[FIRST LOOK] SPARK has unveiled its first project in Africa – an 18-storey residential tower in Lagos, Nigeria
The Ramzi Towers scheme features 22 family-sized apartments with panoramic views over the coastal city.
The curvaceous Victoria Island landmark will also be the tallest sprayed concrete structure in the world – according to the London- and Singapore-based studio.
The lack of ‘high-tech’ construction expertise in Nigeria led SPARK to select the on-site fabrication method which the practice claims will also minimise costs and build time.
The studio said: ‘The building process is appropriate and empowering, enabling the local contractor to deliver the highest inhabited sprayed-concrete structure in the world without needing to outsource the technical issues.’
As part of a shadowing programme SPARK is also training up young Nigerian consultants, who are in turn helping to win local statutory approvals.
SPARK UK director Max Titchmarsh said: ‘SPARK are excited to be part of a new generation of international consultants helping Nigeria rediscover its appetite for ambitious, innovative and sustainable development that can reflect the huge potential of this major economy.’
He continued: ‘We think Nigeria is beginning a new chapter of global prominence and we believe that there is a new breed of domestic development and contracting expertise that will see the current surge of development activity translate into a lasting legacy.’
The project is expected to win planning in May and start on site in July this year.
Client Athena Capital
Engineer Battle McCarthy
Quantity surveyor WTPartnership
Project manager WTPartnership
Main contractor Deux Projects