Hotel season is firmly underway at Profica as the project management of a number of different hotel developments is undertaken simultaneously across East, West and Southern Africa. With a string of successful projects to Profica’s hospitality bow on the continent and beyond, the teams are bringing vital experience to bear in completing these projects as major players in the industry expand across Africa. In Lagos, Nigeria, Profica’s West African teams will be providing comprehensive project management for two hotel developments; the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and an Accor-operated Novotel hotel, which is one of the luxury brands within the Accor group.
According to Chris Titmas, Group Director for Profica, these are considerably large undertakings which will require localisation of the international client’s global standards and processes. Titmas says, “As international operators actively expand on the continent, the requirement of working locally to global standards is fast becoming the norm. Our Profica teams are well-equipped to handle the complexities of localisation without compromising the client’s requirements.”
The Lagos Novotel project has recently kicked off and is currently in concept stage, while The Four Seasons project is currently in design development stage, and it is anticipated that main construction works will start in early 2020. This top-notch development for the world-renowned brand will include 125 hotel rooms and 32 branded residences with conference facilities, kitchens, dining areas, swimming pools and landscaped gardens.
Sofitel is another luxury brand in the Accor stable. In Mauritius, Profica are the appointed project managers for the SO Sofitel Mauritius refurbishment. Here, Profica is managing the first phase of works, which consists of upgrades and repair work to uplift the various spaces, enhancing the guest experience. Profica will be upgrading selected rooms to showcase the potential for a full upgrade, which may progress in a later phase. Construction is scheduled to conclude in October. Profica Director, Thierry Giannone, says that it will be key to have the resort operational by then to meet the summer peak season.
In Kenya, Profica is completing The Tamarind Tree Suites for the Tamarind Group under the oversight of Profica’s East Africa Regional Director, Ken Oigo. These luxury residential suites in the heart of Nairobi’s diplomatic area offer exceptional hotel-style facilities available through ownership, investment or rental pool options aimed at business professionals. Profica is tasked with achieving the client’s vision of creating a home-away-from-home experience for an undersupplied market.
In Uganda, Profica is involved in overseeing the development of the 47 key Latitude Zero boutique hotel in Kampala, including workspaces, meeting rooms and restaurants. The Latitude group provides a unique African lifestyle hospitality brand based in urban environments. Oigo says, “An innovative aspect of the build has been the group’s commitment to use authentic local materials and furnishings in the hotel’s interiors. These have been created by local communities using recycled, upcycled and sustainable materials. While smaller than the majority of our hotel projects, it’s an exciting and different one to be involved in”
Still in Uganda, Profica is also working on two early phase hospitality projects in Kampala. These include a technical due diligence for a new Radisson Blu Hotel and involvement in the development of The Hilton, which will be a 23-storey two tower development of over 260 keys, aimed at the international business traveler. Both are exciting hospitality projects for the region.
Finally, Swiss-based hotel group, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, also now part of the Accor Group, is expanding across Africa. Profica has been appointed as the project manager for a new hotel at the Maputo International Airport, which is currently at design stage.
Titmas concludes, “Profica has remained steadfastly committed to work in Africa, waiting out the challenges that have been apparent over the past few years. The fact that we’re already firmly entrenched in Africa, with a combination of local teams and global expertise, makes us well prepared for the current uptick in activity. Today it’s hotel season; we’re looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.”