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The Africa Property Investment (API) Award winners have been announced. The awards, which were held at the API Summit and Expo 2017, recognised innovation and outstanding achievement across the entire property industry in seven categories.

The categories included Best Retail Development, Best Mixed-Use Development, Best Commercial High-rise Development, Best Architectural Design, Best Green Building in sub-Saharan Africa, Best Hotel Development and Best Housing Development. The winning developments came from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Namibia and Rwanda.

API award winners announcedGugulethu Cele, CNBC Africa (Left), Zinon Marinakos, DSA Architects (Right)

The projects were judged on a wide range of criteria including location, infrastructure and transport access, integration into the environment, originality of the concept, technical and architectural quality, and services offered. Other criteria taken into consideration included sensitivity to the local community, innovation, sustainability, corporate staff involvement, response to market demands, financial performance, occupancy, and the impact of the project on economic convergence.

The Best Retail Development winner was the Kumasi City Mall in Ghana. This project was developed by Atterbury, with and Boogertman & Partners as the architects. The 18 000 m2 Kumasi City Mall is the first one-stop shopping destination for Kumasi in the Asokwa region of Ghana. The project includes innovative features such as composite timber as cladding and breezeblock walls. The design stays architecturally sensitive to the region and includes green building features like natural ventilation, wastewater harvesting and LED lighting.

The Best Commercial High-rise Development winner was also in Ghana. The Accra Financial Centre, developed by RMB Westport, offers 14 648 m2 of prime office space. The project was developed in line with international health and safety requirements and includes sustainable features such as energy efficient lighting solutions, isothermally insulated cavity walls to help maintain internal temperatures that reduce the building’s dependence on artificial air conditioners. The development includes a ground floor retail bank, nine floors of A-grade offices, ample parking and an additional 314m2 of retail space on the ground floor.

The Best Mixed-Use Development ward went to the Kigali Heights Development Company, Fusion Capital, and Century Real Estate for the Kigali Heights development in Rwanda. This development comprises a world class office block with 12 750 m2 of Grade A office space, 5 250 m2 of prime retail space and 300 parking bays. The 18 000 m2 development was designed with flexibility and energy efficiency at its core. Kigali Heights features green building solutions such as solar powered lighting that augments the national grid and an in-house sewerage treatment plant both firsts for any commercial building in Rwanda.

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