Hyder ACLA named masterplanner for AED 1.8 billion development in Ajman

Published March 25th, 2008 - 03:44 GMT

Hyder ACLA named masterplanner for AED 1.8 billion development in Ajman Escape, an equestrian-themed community, will feature facilities for horse riding, along with villas, houses, apartments, an activities centre, a sports arena and a world class hotel.


The masterplanning and landscape architecture consultancy Hyder ACLA has been appointed masterplanner of the AED 1.8 billion Escape development. Launched under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Ajman, the 200-acre equestrian-themed mixed-use community is seen as being a key part of Ajman’s ongoing drive to become a global destination.


Escape is aimed primarily at people who enjoy an active lifestyle. Along with upscale villas, houses, apartments and a world-class hotel, the development will feature several multi-purpose sports facilities and an indoor arena offering basketball, squash, volleyball courts, along with an outdoor tennis court and facilities for jogging, biking and, of course, horse riding. 


“Ajman is known for its equestrian tradition, and Escape follows the emirate’s overall strategy of incorporating elements from the past into innovative developments,” said Mona Rizk, Senior Masterplanning and Landscape Architect for Hyder ACLA. “The development will also reflect Ajman’s goal of combining world-class architecture with a respect for the natural environment. The result will be a community that will offer serenity, luxury and activity in equal measure.”


Hyder ACLA, a subsidiary of the award-winning advisory and design consultancy Hyder Consulting, was chosen to be masterplanner for the project because of its track record on projects that have successfully combined architectural and natural elements, projects that include Dubai Festival City, Dubai Healthcare City Landscape Masterplan, Aoshanwan Seaside Garden Town in China and the greening masterplanning of the 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 main elements: the distinctive equestrian facilities; the wide variety of health & fitness facilities; and the attractive residential and leisure facilities. We are all very excited to be involved in this project.”


The Escape community will consist of 500 villas, 16 apartment buildings and a number of landscaped gardens, terraces and balconies. The equine facilities will accommodate 200 horses housed in specially designed barns and will include a rehabilitation centre for horses. The complex’s hotel will feature 150 rooms and eight suites, and will be the first equine-themed hotel in the world . Escape will also offer an entertainment facility with a range of educational equine-themed games and activities.


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

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