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The East Hidd Housing Development project was unveiled at the Ministry of Housing’s exhibition at Seef Mall as part of Bahrain’s National Day celebrations. Atkins has been commissioned by the Ministry of Housing to provide masterplanning, architecture and infrastructure design from concept through to detailed design for this social and affordable housing project.

The appointment of Atkins ensures that this integral addition to Bahrain’s housing infrastructure receives high quality design and advice, in accordance with international best practices.

Reclamation work at the site has been completed and the concept design is currently in its final stages. Once completed, the city will comprise around 4,500 units across a 232 hectare site, with an anticipated population of 28,000. The development will feature vibrant social and leisure zones including retail and food and beverage units, mosques, schools and waterfronts connected by public parks and plazas.

The inspiration for the design was an old photograph of Al Hidd illustrating the traditional architecture and urban setting. The Ministry supplied the photograph and challenged Atkins to design a contemporary masterplan that followed closely with that traditional heritage. The modern housing units incorporate four house and two apartment prototypes, with an emphasis on blending this traditional Bahraini heritage and architectural style.

Atkins’ managing director in Bahrain, Rob Ruse said: “We are proud to work on such an important project with the Ministry of Housing in pursuance of the Government’s housing programme to provide social and affordable housing services to Bahrainis. East Hidd Housing makes a major contribution towards the delivery of this programme and will create a positive legacy for the Kingdom and its future generations.”


For more information:

Donna Hawkins
Marketing manager

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Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies*, employing some 17,700 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design and enable some of the world's most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.

*14th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2012), the largest global architecture firm (BD World Architecture 100 2012) and the largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2011).

Atkins is working across urban regeneration, master planning, national energy programmes, major transport schemes, water and environment projects - applying smart design solutions on projects including:

  • Doha Central Planning Office - helping to co-ordinate Qatar’s National 2030 Vision for world class transport infrastructure, which will bring major benefits to the economy;
  • The London 2012 Games infrastructure transformation - as technical advisor to London’s boroughs as the Olympic Park moves into its legacy configuration as a follow-on role to our work as the Games’ official engineering and design provider;
  • UAE’s peaceful nuclear new build programme - providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates’ most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;
  • North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of fuel sources from mature fields;
  • SSE offshore wind alliance - provision of expert engineering and design support for the UK’s biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;
  • Crossrail - designing the Central London twin tunnels and station architecture for Europe’s biggest civil engineering scheme which will see tunnels passing beneath 470 listed buildings and critical infrastructure;
  • Etihad Railway - providing multidisciplinary design expertise on the 1,200 km Etihad Rail network which will revolutionise passenger and freight transport in the UAE;
  • Denmark ERTMS - providing multidisiplinary signalling expertise on the first countrywide installation of an ERTMS train control and management system in Denmark;
  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - lead consultant on this integral part of the new Hong Kong link road scheme which will significantly boost land connectivity in the region;
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College - design of the ultralow energy consumption Lowestoft College in the UK which aims to reduce operational energy use by more than 60% compared to previous designs;
  • UK National Composites Centre - providing technical expertise to bring the latest lightweight carbon fibre materials to all engineering sectors, helping to develop innovative applications and reduce costs and carbon;
  • US Environmental Protection Agency - providing technical assessment and analysis of national water-related resources and ecological systems in North America.



East Hidd Housing aims to enrich the quality of life for Bahrainis by creating an exemplar urban residential environment that is a fusion of the traditional and the modern Bahrain.
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The inspiration for the design was an old photograph of Al Hidd illustrating the traditional architecture and urban setting.

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