Work begins in Nairobi on Africa’s tallest building

Construction work has begun on a mixed-use twin tower development in Nairobi’s central business district that is set to become the tallest building in Africa.

When complete in December 2019, the taller, 320m-high tower will offer office space while its 201m-high neighbour will contain a 45-floor Hilton Hotel, as well as 200 one, two and three-bed luxury apartments.

As well as the usual commercial amenities there will be a "gaming zone", an "infinity room" and a helipad to allow guests to avoid Nairobi’s congested streets.

The concrete building is being developed by Hass Petroleum and the White Lotus Group for the relatively modest cost of $200m.

Hass is a privately owned Somali company that is based in Nairobi, which recently raised development capital by selling 40% of its shares to state-owned oil broker Oman Trading International for an undisclosed sum.  

The relatively low cost was partly the result of an unusually lengthy tendering process, which resulted in a win for the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).

Speaking in March 2017, Abdinassir Ali Hassan, chairman of Hass Petroleum, said: "It has not been an easy road. CSCEC went through a rigorous tender system which they won over 10 international companies including European, Turkish as well as other Chinese competitors.

"Hass Group awarding the contract to CSCEC demonstrates a stronger growing economic partnership between the Chinese Government and the Kenyan Government, and is a testament to Kenya’s economic and political stability. This project will give CSCEC a majestic entry point into Africa."  

Meinhardt Group is handling the structural and M&E engineering and Archgroup Consultants of Dubai was the principal designer.

When completed, the Pinnacle Towers will surpass the 223m Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, as the tallest building in Africa.

Image: The building is being built for a relatively modest $200m (Hass)

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