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Woods Bagot wins urban design project for New Caledonia

Jan 16, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor

International architecture practice Woods Bagot has won the international competition to masterplan a large-scale waterfront development in the city of Nouméa in New Caledonia.

The Strategic Masterplan for Nouméa 2025 involves the redevelopment of the waterfront district of the city, marketing Nouméa to a global audience. The competition brief asked practices to create a ‘long-term vision’ promoting the culture and ambition of the city.

Woods Bagot were selected for the project over practices including European firms Jean-Marie Charpentier, Philippe Madek and Studio 09.

Woods Bagot Director, David Tregoning, said the practice offered a “strong and clear methodology” rather than a fixed scheme for the city. “Inherent to our approach was to offer the City of Nouméa a partner to work with, to enable the client to deliver on their vision – rather than delivering a predetermined, concrete solution,” Tregoning explained.

The team will work in partnership with local architect Atelier DPJ, with the project managed by the government authorities, the City of Nouméa and the Port Autonome.

Richard Marshall, Joint Group Managing Director of Woods Bagot, said: “This project will help guide urban development for New Caledonia for many decades to come.

“These kinds of projects have the capacity to shape the vision of cities and it takes a bold commitment from the government and people of Nouméa. Waterfront projects have a special kind of power to create excitement, shape impressions and attract development and tourism interest. As designers we are thrilled to help bring their vision and aspirations into a new built reality.”

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20 Jan 11 at 5:21 AM • ww

so what?

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