International engineering company Hass Group has appointed China State Construction Engineering Corporation to build its new offices in Nairobi. “Hass Tower” will be the tallest building in Africa on completion.
The $195-million project Hass Towers will consist of two towers: a 45-storey Hilton hotel, and a 67-storey tower with Grade A office, retail and leisure space. Due to be completed in 2020, the mixed-use tower will be 300m high, beating the current record-holder in Africa, the 223m-tall Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. Completed in 1973, the Carlton Centre has 50 floors and is 223m tall.
An architectural rendering of Hass Towers
Excavations have already begun on the project. Meinhardt Group had been hired for lead engineering, structural and MEP services. Construction of the foundations for Hass Towers is due to start in April 2017.
The project is located 16km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi's growing financial hub of Upper Hill, where many embassies and international organisations have already set up their regional offices, including Cisco Systems, World Bank and the IMF.
“It has not been an easy road. They (CSCEC) went through a rigorous tender system which they won over ten international companies including European, Turkish as well as other Chinese competitors. Hass Group awarding the contract to CSCEC demonstrates a stronger growing economic partnership between the Chinese Government and the Kenyan Government, and is a testament to Kenya’s economic and political stability. This project will give CSCEC a majestic entry point into Africa,” says Hass Group Chairman Abdinassir Ali Hassan.
“This will be the tallest building in Africa and will become a landmark in Kenya,” says Li Mingguang, Vice President of CSCEC Overseas Operations. “It is sure to drive regional development, promote economic growth, and attract more investment and tourism into Kenya. China State Construction understands the importance of this grand project and is honoured to be chosen as the main contractor.”
CSCEC has been involved in a number of large projects across the continent, including Boumediene International Airport in Algiers and the Number 1 National Highway in the Republic of Congo.