Atkins to master-plan Bahrain housing project


Atkins has been commissioned by the Bahrain Ministry of Housing to provide masterplanning, architecture and infrastructure design for the East Hidd housing development.

The scope of works includes concept through to detailed design for this social and affordable housing project.

The appointment of Atkins, a leading global engineering and design consultancies, ensures that this integral addition to Bahrain’s housing infrastructure receives high-quality design and advice, in accordance with international best practices.


The inspiration for the design was an old photograph of Al Hidd illustrating the traditional architecture and urban setting. The Ministry supplied the photograph and challenged Atkins to design a contemporary masterplan that followed closely with that traditional heritage.

Reclamation work at the site has been completed, and the concept design is currently in its final stages. Once completed, the city will comprise around 4,500 units across a 232ha site, with an anticipated population of 28,000.

The development will feature vibrant social and leisure zones including retail and food and beverage units, mosques, schools and waterfronts connected by public parks and plazas.

The modern housing units incorporate four house and two apartment prototypes, with an emphasis on blending this traditional Bahraini heritage and architectural style.

Atkins Bahrain MD Rob Ruse said: “We are proud to work on such an important project with the Ministry of Housing in pursuance of the government’s housing programme to provide social and affordable housing services to Bahrainis.

“East Hidd Housing makes a major contribution towards the delivery of this programme and will create a positive legacy for the Kingdom and its future generations,” said Ruse.

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