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BDP bags Kuwait masterplan job

BDP has secured work on the creation of a national masterplan for Kuwait

The AJ100 big hitter has been commissioned by Kuwait Municipality to undertake the country’s Commercial Land Use Background Study.

BDP will develop commercial land use proposals for the Middle Eastern nation as it prepares to set its vision for the future.

It will also propose an appropriate planning policy framework, with the 13-month study’s findings underpinning the Kuwait National Masterplan 2040.

BDP chairman David Cash told AJ the practice had been looking at Kuwait for some time. It recently completed the Traffic Management and Updating Plan for Salmiya, as well as the concept design of the Sabah Al Ahmad Culture Centre.

‘Kuwait is unusual – it has wealth but it has its own way of doing things,’ said Cash. ‘It works its way through things and it can take a long time for projects to come forward. You can’t be impatient.

‘But we think it’s a good place to work. And when you look at Kuwait’s recent and longer-term history, the British are well regarded.’

Cash added that its work on the regeneration of the North West of England was helping BDP win work across the globe.

‘I was in Stockholm recently and people were talking about Liverpool One; we have a party coming from France to visit Manchester,’ he said. ‘People from around the world are interested in the experience we have gained – especially industrial cities looking to reinvent themselves.’

Head of the Kuwait Municipality Ahmed Al Sobeih said the country was looking to diversify its income sources and commercial activities to reduce reliance on the oil sector.

BDP, working with Deloitte and local firm OBD, will evaluate the existing level of commercial activity in the country. The team will then model the amount, type and location of activities at five-year intervals through to 2040.

The aim is to develop planning policies and regulations to ensure an appropriate level and spread of commercial development across Kuwait.

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