Nairobi’s tallest residential tower takes shape in Westlands

Ongoing construction of Le’mac Towers in Westlands
Ongoing construction of Le’mac Towers in Westlands. PHOTO/DAKTA VIA SKYSCRAPER CITY
Construction is well under way on the Dubai-styled Le’mac Towers, a Sh3.5 billion residential building in the Westlands neighbourhood of Nairobi.

The 22-storey Le’mac Towers, which is located just off Waiyaki way, next to the Toyota showroom in Westlands, has been under construction since mid 2014 and is due for completion next year.

The building, which targets wealthy buyers and renters, offers office and retail space on the lower floors and one-bedroom and two-bedroom residential apartments in the sixteen upper floors.

At the roof, the double storey Le Mac Sky Club houses a gym, spa, steam and sauna rooms, lounges, swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant. The ground floor comprises the Le Mac café and a banking hall.

On completion, Le’mac is expected to be the tallest residential building in Nairobi – taller than the proposed Kasarani Hills, which were earlier tipped to be the tallest apartments in Kenya.

Ravi Vasta, a director of Mark Properties Limited – the Nairobi property firm behind the project, was earlier quoted by local media as saying that Le’mac targets wealthy home buyers and tenants seeking accommodation in exclusive suburbs.

“One bedroom apartments are selling at between Sh12.4 million and Sh13 million depending on the floor, where the higher you go the costlier it becomes,” he said.

The prices have since risen to between Sh13.32 million and Sh15.36 million for a one bedroom unit and between Sh26.24 million and Sh27.57 million for a three-bedroom apartment.

“We will keep about half of the 170 apartments while the remaining units will be available for sale,” said Vasta.

Le Mac’s interiors have been designed by architect Susan Watts of Image360 Degrees – a firm famed for its innovative designs.

“Le’Mac is a statement of impeccable architecture with immense attention to detail and a fine blend of the spaces to allow functional flows while ensuring utmost privacy,” reads a notice posted on the property’s website.

The construction of high rise apartments is quickly gaining currency among Nairobi property developers as it offers the most efficient way of maximum land use in densely populated cities around the world.

By building multi-storey apartments, developers are able to distribute the land costs over the number of units in a building – bringing down the cost per unit.