Work begins on Sh5.8bn Parliament Tower

Kenya Parliament buildings. PHOTO/FILE
Kenya Parliament buildings. PHOTO/FILE
Parliament has officially begun construction of a 26-storey office building in Nairobi to house the swollen 418-member legislature.

The Parliamentary Service Commission on Thursday handed over the Sh5.8 billion project to the contractor, China Jiangxi Construction Company, marking the start of the project that will take three years to complete.

The proposed building, which includes four basement parking floors and a tunnel connecting to the current Parliament building, will be built on a one-acre plot between County Hall and Continental House where legislators already have offices.

The prime piece of land was allocated to Parliament by the government in 2000.

“The building will accommodate more committee rooms and related infrastructure. The office block will cover part of the car park situated at the Continental House and adjacent space,” said Justin Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly.

He said the proposed office block will accommodate the bi-cameral Parliament by creating additional committee rooms and other facilities.

To allow for smooth operations, Mr Muturi said the parking space at the Continental House will be closed with effect from Monday, March 24, and additional parking for legislators will be provided at the Comesa grounds KICC.

Parliament had earlier said it would acquire all the buildings next to it to give way to Parliament’s Square but the plan was later abandoned since the PSC could not meet their asking price.

In June 2012, MPs moved into the new chamber that was refurbished at a cost of Sh960 million – paving the way for refurbishment of the old chamber that will house the Senate.

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