An architecture firm is shifting its focus from golfing fairways to Egyptian Pharaohs after unveiling plans for the New Giza development in the shadow of the magnificent Pyramids.
While Egyptians have suffered three years of political and social upheaval generated by events surrounding the 2011 revolution, London-based architecture firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb
are helping to lead the way in encouraging the wider world to refocus their attention on the architectural history of the country.
Founded by five-time open golf champion Peter Thomson, who has just recently returned from a site visit, the company is already looking ahead to the opening of the 1,500-acre residential development. This will also include a hospital, two hotels, educational institutions such as a medical school and a university, office spaces, shopping malls, and parks and lakes. These will serve the residents of the development’s 5,500 new villas, apartments, and townhouses which will be housed in a total of ten neighbourhoods.
Referring to the beautiful views which will await golfers teeing off on the greens and fairways located in the shadows of the Pyramids, the company’s horticulturist and golf course designer Tim Lobb
explains: "The site for the golf course is part of one of the most dramatic landscapes we have worked on, with incredible hilltop views to the pyramids and 50-meter-high cliffs, which have been incorporated into the golf course design.”
"With so many golf developments having been put on hold over the past year, it is a credit to the developers and everyone involved with New Giza that the project is moving forward."
Meanwhile, government ministers have this week visited the construction site on which will stand the New Giza museum. Housing a staggering 100,000 artifacts, the museum’s undoubted star attraction will be the mummy of King Tutankhamun.
The $800 million project, which runs to 120-acres and was originally conceived in 2002, is being partly financed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency
. Although it’s feared there may well be further delays, it’s hoped the museum will finally open its doors to visitors in late 2015.
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