Provincial Plan for Luanda Wins Government Approval / by Broadway Malyan Admin

A city-wide development strategy led by Broadway Malyan and an international consultant team to chart the future of the Angolan capital of Luanda and its Province has won Government approval.

The global architecture, urbanism and design practice was appointed 18 months ago through a competitive bid process to develop a major and integrated masterplan strategy that would allow the city and its wider metropolitan district to upgrade its infrastructure, transport and living conditions to accommodate the projected doubling of its population to 12.9 million by 2030.

The completed Plano Director GeralMetropolitano de Luanda (PDGML)  - which encompasses the six urbanized Municipalities of Luanda Province across an area of 5,300km² - was presented to the Strategic Committee of Luanda, composed by the Inter-Ministerial Commission and chaired by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on 8th October, who confirmed their approval of the strategy.

James Rayner, head of master planning at Broadway Malyan, said the project was underpinned by the need to provide essential amenities for the city’s growing population and to exploit its potential to become a major global city and a regional economic hub while also protecting its rich cultural heritage.

He said: “Angola has become a model of stability in Africa and its successful oil industry has made it one of the continent’s most investable countries but Luanda was designed for just a tenth of its current population and with such rapid predicted growth there was a significant need for a coherent framework that supported a long-term sustainable future for the city.”

Phil Bonds, Director of Urban Design, who worked with Regional Director Monika Bik and a team of experts from Broadway Malyan’s London and Lisbon Studios, added: “For the past 18 months we have worked with a range of key stakeholders as we have reviewed a range of urban growth options that not only provided for a rising population but also reinforced a programme of economic diversification that will act as a model for the wider country and allow it to lessen its dependence on oil revenues.

“The emerging plan combines several disciplines including strategies for transport, utility infrastructure, housing and community facilities while integrating existing programmes and proposed public and private initiatives to create a joined up vision. The Angolan Government expects to attract further investment to help realise the plan’s aims over the next 15 years.”

Broadway Malyan led an international team including local partner Urbinveste, Deloitte, Aurecon, Mobility in Chain and Nova University of Lisbon.  The project included the complete remapping of the city’s land uses and characteristics, the review of 20,000 government documents and over 400 meetings and presentations.

Over the next decades the approved strategy will seek to:

-  triple GDP per capita – with 75 per cent of this growth from non-oil revenues

-  develop 2,700km of highways, 200km of new rail routes and 500km of LRT transit

-  develop land parcels for the construction of 1.4m new homes

- Implement regeneration projects in unstructured city areas, accounting for the renewal of 800,000 traditional musseque dwellings

-  build new State schools, clinics and hospitals

-  establish 6,500 hectares of urban parks while improving the coastline and protecting 2,000km² of natural habitats and protected reserves.

The PDGML is set to be officially launched over the coming months when the document will be made available to institutional organisations and the general public.

Press coverage: Building Design (04.11.15)