Masterplanning and EIA

Masterplanning and EIA

We provide environmental inputs to terrestrial masterplanning studies across the Gulf Region, including large-scale industrial developments and mixed residential developments. Our role is to undertake high level strategic assessments, undertake baseline surveys, implement best practice environmental design approaches and to establish frameworks for long term management of sites.

Case Studies

Duqm Industrial Zone Masterplan, Oman

cs-duqmOur team undertake a high level strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the masterplanning and construction phase of the Duqm Industrial Development Zone. The work, culminating in the EIA report, identified the important environmental issues associated with the construction and operation of the 40,000 ha mixed use development. An Eco-Industrial approach, with synergistic planning between industries, was used to guide the masterplanning process and develop suitable mitigation and enhancement strategies. These focused on the incorporation of existing features (e.g. ecology, archaeology and landscape features) into the masterplan to safeguard them from impact and use them to create an aspirational design for an industrial zone.  The mitigation strategies were also assimilated into a framework Environmental Management Plan that guides future tenant level development, holistic infrastructure design and long term monitoring.

Onshore Wind Farm Environmental Assessment, Oman

The Oman government is seeking to develop a wind energy project in the south of Oman to make use of what is believed to be a wind resource of international significance. Our team has been involved in the undertaking of preliminary sensitivity analysis and the identification of opportunities and constraints for development at a range of sites. As part of this work we have provided recommendations for the preferred location for development.

Design and Supervision of Visitor Facilities at Al Ansab wetland, Oman

Haya Water is a leading water company in Oman that provides waste water treatment services in the Muscat area. Their facility at Al Ansab includes lagoons for treated sewage effluent that have matured over 30 yrs and is now an important wetland site with a nationally important bird population. The company commissioned our team to design and supervise construction of a world class visitor facility comprising a car park and toilet block, orientation point, bird hides and pathways, and interpretation throughout focused on delivering environmental education for school children aged 6 – 18 yrs. The project was designed to provide cutting edge environmental design that is in harmony with the landscape, indigenous and functional landscaping, and a mix of high technology and traditional interpretation materials.