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Broadway Malyan scoops contest to transform Angolan capital

Broadway Malyan has won an international competition to transform the capital of Angola

The London-based practice was appointed by the governor of Luanda to create a growth strategy for the city.

Luande’s metropolitan district is home to six million inhabitants – and this is set to rise to 13m by 2030.

Broadway Malyan will spend a year studying the city’s geography, socio-economic conditions, morphology, infrastructure and environment.

It will then create a long-term urban renewal and growth plan that will be consulted on as a blueprint for planning decisions over the next 20 years.

Chairman Stuart Rough told AJ the company had been targeting work in Africa since the economic downturn hit Europe in 2008. The practice has offices in badly-hit Madrid and Lisbon and has looked for work in Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations.

‘Angola has massive Portuguese interests and has seen enormous change since 2008,’ said Rough.

‘The masterplan for Luanda is a huge project, and we are also working on three other masterplans in Angola. It is an oil-rich country that has realised its potential since the ceasefire from the civil war.’

Rough said there would be opportunities for architects throughout Africa in the near future.

‘We are working in Mozambique and on a scheme in Morocco. We expect to see Nigeria and Ghana rising very rapidly, and maybe North Africa will come back a little as well.’

Broadway Malyan this month scooped a major mixed-use scheme in eastern China that will feature a 150m high tower.

On the Luanda scheme, it will work with consultants including local partner Urbinveste; Deloitte; Aurecon; Mobility-in-Chain; and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

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