Ren­deav­our ap­points Skidmore, Owings & Mer­rill for new Abuja project

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY -

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.

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,” he added.

Skidmore, Owings & Mer­rill (SOM) is one of the lead­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­rior de­sign, engi­neer­ing, and ur­ban plan­ning firms in the world, with an 80year 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.

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