Masterplanning and urban development

The need for smart sustainable urban solutions has never been greater than it is today. Ramboll’s master planning services focus on developing healthy, safe places in which people can thrive, communities can evolve, and the environment can flourish.

Development of a strategic masterplan for the Emirate of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.


Rob Hounsome

Rob Hounsome

Regional Director, Infrastructure & Environment, Middle East
T: +971 2 658 4618

Sanjeev Kapoor

Director, Transport, India
T: +91 124 4611 999
Shonn Mills

Shonn Mills

Head of International Markets, Buildings, Singapore
T: +65 852 321 97

Realising complex urban solutions

Coordination and understanding of a wide range of disciplines is critical to successful master planning, which is why our ability to integrate our areas of expertise is crucial to our success.

We help customers realise their development potential, particularly when it comes to complex urban concepts. We identify key risks and suggest solutions. We provide the spectrum of knowledge required for the development of all kinds of urban, suburban, former industrial, and green field areas. The realities of commercial feasibility remain central to our consultancy.

Close coordination from concept to completion

We have a thorough understanding of all project stages involved from concept to completion — from architectural and infrastructure design, environmental and geotechnical assessment, legislative requirements, sustainable energy, transport planning and socioeconomic implications, to planning strategy, phasing, and delivery.

Depending on the requirements of the project, we bring together the relevant specialists to work with an experienced master planning project manager. The project manager takes responsibility for internal communications and functions as the primary point of contact for the team. Our approach has proved successful when coordinating very specific types of expertise to provide a cohesive and comprehensive service.

Our usage of advanced modelling software and geographic information systems (GIS) supports the analysis of options available and the subsequent communication of results.

Master planning experience

We have the ability to carry out any combination of master planning services from our multidisciplinary profile. Our experience includes sustainable master plans for regeneration of city centre areas, hospitals, colleges, airports, ports, golf courses, and luxury resorts - in both national and international settings.

In keeping with our philosophy, our master planning teams encourage the exchange of ideas between all disciplines involved to reach the most streamlined, cost-effective result, enabling us to meet the social, technical, environmental, and financial requirements of any project.

Sustainable approach to urban development and master planning

Sustainable development requires a fresh approach to master planning. This is achieved by removing existing preconceptions and managing the design process to combine innovative, practical, and economical drivers for holistic sustainable solutions. From the project inception through design development, we identify and develop key sustainability considerations in an interactive process with customers and design teams.

We deliver solutions based on a clear understanding of core facts, including customer aspirations, site opportunities and constraints, economic thresholds, and the evolution of policies and regulations against the project time table.

Our approach to sustainable master planning promotes multidisciplinary work and close collaboration with specialist groups within Ramboll. This results in integrated strategies which respond to site opportunities, and offer innovation and exemplary sustainable design. Our input is applied and developed throughout the life cycle of the project. We aim at achieving truly sustainable development by promoting education and awareness alongside design solutions, to enable environmental best practices to become an integral part of new communities.

Ramboll has over 100 employees working within urban development and master planning. The employees are located in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, the UK, India, and the Middle East.

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Tourism Strategy for the Emirate of Fujairah

Ramboll has been awarded the contract to develop the Strategic Master Plan for the Emirate of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate of Fujairah is proactively seeking to develop and implement a strategic direction that considers the Emirate’s potential economic, environmental and development needs beyond 2040. The Master Plan will act as an important holistic guide in directing related growth and management sectors, such as regional and local tourism, major development and the management of natural resources.

Fujairah 2040 Framework Plan

Fujairah 2040 Framework Plan

Under the leadership of the Ruler of Fujairah H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi and Crown Prince H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Fujairah Municipality initiated the development of a strategic Framework Plan for the Emirate of Fujairah, one of seven Emirates making up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ramboll was commissioned by Fujairah Municipality to develop Fujairah’s Framework Plan through a multi-disciplinary approach.

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