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Keith Williams and EPR shortlisted to design new Pakistani city

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British architects are up against a Lebanese and Greek consortium in the battle to design a new city the size of London in Pakistan

Keith Williams Architects, supported by fellow London firm EPR Architects and Pakistan-based engineers ESS-I-AAR, has made the final two in the contest to design the metropolis south-east of Karachi (pictured).

The consortium, which also includes engineers Atkins, consultants Malachy Walsh and SLMJR Management Consultants, will present its plans in Pakistan in the next few weeks.

It is up against Athens-based Doxiadis Associates which has teamed with Lebanese company Dar-AL-Handasah Shiar & Partners and Osmani & Company of Pakistan.

A conceptual vision and long-term strategy are required for the creation of Zulfurikabad, which is earmarked to hold up to 10 million people.

Keith Williams Architects has designed several cultural schemes in the UK including the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, Wexford Opera House, and The Unicorn Theatre in London.

Keith Williams told the AJ: ‘We were attracted to this project by the enormous challenge of designing a city the size of London.

‘We are setting out a strategy that allows organic growth, planting seeds and allowing the tree to grow.’

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