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KNOWLEDGE &
INNOVATION CENTER

TSEZ Authority is planning to establish the “Knowledge and Innovation Center” at the Rachid Karame International Fair (RKIF) in Tripoli. The “Knowledge and Innovation Center” (KIC), a business and technology park, is a planned development that would accommodate and foster the growth of entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the city of Tripoli in particular, and the greater North-Lebanon governorate in general.


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Overview

 

The Knowledge and Innovation Center (KIC) is an offshoot of TSEZ and is affiliated with RKIF (the owner of its site). KIC aspires to establish a wide array of affiliations with Local Universities, incubators, accelerators as well as private and public organizations.

As such, KIC is intended to become an inclusive platform for collaboration based on innovative ideas, diverse population, dynamic interaction, progressive services, high-end infrastructure, lifestyle amenities, wide-ranging funding facilities, and transparent governance structure.

 

It is envisioned that KIC will attract a variety of enterprises, including ICT, academic training services, creative industries and value-added services, startups, SMEs (tech-based and service-based), foreign and established anchor tenants, service providers (educational and entrepreneurial support), incubator and accelerator operators, advisory services, university partners, investment tech funds, and individuals (young grads, researchers, innovators, etc.). These enterprises will benefit from the fast internet connection provided by the IMEWE submarine fiber optics cable linking Europe to the Middle East and West India, and a landing node in Tripoli.

The project will be developed in partnership with the private sector and rented as office space (flex-desk, serviced-offices or core and shell) to local and regional service companies, which will benefit from the TSEZ’s incentives, streamlined procedure and supporting business environment.

 

Strengths:

 

  • 2 km from the Port of Tripoli and TSEZ, 23 km from Rene Moawad Airport and 30 km from the Syrian border
  • The total exhibition area of 40000m2 (18000 m2 closed space and 22000 m2 open space but roofed)
  • 3-star hotel (quality inn)
  • Availability of all utilities including electricity, water, sewage, and broadband internet.

 

 

Opportunities:

 

  • Potential extension of the exhibition area
  • Could be used as a permanent exhibition area as well as a free zone
  • The possibility of upgrading the existing hotel to a 4-star hotel or developing a new hotel
  • Potential development of the RKIF gr4een area
KIC Objectives

The KIC project aims at developing a technology hub on a parcel of land on the site of RKIF; in order to contribute to the development of the knowledge economy in Lebanon as well as to the general economic revival of Tripoli and the North, with the following activities and intended impact:

Participate
Urban regeneration

Develop an urban environment for young grads, entrepreneurs and companies to collaborate and innovate
Support urban regeneration and growth in surrounding areas

Help Re-brand the city

Create SmartCity initiative

Enhanced productivity and industry innovation

Provide Incubation & Mentoring
Offer Acceleration & Counseling, scaling up

Help create industry clustering
Collaborate with R&D Fund
Mobilize Seed and VC investment

Skill building, improved Employment potential

Provide demand-driven rapid technical skills training
Help forge university-industry partnerships

Bring together young grads – mentors – trainers

Improved Networking

Enable Startup/SME industry-bridging

Facilitate Product-market matching
Forge local and regional agreements

Arrange for trade shows

Strengths
  • 2 km from the Port of Tripoli and TSEZ, 23 km from Rene Moawad Airport and 30 km from the Syrian border
  • Total exhibition area of 40000m2 (18000 m2 closed space and 22000 m2 open space but roofed)
  • 3 star hotel (quality inn)
  • Availability of all utilities including electricity, water, sewage, and broadband internet.
Opportunities
  • Potential extension of the exhibition area
  • Could be used as a permanent exhibition area as well as a free zone
  • The possibility of upgrading the existing hotel to a 4-star hotel or developing a new hotel
  • Potential development of the RKIF gr4een area
Future Development

Developer/Operator will be responsible for the development of the site and operation of the project; including leasing, hosting of the incubator and accelerator, training academy, advisory services, and management functions.

The KIC parcel allocated for the KIC will have independent access. It is intended to be fenced and will be operated independently.

 

 The site proposed to initially host the KIC project includes two existing structures:

  • Building # 1 is the former RKIF admin building. It is composed of two stories with a total built-up area (BUA) of 5,500 sqm.
  • Building #2 is a 1-story structure with a total built (BUA) of 1,600 sqm.
KIC Architectural Design
Project Competition

Currently, an architectural design project competition for the site is being prepared. The competition will be managed by the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects, endorsed by the Union of International Architects (UIA), and supported by Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR).


The international competition will be open to international and local architecture firms to participate in this project competition for the urban and architectural design of “Knowledge and Innovation Center”.

 

Timetable and Main Deadlines 

The following table shows the competition’s timetable and main deadlines.

 

MILESTONE

DATE

Competition Announcement

Mon 18 February 2019

Registration Deadline

Mon 18 March 2019

Deadlines Questions

Mon 15 April 2019

Deadline for Answers

Thu 18 April 2019

Final Submission Deadline

Mon 17 June 2019

Jury Deliberation

Thu – Fri 27-28  June 2019

Announcement of Winners

Fri 28 June 2019

Awards Ceremony

Fri 5 July 2019

Exhibition

Fri – Sun 5 – 7 July 2019

Additional Information

Call for Participation


in an International Open Architectural Design Project Competition 

TSEZ intends to organize a competition for the design of the “Knowledge and Innovation Center”, a business and innovation park in Tripoli, Lebanon.

This international architectural design project competition is managed by the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects and endorsed by the Union of International Architects and supported by Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR).

This “Call for Participation” is issued as an open invitation to international and local Architecture & Urban Design firms, to participate in this competition; which will be conducted according to the rules and regulations of the UNECO and the UIA.

This competition is to provide an urban and architectural concept for the “Knowledge and Innovation Center” including:

i. Master Plan for approximately 60,000 sq. m. of Built Up Area (BUA), including:

a. Phase-1: BUA of approx. 30,000 sqm
b. Phase-2: BUA of approx. 30,000 sqm

ii. Architectural design for Phase-1 only (for approx. 30,000 sq. m.)

 

— Starting on February 18, 2019

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Competition Updates

Latest news & updates on the competition progress.

Congratulations for the winners of the Knowledge & Innovation Center international Competition:

1st Prize - Imad Aoun . Nadim Younes I MDDM with code number IN971 - Lebanon
2nd Prize - Dagher, Hanna and Partners with code number EIQ116 - Lebanon
3rd Prize - Arquivio Architects with code number LN735 - Spain

The honorable mentioned of the KIC international architectural concept design competition

UNIT44 with code number ON104 - Lebanon
Basmaji & Bielinska with code number JB173 - Lebanon
Khoury Levit Fong with code number GK331 - USA
 

For all competition participants who did not submit yet the soft version of their projects, please upload before the final deadline of Sunday 14th of July 2019 midnight (GMT+3).

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Useful Material and Documentation.

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  1. Competition Brief
  2. Topographical Survey
  3. Geo-Technical survey
  4. KIC Site Video/ Fly-Over
  5. Existing Building Drawings
  6. Photos of existing buildings
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