The developers of the new city being built from reclaimed land adjacent to Victoria Island – Eko Atlantic City has released key features of the proposed West Africa’s new financial hub, accommodating the headquarters of the sub-region’s leading banks, financial institutions and international corporate companies.
According to South Energyx Nigeria Limited (SENL), a subsidiary of the Chagoury Group, a part of the new smart city has been reserved for the development of a business district. This Business District will be approximately 650,000 square meters and will feature the Eko Boulevard, a two kilometer long, 60 metre wide central boulevard similar in size and look to New York’s Fifth Avenue and Paris’ Champs-Élysées.
During a visit to the city by a business delegation from the United Kingdom, Mr. Pierre Edde, Development Director, South Energyx Nigeria Limited, said the Business District is designed to play host to a multitude of headquarters for companies within Nigeria.More here.
Now someone is probably wondering what boulevard and Champs-Élysées mean. (Is it me or are french words just tricky?). And while New York ,quite obviously,rings a bell , fifth avenue could easily be mis-interpreted for a regular street, right? So, why the comparison with our famous Eko City Boulevard?
Now lets get a few things in perspective.
- A boulevard is a wide street in a town or city, typically one lined with trees.It often means a wide, multi-lane arterial thoroughfare, divided with a median down the center, and perhaps with roadways along each side designed as slow travel and parking lanes and for bicycle and pedestrian usage, often with an above-average quality of landscaping and scenery.
- Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare going through the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It stretches from West 143rd Street in Harlem to Washington Square North at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. It is considered among the most expensive and best shopping streets in the world.
- The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a boulevard in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 70 metres (230 ft) wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race. The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. The French proudly call their world-famous boulevard “la plus belle avenue du monde” (“the world’s most beautiful avenue”).
Since we live in the age of “180-character” attention span and “instagram”-ed moments, I’m guessing a good number of you probably skimmed through the thesis above.So this is what 5th Avenue & des Champs-Élysées look like.So you really “get the picture” of what Eko Boulevard would be tailored towards.