Port Louis master plan to rejuvenate capital city through sustainable design
The Prime Minister of Mauritus Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam has launched the 26 hectare Neotown Port Louis, designed by Andy Fisher workshop. The master plan embraces the opportunity to create a landmark development for the Les Salines district with the aim of reconnecting the city to the waterfront and to strategically encouraging further development of Port Louis.
Working with Les Salines Development, a subsidiary of Patel Realty, Andy Fisher workshop developed a concept to transform and integrate the waterfront site, turning this previously neglected area into Neotown Port Louis containing business, residential, hospitality and retail precincts along with a Tourist Heritage Centre with a total built area of approximately 930,000 sq m with an FDI of US$ 500 million.
The concept for the master plan was inspired by the unique waterfront and city edge location of the site. Drawing from the surrounding context, the concept strategy extends the key neighbourhood street patterns, urban fabric and sight alignments across the site, terminating in a series of public plazas along the waterfront. The plazas form nodal points activated by recreation and cultural activities adjacent a key pedestrian link along the waterfront promenade.
A new ‘green heart’ known as the Marine Park will provide a centrally located public park space and create a clear recreation focus for the development. This major linear park has been designed to connect to the Port Louis waterfront, with vibrant pedestrian friendly parkland and waterfront spaces. A series of streets and pedestrians links increases the permeability across the development with connections to the waterfront. Central to the master plan are environmental sustainable design initiatives to be developed as standard guidelines for the architecture and landscape proposals.