Ghana’s Hope City to host Africa’s tallest building in 2016

An impression of the Hope City in Accra, Ghana.
An impression of the Hope City in Accra, Ghana. PHOTO/COURTESY
Construction is expected to begin next month on Hope City – a planned US$10 billion technopolis outside Accra in Ghana.

The ambitious high-tech hub that that aims to turn Ghana into a major ICT hub in West Africa will host Africa’s tallest tower.

Hope City will be developed in an area of about 1.5 million square meters, located some 30 minutes west of Accra’s city centre.

Designed by Italian firm Architect OBR, Hope City will comprise six towers of different dimensions, including a 75-storey, 270 metre-high tower that is expected to be the highest in Africa.

A system of bridges at different heights will link the towers together, creating a circular connection between the buildings’ functions and public amenities.

Hope City is the brainchild of Ghanaian businessman Roland Agambire, 39, owner of local technology firm RLG Communications. The development will include an assembly plant for technology products, an IT university, a hospital, business offices, homes, among other facilities.

“The inspiration behind Hope City is to have an iconic ICT park where ICT players from all over the world can converge to design, fabricate and export software and everything arising from this country,” said Agambire.

RLG Communications is financing 30 per cent of the project, with the remainder being funded by several investors and through a stock-buying scheme.

According to Agambire, Hope City has already attracted several partners, including Microsoft, with Microsoft corporate vice president Ali Faramawy among the guests at the recent Hope City launch event.

On completion by mid 2016, Hope City is expected to house 25,000 residents and create jobs for 50,000 people.

The launch of the Ghana’s Hope City comes shortly after Kenya broke ground on its own technopolis – Konza Techno City – touted as Africa’s Silicon Savannah.

The US$10 billion tech-hub will be constructed on a 5000-acre piece of land on the border of Machakos and Makueni counties – about 60 kilometres from Nairobi. It will be built in four phases over a span of 20 years.

Konza Techno City, which is part of Kenya’s Vision 2030, is hoped to create over 20,000 IT jobs by 2015 and more than 200,000 jobs by 2030.