See Photos of What the 'Aerocity' Near the Bulacan Airport Might Look Like
Designs for an “aerocity” that will be built close to the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan were released by San Miguel Corp (SMC) on Tuesday (May 17).
According to SMC President Ramon S. Ang, the conceptual master plan from top architectural and design firm Palafox Associates reflects “the vision of a modern Philippine city that provides built-in solutions to various socio-economic, environmental, and climate issues, and corrects the mistakes seen in many urban developments of Metro Manila.”
The Aerocity will be built adjacent to the New Manila International Airport
“These designs presented to us by architect [Jun] Palafox and his team will be close to actual,” Ang said. “There will probably be some adjustments by the time we implement, and we will still continue to improve as needed, but in terms of the overall concept, design, and the features, this is it.”
Both the NMIA and the aerocity will feature green designs to promote sustainability and will address “social and environmental concerns,” including agriculture and food production, logistics, health and wellness, aeronautics, finance, science and technology, commerce, residences, education, tourism, entertainment, recreation, and government among others.
The aerocity will also have open spaces and will use the latest in digital infrastructure.
The Aerocity will feature wide boulevards with landscaping, greenery, and dedicated lanes for mass transportation, biking, active frontages, and pedestrian walkways
NMIA, which SMC is building in a 2,400-hectare parcel of land in Bulacan at a cost of P740 billion, will feature four parallel runways, a world-class terminal, and a modern and interlinked infrastructure network that includes expressways and railways. SMC won the contract to build, operate, and maintain the facility in 2019.
When completed, the airport will accommodate an initial 20 million passengers per year, and is expected to fuel “trillions of dollars in economic activity annually,” while creating 20 million direct and indirect jobs.
"SMC is fully committed to completing the massive projects, which it will fully-fund with no guarantees or subsidies from government, to help boost the country’s post-pandemic economy and improve the lives of more Filipinos by boosting various industries and creating millions of quality jobs nationwide,” Ang said.
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Plans allow for green spaces to be always within 15 minute walking distance at any point in the city
There will be mass transport systems that will allow people to move sustainably
Renewable energy will be used to power street lights and other urban design fixtures
The plan also introduces concepts of waterfront development as a way to protect the site from storm surge