Integrated development planning

In the property boom the need for a rigorous approach to project development was not always vital to commercial success. That is no longer the case; for projects to be successful now they must be based on integrated, evidence based planning.

Globally, development projects are now increasingly expected to go beyond the fundamentals of maximising land and asset value to achieve more complex objectives. Projects must answer the requirements of tenant, user, community and government stakeholders. They are expected to generate value and employment in the economy, raise quality of life and support community development whilst also reducing the pressure on scare land and natural resources and limiting the impact on overstretched regional infrastructure. Balancing these pressures not only requires good design, but also strong overall planning, economic and financial modelling, advanced engineering and a clear understanding of the development and operational management. Such projects often act as catalysts for the development of new, higher value economic clusters for a city or region.

BuroHappold has developed a strong international track record of complex development projects. At the heart of our approach is the integrated development plan (IDP). The IDP is an evidence based process grounded in research and is location-specific. Through it we understand client vision and objectives for the development against the key market, economic, social and policy factors shaping the demand for development and the urban, environmental, infrastructure and organizational factors which will shape the ability to meet that demand.

We assist clients by identifying a clear vision for their development and establish robust and measurable objectives that define what success looks like to them. Through defined project parameters design alternatives can be developed and tested against economic and technical criteria. This ensures the highest and best land use and the optimum approach to sustainability, design, phasing and implementation.

Our experience and planning expertise, together with state of the art physical and financial modelling, is supported by an array of technical expertise in environment, infrastructure, energy and land development from the wider BuroHappold organisation.


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13/06/2014

Working closely with architects SOM and our colleagues based in the UK, USA and China, our team prepared a detailed economic strategy to support a concept masterplan for the proposed JingJin New Economic City.

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Project

13/06/2014

Al Ha’ir Lakes is the fifth and final zone of Wadi Hanifah. Located 25km downstream of Riyadh, Al Ha’ir is at the end of the wadi catchment and receives the greatest amount of water flow in the Wadi. Working with the client, we identified the Lakes District site as a valuable open space resource for the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.

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13/06/2014

Perched on the eastern edge of New York City, the Jamaica Bay parklands cover more than 10,000 acres of land surrounding one of the most bio-diverse urban estuaries on the Atlantic seaboard. Historically, sections of the parklands have been separately owned and managed by the federal National Park Service (NPS) and the city Department of Parks, with limited collaboration in land management and provision of services.

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13/06/2014

Detroit’s economic and population decline, driven by changes in the US auto and wider manufacturing industry, is a globally recognized story - as are the social, employment and urban consequences for those who remain in the city.

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13/06/2014

Ad’Diriyah represents a series of stunning historic oasis settlements situated in Wadi Hanifah, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The site is both the location for the founding of modern Saudi Arabia as well as the birth of the Wahab school of Islam (the “Oneness Movement”).

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13/06/2014

Al Hada enjoyed a reputation as one of Saudi Arabia’s premier tourist destinations. Located on the edge of the dramatic Hirithi escarpment, the town’s elevation provides a cooler climate enabling Saudis to benefit from a more outdoor lifestyle during summer months.

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19/06/2013

Consideration of the efficiency of energy use at the city-scale can present budget constrained cities with a significant opportunity to respond to their energy needs without sacrificing their development priorities. The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management and Assistance Programme recognised that for city authorities to successfully identify appropriate and feasible energy efficiency interventions, they need new and practical tools that inform the underpinning decision-making processes. Looking to catalyse more rapid understanding of city-scale energy use issues and appropriate responses, the World Bank commissioned BuroHappold to develop a Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE).

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04/04/2013

Working closely with architects John Thompson and Partners, we prepared a detailed economic and spatial strategy to support a masterplan for the redevelopment of Dalian’s eastern coastal periphery. The proposed redevelopment, adjacent to the CBD of Dalian City, is substantial in scale incorporating former docks, shipyards, commercial zones, areas of natural beauty and a large petrochemical plant. The economic study involved significant data collection, analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary data sources, in order to best appraise alternative uses for the site.

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22/11/2012

Today, cities face a number of challenges related to motorized transport such as congestion of city centres and environmental degradation. Taking into account these challenges and the rising number of car owners, individual car traffic seems insufficient for the urban challenges of the 21st century. Hence there is an urgent need to develop new mobility concepts that guarantee a high degree of individual mobility whilst facing the social, economic and environmental challenges of our future cities. 

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Project

26/05/2011

The site of the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City development is adjacent to the Arabian Gulf coastline, 85km south of Kuwait City. From two environmentally impoverished hyper saline creeks, an ecologically rich waterway city is growing....

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Key contacts

Ante Baric

Principal Consultant

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