Situated opposite the city's presidential complex, the Ankhor site in central Tashkent represents prime redevelopment land in Uzbekistan. Originally accommodating low level housing, outbuildings and wasteland, the 9.27ha site is located in a seismic zone. It is bounded by the Chirchick river, roads and buildings. Ramboll’s structural, infrastructural and environmental expertise was sought, and we liaised with the architect from an early stage to explore masterplan options for a mixed use development.
The aim of the feasibility study was to maximise the density of any proposed design and address a number of issues in support of the planning application. Transport, access, structural requirements and infrastructure provision were investigated. Preliminary ground modelling was undertaken in those areas presenting the greatest potential risk to construction, given local seismic activity and poor ground conditions. Consultation with utility providers ensured that suggested improvements to the district heating and cooling systems took into account available technology and existing services.
The subsequent concept design proposed 200,000 sq m of residential apartments, exploiting the river frontage and incorporating leisure facilities and a mosque. Led by the architect, the team ensured that a sustainable development that would exceed international and national standards of good practice was presented. The concept design’s emphasis is on sustainability, including energy efficiency and use, passive design, water use and management, waste management and ecology.