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Our story and our beginnings

Cappa and D’Alberto Plc was established as a partnership in Nigeria in 1932 by two and dedicated young men from Piedmont to Northern Italy, Pietro Carlo Cappa and Vigino D’Alberto. From the Catholic Mission. Then, still in 1932, came the first significant contract for the Italian-Nigerian Commercial Syndicate. In the following year, the partnership between the Holy Cross Cathedral and the Latern Worship of the Hunmuani Mosque in Lagos and the Catholic Mission in Abeokuta.

 

Although colonial Nigeria was struggling in the aftermath of the European depression, the partnership endured. In 1936, the first government contract was awarded for a substantial housing project in Yola. The partnership will be won in Yola, Sokoto and Jos. Cappa and D’Alberto had the oldest and most prominent organizations in the Nigerian construction industry today.

 

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The two founders on a site visit, 1932

The early years

Skilled artisans and competent supervisors. Cappella and D’Alberto was awarded the construction of the Kingsway Store in Lagos. After a setback two to the Second World War, Cappa and D’Alberto was quickly re-established and enlarged, ready to accept the challenges. Private augmenting and public demand for construction. After completing the Kingsway project in Lagos, contracts for CFAO Moloney Supermarket, Leventis and UTC Stores were executed. In the late 1940s the need for additional educational facilities with a wide range of public and private sector projects.

 

Holy Cross Cathedral – Lagos

The next ten years leading up to Nigeria’s Independence saw both the steady development of the nation and the continued growth of the partnership. In 1950, Cappa and D’Alberto was transformed into a limited liability company and relocated to new. 72 Campbell Street, Lagos and a workshop at 82 Okesuna Street, Lagos. Since 1950, thanks to this workshop, the company has been able to substitute locally produced materials for a large number of previously imported items. A small real estate base was established with the acquisition of land at Igbosere Road, Lagos on which an office block was erected. In addition, an efficient training scheme ensured enabling many employees to acquire valuable new skills. suitable for the purpose of pursuing expansion.72 Campbell Street, Lagos and a workshop at 82 Okesuna Street, Lagos. Since 1950, thanks to this workshop, the company has been able to substitute locally produced materials for a large number of previously imported items. A small real estate base was established with the acquisition of land at Igbosere Road, Lagos on which an office block was erected. In addition, an efficient training scheme ensured enabling many employees to acquire valuable new skills. Increased local production and improved manpower development are two crucial factors in Nigeria’s development to which the company is dedicated.

 

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The Hunmuani Mosque, Lagos, 1933

The first barracks in Apapa and Yaba, Queens College, Yaba, the 7UP Bottling Company, Apapa, Kajola house in Lagos Island, the Ikeja Hospital, the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, the American Embassy, the Bristol Hotel and the Western House, all in Lagos and Cocoa House in Ibadan. A workshop in Ibadan, with the construction of two blocks of flats, at workshops and offices. In addition, a new housing estate was constructed at Palmgrove in Ikeja. Cappella and D’Alberto Ltd. started its tradition of re-investing in the sizable part of its profits.

 

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Western House, Lagos, 1960

The aforementioned group of companies, including the Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors in Nigeria, the industry advanced as a whole. The Company still remains a committed supporter of this body, through an agency on its council.

The post independent period

The post-independence period saw an upturn in the construction industry. Cappella and D’Alberto Ltd., from the period to the present. This includes NEPA Headquarters, the Ikoyi Hotel Complex, the Italian Embassy, Unity House, Bhojsons Textile Industries Factory, Eko Court Complex, Tafawa Balewa Square Complex, Special Guest Houses for the Head of State, the Creek Military Hospital in Lagos and the Complexes for Tractor and Equipment and AJ Seward in Oregun. In Kaduna, a permanent branch was established and several projects completed; prominent among them the UNTL Factory, the Arewa Textile Factory, and the Peugeot Automobile Factory extension. In Kainji the company built the Kainji Dam Consultant Camp, the New Bussa Township and 54 re-settlement villages along the Niger River for people displaced by the dam. Another department store for Kingsway was also built in Port Harcourt. Phases I and II, built in the early 1970’s. This is one of the most recent sports events in 1972. This includes: NEPA Headquarters, the Ikoyi Hotel Complex, the Italian Embassy, Unity House, Bhojsons Textile Industries Factory, Eko Court Complex, Tafawa Balewa Square Complex, Special Guest Houses for the Head of State, the Creek Military Hospital in Lagos and the Complexes for Tractor and Equipment and AJ Seward in Oregun. In Kaduna, a permanent branch was established and several projects completed; prominent among them the UNTL Factory, the Arewa Textile Factory, and the Peugeot Automobile Factory extension. In Kainji the company built the Kainji Dam Camp Consultant, the New Bussa Township and 54 re-settlement villages along the Niger River for people displaced by the dam. Another department store for Kingsway was also built in Port Harcourt. National Stadium Phases I and II constructed in the early 1970’s. This, one of Africa’s most recent sports arenas, was the venue for the Second All-African Games in 1972.

 

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National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos

The need for more construction companies and the challenge of Cappella and D’Alberto Ltd. The company founds itself in the position of being a training ground for the industry, and the spirit of free and fair entrepreneurship on which it prides itself encouraged this. Cappa Plc., DTV Ltd., and many others were started by the former of Cappa and D’Alberto Ltd. (Nig.) Limited. This associated company, a pioneer in the industry, produces fired clay bricks and other building components from local materials. Ltd ……This associated company, a pioneer in the industry, produces fired clay bricks and other building components from local materials.

