Britam Tower under-way in Nairobi

On going construction of Britam Tower in Nairobi.
On going construction of Britam Tower in Nairobi. PHOTO/COURTESY
Construction is well under-way on Britam Tower, a 31-storey office complex in Upper Hill, Nairobi, which will house the British American Insurance Company headquarters and accommodate other tenants.

The Sh7 billion tower, which will sit on a 1.5 acre piece of land along Hospital Road in Upper Hill, boasts several green features including wind turbines that will generate power for some parts of the building.

It comprises an atrium with the tower housing office, retail facilities such as banking halls, shops and restaurants on the ground and mezzanine floors as well as accommodation on the top levels.

“This is our flagship project within the property development portfolio and it is driven by rigorous research that showed great need for Grade ‘A’ properties in Nairobi,” Britam’s managing director Benson Wairegi said in an earlier interview.

Britam Tower, which is scheduled for completion in December 2015, boasts a prismic shape and at its widest it looks like a black pyramid with the top corner missing and from other views it is a more slender black prism.

The unusual design is achieved by having a footprint with four corners and then a roof with only two. The corners are crossed diagonally on the building to the upper levels as it tapers.

Interestingly, common areas of the office complex will be powered by wind thanks to a wind turbine that will be installed on top of the building.

Britam has identified Acorn Group, a real estate firm in which it owns a 25 per cent stake, to manage the construction of the property as well as engaged other consultants with both local and international expertise to ensure successful implementation of the project.

The Upper Hill area has become popular with multinationals and blue chip financial services companies seeking to expand their operations away from the congested city centre.

KCB group is currently building a 21-storey complex comprising 15,960 square metres of rentable office space and parking for about 450 vehicles.

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When complete the KCB Plaza will have as its main tenant, the Kenya Commercial Bank, which will relocate its headquarters from Kencom House in the central business district.

Other firms that have set up their headquarters in Upper Hill include Coca Cola, Citi Bank, Equity Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The World Bank, and The International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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