• Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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The Wings: Iconic building inspiring future of real estate

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As the scramble for the Lagos skyline, especially on the Ozuma Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos gets bolder and better, corporate entities looking for prestigious office locations are, increasingly, facing the challenge of making the best decision on what to settle for among the array of exciting choices.

Clearly, there is a subtle battle of wits as each developer wants to stay ahead of competition—a development which 3Invest Limited, a real estate investment company, says has created a market that tasks developers to be unique by offering richer and more profitable office space for prospective clients and occupiers.

3Invest notes that this rush for uniqueness seen in modern developments enhances quality products and better service delivery and, in its 10-point appraisal of The Wings Tower located on this sought after Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, the real estate company says this iconic building offers inspiration for the future of real estate in Nigeria. The Wings Towers comprises 27, 000 square metres of ultramodern, quality office space across its 12 floors which overlook the Five Cowrie Creek.

“With an increasing supply of office space to the Nigerian office market, it has become imperative for developers to differentiate their products by offering a richer and more profitable experience to their occupiers and clients”, says Ruth Obih, CEO, 3Invest Limited, in reference to the benefits of The Wings.

Continuing, he said, “this competitive advantage makes it easier for decision makers in top organisations to select buildings that meet their real estate needs.”

According to the firm’s appraisal outcomes, observers always ask why The Wings is more unique and what differentiates it from other grade ‘A’ office spaces, and the to these questions, the company responds that location is a key factor for real estate investment.

“The Wing’s superb location in the north-eastern corner of Victoria Island, on Ozumba Mbadiwe, puts its occupiers literally minutes away from the former commercial centre of Lagos Island; Eko Bridge for Mainland access, Awolowo Road, Osborne Road and Third Mainland Bridge all via the vital Ring Road – providing excellent connectivity between the islands and main routes to the mainland”, Obi observes.

The Wings is also one of the very few prime office buildings with waterway access, via its private jetty on the Five Cowrie Creek. This feature offers its occupiers much greater flexibility in commuting. It also provides its occupiers with the option to avoid travelling by road by simply hopping on to a boat and zipping off to their desired location. Tenants can be in meetings or at home in a fraction of the time. Who says Lagos traffic cannot be conquered?

The building has a high-efficiency ratio, meaning that every inch of space being let by the tenants could be used in their fit–out. Dead space has been eliminated, thereby maximising the tenants’ value for money.

The Wings proudly offers its tenants a world-class restaurant venue, with indoor and outdoor dining space. Tenants and visitors can enjoy their lunch break or engage in after-work networking on the restaurant’s pristinely landscaped deck, with gratifying views of the Five Cowrie Creek.

With a 700-bay car parking facility, The Wings also offers one of the largest office parking spaces in Nigeria, and the highest leasable space to parking ratio, with three cars per 100 square metre– housed in underground and podium parkades.

As concerns grow over the security challenges in the country, the building boasts of cutting-edge security systems to ensure the highest level of safety for its occupiers and their property at all times.

These measures include an on-site security team, access control to office floors, turnstile access control in each tower security lobby, bulletproof ground floor glazing, automated security bollards and Network Video Recording system, which monitors key areas of the building and others.

The building’s intelligent building management system will optimise energy and resource consumption and ensures a fully coordinated environment at all times. The energy efficient external cladding is designed to limit direct solar gain by using high-performance glazing with a ceramic frit solution aimed at controlling glare.

It will be managed by one of the finest international facilities and property management companies, ensuring the highest service standards and tenant satisfaction at all times. Besides being a centre of thriving commerce, The Wings complex will also be a space that fosters international and indigenous art and culture.

Studies have shown that a workplace environment, enriched with art and other visual boards can help to elevate the productivity, mood and wellbeing of its occupiers. To this end, the acclaimed artist and   architect, Peju Olatise, whose works have featured in art exhibitions across the world, has been commissioned to create a series of inspiring pieces that will be displayed both within and around the building, thereby creating an aesthetically and consciously stimulating experience for esteemed tenants and their guests.

 

CHUKA UROKO