Oasis’ City within City berths in Ikeja, Lagos
By EDU ABADE, Business Editor
Mall D’Oasis Shopping Centre Limited, a commercial development company, has announced its plans to change the landscape of retailing and hospitality industry by building a vast facility that will accommodate all creeds in a modern, civilised and somewhat sophisticated setting.
In spite of the harsh socio-economic environment occasioned by missed expectations from government at all levels, investors who believe in Nigeria’s huge market potential and positive returns on investments (RoIs) and are willing to broaden the business space, especially in the retail and hospitality sectors, have continued to invest in the country.
Conducting journalists round the facility recently in Lagos, its promoters, a consortium of consultants and investors, said the centre was poised to leave a signature of excellence, satisfaction and quality, across its various real estate developments. Owning the trade name Oasis, the firm is excited to introduce its flagship development, The Oasis Centre, Ikeja.
In her presentation on the Mall D’Oasis, Director of Accounts for Blu Flamingo, Mrs. Adelola Chu-Osakwe, said: “The Oasis Centre, Ikeja is a state-of-the-art lifestyle development, situated along the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja. A joint development between the Nigeria Police Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited (POLCOOP) and Mall D’Oasis Shopping Centre Limited (MDO), the Oasis Centre is a unique mixed-use development and the first mixed-use space in Nigeria that will house three distinct development types in one building.
She explained that the sections are the retail section, which will house a variety of 42 distinct retail brands and will operate from its ground and first floors of the seven storey facility; a business section with flexible Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) component that will provide service for meeting rooms, boardrooms and meeting spaces.
“The hospitality section is a 200-room five-star hotel and suites component across four floors offering leisure and accommodation with executive lounges, gymnasium, spa, wellness suite, infinity pool, pool bar, piano bar, an all day dining and a rooftop bar with an open terrace view, overseeing the skyline of Ikeja,” she said.
Also in his presentation on the Wydham Hotel, its Managing Director, Ignatius Plangnaan, explained that Mall D’Oasis was set to enhance the quality of the hospitality industry with the introduction of Wyndham hotel brand-the signature brand of the largest hotel franchisor in the world, with over 8,900 hotels, 812,000 rooms in over 95 countries and counting by the day.
Plangnaan, who said the hotel will operate locally, but will deliver globally in terms of standards when completed in December this year, said: “Wyndham is a respected name in the upscale service industry and like every Wyndham hotel around the world, Wyndham Lagos, Ikeja will deliver comfort that exceeds expectations, with thoughtful services and amenities tailored to make guests make the most of their stay, in ways that are more enjoyable than they can imagine. The Wyndham Lagos, Ikeja at the Oasis Centre Ikeja is the anchor and will be the first hotel of the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in Africa.
“Lagos will join cities like London, Dubai, Brussels, Madrid, Istanbul, Delhi, Athens, Milan and many other posh locations to become one of the global locations that bring exceptional value to travelers.
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Guests of The Wyndham Lagos, Ikeja, patrons of the retail and work spaces within this Oasis City will enjoy uninterrupted power supply, good road network, starting with a slip road to the centre, ample parking, excellent security systems and processes; all the elements of a great city, designed with the complete comfort and success of its occupants in mind,” he said.
On her part, Lead Consultant of Awoyokun Consulting, Mrs. Nnennaya Awoyokun, who conducted journalists round during a media tour of the facility, further explained that whether for business or pleasure, The Oasis Centre Ikeja is the perfect destination, as each component is designed to complement the other to give occupants an enriched hospitality experience.
“It’s simply an ecosystem that works, is safe, functional and elegantly styled for business, retail and leisure purposes. Strategically located in the heart of Lagos, the five minutes’ drive to the Lagos International and local airports is simply one of the astounding features of this innovative lifestyle development. The wholesome, tranquil comfort and convenience The Oasis Centre Ikeja is designed to deliver is best experienced.
She also revealed that the Nigeria Police Coop Multipurpose Centre, known as Oasis Centre Ikeja is committed to delivering this one-of-a-kind project that positively impacts the capital of Lagos Ikeja area and beyond.
According to her, the Mall D’Oasis Shopping Centre Limited (MDO) is a commercial development company that holds and manages the “Oasis” brand, which was inspired by the vision to provide a world-class environment for shopping, leisure, business and hospitality within a single location.
On the role of the partners, Chu-Ohakwe earlier explained that Crane is a construction cost consultancy firm with significant experience in the real estate industry. Crane has experience in a range of retail projects, successfully delivering the project ranging from 10,000 square meters to over 100,000 square meters. They are specialists in quantity surveying, project and programme management, as well as financial advisory services for developments across specialized areas of the real estate industry.
“Denver Building Services, incorporated in 2006, is a construction company providing a range of services including piling services, remedial construction services, ready-mix concrete supplies, project management and turnkey solutions. Although they entered the Nigerian market in 2013, they have been directly involved in various projects across the country including infrastructure works, commercial, residential, office and retail developments.
Profica Limited is a professional project and construction management company that provides standalone projects, construction and development management services across several industry sectors. Profica was formed through the collaboration of professional project managers, combining international experience with local knowledge and expertise.
They have over 10 years experience in providing world class services to clients. LYT Architecture, with over 50 years experience, is a highly experienced and diversified professional practice dedicated to excellence in architecture and design and to providing the highest quality service. LYT’s portfolio of completed projects includes commercial, industrial, retail, educational, residential, hotel and leisure projects.
Although LYT maintains its head office in South Africa, it continues to grow its operations in Nigeria and The Oasis Centre, Ikeja is a unique state-of-the art lifestyle development that combines hospitality, retail and leisure in one location. It also offers excellent opportunity for meetings and events and is driven by the significant opportunity to provide a one-stop experience for diverse retail and business needs. Five strictly private, confidential and unique retail experience of the MICE would be available in the five-star Wyndham Hotel.
The retail space has approximately 48 shops of varying sizes with the intention of having a rare mix of distinct retailers. A welcome addition to the office space in Ikeja of approximately 3,000 square meters which would offer serviced meeting rooms and working spaces The Wyndham is one of the foremost hospitality brands globally.
The Oasis Centre will have a five- star Wyndham Hotel offering accommodation for over 200 rooms and comprises seven floors with a total GBA of 31,000 square meters under one roof, while other associated infrastructure includes on-site ground parking for 300 cars and an internal 1km private road network connecting to the major highway via a slip road and key components of the facility.