Nigeria has begun construction work of Imperial International Business City that has been described as a ‘truly first smart city in Africa.’
Located at Ikate-Elegushi in Lagos the multi-million naira project is an eco-friendly city set to redefine the standard of urban development in Africa.
Construction of the project is being spearheaded by Elegushi Royal Family (ERF) and Messrs ChannelDrill Resources Limited, a real estate developer.
The projects incorporates green features such as an independent power plant (IPP) to ensure ample and clean energy supply. The IPP will also make the city to be self- sustaining. Besides, IPP will ensure that there is no need for generators by residents, leading to clean city.
IIBC also comes with a waste treatment plant. The plant will be producing methane that will be used for production of more electricity or cooking gas.
ChannelDrill’s Managing Director Mr. Femi Akioye said that Electricity will be available on 24/7 basis; cooking gas will also be piped into each building thereby eliminating the usage of gas cylinders in the smart city.”
With an area of 200 hectares, IIBC will be zoned into residential, mixed use and commercial areas. Each zone will have low, medium and high density area, each zone will also be divided into inner city, water ways view and Lagoon view areas.
Construction of the project kicked off with the dredging of the Lagos Lagoon, to pave way for the development.The city will be 3.5 metres above sea level.
The Dredging Company, will be pumping 1ml cubic metres every month, which will be very fast and in 24 months will be done with the reclamation”, to set the place for development and take off by target year 2022.
Imperial International Business City will have distinct zones and building regulations, with each zone having low, medium and high density areas with water view.
To be constructed from scratch, Imperial International Business City has been touted as the next big thing after the Eko Atlantic City in terms of size.