Hyder Acla scores equestrian contract

Masterplanning and landscape architecture consultancy Hyder Acla has been appointed masterplanner of the US$490.13 million Escape development in Ajman.

Masterplanning and landscape architecture consultancy Hyder Acla has been appointed masterplanner of the US$490.13 million Escape development in Ajman.

An equestrian-themed community, the 200-acre development will include horse riding facilities as well as villas, houses, apartments, and a sports arena.

Hyder Acla, a subsidiary of the design consultancy Hyder Consulting, said it was selected as masterplanner for the project because of its track record on projects combining architectural and natural elements, including Dubai Healthcare city and the greening masterplanning of Hong Kong Island.

"Our aim is to combine the natural and the cultured, the traditional and the contemporary, in ways that enhance each other and their surroundings," said Dastin Hillery, senior masterplanning and urban designer for Hyder Acla. "The Escape masterplan will be driven by three elements: the distinctive equestrian facilities, the wide variety of health and fitness facilities, and the residential and leisure facilities. We are all very excited to be involved in this project."

The community will consist of a number of landscaped gardens, terraces and balconies.

The development, located on the Emirates Highway on the Ajman-Sharjah border, is set to be complete in 2010.

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