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Riviera Development Nicosia

Suburban Building in Cyprus design by ESA / Capita Symonds

9 Dec 2011

Riviera Development Nicosia, Cyprus

Design: ESA – part of Capita Symonds

Work Begins on £50m Cyprus Scheme

Work on the infrastructure for the £50m (approx) ‘Riviera’ scheme in the suburbs of Nicosia, Cyprus, has begun on site.

ESA – now part of Capita Symonds – was commissioned by Plaza Exclusive Projects in 2008 to develop the architectural masterplan for the 17 hectare mixed use scheme which comprises around 200 new modern homes in phase one as well as offices, shops, retail, community & leisure facilities and an extensive landscaped park.

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images from Capita Symonds

The capital and largest city on Cyprus, Nicosia is consistently ranked as one of the richest cities in the world in terms of per capita income.

Riviera’ will consist of two distinct but integrated segments: a residential area with properties for sale and an 18,000 sqm commercial sector with units for rent/sale. The project specifically consists of eco friendly infrastructure, luxury villas, houses, apartments, offices, restaurants, retail and leisure facilities which will be surrounded by parks and piazzas. It will also contain 5,000 sqm of water features and 3 km of dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths while the 23,000 sqm of park will be lined with mature eucalyptus trees and hundreds of citrus and olive trees.

The concept provides a masterplan with a strong, well defined shape and content and based on the idea of interlocking circles that represents the ancient underground wells of Lakatamia that exist under the site. This concept organises the plan and drives the concept for the layout of residential and commercial areas.

In particular, the masterplan recognises the importance of integration, achieving a strong resolution of circulation, functionality, built form and positive open space for community use. The buildings are planned around a regenerated natural ‘creek’ that will form the heart of a new linear park, stretching for nearly a kilometre through the scheme.

The brief evolved to include designs for a new mixed-use residential and commercial community that responds to a defined schedule of accommodation as well as to the context of the site (topography, climate and location) and all current planning regulations.

The first phase of the project is due for completion in 2013.

To see a flythrough of the development go to www.capitasymonds.co.uk/news

Riviera Development Nicosia images / information from Capita Symonds

Capita Symonds, UK

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus, Cyprus, south east Europe

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