New 265ha integreated world class business and leisure resort located on the Calabar River.Photo: Bilfinger Berger; New 265ha integreated world class business and leisure resort located on the Calabar River.Photo: Bilfinger Berger;

Tinapa Business Leisure Resort, Calabar

A US$150m business and leisure resort on Nigeria's Calabar River

The Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort is a public private partnership project located on Nigeria’s Calabar River – a significant trading hub for West Africa.

Arup provided project management, design and site supervision for civil, structuralmechanical and electrical engineering services. Feasibility studies and water engineering were also a significant part of the project.

Water services for the project included design of ground storage reservoirs, a reinforced concrete water tower, pumping stations, sewage treatment and irrigation systems.

The first two phases of the resort development included a wide range of commercial property: hotels, an 80,000m2 shopping complex, cinema, casino, children’s attractions and parking facilities. Conference and business centres and three smaller boutique stores are also part of the development.

The large retail spaces are cooled using chilled-water air handling units. Chilled water is generated in a dedicated compound and distributed throughout the development by the cooling system.

Strong collaboration between Arup’s offices in the region proved key to this fast-track project completing on time in a challenging business environment.