By Kingsley ADEGBOYE
ACADEMY Press Plc, a foremost name in the nation’s printing industry last week unveiled a N150 million ultra-modern building equipped with state of the art appliances as its new corporate office.
Located within the premises of Academy Press in Ilupeju area of Lagos metropolis, the back part of the sprawling one storey building which construction commenced in June 2008 would be used as a factory for security printing alone.
Speaking at the formal hand over of the property, the Managing Partner, Aequitas Konsult Limited, Arc. Ralph Karrieren whose firm handled the consultancy and development of the project, said the edifice met the expectations of his client because all elements needed for modern office accommodation and execution of printing jobs have been put in place.
Arc. Karieren said the structure has a post modern design in conception and execution with fully integrated digital system to ensure security of all materials printed for clients. “It is an integrated office and factory block that has no tract tile or visual.
The entire roof of the massive building is finished with steel trusses even though only the factory part was meant to be roofed with steel trusses going by contractual agreement. “We finished the front facade in Aluco board whereas we were only contracted to paint with emulsion.
We finished all the internal doors in fire proof steel doors when all we contracted to install were wood panel doors. We screed all the internal walls in the office area with P. O. P. before painting same when all that we contracted to do was cement plastering”, he said.
In his remarks, the Group Managing Director of Academy Press Plc, Mr. Olugbenga Oladipo said his company decided to embark on the project in response to the growing needs of the printing industry which is fast growing in Nigeria which Academy Press is the leader.
Commending Aequitas Konsult Limited for a job well done,Mr Oladipo stated that the Printing Industry is not static but growing very fast, hence the need to be fully equipped to be able to cope with the growth rate and its enormous challenges.
“What we are witnessing today is not an end but a means to an end. More modern buildings and equipment will be put in place to tackle the enormous challenges bedeviling the printing industry in Nigeria”, Mr. Oladipo stated.