James Cubitt Developments, with experience in the real estate industry spanning almost 60 years in Nigeria, has added a new dimension to the idea of smart offices and buildings with innovative designs and technology through its various division, together with its unique financial models that allow clients the opportunity to own parts of a project or building after payment over a number of years.
The company, which has done several design projects for organisations in the telecommunications industry such as Airtel customer centre, Ericsson in Nigeria, MTN Ghana, where it has presence, banking, insurance, other sectors of the economy and also involved in the Eko Atlantic dream, has been present in Nigeria since 1957, with innovative architectural designs and state-of-the-art technological facilities to drive the move towards smart buildings and cities.
These technologies, which are designed to enhance energy management, security and human comfort are added advantages and coupled with the ease of owning an apartment for about $80,000, has added a new dimension to what is obtainable in the sector.
Mr. Alan Davies, chairman, James Cubitt Developments, which is part of the James Cubitt Group, who came into the country in 1980 to work on the fifth master plan of the company’s projects, stated that when the company moved to Nigeria, its first job was the public library at Enugu, with other designs in universities such as that of Nsukka, Jos and the Port Harcourt and subsequently other developments took place, which form part of the company’s three master plans.
He said other design projects include the senate building, and that the company has done lot of works in the industrial sector such as the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, Coca-Cola, and Nestle among others.
According to Davies, the development in the company led to the setting up of an office in Ghana in 2004, and other divisions such as the Interior practice about five years ago, and James Cubitt Development about three years back, and has been on that before the company went into building with the recent Wesley projects in Lagos.
Furthermore, Mrs. Jacqueline Aki, managing director, James Cubitt Interiors, which works with James Cubitt Architects as part of the Group, explained that the MTN Ghana office was the first design and that this arm of the company helps in consulting services, interior designing according to client’s requirement, environmental branding, as well as jobs for organisations such as Ericsson, retail designs and rollout for Airtel experiential centres, all which helps to increase productivity for customers.