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Atkins bags mega Malaysian masterplan

Atkins is to masterplan a massive hub for aerospace business in Malaysia

The firm will draw up a blueprint for Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang near Kuala Lumpur.

Government agency MARA hopes the development will attract a plethora of aerospace engineering companies to the region.

Atkins will design AAC as a smart city with cutting edge research and development facilities; integrated office suites; academic campuses; a convention centre; and residential areas.

Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ chief executive for Asia Pacific, said he was ‘excited’ about the project.

He added: ‘In line with Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Plan, which calls for the nation to become a self-sufficient industrialised nation by the year 2020, education plays a vital role to achieve the vision and the facility will directly benefit the local community.

‘The combination of international expertise we bring combined with MARA’s vision and profound local know-how will help both parties to unlock future opportunities.’

Meanwhile Atkins has completed a plan for the Dongliang River restoration and landscape design in Chongqing, China.

The design aims to make the site a leisure destination, and mitigate existing environmental risks such as flooding and poor water quality.

Edgardo Budoy, Atkins’ project director in China, said: ‘Our design approach is to integrate engineering and art while being sympathetic with the local environment.

‘Our plan is to merge the river and land by providing support facilities for activities such as water sports, fishing and rock climbing.

‘We also aim to establish a cultural waterfront development and a visitor centre along the riparian landscape, ensuring the whole area is walkable and cycle-friendly.’

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