Is Master Plan essential for an Industrial Project?

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A Master Plan is a comprehensive layout presenting the long term vision of development of the land. In the case of an industry, it is necessary to develop a masterplan. This helps in planning land usage and development accordingly. It gives a long term, structured, sustainable development roadmap for a larger area over a longer time period.

Master planning has a lot of art and science involved. It is a very critical step in the planning stage. Moreover, a well-discussed Masterplan goes a long way in the success of the organization.


The process of creating a Master Plan involves brainstorming ideas, challenging boundaries, strategizing and co-developing the roadmap to the future of the organization. This creative process involves communication between various stakeholders of the project, goes through many iterations before reaching a consensus. The entire team should also consider a broad view of the project and consider decisions that could limit flexibility in the future.

The design consultants prepare a Master plan only after having multiple discussions with the client’s project team and other stakeholders. In other words, this is a process of numerous iterations and co-developing a strategy to complete the entire facility in line with the requirements of the company.

The following requirements are to be considered during master planning:

  1. Cash outflow requirements
  2. Project Timeline and production timeline
  3. Manpower planning requirements
  4. Production predictions
  5. Branding

The masterplan creation meeting needs all the major stakeholders like finance, marketing, HR, Production, Quality, Safety, etc. Overlooking any of their requirements could mean an improperly prepared Masterplan.  Above all, this Masterplan should be based on the local building codes, Geophysical & Geotechnical investigations, current, and future zoning plans, future business forecasts, etc.

The Masterplan shows the allocation of land for future projects. The development of access roads, landscaping and utilities can be viewed on the Masterplan. It has been seen that a well prepared Master Planned project has a higher completion rate as compared to the projects that have no Master Plan. In conclusion, preparing a masterplan at the onset of an industrial project pays off in the long run.

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