APPOLONIA AWARDS CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT
The civil engineering contract for the completion of 2.5km of internal roads in Appolonia, the mixed-use development near Accra, has been awarded to Crownhouse Logistics and Construction. The construction, which will be carried out over a 12-month period, will provide over 100 jobs from which the local Appolonia community will also benefit.
Crownhouse’s work will involve demolition works, clearance of the site, earthworks, concrete works in U-Drains and culverts, among other activities.
“The award of the contract to Crownhouse Logistics and Construction Company is in fulfilment of our commitment to utilize local expertise on this project. We are confident in Crownhouse’s ability to deliver Appolonia’s roads to international standards”, said Country Manager Rendeavour, Holger Adam.
The road network will primarily serve the residential developments of The Oxford, a turnkey housing estate, and the ‘Buy & Build’ development Nova Ridge, as well as future developments at Appolonia.
Speaking at the signing, Emmanuel Offei, General Manager of Crownhouse Logistics and Construction Company, said ”We as a company are thrilled to be selected to deliver internal roads within the project area. Appolonia is now the community of choice for many people seeking a live-work-play lifestyle, and we will ensure the works are carried out in a timely manner and to the high standard expected by Appolonia.”
About Crownhouse Logistics and Construction Company
Crownhouse Logistics and Construction is a building and civil engineering construction company incorporated in Ghana. The company provides services for local and international construction, mining and real estate development firms. The core businesses of the company include construction, the supply and sale of construction logistics (raw materials, equipment, etc.), as well as brokerage for manufacturers and producer.
Rendeavour appoints Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Nigeria
Rendeavour, Africa’s largest urban land developer, has appointed Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for master planning services in connection with Jigna, Rendeavour’s joint venture urban development project in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.
With a track record including landmark projects such as One World Trade Centre in New York and the Hajj Terminal in Saudi Arabia, SOM will ensure that the firm’s experience from these projects and others, such as the master plans for Phu My Hung Community in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia and the Baietan Urban Design Master Plan in Guangzhou, China, will be brought to bear on Jigna.
“Jigna is a compelling project to address Abuja’s continued urban growth with world-class aspirations,” said Daniel Ringelstein, Director of Urban Design and Planning at SOM. “We are excited by Jigna’s vision to create a modern community promoting a tranquil lifestyle in an environmentally stunning location just a short commute from Abuja’s bustling city centre.”
Jigna, which sits on 707 hectares (1,750 acres) of land bordering the Outer Northern Expressway of Abuja, has already received its Environmental Impact Assessment approval from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, as well as its temporary electricity infrastructure approval from the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. The project will be centered on the protection and enhancement of the site’s unique natural landscape environment, as well as providing a sustainable model for future urban communities in Africa.
“Our collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is a landmark agreement for Jigna and Rendeavour,” said Rendeavour’s Nigeria Country Head, Yomi Ademola. “Sensitive and comprehensive strategic planning is the bedrock of forward-thinking urban development and we are certain that SOM’s global experience will contribute to us creating the most attractive urban development in Nigeria’s capital.”
About SOM (www.som.com)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world, with an 80-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honoured with more than 1,700 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi.
Stephen Jennings speaks at New Zealand Initiative
Rendeavour Founder and CEO Stephen Jennings addressed the New Zealand Initiative, an Auckland-based think tank.
While Stephen has spent more than two decades living and building businesses in emerging markets, he has never lost interest in his native New Zealand.
Stephen’s speech about New Zealand and Africa’s futures can be accessed here.
APPOLONIA WELCOMES GOLDEN PRIDE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Golden Pride International School have joined the growing list of social amenities offered at Appolonia, the mixed-use urban development near Accra. Golden Pride’s 2-hectare site will host around 2,000 students when completed. The school will employ around 200 teaching and non-teaching staff, with construction due to commence in August this year.
Speaking about plans for the Appolonia Campus, proprietor of Golden Pride International School, Philip Cobbinah, said, “Appolonia is Ghana’s urban future, and the move to establish a campus here is a step into that future. Golden Pride is a school which grooms students to become visionary leaders, and Appolonia is an ideal example of what we teach our students to work towards.”
The Golden Pride International School campus will offer both Ghanaian and British educational curricula, from pre-school to high school levels. The school’s modern facilities, which will include science and computer labs coupled with a variety of recreational facilities, will commence operation in September 2018.
“With a reputation for high quality learning, Golden Pride International School is fast becoming a household name in Ghana,” said Holger Adam, Country Head of Rendeavour, the developer of Appolonia. “The Appolonia campus will offer parents within Appolonia and neighboring communities an opportunity to provide their children quality education without compromise.”
About Golden Pride International School
Golden Pride International School was established in 2010 to provide quality education at an international standard to Ghanaians. Golden Pride currently operates a campus at Millennium City in Kasoa. The school is a highly respected for providing excellent education and raising students to achieve great heights in all pursuits of life.
Tatu City teams up with Kenya Rugby Union
Kenya Rugby Union and Tatu City, the mixed-use, mixed-income urban development near Nairobi, have announced a partnership agreement that will support upcoming test matches as well as youth rugby development.
The sponsorship sees Tatu City support Kenya’s upcoming home tests: the two-match series against Hong Kong on 23rd and 27th August, and the Uganda fixture in the Rugby Afrique/Elgon Cup clash on 30th July. KRU Chairman Richard Omwela welcomed the deal: “Tatu City coming on board as Associate Test Sponsor plays a big role in ensuring that we are able to comfortably host test matches. Our partnership will play a significant role in developing and raising the profile of test rugby in Kenya.”
The partnership, which also aims to support the long-term development of Kenyan rugby, includes a commitment to partner with KRU’s “Get Into Rugby” programme. Get Into Rugby works with children to fulfill their growing passion for the sport.
“The KRU and national team espouse ideals we hold dear at Tatu City: commitment and progress,” said Nick Langford, Kenya Country Manager for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer. “At Tatu City, we are committed to investing in the future of Kenya. We are proud to be associated with the Kenya Rugby Union and particularly with the national team, Simba.”
APPOLONIA WALKS TOGETHER FOR GOOD HEALTH
The Appolonia City project team, in partnership with the Appolonia Community, recently embarked on a 4km health walk around the project site. The walk was attended by community members and other partners.
Speaking at the beginning of the event, Chief of Appolonia Nii Nuertey Amobi II said, “We must recognise the assistance that Appolonia City has brought to the area and its encouragement in us leading healthy lives. Good health is important to all generations of our community, and this initiative should become a habit for the future.”
The event concluded with a free medical screening session at the Appolonia Health Centre, which was renovated and upgraded by the company in 2014. The screening tests covered a number of health issues including routine blood tests and checks for body mass index and diabetes. The well-attended event was accompanied by a brass band and local entertainment.
“As partners on the project, the team at Appolonia City has a keen interest in the health of the Appolonia Community,” said Bright Owusu-Amofah, CFO of Appolonia City. He added that the event was another opportunity to “strengthen the existing bond between the community and project sponsors in order to ensure that they develop together.”