Kumasi Commercial Centre- Kumasi.

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Commerce dates back to the early days of man, the art of buying and selling (commerce) has developed greatly over the years. This rapid growth across the world has resulted in congestion and chaos in the Central Business District (CBD). This in turn lead to long hours of waiting and doing business, increased waiting time in traffic and increased discomfort. This was true with France, the United States and the Britain until they confronted it. Kumasi, on the other hand is no different. The need to create a shopping facility that seeks to address the need of shoppers, shop owners and other users is important. There have being several attempts in the past to solve issues related to shopping in Ghana, these interventions however, have all being concentrated in the capital, Accra. Some examples of such facilities are Swanzy Shopping Mall, Abundant Life Shopping Centre (“A” Life Shopping Centre), Makola Shopping Mall and more recently, Accra Mall. Kumasi, as at 2004, had a population of 1,017,246 people with growth rate of 36% per annum. (Atta-Quayson, 1999). With this growth rate, Kumasi requires shopping facilities cited outside its Central Business District. The idea of concentrating all commercial activities in the Central Business District of Kumasi will further result in chaos, congestion and discomfort to users. However, creating satellite commercial areas off the Central Business District will ease the daily demand on it, thereby enhancing traffic situation and providing an effective means of shopping. This goes a long way to redistributing vehicular and human traffic among the satellite commercial areas surrounding it. This way, the problem of chaos, congestion, long hours in traffic can be reduced. The following methods were used to undertake the research: case study, literature review, administration of questionnaires and interviews, observation and photography.
A thesis report submitted to the Department of Architecture Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in a partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Master in Architecture on May, 2008.