As part of plans to transform Marina and the Onikan region into a hub for tourism and recreational activity, Lagos State will be remodelling the John K (JK) Randle Arcade into a recreation/tourism centre dubbed the JK Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History.
After being demolished in Q3:2016, the Lagos State Government announced the renovation of the centre as well as the development of museums, cultural theatres and heritage centres under the tourism segment of the proposed budget.
Lagos based architects Si.Sa established their concept for the design of the property on the idea of liberation; the weave as an inconspicuous but visible facet of Yoruba existence and the South West, which is made up of forests and plains. The centre will consist of an Exhibition Centre, a Library, Multi-Purpose Hall, Learning Spaces, Restaurant and Lounges, a Pavilion for stage performances while retaining its swimming pool and sport facilities.
Construction Kaiser Limited (CKL), who have significant experience in the development of bank branches and industrial schemes, were appointed as the main contractor project in September 2017. Ground breaking happened in Q1:2018 and according to Construction Kaiser Limited, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) will collaborate with CKL to use the site as a training ground for over 200 artisans and 5 construction entrepreneurs under the Lagos State Employability Support Project.
The centre is located at the loop of the Onikan roundabout and covers an area of approximately 11,000 square meters.