UK firm will plan Istanbul project

Consultancy wins major project in global contest

Architecture, planning and design consultancy Llewelyn Davies Yeang (LDY) has won an international competition to master-plan a transportation route in Turkey. Director Ken Yeang of the UK-based consultancy, which is known for its sustainable master-plans, will design the plan to link the east and west waterfronts of Istanbul to the rest of Turkey. It will involve the creation of a 2km continuous ecological corridor, which also serves as a new urban park for the city. The aim of the plan is to create a corridor that will make the area’s biodiversity whole again by linking the mountain and upland ecology to the north with the coastal ecology to the south. Yeang said: “This project is hugely prestigious, especially given the international standing of the other entrants. We are confident that our scheme will create a new area that has its own distinct identity and is sensitive to the area’s ecology.” The site is located between the Kucukcekmece Lake and the Sea of Marmara. It was previously dominated by unplanned development and transport infrastructure. Features planned include a dolphinarium, national cultural centre, world ecology biomes, a 1,000-berth marina, new canals, two hotels, residential and leisure areas as well as a wide range of public spaces and beaches. Other entrants in the contest included Japanese practice Kengo Kuma and Dutch firm MVRDV.

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