Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and one of the Africa’s most influential cities, Nairobi is a vital commercial and financial regional hub, home to the regional headquarters of various major international companies and organizations. It has also the highest number of malls in Kenya and East Africa, Nairobi is populaly known as ,’ The city under the sun‘. The county is very dyanamic and has unique features, challenges and opportunities.
There are 18 buildings that stand taller than 80 meters ( 260 ft) and several under construction. The following are the Top ten tallest buildings in Nairobi;
1. BRITAM TOWERS
The tallest building in the city is the new 32-storey, 200 metres (660 ft) Britam Tower.This tallest tower in the region is a commercial building owned by British-American Investments Company (Britam). Britam Tower is located On Hospital Road in Upper Hill, which is Nairobi’s fastest-growing commercial district, Britam Tower is known for its prism-like shape molded in glass. . GAPP Architects & Urban Designers collaborated with Triad Architects to design this building for the British American Insurance Company. Upon completion, it became the tallest skyscraper in Kenya, overtaking the UAP Old Mutual Tower. The 31-storey tower has a 15-storey parking silo in a separate building, which is adjoined to the main building with a bridge, offering an alternative route of evacuation in the event of an emergency.
It has an artistic prism-shaped tower, which makes it a uniquely shaped building. The majestic structure, crowned with a 67m helical spire originally designed to be a wind turbine has a grand entrance that opens to a 6-storey atrium, embellished with high-grade interior fitting. Britam Tower allows for a 360º view of Nairobi’s best topography, according to the developers, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro are visible from the structure on clear days.
The structure, finished with performance glass and shaded with ceramic baguettes, was designed with international safety and environmentally sustainable strategies in mind. It features a highly efficient glazing system, and a secondary screening structure to provide shade while making the best use of natural light. It also makes use of fittings and fixtures that are energy-efficient and harvests rainwater. Resulting from its high resource efficiency, Britam towers is the first recipient of the EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) certification in Kenya.
2. GTC-GLOBAL TRADE CENTRE- OFFICE TOWERS
It is the tallest building in Westlands district. Located along Chiromo Road opposite Chiromo lane. It’s the headquarters for the Chinese company AVIC in Africa. As the city complex with the largest scale, highest grade and the most diversified trade sectors in Nairobi, GTC has set a series of Kenyan and East African records.
Its 603-ft (184-m) Office Tower, tallest in East Africa, equipped with 11 high-speed lifts, with 43 floors and expands the boundary of vision for the Fortune Global 500 companies.
Its six security systems, 360 degree natural lighting, 1,037 parking spaces, 153 exclusive parking spaces for VICs, Sky private club and abundant retail amenities, all contribute to an ultimate business operation experience in East Africa. An era of wealth in international calibre has arrived. Some of the facilities present are JW Marriot Hotel,GTC Tower,GTC Mall and GTC Executive Residences.
3. UAP OLD MUTUAL TOWER
Topped out in 2016, the concrete tower was the tallest building in Kenya and the third tallest in Africa until Britam Tower dethroned it in 2017. It is 163 m (535 ft) with 33 floors.
UAP Tower is owned by UAP Old Mutual Group, a financial services conglomerate headquartered in Kenya, with subsidiaries in six African countries. It has rentable space that measures 29,000 square metres (310,000 sq ft), and it also houses the UAP Old Mutual Group headquarters . The tower was financed through private equity at a total of 4 billion Kenyan shillings (approximately US$40,000,000 as of 2015).
4. GTC HOTEL TOWER
It is the second tallest building in the GTC complex. It will house a five star hotel operated by the Marriott organisation. It is 143 m (469 ft) and has 35 floors. The introduction of JW Marriott Hotel, East Africa’s newest Luxury 5 Star Hotel, into Nairobi is the further proof of GTC’s strength and dedication.
The hotel not only offers 317 guestrooms and 51 serviced apartments but also features an 8,611 sq. ft (800 sq. m) Grand Ballroom and 7 conference rooms, destined to become the top hospitality preference for international political leaders, business gurus and social elites as well as the primary choice of venue to host major business conventions and exhibitions. It will witness the leapfrog development of East Africa.
5. TIMES TOWERS
The Times Tower, also known as the New Central Bank Tower, is an office tower in Nairobi, Kenya. At 140 metres, it is the Fifth tallest building in Kenya after the recently completed other four towers. With 38 floors, along with a 7-storey banking complex and an 11-split storey car park, it is served by 10 elevators and is right in the middle of Nairobi central business District. The building is designed to resist earthquakes, and is set on a concrete raft varying in thickness from 0.9 to 3.0 m (2 ft 11 in to 9 ft 10 in).
