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Work starts on ‘blueprint’ district for New Clark City in the Philippines
9th May 2019

Work has started on a new city district masterplanned by Broadway Malyan within the Philippines' first “smart, resilient and green” metropolis.

New Clark City is currently being developed to the north of the capital Manila on the site of a former military base and will eventually be home to more than a million residents.

The new city aims to address growing environmental problems caused by climate change with a planning focus on resilience in a region that has been heavily impacted by natural disasters.

The project is being led by the Philippine Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in partnership with a number of private developers and Broadway Malyan were commissioned by Filinvest Land Inc. to masterplan a 288ha district on the edge of the commercial centre and next to the city’s main central park.

The Filinvest New Clark City masterplan follows a ‘live-work-play-learn’ model with a diverse range of integrated land uses including a specialist industry-focused university campus, affordable residential districts, an innovation and industrial park, hotels and a mixed-use commercial centre with lifestyle and community uses.

Director Ed Baker, who led the design team from Broadway Malyan’s Singapore studio, said the project followed a compact city model with the creation of a series of connected neighbourhoods, underpinned by an aspiration to promote a move away from private car use.

“A key aspiration for this project was to move towards non-motorised forms of transport,” said Ed. “This is facilitated by shaded streets designed for pedestrians and cyclists and urban blocks in the city centre that have been designed and broken down in to a finer grain of pedestrian-only connectors that encourage ease of movement and permeability and encourage more street life and ground floor activities.

“The planning has placed a particular importance on the creation of a district-wide open space and place-making strategy, creating a connected network of unique and accessible public spaces that provides ecological and recreational value for the surrounding communities.

“This strategy includes the integration of the existing hydrology, topography and flora and fauna within the masterplan where possible with a key landscape feature being the river valley ‘Loop Park’ that runs through the centre of the scheme and connects the different neighbourhoods.”

“The planning has placed a particular importance on the creation of a district-wide open space and place-making strategy, creating a connected network of unique and accessible public spaces that provides ecological and recreational value for the surrounding communities.”
Ed Baker, Director, Broadway Malyan

New Clark City, which at 9,450ha is bigger than Manhattan in New York, was first inaugurated by in 2016 and is set to become one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly cities. It’s goal is to be pollution free through a significant focus on pedestrianisation and public transport, energy efficient buildings built predominantly from lahar, a locally sourced material produced during volcanic eruptions and public utilities using greener energy sources such as solar power, liquefied natural gas and waste to energy facilities.

As part of the first phase of development, the city will host the 30th South East Asian Games, scheduled for late 2019 with the New Clark City Sports Complex and accommodation for the participants currently under construction.

The city will also be the location for the new National Government Administrative Centre as part of a programme to centralise all government agencies as well as providing a ‘back up’ in the event of a natural disaster, with government buildings moving from the capital to New Clark City during the early construction phases.

Ed said the city’s geographical location and its focus on progressive and sustainable planning principles would set a global benchmark for liveability with the first Filinvest district providing a blueprint for the rest of New Clark City.

He said: “The Filinvest New Clark City masterplan will create a vibrant ‘heart’ for New Clark City where the district and urban spaces have been designed for people, embracing the local ecology and creating something that is locally relevant and unique. With a focus on health and wellness, the masterplan provides an enhanced quality life and creates a connected and inclusive community for all.”

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