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Panama masterplan is 'real-life SimCity' for Atkins

Atkins' London office has been given the chance 'to play SimCity for real' after being picked to design the masterplan for the massive new Panama City development.

The £5 billion scheme for developer London and Regional on the banks of the Panama Canal and Pacific Ocean will see the overhaul of the abandoned 1,100ha Howard US Air Force Base site (pictured).

The mini-city will include thousands of new homes - ranging from luxury hill-top villas to retirement communities - a major new science park, a call-centre campus, a media village, hotels, spa resorts, golf and country clubs, a retail mall, a factory outlet centre, a casino and community facilities.

At the heart of the scheme there are plans for one of the world's largest 'logistics, distribution and inter-modal terminals' which will link the existing air force runway with the canal.

London and Regional's international development director Jason Mills said: 'This is a once-in-the-lifetime opportunity to play SimCity for real on a 1,100ha paradise sited at one of the great crossroads of the world.'

by Richard Waite

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