By Dipo Olowookere
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday commissioned the new office building, the ‘Wings Office Complex’ of Oando Plc, Nigeria’s leading indigenous energy group listed on both the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
The event took place at the new office located at 17a, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Present on the occasion were top members of the oil firm as well as stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in the country.
The Wings Office Complex consists of two 12-story buildings – 27,000m2 of lettable office space, an in-built 3-floor car park, 4 high-speed 12 person passenger lifts per tower, retail space and a waterfront.
The property was constructed by Cappa D’Alberto, one of the oldest building and civil engineering firms in Nigeria and the name behind notable buildings such as The Civic Centre, GT Bank Head Office, Mobil House and Citibank Head Office.
The edifice offers a world-class indoor event space, a one-of-a-kind space that can hold up to 300 people, with floor to ceiling windows which provide a scenic view of the waterfront and allows maximum natural daylight. Wings also has an outdoor waterfront area with a hosting capacity of 200 people and overlooks Lagos State’s waterway.
In his short address, Mr Kachickwu commended the management of Oando for erecting the structure, pointing out that the company has shown “uniqueness as a Nigerian oil company showing support to the government and the Nigerian populace.”
He explained that, “The building has been developed using water, sand, cement, bricks, steel, concrete, wood and glass, all are elements attributable to transparency and strength.
“The future is very demanding, I urge you to continue to inspire and be creative in the solutions that you proffer in your sector and for the nation.”
On his part, Group Chief Executive of Oando Plc, Mr Wale Tinubu, stated that, “At Oando, passion is not only one of our core values, it drives our ambitions. The idea for the Wings Office Complex was conceived in 2009 and the build kick – started in 2013.
“At the time it seemed a lofty dream; both in terms of size and the type of structure we envisaged. We commenced the construction of Wings at a time when the price of oil was around $100; despite the 2014 crash in oil prices to $23 per barrel, the 60 percent devaluation of the naira and a 13 month long economic recession, we pushed on.
“Today, the two towers stand tall as a testament to indigenous companies like ourselves who continue to lead and set the standard for excellence.
“The project signifies the end to a series of capital projects that we have pioneered, invested in and built.”
For Funso Akere, CEO, Stanbic IBTC Capital representing the CEO for Stanbic IBTC, “Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc together with Standard Bank of South Africa is proud to have supported the completion of this landmark real estate project in Nigeria, which would catalyse the development of similar ground-breaking real estate projects and serve as a benchmark for investment grade office buildings in Nigeria.
“It will also enhance the economic landscape and support the creation of the creation of world class business infrastructural development drive of the Lagos State government.
“We take this opportunity to commend the management and staff of Oando and the entire project team who worked tirelessly in driving the successful completion of the project. We look forward to additional opportunities to partner with the sponsors in developing other iconic projects.”
The company followed the international and more progressive model for office buildings by incorporating space for amenities such as restaurants and retail outlets. It is also one of a few prime locations in Lagos with waterway accessibility giving its inhabitants and guests a fuller experience during their time on the premises. The Wings is a smart and energy efficient building that regulates its internal temperate to acclimatize with the outdoor temperature.
It also uses energy efficient and smart lighting systems with occupancy and daylight sensors to make sure office lights are only on as they are needed; specifically when occupants are in a room and sunlight is diminishing. The deliberate use of floor to ceiling windows in the 4 corners of the building ensures that 100% of occupants are always within 12 meters of natural light.
Other building features include: filtered fresh air supply at a minimum rate of 8 litres per person/second, 24 hour power, external cladding designed to limit direct solar gain, noise minimizing building acoustics, central cooling, panoramic views of Lagos from every floor .
In addition to being office space to leading brands such as Ericsson and RMB Bank, the Wings Office Complex is now home to Oando employees. It was built with the intention of accommodating all the company’s Lagos based staff and act as our new Head Office, enabling us finally relinquish leased space in Lagos.
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