In this era where iconic buildings are utilised by visionary real estate investors to make bold architectural statements across skylines of global city hubs, one of such head-turners, Civic Centre Tower (CCT), has officially opened for business what it described as Nigeria’s first intelligent structure on the ever busy Ozumba Mbadiwe Way in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Promoted by one of Africa’s visionary entrepreneurs, Mr. Jim Ovia, whose knack for fishing out opportunities is manifest in his several investment portfolios ranging from the capital market, banking and finance, real estate, oil and gas, marine, and hospitality and tourism, the Civic Centre Tower stands out majestically in a class of its own as a hotshot commercial destination.
The iconic 16-storey Class A Civic Centre Tower building offers 9,172 square metres of modern office space, with individual floor plans measuring 682 square metres. It also boasts of a central elevator core with 4 elevators and large bays, which provide for maximum flexibility in developing highly efficient floor plans.
The CCT which can also be dubbed an “intelligent building” designed with the digital age in mind, is information technology-enabled. Its information technology enabled features include: a central communication tower – VSAT & broadband enabled, provision for all tenants plug-ins, IT core/infrastructure convergence, 16-storey all-round wired guaranteed IT services, provision of dedication space for individual tenant’s IT equipment and raised floors.
Designed to first class office standards including 9-foot high ceilings, floor-to-floor exterior glazing and state of the art building systems, the building offers spectacular panoramic views of the scenic Five Cowrie Creek from all floors. In addition, even the lowest office floor offers unobstructed views of the creek and a parking lot, which is secured on a three-level parking facility.
Engineered and constructed by Nigeria’s best engineering and construction firms, the building sits on a primespace measuring 6,070.99 square metres. With a foundation deeply rooted on 45 metres beneath the bed of coastal rock, it is purposely built to last for over 100 years.
In terms of accessibility, it is located where tenants have no need to bother about the inconvenience of the perennial traffic snarl in Lagos. CCT provides unique opportunity of alternatives to normal road transportation. Its location presents ample options of air shuttle, taking advantage of a helipad next door or the waterways, utilising the jetty, which is also located next door on each of the two sides of the building.
The key unique and distinguishing features of the building include its central location, 24-hour security, on-site management, a fitness centre, on-site parking, meeting room facilities, a Mezannine plaza and recycling programme. It is located on the stretch of land along Ozumba Mbadiwe bordering the well-celebrated Civic Centre and other upcoming developments like the Marriot Hotel and shopping mall.
The multi-billion naira complex boasts of such amenities as restaurants and coffee shops in the immediate area including Villa Medici, Pataya, Prime Chinese and an abundance of ethnic restaurants and fast foods outlets add to the flavor of the area. It is strategically located in the heart of financial centre and home to headquarters of all major banks in Nigeria.
For shoppers, there are the Grand Plaza on Adetokunbo Ademola, The Palms Shopping Centre and Shoprite. Ample opportunities exist around the location for recreational sports with occupants choosing between taking a stroll to Bar Beach, while others could decide to soak in the sounds of the waves. There is also the option of taking a boat ride out of Five Cowrie Creek around Lagos visiting several interesting coastal locations.
The CCT, apart from having an incorporated retail space on the Mezzanine floor for a full service restaurant and coffee shop, is strategically located next door to The Civic Centre which houses facilities for conferences, meetings and also a premier boat club jetty and various retailers. It also has an on-site secure three-level parking facility for authorised monthly, hourly and daily users as well an on-site building management office equipped with janitorial, maintenance and security services.
In addition, it has access control, access card enabled entry to various floors, provision for security and safety, CCTV systems, an intruder alarm, automated high sensitive fire alarm system, lighting control, structural cabling and IT network, WI-FI, etc. All these features have combined to give tenants the advantage of reduced renovation time when moving in to convert the new office space in order to accommodate IT infrastructure.
The enablement also saves cost with infrastructure convergence, dedicated server space for tenants, space savings with common IT area which leaves the tenant to focus valuable CAPEX on other vital needs rather than IT infrastructure. There is also the advantage of security of IT infrastructure with the provision of firewall security for each tenant.