On the 20th of November 2014, the contract for the 1385 km Coastal Rail project was signed by Nigerian officials and members of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). As we mentioned in our previous piece on the coastal railway, the value of the project was initially put at $13.1 billion, however following further design development, that amount has been adjusted to reflect the more detailed analysis that has been ongoing in the past months. The new amount is $ 11.97 billion, which still puts the project firmly in place as China's single largest investment abroad. The project cuts through 10 coastal states of Nigeria and has a total of 22 stations. The design speed is 120 km/hr and the single track mileage distance is 1385 km.
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
New Port Harcourt Terminal Under Construction
The Port Harcourt International Airport, in line with the Aerotropolis Vision. That vision also includes the new CCECC terminals being built in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano. The Nnamdi Azikiwe Terminal, was covered in this blog entry and the Murtala Muhammed Terminal, was covered in this entry.
The Port Harcourt International Airport, being built by CCECC, the Chinese construction heavyweights, is a 28,000 sqm facility that has work ongoing on three levels concurrently. Aside from the terminal structure, a Dry Cargo building and Apron are also part of the scheme. CCECC took to the site in September 2013 and the following images below, are from August 2014, a year of work. The work, has not been unhindered however, with rainfall and some technical hitches slowing down the pace. The time frame for the project is 24 months, so the project should be completed in 2015 or early 2016 at the latest.
Written by T.Adeniyi for Blackborderbuild.com
In a previous blog entry, fairly recent images of the Rainbow Town development (Now being branded as Rainbow World) were shown. The following post contains additional images, direct from the developers. Some new renderings, are also provided (Above). Particularly of interest, is the Iconic Tower (Shown to the far right) - which is the masterstroke of the development. It is a 15 floor tower that will feature offices, a convention centre, cinema, shops, short stay inn and restaurants. The tower also comes equipped with a helipad and other amenities. All Images are credited to Rainbow World.
Port Harcourt Monorail - August 2014 Update
All Images above are credited to Intamin Transportation Ltd
The first phase of Nigeria's first Monorail is drawing to a close. The initiative by the Rotimi Amaechi administration, has been greeted with a lot of mixed feelings and many remain and will remain skeptical about its viability; owing to concerns about implementation, efficiency, prioritization, transparency and appropriateness. Notwithstanding, this development is a turning point in how we negotiate urban transit systems in Nigeria. In dense urban environments such as Onitsha, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Lagos; elevated track systems with raised stations, offers an interesting approach to land conservation.
Phase 1A covers 2.6 Kilometres of Single Track
Phase 1B will extend the system from UTC Station to Waterlines Station (Adding 3.9 Kilometres of Dual Track)
and also converting the existing 2.6 Kilometres of Phase 1A into a Dual Track System.
The entire Monorail system including Phase 2, should cover 19.5 Kilometres of track, making it similar in scope to Line 2 of the Chongqing Monorail.
The monorail system will operate the P30 Intamin technology, under operating speeds of up to 80 km/hr. 1 P30 will be in operation in Phase 1A, while 6 will be in operation in Phase 1B. Each train will consist of seven cars.
80% of the funding will be derived from TSI Holdings, while the remaining 20% will be funded by the Rivers State Government.
Written by T.Adeniyi - 11 August 2014