Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has approved the total gross floor area of the 2.2km² megaproject, and a groundbreaking ceremony could be held in the middle of next year, Sameh Muhtadi, chief executive officer of Bloom Holdings, told Construction Week.
Speaking on the sidelines of Cityscape Global 2018, Muhtadi said UPC’s approval meant the affordable housing master development had the “green light to proceed”.
He continued: “We are hoping to move fast on Phase 1. The first phase will involve a lot of infrastructure, as you can imagine, so we are hoping to break ground in the middle of next year.”
Located in Madinat Zayed, near Abu Dhabi International Airport, Bloom District is set to be completed in 15 years.
Construction plans for the project include 4,000 units, two schools, markets, food and drink outlets, and a hospital. Design work is yet to be finalised, but Muhtadi said he was optimistic that construction would begin in 2019.
Bloom District will be built over six phases and the project was launched at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, held in April earlier this year.
Muhtadi described it has a “long-term project for Bloom” that will keep the developer “busy for a long time”.