International consultancy Scott Wilson has been named as the project designer and masterplanner for Diyar al Muharraq, an island reclamation development in Bahrain.
The firm will be responsible for the design of the islands and the geographical features on the development. "Everything that is being built, up to the landform shape, the canals, the basins, we're the designers of all that," said Craig Thackray, project manager at Scott Wilson.
Launched on June 25, the project, which is located off the coast of the northern natural island of Muharraq approximately 10 kilometres from Manama, will form a new city for 100,000 people when complete.
The value of the 12 square kilometre island reclamation development is estimated to be US$3.2 billion.
Landscaping will be a key component of the development, according to the developers, with two large parks and a number of smaller parks to be included.
The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2010.
Scott Wilson's other projects in the region include the golf precinct at artificial island project Durrat Al Bahrain, and the Jebel Ali Port expansion in Dubai.
Other major developments in Bahrain include the artificial Amwaj Islands, and the Colin Montgomerie-designed Riffa Views golf community.