BAHRAIN-FRENCH TOWN PLANNING INITIATIVE

Manama, Bahrain | 2017 | Territories study
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Designing Bahrain's sustainable urban development for the future

  • Client: UPDA (Urban Planning and Development Authority)
  • Consulting for the contracting authority: Expertise France (agent), AREP Ville, EGIS, Setec - Sub-contractor : Menighetti Programmation
  • Total area: 800 km²
  • Time frame: March 2016 to April 2018
The Bahrain-French Town Planning Initiative was tasked by the Kingdom of Bahrain to lead a two-year project aimed at assisting the Kingdom to define and develop a new and sustainable land-use planning policy.
A new sustainable urban development policy

The economy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, which relies heavily (85%) on the gas and oil industries, has been in the grip of a slowdown. The land-use planning and urban programming studies will lay the foundation for a new, environmentally sustainable development in the long-term, and will help the Kingdom meet the social, environmental and economic challenges while reviving its attractiveness and enhancing its expertise in terms of urban planning.From assessment studies to the pilot project.

From assessment studies to the pilot project

The initial study was aimed at assessing the territory of the kingdom (800km²). The FBTPI worked closely with the Urban Planning Authority and major city players to introduce three further phases on the basis of the initial study. They aim to:The initial study was aimed at assessing the territory of the kingdom (800km²). The FBTPI worked closely with the Urban Planning Authority and major city players to introduce three further phases on the basis of the initial study. They aim to:
  • define a development and land-use strategy for the entire country;
  • implement general directions and principles in terms of urban planning in order to restore the urban coherence and identity at the neighbourhood scale and to ensure the economic and programme-related viability of the project;
  • set out a pilot project in the short run for the redevelopment of both the waterfront and Manama.

Elaboration of Urban Guidelines for town planning players

The aforementioned phases were carried out according to design thinking principles in order to ensure long-term and viable solutions and processes. AREP's specialised departments (Environment, Town Planning, Utilities and Services Infrastructure) and Menighetti (an AREP affiliate) worked hand in hand with local town planning stakeholders in order to develop appropriate programming methods and tools, called "Urban Guidelines". These are intended for project managers and local town planning authorities and vary according to the scale of the project.
At the end of this two-year project, the Urban Planning and Development Authority of Bahrain will be able to implement, manage and monitor the urban development of the kingdom.

Last news

AREP meets with the director of Bahrain's Urban Planning and Development Authority
2018.01.15
On Monday 15 January 2018, we received the director of the Urban Planning and Development Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain On Monday 15 January 2018, we received the director of the Urban Planning and Development Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain 
at our headquarters as part of the Bahrain-French Town Planning Initiative.

Christophe Chevallier, co-director of AREP's Urban Planning Division and in charge of the BFTPI project for AREP, has been leading this two-year project aimed at assessing the Kingdom's territory (800km²) and at defining its development and land-use planning strategy.Since last summer, we have been organising workshops in order to develop appropriate programming methods and tools, called "urban guidelines". These are intended for the project managers and local urban planning authorities that will supervise the urban development projects. The pilot project is currently underway. It concerns the remodelling of the waterfront, a 42km long coastline stretching from the Qal'at al-Bahrain fort to Muharraq via Manama. The studies were carried out jointly by Menighetti, the space programming specialist, and AREP Ville, our experts in urban 
development, and pioneer a new model of sustainable urban development.

BFTPI: Expertise France joint venture (agent), AREP EGIS, and Setec