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The London-based architecture studio Grimshaw has won the urban planning competition for the expansion of Tirana’s main boulevard, one of the city’s most ambitious plans in decades.
Presenting the new expansion project of the city on Monday, Mayor Lulzim Basha said that the project was key to the city’s development and construction would also create much-needed jobs.
“The project for the new boulevard and the Tirana River is the most important implemented in the city in the past 80 years in view of the challenges it faces and that it aims to overcome,” Basha said.
“The project will have an immediate impact in creating thousands of jobs for Tirana’s citizens,” he added.
Albania’s capital has become a victim of its own phenomenal growth in the past two decades with the construction boom restricting public space and imposing increasing traffic problems on the city.
Founded in 1980, Grimshaw’s international portfolio covers all major sectors of architecture and the firm has been honoured with over 150 international design awards including the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.
The project, which foresees the construction of a new neighbourhood with green technologies for transportation and energy, was the winner among six other bids from international architecture studios.
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