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Woods Bagot adopts parametric design approach for UAE’s $6.5bn Aljada

Woods Bagot has revealed details of the parametric tools that it employed in the design of Sharjah’s largest ever real estate development, the $6.5bn Aljada megaproject

Parametric tools enabled Woods Bagot to account for factors including environmental conditions, height restrictions, parcel sizes, and maximum development yields.
Parametric tools enabled Woods Bagot to account for factors including environmental conditions, height restrictions, parcel sizes, and maximum development yields.

Woods Bagot has revealed details of the parametric tools that it employed to design Sharjah’s Aljada development.

The company was enlisted by UAE-headquartered real estate developer, Arada, to design the master plan for the $6.5bn (AED24bn) community.

At 2.2km2 (220ha), Aljada is set to become Sharjah’s largest ever real estate development.

Despite the magnitude of the development, parametric design tools allowed Woods Bagot to account for factors including environmental conditions, height restrictions, parcel sizes, and maximum development yields.

READ: Everything you need to know about Sharjah’s $6.5bn Aljada project

Commenting on his company’s involvement in the Aljada project, Richard Fenne, principal and studio chair of Woods Bagot, said: “Woods Bagot is delighted to be part of this unique development, [which is] envisioned to form a new destination in Sharjah, with vibrant cultural, retail, and entertainment districts.”

Woods Bagot’s parametric design tools enabled pedestrian connectivity to be promoted through the use of maximum shading, wind channelling, and appropriate plot guidelines to increase outdoor thermal comfort.

This strategy will result in a healthy and appealing urban environment that boasts green open spaces, contemporary architecture, safe pedestrian networks, and an efficient vehicular network, according to the design firm.

Aljada’s master-planned districts range from mid-density residential communities to neighbourhoods with high-end cultural and retail facilities. The districts are linked by a green landscape loop, which converges at the centre of the megaproject.

With construction activities scheduled to commence in Q1 2018, Aljada will be delivered in 10 phases starting in 2019.

The entire project is expected to complete by 2025.

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