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New Banking facilities for Agricultural Bank of Ghana with some multi-tenancies comprising the following:
  • Semi basement parking.
  • Podium level with 850m² of Retail Banking and 250m² of Retail opportunity.
  • Mezzanine level with 650m² of Retail Banking, 750m² Office space/training centre
  • 7 levels of typical Office space, 1650m² per floor on 2 wings.
  • 2 levels of reduced Office space, 900m² per floor on 1 wing.
  • 4 levels of Office space, 900m² per floor in a Phase 2 Buildout.

The building design takes advantage of a prominent street corner in Accra by accentuating the buildings corner façade.

The semi-basement lifts the building above pavement level creating longer views over the streets from the retail floors.

Efficient office floors maximize rentable area and office wing depths allow for abundant natural lighting. The architecture is clean and modern with shading to southern windows and overhangs where needed to minimize solar gain.

Careful landscaping is employed to demark entrances and create a buffer between retail and street.

The architecture reflects and enhances the ADB brand in colour and materiality allowing the new asset to promote the brand awareness.
The design allows for a second phase to be constructed at a later stage without compromising the integrity of phase one.

The floor plates are designed to allow single user and multitenant usage.
Standard commercial finishes are envisaged throughout the project.






http://www.svarchitects.com/?project=accra-financial-centre
 

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The Agricultural Development Bank is set to build a one stop location for financial services operations in Accra.

The Accra Financial Services Centre will be undertaken under a joint venture agreement with RMD Westport of South Africa and Rand Merchant Bank and is expected to be completed within 18 months.

Speaking at a sod cutting ceremony to officially commence work on the project, the Managing Director of the Agricultural Development Bank Stephen Kpordzie said: “This is a project dear to the heart of the board, management and staff of the bank; in addition to giving the pursuit of giving ADB a permanent head office abode, this project adds to the testimony of the tangible progress over the years and especially in the last three years.”

The Accra Financial Services Centre which will house the ADB head office departments and units will have 13,700m2 of prime office space and will benefit from the presence of an esteemed local banking institution. There would be a 300m2 of ground floor retail space, whiles Phase II of the development will offer tenants an extra 4,000m2 of office space.

The project which is scheduled to be completed in 18 months is being done in partnership with RMB Westport and Rand Merchant Bank both of South Africa and Work will commence in two weeks time.

“The brand ADB is growing from strength to strength, as we forge such partnership, this project also comes at a time where we are marching towards listing on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) to raise more capital to finance larger economic investments and activities,” Mr Kpordzie stressed.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Ghana has pledged its support to efforts being made by ADB to list on the bourse. According to the acting Governor of the Central Bank, Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, his outfit is supportive of efforts by ADB listing on the GSE to raise additional equity to strengthen its capital base for a more effective financial intermediation.
http://www.citifmonline.com/index.php?id=1.1051423
 

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ACCRA|Accra financial centre|UC



COUNTRY: Accra, Ghana
SECTOR: Office/Retail
TOTAL PROJECT COST: US$56m
FUND OWNERSHIP: 89%
COMMITMENT DATE: October 2010
COMPLETION DATE: 2014
The Accra Financial Centre is strategically located in the financial hub of downtown Accra – offering future tenants secure office space with A-grade finishes, state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and superior amenities. The Centre is within walking distance of basic services such as hotels, conference facilities, health clubs and restaurants and is situated approximately 6km from Kotoka International Airport.
The Centre will offer 14 080m² prime office space, covered by:

Ground floor retail bank
Additional ground floor retail space (314m²)
Nine floors of A-grade offices (13 700m²)
Parking (369 bays)
The Centre is designed to meet international standard health and safety requirements and will offer tenants value-added safety and security benefits.

The Head of the Reserve Bank in Ghana recently attended a ‘sod turning’ ceremony of The Accra Financial Centre. Bulk earthworks for phase I of the development have started with excavations that will reach a depth in excess of ten metres. A second phase will be added above the parking podium to the west of the inaugural tower block – offering tenants an extra 4 000m2 of office space should the first phase of the development be insufficient for the demand for the high quality office space.

The Centre will have interchangeable floor configurations to suit a combined tenant profile of enterprises in the financial services, banking and retail industries.

So far, 55% tenants have been secured, including The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) signing on as anchor tenant.
 

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Right in the heart of Ridge! :applause:

Wish it was taller, though,with a prime spot like that. Hopefully that's phase 2.
 

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Thank you!

Its a small start.

It needs Kagame style leadership to develop the centre of Accra. Some "human rights" will have to be brushed aside Im afriad. Personally, I would take away all land from chiefs, or pay them token value. They are a big barrier to developing.
 

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Courtesy of RMB Westport

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January 2014 - Construction Update (Expected Completion January 2015)

 

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