New Espace building promises to be an icon for the youth of Seychelles

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The design phase of a 6000m² mixed use development the in Seychellesis underway. Located on the land adjacent the Inter Island quay at port Victoria, the development known as Espace will house the JJ Spirit non-profit organisation.Green Island Construction has been appointed to design and construct the building.

Green Island Construction has appointed WSP Seychelles as the Civils and Structural engineers. When asked about the challenges posed by the project, WSP’s Brohnson Winslow replied: “Developments in Seychelles are all similarly challenged with the issue of procurement and the long lead times required even for the most basic of building materials.

Everything is imported and with the scourge of Piracy in the Indian Ocean, procurement can be an even greater challenge. This inevitably places a burden on the professional team to produce accurate information and quantities quickly to avoid delays at the onset or the high costs of air freight to meet deadlines. The design and build concept is also relatively new in Seychelles so we expect the challenges of value engineering and cost control will need to be carefully managed.”

Espace will span over 4 floors to accommodate theJJ Spirit Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging the youth to make a difference with their lives and in their communities. The JJ Spirit Foundation has expressed the desire for the iconic building to feature en nouvo -style architecture drawing from many ethnic groups, to reflect the diverse culture of Seychelles.

The building will house the offices of the foundation in the Patron’s wing while the remainder of the development will have shops and food outlets on the ground floor with offices, a restaurant and conference facilities on the upper floors. The client has opted for large spans and flat slabs on this project, breaking the traditional norms of most other developments in Seychelles.

The architectural and design team have ensured to stay true to the diverse cultural history of the Seychelles, which Brohnson claims is similarly representative of WSP’s ‘United by our Difference’company vision and philosophy.

Construction work is set to commence in June 2012 and completion by December 2013.

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