Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council (UPC) has selected US-based Aecom to project manage the infrastructure on its Capital City District development, one of the largest real estate projects in Abu Dhabi.

Aecom will manage the construction of the transport infrastructure. This includes metro lines, highways and local roads. The other infrastructure work covers the wastewater network, district cooling systems and gas lines. 

The 49-square-kilometre Capital City District is close to Khalifa City, between Abu Dhabi International airport and Mohammed bin Zayed City.

The development will include government and commercial office buildings, residential tower blocks and low-density neighbourhoods for UAE nationals.

When complete, about 370,000 people will live in the district, which will serve as a downtown area for the city of Abu Dhabi.

A Federal Precinct will be at the centre of the project and will be the national seat of government for the UAE.

Seven major road boulevards symbolising the seven emirates will lead into the precinct.

The UPC wants to line the boulevards with public monuments, parks and other landmark buildings (MEED 4:8:09).

Abu Dhabi-based KEO International Consultants is providing planning and programme-management services.

KEO’s role involves reviewing masterplans and designs from individual building developers.

The designs will have to comply with UPC planning guidelines and regulations.