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IDG were employed by Elite Estates for design services on this enormous new golf development in Pakistan. As golf course architects and landscape designers, our scope is the concept and detailed design for the golf course as well as the public realm landscape architecture across the entire development. Measuring a significant 601 acres, this development represents the largest golf community in Pakistan and aims to set a new level of real estate quality in the country. Facilities include an 18 hole championship golf course with associated practice areas, community parks with sports provision, hotels, schools, mosques, a city centre with large shopping mall, commercial zones and central parks. The masterplan was developed in conjunction firstly with Callison RTKL and later with WATG.

This landscape will be built on one of the most interesting sites that we have come across. Very steep ravines traverse the site and will be incorporated into the landscape of the real estate as well as the golf course. In wet season, a huge amount of run off is expected to run onto the site which will be channelled through our lakes and filtered by our river systems. The water strategy for irrigation of the vast green spaces has been considered carefully as one of the key factors for success. The site was historically used to produce bricks using the clay on site. Several large brick kilns and chimneys will be retained as part of the character of the site ensuring the tradition of this wonderful place is retained. The project is under construction.

Objectives & Challenges:

• Create an extraordinary golf course and landscape to raise the profile onto the world stage.
• Create maximum financial value by value engineering entire scheme.
• Keep pace with a team of international consultants all on a very fast schedule.
• Create bespoke landscape architecture packages for several different communities and areas within the overall development.

Added Value & Benefits:

• Deep understanding of golf developments and the value it can drive.
• Ability to input masterplanning discipline into landscape design resulting in a smoother design flow.
• Site wide contour plans creating a balanced cut and fill across the whole development.
• CGI visuals of landscape concept enabling entire consultant/developer team to understand the design intent.