The construction of the first ever all round Sport Academy complex in Ethiopia is set to be completed by December 2011. The complex, which is being constructed by Sur Construction Share Company, lies on 232,438 square metres (23.2 hectares) and is expected to cost 182 million birr on completion. The initial date of completion was set back by two years due to road building works in the area.
‘We had planned to finish the construction of the sports academy in 2009 but were delayed because a road project in the area overlapped with the sport academy construction and there had to be a revision of the original plan,’ Tadesse Yemane General Manager of Sur construction Share Company stated.
The all round sport academy complex will have 18 learning rooms, which will include six laboratories, four computer rooms, 8 classrooms and one lecture hall. There will also be an auditorium, ground+1 library, administration office, gymnasium, and a 1,500 sq, metres sports field, according to Asfaw Wossen project manager of the sport academy complex.
He said that it will additionally have two dormitory buildings, each accommodating 40 students, staff apartments with a potential to house staff with their families, three G+1 villas for the Academy president, Academy vice president and Academic dean as well as cafeterias, a lounge, clinic, lobby, fitness center, and mechanical workshop as well as an international standard swimming pool having its own recycling system.
The sports academy complex will also include outdoor fields with a multi-thousand seater soccer field, two tennis courts, one handball court, a volleyball court and a basketball court. The consultancy company for the project is Construction Design Share Company.
Chifra- Aloha road project
In related news, Sur Construction Share company is also engaged in road projects with the company planning to finish the 80 kms Chifra-Aloha Asphalt road project by June 2012 - a crucial road project connecting the Afar and Amhara regions with the Port of Djibouti which will also serve as a route for import and export products of the northern Ethiopia region. The road in this area is being upgraded from gravel to asphalt status. The road project was started in August 2007 and is estimated to eventually cost about 498 million birr. It is being consulted by Indian company, Lea International Consulting Company.
In addition, Sur Construction Share Company is constructing the 76 kms Dedbit- Adiremets road project, the 60 kms Seret Werei- Nidge road project, the 63 kms Menebegna- Lemlem Bereha road project and the 63 kms Abala- Shaigube road project. The latter of these is found in the Afar region and is expected to connect the Dalol area where phosphate exploration and mining is currently taking place with the main road network.