The only tenant of the building is the Kenya Revenue Authority, who use it for tax remissions and administration, and it serves as a location for taxpayer education. To get into the building beyond the ground floor requires either a Kenyan ID card for locals or passports for foreigners. Entry without the documents is not allowed unless the member of staff being visited leaves his ID documents in place of the visitor.Some floors are off limits for non-workers.
6. PRISM TOWERS
The 34 storey building is 133 m (436 ft) an is Located in Upperhill, Prism towers is a landmark tower standing high in the most well-connected business district of Nairobi. Nairobi has been recognized globally as the hub for business and development on the African continent.
Architectural landmark with great design flow luxury and landscaped gardens, world-class amenities and trendy lifestyle; today’s global professionals expect much more from their work spaces than four walls, a desk and a chair. You need an office that signals your stature, showcases your company’s image and reflects your global lifestyle: your address at King’s Prism will state it all.
7. LE’MAC BUILDING
Le’ Mac is a 24-storey (Excluding roof structure) commercial and residential building in the Westlands district of Nairobi, Kenya.
Le’ Mac is owned by Mark Properties, a property developer in Nairobi. The tower was financed through private equity at a total of KSh 3.5 billion (approximately US$35,000,000 as of 2015). L’e Mac’s 30 levels are divided as:
Three basement parking levels
Ground floor banking and café amenities
Storeys 1 through 6: open plan office space intended for banks, showrooms and other offices
Storey 7: service level
Storeys 8 through 23: residential
Storeys 24 through 27: pool, gym, sauna/steam room and restaurant
8. TELEPOSTA TOWERS
The 27 storey building is 120 m (390 ft) and The building is located in Kenyatta Avenue, near the center of Nairobi. It is 120 meters or 394 feet in height. The towers have 27 floors, and house Telkom Kenya. Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communications and Kenya’s Ministry of Trade are based in the building. Construction of the towers was started in 1996, and completed in 1999.It was designed by Anthony Gleeson and constructed by Laxmanbhai Construction.
9. KENYA COMMERCIAL BANK PLAZA
This skyscraper is located in Upper Hill, approximately 2.5 kilometres (2 mi), by road, south-west of the central business district of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Construction began in December 2010 and the building was completed in 2015.
KCB Plaza has twenty-one storeys consisting of approximately 171,800 square feet (15,961 m2) of rentable office space and enough parking for about four hundred and fifty automobiles. Construction began in December 2010, and was originally expected to last two years. However, multiple delays put the building’s construction behind schedule until its completion in July 2015, approximately 30 months behind schedule.
The building is owned by the Kenya Commercial Bank Employee Pension Fund, who footed the US$26 million (KES:2.1 billion) construction bill.
The main contractor was China Wu Yi Company Limited. ARUP was the environmental design engineers. Kenya Commercial Bank Group is the main tenant. The building is fitted with solar panels to supplement the power from the national grid. It also has the ability to harvest and treat rain water for use in the building. It is also fitted with water recycling capability, thereby reducing the cost of running the skyscraper.
10. KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE(KICC)
The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), formerly the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, is a 28-story building located in Nairobi, Kenya. The KICC is located in the City Square of Nairobi, and is a crucial address for a number of Government offices, including those of recently elected Senators. It is an internationally renowned venue for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and special events within walking distance of several five star hotels. During its four-and-a-half-decade history it has been the host of several international conferences, seminars, exhibitions and summits.
The KICC is ranked as one of the top places to hold conferences on the continent.
The Kenyatta International Conference Centre, locally known as the “KICC”, was commissioned by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the 1st President of the Republic of Kenya, in 1967. It was designed by David Mutiso & Karl Henrik Nøstvik was a contractor and the construction was carried out by contractors Solel Boneh & Factah. This was done in three phases. Phase I was the construction of the podium, Phase II consisted of the main tower and Phase III involved the Plenary. Construction was completed in 1973, with the opening ceremony occurring in September 1973 presided over by President Kenyatta. The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) was then made a State Corporation established under the Tourism Act. 2011 that came into operation on 1 September 2012. Whereas the centre is known as a leading meeting venue in Nairobi, its national mandate following the Act became to nurture and promote the country as a destination most preferred for business travel and MICE tourism. M.I.C.E has been recognized as one of the four key products to be developed under the Kenya Vision 2030.
In September 2013, as the iconic complex celebrated its 40th anniversary, it was renamed to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
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