Regeneration Project Profiles


The regeneration of cities and creation of green spaces to offset hectic urban living is an extremely important issue and one that is being embraced worldwide. Below is a list of the 10 most innovative urban regeneration projects as chosen by a panel of independent industry professionals for the Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition. The projects in this sector were diverse in their attempts to create more tranquil living conditions and regenerate what was once in a state of disrepair.



Feature Project: Oresund Regional Development


The Oresund Regional Development project creates a cross-border economic zone between Sweden and Denmark, focused on Malmö and Copenhagen. The two cities are connected by an impressive new international crossing and share a considerable amount of physical infrastructure. The aim is to continue to foster growth and connectivity via the proposed 18 kilometer Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, which will bring Germany and Scandinavia closer together.




World Trade Center Redevelopment


The World Trade Center Redevelopment in the United States involves the regeneration of Ground Zero and reconstruction of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York City. The development has attracted controversy since its inception, with some people questioning if redevelopment of Ground Zero could, or indeed should, be attempted. Redevelopment is now underway, and is aiming to turn the 16-acre area into a vibrant commercial district and a memorial to those who lost their lives. The 104-floor skyscraper One World Trade Center is currently nearing completion, and three more commercial towers are planned.




Waterfront Toronto


The Waterfront Toronto project is an estimated US$30 billion development that has been planned for 25 years and is perhaps the largest urban regeneration project in North America. The revitalization is concentrated on Toronto’s central waterfront, an area of 800 hectares of largely underutilized old industrial land located steps away from the country’s largest financial and cultural urban core. Once it is completed, the waterfront will include a series of sustainable new communities featuring 40,000 new residences (20 percent of which will be affordable housing), 40,000 new jobs, new transit infrastructure and 300 hectares of parks and public spaces.




Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan


The Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan is set to revitalize the city’s Shahama and Bahia areas. It is possibly the largest and most comprehensive urban regeneration masterplan in the region, and it will ensure that Abu Dhabi’s next phase of physical and economic growth takes place in a sustainable and competitive manner. The plan aims to turn the central district into a “liveable and modern Arab capital,” which will encourage citizens to use public transport or walk rather than drive cars in what is already a heavily congested and polluted city. Seven axis corridors, each representing one of the seven Emirates, will lead into the central business district. Monuments and buildings of national importance will be built along these roads, and a federal precinct will be created to house national government buildings.




Bahrain Social Housing


The Bahrain Social Housing project is another pathfinder Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the country and the wider Middle East. The development spans three sites and will involve the procurement of 4,100 units over a period of three and a half years. In a country recently scarred by violence and civil unrest, it is hoped that effective social housing can alleviate social tension as well as housing shortages to bring back some stability and balance to Manama.




Sabarmathi Riverfront Development Project


The Sabarmathi Riverfront Development Project is an urban regeneration and environmental improvement initiative currently under way in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It involves the reclamation of a 10.5 kilometer stretch of the banks of the Sabarmathi River, creating a new public space for cultural and civic institutions. Along the river, space will be made for recreation use and markets. The aim is to transform the stretch of river from a geographical divider in the middle of the city to a focal point for leisure and recreation.




Gardens by the Bay


The inspirational Gardens by the Bay is major urban development which forms part of the wider Marina Bay project, aiming to improve the quality of life for residents by providing green space within the city. Spanning 101 hectares, the project is an integral part of a strategy by the government to transform Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’.




Rio Olympic Park


The futuristic Rio Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro will be the focal point for the 2016 summer games and involves an area of 1.6 million square metres. From a waterside park to the athlete villages, regeneration includes permanent and temporary facilities to support the Games. Controversially, the development will evict 4,000 people from Vila Autódromo, a decades-old squatter settlement on the site. As part of the deal for the development, the winning consortium will build new housing for the displaced with the aim of improving their living conditions; however, some resistance continues.




Porto Maravilha


The Porto Maravilha project in Rio de Janeiro has been mooted for more than 30 years and will redevelop large areas of the port district in time for the 2016 Games. Development will focus on residential and commercial properties, with the landmark Pier Mauá set to become the focal point of a major new leisure complex. Infrastructure improvements will include new sewage, water, electricity, telephone and piped gas networks. Transportation links will also be improved as tunnels, on-ramps, bike lanes and bus stops are constructed, and the Mount Provodência rail tunnel will be expanded to include road traffic. The PPP contract will include maintenance and conservation services for the public roads over the next 15 years.




Scotswood Urban Regeneration


The Scotswood Urban Regeneration project in the United Kingdom plans to regenerate a run-down urban area in the west end of Newcastle city center, creating a truly sustainable, new urban community. Once completed, it will deliver 1,800 new homes, schools, retail properties, leisure centers and community buildings. Roads, drainage and other infrastructure will also be upgraded. Regeneration work began towards the end of 2011 and it is expected to take 15 years to complete.




Information contained within the feature project articles and sector articles of the Infrastructure 100 Report are provided by Infrastructure Journal (IJ). Infrastructure Journal assisted with collating and analyzing projects to be considered by regional and global judging panels for the Infrastructure 100 Report, and conducted in-depth research which was used to develop the project profiles contained within the publication. While KPMG makes every attempt to provide accurate and timely information to readers, neither KPMG nor Infrastructure Journal guarantees its accuracy, timeliness, completeness or usefulness, and are not responsible or liable for any such content.

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