NYUAD Campus

    High quality walkable campus at the primary university in Abu Dhabi. Working with Rafael Vinoly Architects, the landscape vision was to use shade and water to create a ‘curated landscape’ that could be used throughout the year, providing collaborative outdoor learning, permanent and temporary exhibition and meeting spaces for students. An activation programme ensures that the functionality and value of the space is maximised. 

    Upper floors of residences are linked by linear ‘highline’ landscapes and footbridges from which the lower central spine, sculptures, exhibition spaces and grand Palm Court can be viewed. 

    Madhu Rose

    Madhu is an energetic and passionate Architect & Urban Designer with 15 years’ experience managing a variety of projects from highly complex, large-scale masterplans to neighbourhood parks. An excellent problem solver and multi-tasker she brings sensitivity and creativity to project design with a keen eye for cultural identity and placemaking. Madhu has the essential ability and diversity of skills to always see the bigger picture and skilfully steer the design team’s vision. A talented story-teller and graphical illustrator, she has influenced the way the teams present their work throughout the design stages, expressing a site’s culture, colour, diversity and history.

    Robert Conchie

    Robert is a Senior Associate – Project Manager, based in Abu Dhabi, with 28 years’ experience within the landscape construction industry in the UAE and Middle East. Robert is Project Manager on the Post Contract team ensuring that the professionally created designs and details, from Cracknell’s design teams, are implemented on site to the required quality and aesthetics and within program and budget, maximising the long-term sustainability and enjoyment of the project whilst protecting the Client’s investment.

    Robert’s extensive experience both as a General Manager of contracting companies as well as Project Manager for Cracknell enables him to understand the challenges of project implementation with a fair and rational approach.

    Project quality is Robert’s passion, and he strives to achieve excellence in the projects he manages, and to ensure the project team working with him have the same objectives through collaboration, teamwork and mentoring.

    Asha Mallya

    Asha has over 21 years’ experience in HR and Finance. Commencing her professional journey as a qualified accountant, she soon discovered her true passion lies in fostering collaboration among individuals and cultivating a positive working environment. Leveraging her financial expertise and HR management, with exceptional business acumen, she has built the HR function to effectively support Cracknell’s growth.

    Notably, Asha assumes the role of an efficacious team leader, bearing the responsibility of overseeing and managing HR functions with resounding success. Cultivating relationships and trust among her colleagues is important to Asha. Her unwavering belief revolves around creating a supportive working culture that thrives on diversity, inclusivity, collaboration, mutual respect, and recognising the significance of a harmonious work-life balance.

    Nick Lavender

    Nick is a Senior Project Manager/Resident Engineer with over 35 years’ experience
    in the Horticultural industry during which, he has gained a broad level of general
    management experience with a strong track record of successful project completion
    and effective man management strategies.

    During his tenure with Cracknell he has worked on several key projects across the Middle East & UK, including enhancement
    packages to the Burj Al Arab & Dubai Opera District and has been a key member of
    the post contract team striving to embrace new ideas and technologies.

    Alex Dios

    Alex has experience within the fast and challenging China and Southeast Asian market for the past 23 years and is Director of the Shanghai Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines. He has led projects ranging from small scale to mid-size community planning, urban landscape, mixed used, residential, commercial, and public realm.

    As a Senior Associate at Cracknell he heads and oversees the Manila team, sharing his experience and expertise in place making and sustainable design. Ensuring that the team’s design resolution meets Cracknell’s standards, Alex refines and takes responsibility for each project’s final design solution.


    A mixed-use parkside development with hotels and dining experiences connected by an inviting and walkable public realm.

    Streetscapes between the areas are vibrant, active, lush and welcoming. The Metro Plaza is the jewel in the crown, where colour and light burst in artistic displays contributing to cohesive identifiable urban spaces.

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

    Dubai’s most famous street encircles the Burj Khalifa tower in a 3km arc. With the creation of a major new global city came the need to create a Downtown District for Emirates to take pride in, for tourists to cross off their bucket-lists & for the world to recognise as a global centre. The 73m wide Boulevard links the iconic tower, Dubai Mall & other prominent visitor attractions, & residential, commercial & retail developments with an extensive pedestrian esplanade; together with a dramatic lakeside promenade it provides a civic focus for Dubai’s capital city.

    The design challenge was to create a world-class boulevard with the same recognition as the Ramblas & Champs Elysee, with activated public realm featuring high-end retail, art & theatre.


    Defined by feature paving & aligned with gaps between the buildings, the Boulevard intersections delight onlookers with framed Burj Khalifa views. Themed details such as ramped steps, artwork, stone faceting & water jets celebrate these moments, encouraging socialising & cafe culture.


    Solidifying the area’s identity & referencing UAE culture, patternation was developed through optioneering. Created for expression in the paving, tree pits, sculptural settings, ramps & venting details, the pattern was proliferated through all public realm elements so that collaboration on street furniture, kiosks, wayfinding & lighting reflected & strengthened the sense of place.


    The Boulevard is trisected, reflecting neighbouring character areas, enticing visitors to explore. With open views of the Mall & Burj Khalifa, the Arrival Area is characterised by low planting punctuated by Delonix regia & its bursts of red flowers. Clear stemmed Pheonix dactylifera palms define the Urban Zone whilst both trees line avenues in the Garden Gateway, underplanted with ample shrubs & groundcovers.


    Trees, palms & plants sourced at mature size gave immediate shade. To accommodate for growth, 1.8m wide tree pits were installed. 16 years on, this foresight is providing year-round use with cooling established avenues, demonstrating the importance of urban greening.


    With the advent of personal electric transport and the birth of social media, the way we interact with cities, & art interfaces with landscape has changed irrevocably; however the feel of the Boulevard has remained true to the original aesthetic largely due to the success of the guidelines & design.

    Photography by Alessandro Merati © Cracknell

    Volante Residences

    An exclusive collection of 45 luxury residences facing the Dubai Canal and the iconic Burj Khalifa; all apartments have access to the exclusive club bar and lounge terraces that take full advantage of breath-taking views. 

    There are elegant, shared terraces and courtyards for social gatherings and health & wellness facilities include jacuzzis, saunas and an infinity pool. 

    © Leigh Williamson, Managing Director, Luxhabitat Sotheby's International Realty
    © Leigh Williamson, Managing Director, Luxhabitat Sotheby's International Realty

    Diriyah Gate Bujairi Streetscapes

    These sensitively designed streetscapes within the setting of the At-Turaif WHS emphasise the extraordinary sense of place whilst respectfully providing routes through a culturally significant landscape that minimise archaeological erosion. 

    Cycle paths and walkways are lined with native grasses, palm trees and locally sourced stone. Designed to be inundated by infrequent natural flood events, stone terraces lift the streetside linear parks above the main flood level. This design met the challenge of integrating the spaces with the Formula E street racing circuit, creating a truly flexible urban environment.