Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Nigeria, Abuja - Source8
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Nigeria, Abuja
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Nigeria, Abuja

Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Size: 1,250 sqm

Brief

  • The Foundation needed to find a new site to house both office and residential needs in the Nigeria Capital
  • Governance of the Foundation details that only space zoned for commercial use can be occupied for office space
  • Security was a fundamental concern so a single site approach was preferred with technology connectivity, water and power requirements also to be considered

Challenge

  • The single enclosed site with two properties made a villa the most viable option
  • Villa space is mostly zoned residential yet used as offices, with change of use not welcomed by most landlords, but a must for the Foundation
  • Information available from the market before a visit is limited as agency market is very immature with multiple agents presenting same property

Solution

  • Source8 on ground 3 days before Foundation to view all options (villas, split sites, traditional office) and narrow down to short list
  • Report of options prepared in country for Foundation’s arrival classifying options and looking at zoning, security, IT, water and power requirements
  • Management of viewings, meetings and negotiations undertaken by Source8 ensuring agent paternity of introductions respected throughout

Value added

  • Long list viewings, short listing, reporting, short list viewings, negotiation of terms on preferred options and payment of deposit on selected first choice in 10 days
  • Change of use in zoning explained and support from key landlords obtained
  • Strategy flexibility with back up options for short term space identified
  • Source8 now undertaking fit-out of site including Technology and Security

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