Dubai is setting the pace in planning a community that embraces
high sustainability values.
In keeping with the Ruler of Dubai’s
directive to develop only ‘green’ buildings, EnPark will be one of
Dubai’s first master planned communities to embody sustainability
principles. These principles cover land use, urban design,
buildings and open spaces.
EnPark will be an integrated residential,
business and recreational community of approximately 43,000 people
(including 6000 residents) covering 80ha and focusing on
sustainable lifestyles, knowledge and technology.
GHD was commissioned by TECOM Investments to
prepare the EnPark master plan and was able to provide a
‘one-stop-shop’ service using a team of urban designers,
architects, engineers, environmental scientists, landscape
architects and GIS specialists from the Middle East and
The project scope included:
- Site parcelisation and land use
- Precinct establishment
- Population estimates and demographic
- Facilities and services demand analysis
- Preparation of infrastructure master
- Environmental impact review and analysis
- Transport planning and road layouts
- Traffic generation impact analysis and
assessment including vehicle circulation, access, and parking
- Urban, architectural and landscape design
- Three-dimensional massing, renders and
- Plot development details, including setback,
height and access points for each plot
- Development staging and implementation
The master plan features elements such as
highly effective and efficient public transport, a connected
pedestrian network, dedicated cycle ways, a car-free zone, an
integrated water-wastewater-district cooling irrigation-solid waste
management system and urban agriculture.
The EnPark design philosophy is to combine
functionality, feasibility and aesthetics in an urban environment
focussed on sustainability in a package that satisfies
the needs of business, employees, residents and visitors. These
principles are embodied in the Science, Arts, and Nature Precincts.
Each precinct has been created with a particular architectural
and urban character, but in harmony with the other
precincts, to provide for a high quality, healthy and balanced
With features such as a central activity
and showcase plaza and a naturalised buffer area surrounding the
community, EnPark incorporates sustainable and environmentally
friendly design that is practical and functional.