Part II of our coverage on Centenary City. Click Read more to view all images. Additionally, even more renderings will be provided @ ourfacebook page.
Abuja - Centenary City (A masterstroke by Eagle Hills - Abu Dhabi)
You saw it first @ Blackborderbuild.com These are new renderings recently published and at a quick glance (of the urban design outcomes), the Centenary City (Situated in Abuja) is certainly the inland equivalent of Eko Atlantic City (EAC).
The development in Abuja is even larger in area than Eko Atlantic City, with a site area of 12.6 square kilometres. With that said however, Eko Atlantic City does have a higher urban density, owing to its nature as financial centre, first and foremost. Centenary City conversely may be described as principally a lifestyle city. Centenary City has a more natural setting and will appear to be less 'manufactured' than EAC. Centenary City will still have its own share of commerce, with a dedicated financial centre, a museum, cultural centre, business/technology parks that complement its sprawling residential estates.
Interestingly, the tallest building in Centenary city may be taller than the tallest that Eko Atlantic City will have to offer. While research and news emerging from Lagos suggests that the tallest structures in EAC may be around the 50 floor mark, the Africa Square Tower in Centenary City will be 76 floors, which would make it taller than Africa's current tallest building - the Carlton Centre. The Africa Square Tower (the imposing structure in the images above & below) will boast of 30 floors of luxury apartments and 46 floors of premium office space. Centenary city will feature a host of other centres such as a F1 racing circuit, golf estates and theme parks, just to name a few.
Written by T.Adeniyi for BBB
JULY-NOVEMBER 2014 UPDATES (LATEST)
Written by T.Adeniyi - November 2014
The Abuja-Kaduna Railway draws to a close and it is only fitting that we provide some updates regarding Nigeria's second ongoing Inter-City Standard Gauge project. This is a 186.5km railway project being constructed by CCECC to ferry passengers between Idu Station in the Nation's Capital and neighbouring Kaduna. The project can facilitate train movements at speeds of up to 150 km/hr. The railway features 26 rail bridges, five box bridges and 30 overpass bridges. The project was financed with $500 million from the China Exim Bank. Construction is expected to be completed next month in December. A CCECC celebratory ceremony is planned for the 29th of November.
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
Shown below is a recent update of the National Library (Abuja), being built by RCC and the Millennium Tower, being built by Salini Nigeria. Both structures should be finalized by 2015. Construction for both National monuments, commenced around the same time and it is befitting that they will be unveiled roughly around the same time, as well. Find out more about the Millennium Tower, from these previous blog entries. September Blog Entry, July Blog Entry.
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The Abuja Light Rail Phase One (50% Completed)
The image at the left was taken by Joe Ombuor and shows the track work of the Airport Line (Lot 3 Segment). The image in the centre is a station that we have not been able to identify, but it is possibly the Idu Station (Which is a transfer Station and would explain why three tracks can be seen). The Image to the far right shows a CCECC Test/Maintenance vehicle, with a max design speed of 100 km/hr (Photo credited to: Adam Smith International).
On the 24th of September 2014, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Lot 1B Segment was signed. It is a 31km segment and will cost a total of $792 Million. Lots 1A and Lot 3 are the segments that are currently under construction and have a total length of 45.2km. Lots 1A and Lot 3 are Phase One of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit project and are expected to be completed by October 2015, according to Managing Director of CCECC, Cao Baogong. The video shown below, shows the recent inspection of the phase one progress.
The following update, which is the latest shows that the structural envelope of the Millennium tower is essentially completed (Including that of the observatory deck). The next stage will include finalization of mechanical systems, internal works, finishes and cladding elements.
The Images are credited to: http://digilander.libero.it/
Blackborderbuild will provide even more updates, when they become available.