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Kings Tower: The New Podium for Top Players Sky View Towers Limited, the 15-storey Kings Tower promoters, designed the exquisite facility as a prestigious address for businesses looking to establish or raise their corporate presence in Lagos. The property market in Ikoyi has gone one notch up because of the iconic building. Bennett Oghifo writes he Kings Tower (formerly Kingsway Tower) is a 15-storey mixed-use building located on Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. This elegant tower that was designed by South African architects, SAOTA, and developed by Sky View Towers Limited, has 12 floors of office spaces spanning over 14,827sqm, two floors of retail spaces covering approximately 1,545sqm (total site area of 32, 800sqm), a basement and a parking podium (three above grade and one below grade) for about 343 cars. Other facilities include a restaurant and cafe. The iconic tower has already transformed the skyline of Lagos. The tower offers views across Lagos from every floor. Each floor gives your firm a premium space to raise your corporate presence in Lagos. In addition to the breathtaking design for the commercial office spaces, there is a high-end retail offering across two floors and 1,545sqm of space. Two rental units based on the ground floor of the building and spanning two levels are available as a restaurant and cafe with a terrace. Both spaces will appeal to restaurateurs looking for high-end exposure with the most impressive location in Ikoyi. Parking for 343 cars ensures safe and hassle-free access in and out of the building. Kings Tower exhilarates and inspires from the outside in. Located in the high-brow Ikoyi area, on

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the main access road, Kings Tower is strategically placed with easy access to the Mainland, Victoria Island and Lekki. Its prestigious address on Alfred Rewane Road is at a major intersection, making it the ideal location.

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The captivating architecture is not only evident from the outside of the building, with a mix of both glass and aluminium panels, but it is embodied throughout Kings Tower. The building has a dynamic design, enhanced by the gently curved curtain walls running along its main facades. The exterior skin consists of fixed sunscreen, while the interior skin is made of low-emission double-glazed windows. The fixed sunscreen is made of perforated aluminium sheets and equipped with LED lights that discreetly illuminate the facade and act as a sunscreen. Another key design feature is the coffered podium slab that curves up towards the corner of the building to create a sleek entrance. It also acts as a canopy extending over the sidewalk, creating a pedestrian-friendly space by the lobby. The entrance to the building opens on a double-height, glazed atrium lobby. The high ceilings open up into a

grand entrance of natural wood panels and Italian flooring, combining exquisite style and warmth, welcoming visitors into the 244sqm lobby with a 6.5m ceiling height. The awe-inspiring open space offices have the-floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views overlooking Lagos. Starting from the third floor, every office has its own unique view, sparking inspiration every day. Undivided floor plans give firms flexibility with their space and design. Throughout the building, the floor plates are built around the central core, accommodating the elevators, restrooms and two fire escapes. The anti-seismic building structure ensures the safety and security of all its tenants in case of a natural disaster. Each floor is provided with flooring, a false ceiling with light fittings, telecommunications cabling, and air condition. The cooling system is highly efficient and more environmentally friendly due to a highly efficient HVAC system that maximises individual environmental control and double glazing with low E film. The office space is 14,827sqm; retail space is 1,545sqm; one to four tenants per floor from level three to level six;

around 300sqm minimum unit size; and 3.42m ceiling height on typical floors. On the last floor, it has a 4.80m ceiling height. Also available are the internet; intercom, VOIP-ready; DSTV; point-to-point radio mast; first-choice Italian sanitary fittings and fixtures; four-passenger Mitsubishi elevators, including one pressurised lift. The tower has disabled-friendly access; four stand-by generators modified to be smokeless and environmentally friendly, access control, with two metal detectors in the lobby. State of the art security and surveillance equipment maximises personal safety. Security-controlled areas such as basement parking, main entrance lobby, and specific common zones are accessed only with proximity access cards. It has a 12-hour stand-by maintenance team; smoke and fire detection, sprinkler and hose reel, firefighting systems as per British Security Standards. It has two firefighting systems and sprinkler systems, each on two pumps, one on duty, one on stand-by. In addition to the two fire escape staircases, they also have one pressurised lift against fire for firefighters in case of emergencies. Sky View Towers Limited has been in Nigeria since 1990 with several investments in the country. These investments include two residential developments, and their most recent commercial development, Kings Tower.