The Kano State government dedicated the sum of N6 billion towards the construction of the North West University. This amount financed the development of faculty buildings, the senate building and infrastructural needs. Shown above in the recent update, is the spectacular Senate Building. The building is a symmetrical composition, with a central core and two identical wings. Each section is capped with impressive domes. There are three/four levels and the architectural outcome more or less reflects what can be observed in the above rendering.
Upon completion the Mall will be Nigeria's Largest!
Late October/Early November Construction Update of Jabi Lake Mall
Jabi Lake Mall (26 479 m²) will gain the crown of Nigeria's largest mall upon completion mid next year, however it will marginally lose out to the West Hills Mall (27 700 m²) in Accra Ghana, for the title of largest in the West African region. With that said however, the Jabi Lake Mall should still be judged as the best mall in West Africa, owing to its unrivaled location, breathtaking views and more or less the same level of finishing found in the other West African retail leaders: Ado Bayero Mall (Kano) and West Hills (Accra).
The size difference between the three malls in Kano, Accra and Abuja is negligible. In terms of finishing and general appearance, we would prematurely rate the Jabi Lake Mall to be slightly better than West Hills Mall, with Ado Bayero trailing in third place. Jabi Lake Mall will boast of new international entrants such as Versace, Armani Jeans, Swarovski and Jack Jones to the Nigerian market. However if unconvinced, we believe that Jabi Lake takes home the price, with its unrivaled waterfront location, with inselbergs in the distance and sprawling residential estates and vegetation.
The Mall does not simply exist within this context however, the site informs its very design. Unlike most malls in West Africa or Africa for that matter, that are essentially shoe boxes.........the Jabi Lake Mall gently cascades into its terrain, and where the mall meets the edge of the waterfront, there is an open green space to continue the theme of relaxation and amenity. For more information about the Jabi Lake Mall, read our previous entry.
The West Hills Mall is shown below (After the Jump), as well as additional construction images from September.
Written by T.Adeniyi for Blackborderbuild.com
A General Overview of some Stadium Design methods employed in Nigeria
Written by T.Adeniyi
There has been a lot of talk about the Uyo Stadium of late, especially as it has now been completed and commissioned (See video). However where does this stadium really stack up internationally? The beauty of this stadium lies in its structural components and cladding. It may not include features such as retractable elements or an Olympic Standard seating capacity, but on the topic of structural organization, efficiency and beauty - it is World Class. It also features a multi-coloured lighting system that filters through 15mm point fixed white plexiGlass panels. The design is inspired by the Alianz Arena in Munich, Germany.
The Stadium seats 30,000 people and has 36 emergency exits, floodlights and two video-capable screens. However as stated earlier, the real beauty of the facility lies in its structure.
Length: 248 m
Width: 156 m
Height: 24 m
September 2014 Update of Nigeria's Latest 18 Hole(r)
The new Calabar golf corse is an 18 hole international grade course that was designed by International Architects, Thomson Perrett & Lobb. Black Border Build initially covered this project in our July 2014 Entry (Click for the introduction).
This course is part of the larger Summit Hills project that is being developed in Calabar, Cross River State. For a little introduction on the scheme, visit their page.
The course was built through forest valleys, rubber plantations and is in close proximity to the Calabar River, providing a lot of diversity and character. The update (above), from September 2014 shows that work is on course (no pun intended) and we are very much excited, with the prospect of yet another International Grade course underway in Nigeria.
Written by T.Adeniyi for BBB