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Old October 6th, 2014, 11:21 AM   #41
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New office block set to detrhone Times Towers


TIMES Tower is set to be dwarfed as the tallest building in Nairobi if the National Environmental Management Authority among other regulators, approve a planned 45-storey structure in Upper Hill.

Nema on Friday invited public comments over the proposal by Jabavu Village Limited to build the proposed commercial structure which if successful will tower above the city's landmarks such as Times Tower, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, NSSF Building and Telposta among others.

A google search on the company yielded no details. Times Tower has 38 floors, KICC has 29 while Telposta has 27. Another building set to grace Nairobi's skyline is UAP Tower, a 33-storey structure which is expected to be ready for occupation in March.

"The proponent Jabavu Village Limited is proposing to construct a commercial building tower on land title no Nairobi/Block31/219 at the junction of Upper Hill Road and Haile Selassie Avenue," said Nema in a gazette notice published Friday.

"The project will entail putting up a multiple use premise (45-storey building) that will comprise of two towers; one approximately 212.40 metres high and the other one of about 137.4 metres high and associated facilities like parking bays."

The project will occupy 2.5 acres. The building design indicates that it shall have four components. A commercial one that will occupy 30,000 square metres of total floor area, a residential component of about 10,000 square metres, a hotel on 15,000 square metres and a retail space to occupy another 15,000 square metres.

The public has 30 days from Friday to give their input on the proposed building for Nema to consider before approving the project. If approved, the building will attract lucrative bids especially from retail firms as there is no supermarket within Upper Hill despite its growth as a business and hospitality hub in Nairobi.

Upper Hill also lacks a petrol station, which is also very crucial to any commercial or residential area. If the project is successful it will be the tallest building in East Africa.

South Africa's Ponte City apartments located in Johannesburg with 54 floors is the talles building in Africa followed by Carlton Centre which at 50 floors is the tallest office block in the continent.

Egypt's El Gezira tower takes third place with 43 storeys. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE is the world's tallest building with 163 floors followed by Shanghai Tower in China at 121 floors.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 11:21 AM   #42
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^got if from the star newspaper.Hope it goes through.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 12:08 PM   #43
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Hope it is approved soon so that construction can begin before year end or by January next year
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Great news this building judging by the meters and not the floors will be the second tallest in the continent.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #45
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Great news this building judging by the meters and not the floors will be the second tallest in the continent.
I somehow trust this will be successful. Rarely have we seen a project approved by NEMA fail eventually. Many of the projects we heard of reported here including The One were not ever advertised for by NEMA.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #46
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this shall go thru. i have that feel. upper hill is really gonna change.
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Old October 6th, 2014, 05:06 PM   #47
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I hope they expand upper hill road. That road is very narrow. Its compounded by the fact its joins Haille Sellasie Road which is quite busy. You can see where the two roads join on this map

https://www.google.co.ke/maps/place/...acfa7243560988
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It's a twin tower and those renders will be great.
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This must be the site that @Briantherealguy has been talking about that's already fenced and with boreholes being dug, no?
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I hope they expand upper hill road. That road is very narrow. Its compounded by the fact its joins Haille Sellasie Road which is quite busy. You can see where the two roads join on this map

https://www.google.co.ke/maps/place/...acfa7243560988
I think there are plans to do that but even if there were not it would still work out because NSSF Building is at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue/Valley Road and Ngong Road which is a one way but expansion is welcome
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This must be the site that @Briantherealguy has been talking about that's already fenced and with boreholes being dug, no?
Yes it is the site Brian was talking about
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I think there are plans to do that but even if there were not it would still work out because NSSF Building is at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue/Valley Road and Ngong Road which is a one way but expansion is welcome
it depends where the entrance is, entrance for NSSF community is on the road that runs infront of prisons headquarters, if the entry was on Ngong Rd, that junction and road would have been hell
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it depends where the entrance is, entrance for NSSF community is on the road that runs infront of prisons headquarters, if the entry was on Ngong Rd, that junction and road would have been hell
Or they can just modify the entrance just like at Rahimtulla or Times Tower or Delta Corner.A small slip road at the entrance.I cannot wait for this to happen.Waiting for news on Kenya Re project also on Upper Hill Road
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Or they can just modify the entrance just like at Rahimtulla or Times Tower or Delta Corner.A small slip road at the entrance.I cannot wait for this to happen.Waiting for news on Kenya Re project also on Upper Hill Road
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Old October 8th, 2014, 06:01 AM   #55
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City's tallest building to rise 45 floors at Upper Hill

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
TWIN TOWERS: An artist?s rendering of a proposed 45-storey complex at Upper Hill, Nairobi.
TWIN TOWERS: An artist?s rendering of a proposed 45-storey complex at Upper Hill, Nairobi.
THE National Environmental Management Authority has received a proporsal from a firm planning to build a yet another tallest twin tower commercial building in Nairobi.

Last Friday, Nema said in a Kenya gazette notice that it has received a proposal from the Jabavu Village Ltd to build a 45-story building.

Nema said in a special notice on October 3 that it is currently receiving public inputs on the environmental impacs of the proposed building before approving it.

The building will be constructed on a 2.5 acre plot at the junction of Upper Hill Road and Haile Selassie Avenue.

“The project will entail putting up a mutilple use premise that will comprise two towers, one approximately 212.40 metres high and the other one of about 137.4 metres high and associated facilities like parking bays,” Nema said.

The structure will cost the developer Sh3.78 billion, according to the budget proposals submitted to Nema.

The design for the proposed complex provides for the construction of four components; a commercial one of about 30,000 square meters of total floor area and a residential component of about 10,000 square meters of total floor area.

There will also be a hotel of about 15,000 square meters of total floor area and a residential component of about 12000-15000 square meters.

Nairobi has for years commanded skyline with Times Towers having 38 floors (140 metres high) leading followed by KICC with 29 floors (105 metres).

There are however, other buildings currently under construction in the city among them the UAP's 31-storey building located at Upper Hill, which is due for consumption early next year.

The NSSF's Hazina Towers (40 floors ), the university of Nairobi Towers(21) and KCB towers (20 floors).

The 54-floor Ponte City Building in South Africa is the tallest in Africa with 54 floors while Dubai's Burj Khalifa is the tallest in the world with 163 floors.

- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/artic....SGwT6Aoq.dpuf
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I tried to post pic but couldn't.Took a snap shot from the star.So far by far the best renders in Kenya.But im starting to doubt this project.3.8B for such a massive project..going by the past this is one of those projects that statr out with great render and then gets downgraded major to fit their budget of 3.8B
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nic render, two towers is just what upperhill needs, hope its approved

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Old October 8th, 2014, 07:57 AM   #58
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I tried to post pic but couldn't.Took a snap shot from the star.So far by far the best renders in Kenya.But im starting to doubt this project.3.8B for such a massive project..going by the past this is one of those projects that statr out with great render and then gets downgraded major to fit their budget of 3.8B
But 3.8b is quite moderate compare that with UAP which cost 4B. And that of Britam which is costing 7 billion. But britam is more expensive because of the wind turbine.

So i'm confident the project's budget is sufficient.
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i doubt whether two towers one 45 floors and another maybe between 28-33 floors tht the total cost to be 3.8 billion...if hazina is aroud 6-7 billion, uap 4billion, britam 40fls 7 billion, honestly ths one should be more
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The twin 21-storey Delta Corner Towers cost 1.9b.The 3.8b budget is a moderate one.I saw here on ssc that the cost of construction of the building itself is only 5-7% and finishing usually takes the lion's share.I think that budget makes sense plus the floor area is consistent with a 45-storey and 30-storey
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