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Mott MacDonald appointed lead designer for Masdar infrastructure

Mott MacDonald has been formally appointed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company as lead designers for all infrastructure on what is set to be the world’s first carbon neutral zero waste city, Masdar.

Masdar will place Abu Dhabi at the forefront of sustainability as it is being built as the international centre for innovation, offering a facility to develop and share best practice, learning and thought leadership in energy conservation and environmental protection. A particular feature of the design is a Personal Rapid Transport system (PRT) which will run on renewable energy and play a fundamental role as cars will be banned from the city.

Mott MacDonald’s professionals are already on site helping to design the city’s whole infrastructure. The company’s ability to deliver diverse expertise, such as specialists in environmental assessments, waste and water management, as well as all aspects of power, communications systems, district cooling, structures, geothermal and building energy modelling, in an integrated way is key to its selection to help deliver the project. Mott MacDonald’s team of experts is working closely with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to develop renewable energy strategies and to design the main plants and utility distribution networks that will serve the 5.5 million square metres of development.

Ian Clarke, Mott MacDonald’s Middle East managing director said: “Our appointment on Masdar is of huge importance to our staff in Abu Dhabi and the whole of the Mott MacDonald group as we firmly believe in promoting best practice in sustainability and combining local knowledge with world class innovation. We are thrilled that Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company has chosen us to assist on Masdar, our appointment enables us to consolidate our profile as world leaders in the field of sustainability and furthermore help place Abu Dhabi at the centre of sustainable development. We’re drawing on the expertise of our talented staff to provide a powerful multidisciplinary team that can not be matched and will deliver the best world class service.”

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