The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has approved UK-based architect Broadway Malyan’s concept masterplan for Al Maryah Island, formerly Sowwah Island.
The masterplan covers more than 3.5 million square metres of mixed-use land, with the scheme involving development of commercial, residential, retail, hospitality and community areas.
Al Maryah Island is a 114ha development located between the Mina Zayed area of Abu Dhabi Island, Saadiyat Island and Al-Reem Island.
Broadway Malyan has been working on the scheme since 2009 for the project’s developer Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), a business unit of Mubadala Development Company.
The practice will now target new appointments to support the delivery of the next stages of the scheme. Al Maryah Island will be developed in three phases, with the first phase is already under construction.
The first phase, Sowwah Square, will provide 450,000 square metres of office, hotel and retail space, with large floor plates and column-free interiors.
Designed by the US-based architectural firm Goettsch Partners, Sowwah Square will also feature four 30 to 36-storey office towers to provide 180,000 square metres of office space and about 37,000 square metres of retail and F&B space below the central square.
Broadway Malyan is providing a range of masterplanning, public realm, architecture and landscape design services, as well as sustainability consultancy for the project.
Recently, the UPC approved Broadway Malyan’s concept masterplan for a new 680ha waterfront community of about 55,000 inhabitants on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, for client Aldar.
Image: Al Maryah Island concept, which covers more than 3.5 million square metres of mixed-use development. Photo courtesy of Broadway Malyan.