Sering to design $1.24bn Muttrah souq in Muscat
Italian firm to create concept designs for major redevelopment of historic district
Italian engineering firm Sering International has said that its Oman-based subsidiary has been appointed as design consultant for the $1.24bn Muttrah redevelopment project.
The firm will work up plans for the redevelopment of the Muttrah Souq, which is the centrepiece of the neighbourhood and an important tourist destination in Muscat, in the bay where the new cruise liner terminal is to be housed.
Its designs will also include plans for the redevelopment of the wider Muttrah neighbourhood, according the the Oman Daily Observer.
The work is being carried out for Muscat Municipality, which will need to approve the concept designs before detailed redevelopment plans start.
The work is aimed at modernising many of the facilities in the area, including water and sewerage services, while retaining its old world feel.
Ideas for the redevelopment of the area were first initiated around five years ago when it became evident that the area's narrow streets and old buildings made it impossible for water provider Haya Water to upgrade its network in the built-up area.