Commercial Area, U.C.E.W. , Winneba

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The U.C.E.W. became established by P.N.D.C. Law 322, 1993 which is deemed to have come into force on 30th September, 1992. The need for such an institution became imperative as a result of the Education Reforms Programme started in 1988. The law required that all the then existing diploma awarding collages be constituted into the University College of Education of Winneba to award degrees, diplomas and certificates in Education under the authority of the University of Cape coast. In November, 1992, the University was accordingly started with the coming together of the following instructions: i. Advanced Teacher Training College, Winneba ii. Specialist Training College, Winneba iii. National Academy of Music, Winneba iv. School of Ghana Languages, Ajumako v. College of Special Education Mampong Ashanti vi. Advanced Technical Teachers’ College, Kumasi vii. St. Andrews Agricultural Training College, Mampong Asanti H.owever, owing to lack of adequate accommodation and other factors, only the first 5 instituttions mentioned above have formed, the nucleus of the University College at Winneba. The Advanced Technical Teachers College and the St. Andrews College, Mampong-Ashanti remain at Kumasi and Mampong Ashanti respectively. The unique problem that the University faces is one of updating the physical structurees and beginning up the built environment to suit its new level that is, transforming the facilities of a training college to suit that of a University 1.02. AlMS OF THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE The aims of the University College as stated in the statutes are as follows: a. To provide higher education and foster the systematic advancement of the Science and Art of Teacher Education. b. To train tutors of the Regional Colleges of Applied Arts and Science and Technology. c. To provide teachers with professional competence for Teachers in institutions such as pre -School, basic, Senior Secondary School and Non-formal Educational Institutions. 1.03 PURPOSE OF STUDY One of the most needed facilities of the University College are Commercial facilities. Unlike the staff housing, Lecturing and Administrative facilities that already exist, there are no facilities whatsoever to cater for the commercial needs of the students and staff of the University College. The vision statement of the University College is that the U.C.E.W. will be seen as a centre for the assembling of professionally competent intellectuals for the nurturing of teaching and administrative competencies’ in basic education throughout Africa. It shall specialise in the conduct of action research, the development of instructional materials and the organisation of workshops and seminars geared to the needs of Ghana. For such a great vision, proper steps must be taken to ensure that all the structural needs of the U.C.E.W. are taken care of, thus the need to provide a commercial are to cater to the commercial needs of the University College. 10.4. OBJECTIVES As a. follow-up of the above, the objective of this project is to make a study of the school, noting its commercial needs, problems and requirements. On the basis of this, then, an appropriate architectural solution is offered. 10.5 SCOPE The scope would essentially involve the provision of: a. Post Office b. Banks c. Bookshop d. Shopping Centre e. lettable office building 10.6. SOURCE OF FINANCE Funds for this project are expected to come from the Central government. 107. METHODOLOGY The method used in the project have been in the following 6 stages. a. Data collection which included interviews, measured drawings, visual survey, case studies, statistics and studies in relevant subjects, b. Au analysis and synthesis of the data. c. Sketch design and presentation drawings d. Constructional details and special studies e. 3 - dimensional presentations f. Report 1.08. LIMITING FACTORS In the course of carrying out the project there were 2 main problems. The first problem was obtaining the relevant statistics, this has been because the University College is still in the process of establishing its intake of students and employment of staff Thus there was a difficulty in making necessary demographic projections. The second problem was that of obtaining a foreign case study.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of Science in Architecture, 1998