African Infrastructure Projects –June News

Which African country will claim Africa’s tallest building title?  We take a look at two projects that will attempt to claim the number one spot.

Two enormous projects which no doubt will look to energy saving LED technology in the form of LED area lighting, high bay and low bay solutions.

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Construction work start on Africa’s tallest building in Kenya


Artistic impression of the tallest building in Africa

Construction work has commenced on Africa’s tallest building in Kenya. This is after His Excellency; the President of Kenya laid the foundation stone recently.

The 70-floor mixed-use twin tower development dubbed Pinnacle Towers is located in Nairobi’s Upperhill area and will cost a whopping US$ 194m for it to be complete.It will encompass a 45-floor Hilton hotel that is being developed by Hass Petroleum and White Lotus Group and at 900 feet; the building will have the highest viewing deck in Africa.

There will also be 200 residential houses ran by Hilton Hotel that will include one bedroom, two bedrooms, and three bedroom fully furnished luxury apartments.

“Pinnacle Towers will also have a helipad at over 800 feet, making it the highest on the continent. We thought it wise to put the helipad here so that people can fly directly to the hotel and beat Nairobi’s hectic traffic,” Hass Petroleum Executive Chair, East and Central Africa Abdinasir A. Hassan said during the laying of the foundation.

To this point, the developers have spent US$ 14m in the construction of the foundation and preparation stage. The total cost will be fully funded through equity and debt.

Pinnacle Towers will be among the tallest buildings in the world with Dubai’s Burj Khalifa being the tallest currently at 800M, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers stands at about 400M which compares well with The Pinnacle’s 300M.

The mega development is projected to be complete by December 2019, although the 255-room hotel may be completed earlier.

White Lotus Group is an American vertically integrated Real Estate Development Firm which optimizes design, financing, implementation, delivery, and operation of complex or re-purposed real estate assets.

Morocco to construct Africa’s tallest high-rise tower

Morocco’s leading construction company Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca in conjunction with by China Railways Construction Corp (CRCC) is set to construct Africa’s tallest high-rise tower in Morocco’s capital Rabat.

Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca together with the Chinese company won the bid to construct what would be Africa’s tallest high-rise tower dubbed Rabat Tower.
CRCC confirmed that it will take responsibility for 60% of the project while their Moroccan partners will handle the other 40%.

The mega development project will be a 250-meter-tall skyscraper and would cost a whopping US$375 million. The total designed floor space is 86,000 square meters.
According to reports, Rabat Tower will be a 45-storey tower, which adopts ecological and sustainable design concepts. It will include offices, hotels and luxury apartments.

Benjelloun is also chairman of BMCE bank, the largest in Africa with operations in more than 20 countries. The billionaire is also planning to build a 30-story rocket-shaped tower that will loom over Casablanca.


Nigeria partners with Bi-Courtney for expressway project

The federal government of Nigeria is presently looking to enter a funding agreement in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) deal with Bi-Courtney Highways Limited to ensure the timely construction and rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway project.

The reconstruction of the highway had already been handed over to Bi-Courtney in 2009 under a Build, Operate and Transfer deal, but was 3 years later revoked because of alleged violation of the terms of agreement by the company.

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