Dubai's $272m sustainable city to complete by 2015

Developer finalising masterplan, phase one to start on site in July

NEWS, Business

Diamond Developers, the firm behind the AED: 1bn ($272m) Dubai Sustainable City scheme in Dubailand, is planning to start work on the first phase of the 43-hectare project in July this year, with completion due within 12 months.

The company showcased the project at the International Property Show in Dubai yesterday. Phil Dunn, project manager in charge of landscaping, said: "We're going through the masterplan at the moment. By the time we get that approved I'd say it's likely to be July before we start on site."

In total, the project is set to contain 500 homes - 490 three- and four-bed townhouses, and ten four- and five-bed villas, as well as a mixed-use area containing retail and office space, a 600-capacity learning institute run by California's UC Davis, a planetarium, a 400-place primary school, country club, equestrian centre, sports facilities and an eco-resort with around with around 150 rooms split between standalone bungalows and studio apartments.

The site will also have water feature containing reed beds that will be used to treat grey water onsite, wjhile black water will be discharged and treated offsite and then brought back to be used for landscaping peripheral areas.

Diamond Developers has said that 53% of the site will be dedicated to green space, while 23% will be used for roads and parking and 22% for buildings.

Parking areas will all be topped by solar shading featuring solar panels, while panels will also be placed on the roofs of all of the houses. These should generate most of the city's power, as well as powering the fleet of electric golf carts supplied for residents to move from parking areas to their homes. Pedestrian and cycling routes, and a horse track will also run throughout the site.

Dunn said that apart from periphery roads and car parking areas, the development would be a car-free site. Other environmental features include a central spine containing biodome greenhouses used to grow food on site.

The first phase will see construction of 100 of the townhouses, which are being using precast methods, as well as the 17,000m2 mixed-use area containing retail, offices and other amenities, including the site's mosque.

"We don't want to develop a facility that doesn't have public amenities on site," said Dunn.

Diamond Developers has already talked to a few contractors about the scheme, but tenders have yet to be issued.

"Once the masterplan is approved, we'll then be able to generate the construction packages," he added.


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