On Thursday 23 January, a team from the University met with the Ogun State Governor at Kings Cross Regeneration to discuss the Future Cities Nigeria project.

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Director of the Max Lock Centre Tony Lloyd-Jones, together with Head of School of Architecture + Cities Harry Charrington and Assistant Head of School Bill Erickson, met with the Ogun State Governor His Excellency Dapo Abiodun and his delegation. Representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Trade and accompanying media crews were also in attendance.

The visit to meet representatives at the Kings Cross Regeneration for the Governor of Ogun State was part of the Max Lock Centre’s partnership with Adam Smith International on the FCO Prosperity-funded Future Cities Nigeria Project.

The project will provide inputs to the new master plan and urban renewal guidelines to the Ogun State capital, Abeokuta, and part of the wider zone of influence of the growing megacity.

Adam Smith International asked Tony Lloyd-Jones and the Westminster team to arrange a study visit on urban regeneration while the Governor was attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020.

The team obtained the assistance of Bob Allies of Allies and Morrison, Master Planners for the Kings Cross Regeneration project to show the Governor around.

Talking about the visit, Tony Lloyd-Jones said: “The visit was a great success, and the Governor and his team were keen to apply the lessons of London’s spectacular urban renewal to the Nigeran context.”

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