localities that are identified as having significant potential to influence the ongoing management of Wadi Hanifa.
River City Blueprint //Brisbane City Council[October 09 – March 10]Brisbane City Council, through Urban FuturesBrisbane engaged Urbis to undertakebackground research and scoping for the RiverCity Blueprint project.The River City Blueprint is intended to be anover-arching, non-statutory, integrated plan toshape the future of the Queensland Statecapital.The blueprint will draw together all existingplans, studies and strategies for suburbs withina 5 kilometre radius of the CBD to generate asingle, consolidated vision for the area. It isintended to provide clear strategic direction andcoordination of land use, economic, social, andcultural and infrastructure activities across alllevels of government. It endeavours tobroaden and deepen contemporary the thinkingaround planning for the living, working andlifestyle needs of the inner city.As the first stage of the project Urbis wasengaged to undertake background researchand scoping work to inform the development ofthe River City Blueprint. Through this workUrbis: Defined the study area boundary and relationships to other key areas outside the study area; Identified the broad urban character of the neighbourhoods within the study area and the policies or projects that generated the outcomes; Undertaken an analysis of key constraints and recommend areas unsuitable for development; Prepared ‘AS IS’ and ‘TO BE’ scenarios to test and analyse all existing forecasts, policies, plans and projects to provide an understanding of the historical performance of the urban area over time and identify areas that the blueprint must influence in the next phases of the project; and Collaborated with Local Government and State Government employees and other consultants in undertaking work on the River City Blueprint.When finalised, the River City Blueprint willprovide a cohesive framework for managingfuture growth and infrastructure delivery ininner Brisbane.
Dubai Urban DevelopmentFramework //Dubai Government - Executive Council[November 07 – March 09]Urbis was engaged by the Dubai Government(via the Executive Council) to prepare theDubai Urban Development Framework.The Dubai Urban Development Frameworkproject represents one of the most significanturban management undertakings in the MiddleEast to date. The Framework presents Dubaiwith a strategic plan to determine and define itsfuture and to maintain its position as one of theworld’s leading cities.The Dubai Urban Development Frameworkaddresses current and longer term issues andaims to capitalise on opportunities via thecreation of an innovative, flexible and fullyintegrated development planning andmanagement framework for the city to the year2020 and beyond.In particular the Dubai Urban DevelopmentFramework project encompassed thedevelopment of: A Vision for Dubai; An Integrated Development Planning Framework; and A Legal and Institutional Framework.The scope of the project included the range ofelements as they relate to the functioning andgrowth of a city including social and housinginfrastructure, economic development,metropolitan growth, the public realm, activitycentres, transport, utilities infrastructure andenvironmental sustainability.The project culminated in the delivery of aseries of strategies, one for each of theelements within the project scope. Thesestrategies provided a comprehensive set ofpolicies to support the overall vision for the cityand achievement of a range of technicalbenchmarks and where supported by animplementation plan for the roll out of thepolicies according to strategic importance.
North South Bypass Tunnel+ Airport Link //Macquarie Bank[July 05 + July 07]Urbis was engaged by the BrisConnectionsConsortium (spearheaded by Macquarie Bank)to provide advice in respect of urban planningand property development issues associatedwith both the now completed Clem7 Tunneland the Airport Link.Regard was given to existing and emerginggovernment planning policies, as were theviews of key players from both governmentagencies and the private sector in order to: Form a contemporary understanding of property and planning in Brisbane; and Develop views towards predicted policy change within the city over a 25 year period.The emerging policy context was subsequentlytranslated from a property perspective intoquantifiable Gross Floor Area on a travel zonebasis.The overall purpose of the exercise was toprovide a sensibility to population andemployment forecasts in order to developrobust and appropriate inputs for patronagemodelling.Beyond this – and within the context of theevolving planning framework, a number ofalternative, value generating developmentstrategies were explored for potential inclusionin the BrisConnections bids.As part of a rigorous planning, marketeconomics, design and feasibility analysis, aconcept was developed geared towardsfacilitating major regeneration within theprecincts surrounding the tunnel portals as acatalyst for commercial development.BrisConnections were ultimately successful intendering for the delivery of the Airport Link.