Progress in Cross River: The Calabar International Convention Center Rises

By now, I’m fairly certain you’ve heard (or seen a renderings) of the Henning-Larsen designed Calabar International Conference center, a scheme that won the international design competition organised by the state government of Cross Rivers back in 2011.

Its a great joy, to know that the project is now nearing completion. With opening day, set for May this year, the majestic sculptural landmark boasts of being a “multi-functional and flexible building” and is intended to host a plethora of both outdoor and indoor events in what is, arguably, Nigeria’s most beautiful state. According to the official website of the center,

“The Calabar ICC is part of the remarkable 367 hectare Summit Hills mixed-use development, just north of the city of Calabar.

Summit Hills includes a 4-star 300-room business hotel, an international hospital and medical facility, an 18-hole golf course and a residential development.

The location and convenience of the Calabar ICC is ideal for convention organisers and delegates, being a short 15-minute drive from downtown Calabar – with its hotels and guesthouses, restaurants, and entertainment and cultural attractions – and a 30-minute drive from the Margaret Ekpo International Airport.”

The ICC is located in a free trade zone which allows exhibitors and event organisers enjoy tax exemptions as well as permitting the sale of duty free items including furniture and fabrics which are typically prohibited. Its a great feature for a very great project that is sure to attract even more traffic to the state. With 2+ months till opening, construction is in its finishing stages. Here are, a whole lot of images since construction began in 2012, up until this month….

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Looking forward to the complete project in May.

[via CICC]

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