 

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The Tafawa Balewa Square

The early eighties witnessed growth in the construction of Abuja, the nation’s new capital commenced. Cappa and D’Alberto Ltd. soon to become a member of the Radio House for the Ministry of Information. This growth period was halted by the oil glut and the consequent fall in prices of oil on the world market. During this time, the Company was at the forefront with the construction of factories for Glaxo Nig. Ltd., Food Specialties Nig. Ltd., Beecham Nig. Ltd., Continental Can Nig. Ltd., Metalbox Toyo Glass Nigeria Ltd., Reckitt and Coleman Nig. Ltd. and others. In Ibadan, Broking House was built. Later the growing need for office space for financial and commercial institutions Caused to shift in this direction, and the company undertook the building blocks for Savannah Bank, Chellarams, Wibfin, Afribank and many others. Cappa and D’Alberto Plc. Also financed the building of the new Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors in Nigeria. Ibadan Broking House was built. The bankruptcy of the bankruptcy of the Savannah Bank, Chellarams, Wibfin, Afribank and many others. Cappa and D’Alberto Plc. Also financed the building of the new Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors in Nigeria.

 

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Italian Embassy, Victoria Island, Lagos

With the onset decrease in activities. Some projects were started and discontinued. It has been linked to the future. However, some large projects like the housing scheme for Elf Oil Co., the Ikeja Shopping Plaza for Lagos State Government, the factories for the Afkey and the Globe Spinning as well as the office blocks for Law and the Rock Insurance Co. Ltd. and RAO Investment were completed during this period. Also several churches were built for the company’s first client at the Archdioceses of Lagos including St. Dominic’s, St. Agnes, St. Leo’s and the Church of Ascension. [/ su_tab] depression there was a marked decrease in activities. Some projects were started and discontinued.It has been linked to the future. However, some large projects like the housing scheme for Elf Oil Co., the Ikeja Shopping Plaza for Lagos State Government, the factories for the Afkey and Globe Spinning as well as the office blocks for Law and the Rock Insurance Co. Ltd. and RAO Investment were completed during this period. Also, several churches were built for the company’s first client at the Archdioceses of Lagos including St. Dominic’s, St. Agnes, St. Leo’s and the Church of Ascension.

Progress and prosperity

The nineties saw the continuation of construction work in Abuja. Cappa and D’Alberto Plc. built 62 houses in the Village’s Village (Fort Obasanjo) and handled the construction of the Loyola College for the Jesuit Brothers, the Abuja International Diagnostic Center, the Federal Office for Federal Bank Savings and the office block for Kan Doki. The branch in Port Harcourt was reactivated with the construction of the Elf Petroleum office while the SOS Children’s Village was constructed in Ijebu-Iwu. Towards the end of the decade, started on the Central Bank of Nigeria Kano Branch. Within Lagos, Some of the major projects were the factories for the Century Spinning Mill and the International Fibers in Ikorodu. They were the factories for the Century Spinning Mill and the International Fibers in Ikorodu.

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Lagos State Water Corporation Head Office, Ijora, Lagos

Maroko, Foreshore Towers in Ikoyi and the head offices for the International Bank and Intercontinental Bank in Victoria Island. Still in Victoria Island, the head office of Maersk Nig. Ltd., an office block for Dubri Oil Ltd., the Atlantic Royal Gardens for City Securities Ltd. and Persianas Towers for Bolkam Investment Ltd. In Ikoyi, there was the development for Rosedale Properties which holds the offices of Coca-Cola and also the residential developments for Shell Trustees. In Lagos Island, the new Head Office for Afribank Plc.also dates from this decade. In Ijora, the Company undertook the development of the new head office of the Lagos State Water Corporation in Ikorodu and Victoria Island. Finally, the expansion of the Church of Assumption in Falomo was done for the Archdiocese of Lagos. The Company was also able to expand its real estate base in Ikoyi, Lagos. Still in Victoria Island, the head office of Maersk Nig. Ltd., an office block for Dubri Oil Ltd., the Atlantic Royal Gardens for City Securities Ltd. and Persianas Towers for Bolkam Investment Ltd. In Ikoyi, there was the development for Rosedale Properties which holds the offices of Coca-Cola and also the residential developments for Shell Trustees. In Lagos Island, the new Head Office for Afribank Plc.also dates from this decade. In Ijora, the Company undertook the development of the new head office of the Lagos State Water Corporation and substantial developments of factories and residences were undertaken for United Textiles Nigeria Plc. in Ikorodu and Victoria Island. finally, the expansion of the Church of Assumption in Falomo was done for the Archdiocese of Lagos. The Company was also able to expand its real estate base in Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Church of Assumption, Ikoyi Lagos

The new millennium with the Federal Palace Hotel on Victoria Island, the extension to the factories of Nigerian Breweries Plc. in Lagos and Ibadan, and the Whitesands School in Lekki Peninsula. The Company was also successfully involved as a lead contractor in the refurbishment of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. In Abuja, Cappa and D’Alberto Plc. has consolidated its presence with the construction of its permanent base camp, offices and yard. The most important projects in Abuja during the period of the development of the United Nations Common Premises, the First City Bank Monument Ltd. Abuja office and a residential development for the Shell Trustees Nigeria Ltd.

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Dubrioil

Cappa and D’Alberto Plc has been quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange since 1978. The company continues to be a partner in Nigeria’s development.

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Atlantic Royal Gardens Maersk, Victoria Island, Lagos