AFEZ in Azerbaijan

Fewer Harrington & Partners is the proud design partner of the AFEZ (Alat Free Economic Zone) project, working closely with main contractor Garland Consultancy on the new 7,000 Hectares site in Azerbaijan.

The Alat Free Economic Zone (AFEZ) is set to play a huge role in the economic growth of Azerbaijan, and the teams at Garland Consultancy, Pivotal International and Fewer Harrington & Partners will play a significant role in creating a world-class, regional investment hub, with the first phase of development set for a July 2022 opening.

AFEZ will operate a unique partnership between the public and private sector, strategically located as a crossroads between the East and West, but also the North and South, and less than 65km from Baku and its international airport.

Azerbaijan itself is a dynamic economy that provides a wealth of benefits to investors including competitive production costs, low cost and qualified labour force among others.

With an overall total area of 7,000 Hectares – AFEZ will attract world-leading companies to the nation, creating job opportunities for citizens and ensuring sustainability and diversity for Azerbaijan’s economy.

The first 850 Hectares has been master-planned, divided into three zones which cater to Light Manufacturing, Logistic and Light Manufacturing, and Heavy Manufacturing Industries respectively. A port, highways, rail and key infrastructure such as water, electricity, gas, telecoms and waste facilities are already present to support industries.

With concept design, master planning, urban design and guidelines and schematic design all complete, we are now at the detail design stage. The first phase of the development (52 Hectares) will contain a Custom Plaza, Authorities Buildings, Light Manufacturing and Logistics Buildings.

The master plan has been inspired by Baku City with its pedestrian-friendly street, placemaking and high standards of urban design. With strong neighbourhoods that connect with pedestrian and cyclist greenways,  a strong sense of community will be observed within the zones.


For more information about the Alat Free Economic Zone, or for any other queries, contact us today.