Aurecon was engaged to undertake both the civil and structural engineering and road design for the new Accra Mall in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. Construction took two years, with 700 people working on the development when construction was at its peak.
Included in the many challenges that arose was the location of the mall within a seismic area. Accordingly, all engineering processes had to ensure that earthquake zone requirements were encompassed in the design.
However, the main design challenge was to design a building which would require minimal maintenance. This necessitated that the electrical installations be designed to be as energy and maintenance efficient as possible.
Our client required that the project include a joint venture Ghanaian partner who was responsible for on-site conditions. This requirement was fulfilled and served as a means of both empowering and sharing knowledge with the Ghanaian community.
The traditional mall design lent visual appeal through the inclusion of open skylights, modern flush plastered ceilings and durable, yet aesthetically pleasing, tiled floors. To ensure that this centre was world class, state of the art air-conditioning and fire protection systems were also included, together with high security.
Accra Mall is the first and only Grade-A shopping mall and one of the largest modern malls in West Africa. The completed mall offers 19 700 square meters of lettable area, accommodating retail, food and service outlets.