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Consultancy Services for design update of Zone 40 in Doha
The project area is located in Zone 40, close to the center of Doha. It covers about 173 hectares and is an already built-up residential area. The scope of the project is to review and update the design of the area according to the regulations and design standards. Environmental studies have been undertaken in compliance with State of Qatar Environmental Protection Legislation.
Project: Pre-Contract Professional Design and Quantity Surveying Consultancy Services for: Design Update of Zone 40
Location: Doha, Qatar.
Client: Public Works Authority (PWA).
Cost of total Works: 53,084,235 €
Services: Concept design, Detailed design, Terms of Reference, Scope of Works, Environmental Impact Assessment, Monitoring Plan and Construction Environmental Management Plan.
Period: 06/2011 – 06/2014
The Project includes two Packages into which Zone 40 is divided. The Project comprises the detailed design of the upgrade of the existing roads and infrastructures, planned within the Qatar National Master Plan for the urban development in Qatar. The design update includes all the requirements to complete an infrastructure project according to the regulations and design standards, including proposals for landscaping.
The EIA Study has been developed with the aim of describing and analyzing how the project interferes with the present environmental conditions and of suggesting mitigation measures to be introduced in the design or in the specifications for the Contractor in order to reduce or neutralize adverse environmental impacts.
The impact nature of the project on the environment has been assessed in relation to a list of criteria, based on World Bank, European Union and other guidelines generally used at international levels.
The method proposed for the impact assessment considers the following criteria: quality of the impact, magnitude of the impact, type of the impact, duration of the impact.
Every impact has been assessed considering the above-mentioned criteria. The single assessments are then combined in a synthetic joint assessment, expressed on the basis of the following scale: negligible impact, slight impact, moderate impact, significant impact, severe impact.
The first step of the impact assessment is the identification of the potential impacts induced by the project; this is achieved by means of a checklist, a method commonly used in EIA studies, in which project activities and the potential effects for each environmental component are presented.
In agreement with MMUP, a separate checklist has been drawn up for the construction and operation phase of the project as the impacts are often different.
Mitigation measures are introduced and defined for the most relevant impacts.
The environmental components considered are: air quality, noise, vibration, soil and subsoil, groundwater, marine water, landscape, cultural heritage, social aspects and waste management.
Special attention has been focused on the analysis of the noise condition. The design of noise reduction measures allows to significantly reduce the noise level.
Several site investigations were performed in order to collect baseline data on present environmental conditions. Site investigations were related to noise levels, soil and groundwater quality, marine water quality and tidal and current and tide measurements.
The EIA Study has been completed by guidelines for the environmental monitoring plan and by an outline of the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP).