Danish consultancy, Ramboll, has secured a major win as a lead consultant for Imkan’s AED2bn Makers District development in Abu Dhabi.
The waterfront community comprises a mix of residential, hospitality, commercial, and retail space spread across 18ha of land on Reem Island, and is set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic projects.
Ramboll will provide lead consultancy services on the first phase of Makers District, working alongside
international Architects, BIG and MVRDV. Soren Holm Johansen, group executive director at Ramboll, stated: “This is a significant win for our team in the UAE. Our multi-disciplinary buildings team are involved in several high-rises, and mixed-use projects in the region and this high profile win cements our position as one of the leading engineering design companies. With the consultancy contract valued at AED120mn, the Makers District is a very challenging project, and we are excited to utilise our knowledge and expertise to deliver a project of this scale successfully.”
Commenting on the announcement, 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. Makers District is the first development of its kind in the region. We conducted extensive research on the needs and aspirations of young, highly networked and creative workers who currently have a limited choice in where they live and work.
“Makers District is a community that fills this gap by responding to the rise of the maker movement – a social movement with an artisan spirit. 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.”
With over 1,000 residential units, 11,000 sqm of commercial and retail space and a construction value of AED2bn, the scheme is scheduled for completion in 2020.