It has been quite a journey, but the Abuja Millennium tower, can finally see the light at the end. This has been the longest project tracked by Black Border Build and at the onset, such a long construction period (Over 8 years), was never anticipated. The development (Abuja Millennium Tower & Cultural Centre) is designed by Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti, a specialist in cultural buildings. Manfredi is, also the architect of the popular Millenium Park in Abuja.
The Millenium Tower lies somewhere between 160m and 170m in height, depending on which sources you call upon, however the observation deck & revolving restaurant are at an elevation of 102m. The highest accessible point, is the kitchen at 106m. The project consists of three identical cylindrical tubes of varying heights, affixed to a leaf like structural envelope. The aforementioned envelope is being fitted with LED lighting systems, for illumination, during the night.
The following update, which is a week old, shows that the tower is definitely within touching distance of the finish line. Unfortunately however, the counterpart structure of the tower; the Cultural Centre (The pyramidal building), has no such luck! There is still a lot of work remaining, before the 50m edifice, looks anything like the finished product.
The Millenium tower, will not be breaking any international records, as far as height goes - but within the context of Abuja, it is certainly not going to be overshadowed. It should be pointed out, that even the World Trade Center 1 tower in Abuja, will be 157 metres in height, more or less! Union Bank in the Lagos Marina is 120 metres in height and Necom House in Lagos is 160 metres to the mast (A non architectural feature). Not breaking international records, but nationally it has no equal. With that said however, the millennium tower does not have at least 50% of its structural envelope as habitable space, therefore under the guidelines suggested by CTBUH, it cannot be considered a building, as such.