Central park, housing project to rise in New Clark City

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    The British Embassy Manila and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to design the central par and an affordable housing project in New Clark City.

    New Clark City, envisioned as the first smart, green, sustainable and resilient metropolis in the country, was chosen as one of the pilot areas of the UK Prosperity Fund Global Future Cities Programme.

    Under the MOU, the UK and BCDA will work on three key areas for New Clark City: participative design for New Clark City Central Park and citywide public space recommendations; housing strategy and livelihood recommendations for Clark Special Economic and Freeport Zone (CSEFZ) and New Clark City; and the establishment of a sustainability unit for New Clark City.

    Through the Future Cities programme, the UK and BCDA will come up with a conceptual and detailed design for the Central Park, which will also be integrated to the open space network of New Clark City and its immediate surroundings.

    The parties will also design a pilot 33.89-hectare affordable housing project in New Clark City, and will review the existing housing strategy within the CSEFZ and New Clark City.

    Under the MOU, the parties will also set up a sustainability unit for New Clark City and facilitate development of activities on urban planning, disaster resilience, urban design, landscape architecture, and sustainable development goals.