Master developer of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has announced plans to develop a community park.
The 55,000m2 park will replace Lake ‘C’ within the towers.
DMCC will also construct a new pedestrian bridge to connect the southern and northern areas of the community – connecting the new park in the northern section to Lake ‘B’ in the south, in order to increase pedestrian access.
In an interview with ConstructionWeekOnline, Matthew Lomax, director of property at DMCC, said: “We wanted to add to our already existing green space, which people have indicated is a positive aspect to living in JLT. In terms of creating a sustainable type of built environment, it’s a green initiative, and it has social and economic benefits associated with it.”
Lomax added that the developer had received “a significant number of requests from the community” to create such a park.
He said: “This also represents a perfect example of the importance of maintaining an ongoing dialogue with our community. Over the past year, we have engaged with residents, owners associations and tower developers alike to get their opinions on the community park and have been inundated with positive feedback, with an outdoor green space top of their wish-list.”
The enhancements to JLT are a response to extensive community consultation between DMCC, Concordia, Tower Developers and Owners Associations.
He said the request for the community park was unanimous, with queries coming in from OAs whether other lakes would be converted too. When asked about this, Lomax said there are currently no plans to do so.
DMCC has already closed tenders for the construction process. Lomax said: “We’re about to award the final tender in the coming weeks.”
Construction will take approximately eighteen months and is expected to begin in early 2013.
The new planned facilities include two pedestrian boulevards; shaded pathways connecting the various areas of the park; children’s amenities; picnic areas; open lawn areas; exercise areas; a lake side plaza; a pedestrian link bridge to the south side of JLT; and access to retail outlets on the promenade, all accessible via drop off and parking options.
“There are a lot of advantages [to this], commercially and socially,” Lomax added.