US$120m Pullman Hotel under construction in Accra, Ghana

Ghana's capital, Accra, is looking forward to the arrival of a spectacular new Pullman-branded hotel and serviced apartments scheme from Accor.

by Staff Writer
December 30th, 2020

Located in the heart of Accra’s Airport City, the 40 000 m2 development is a joint venture between Inter-Afrique Holdings and Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund - equity partners in Platinum Properties, the project company. 

The agreement for the development of the Pullman Accra Airport City was signed in October 2018 between Platinum Properties and global hospitality group, Accor.

Due to open in the third quarter of 2022, the 365-key Pullman Accra Airport City Hotel & Serviced Apartments was designed by Paragon Architects and is currently under construction. In a news report published by the magazine, Leading Architecture & Design, Henning Rasmuss (Project Director and founding director of Johannesburg-based Paragon Group) commented that “Pullman Accra Airport City is by far our most complex and advanced hotel project to date”.

Paragon collaborated with rhayCAD Architects, its partner firm in Ghana as part of the client’s requirement for local participation.

The 13-storey above-ground structure consists of a 219-key business hotel and 149 units of branded serviced apartments, with basement parking for 211 vehicles. The hotel includes an elaborate and generous banquet hall for conferencing and events. The lifestyle offering is centred on an open garden terrace with façades that integrate artworks by local and international artists, mainly Ghanaian.

According to Rasmuss, the main challenge from a technical viewpoint was the roads system in Accra Airport City, which was noted to be challenging for a project of this magnitude. In addition, the ground conditions in Accra required that seismic risk be considered, adding to the structural complexity.

Also commenting on the project, Dr. Kwame Nyantekyi-Owusu who is the chairman of the Project Company explained that “While the procurement model is Design Build, we have decided to phase the construction into two phases, namely the Early Works Contract (EWC) and the EPC contract."  The EWC, currently ongoing, will see the core and shell built up to the podium level, while the EPC will take it through to completion and commissioning.

The main contractor is MAN Enterprise, a Lebanon-based international construction contracting company. Construction cost consultants on the project are South Africa-based Crane Construction Consultants

Diagonal Projects Africa is responsible for project management, W Hospitality is the hotel consultant and DIAD are the interior designers.

Arup (South Africa) is providing multidisciplinary engineering services for the project, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire, facades and wet services engineering. 

Inter-Afrique Properties Limited is the development manager.

IBC Equity Partners has provided transaction advisory services to the Project Company, ranging from contract negotiations with the professional team through to the negotiation of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract and raising the capital for this landmark US$120 million project.

Photo: Airport City, Accra, Ghana (cityafrica | tumblr)

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