Client: Sambala Developments / Viceroy Hotels

Architect: WATG

Value: £10m



Sambala is a proposed four-star holiday resort on the island of Santiago in Cape Verde. Engenuiti is responsible for the structural engineering of all of the central resort buildings, including two restaurants; a beach-side bar; an arrivals building; a children’s club and pool; gym and spa facilities. The architectural intention is to construct the resort as a series of low rise buildings which show respect for the local vernacular, whilst marking the facility out as a place of luxury and escape.

In the more visible, front-of-house buildings, the structures envisaged are open-sided ‘pavilion-like’ buildings which create semi-internal, semi-external environments. For these, we are looking to employ structural hardwood frames, joined with rigid connections which use embedded steel plates. The intention is to procure and fabricate the hardwood elements off-island using specialist contractors, and then to ship these to site in a form that makes them relatively simple to slot together in situ.