23 July 2019

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has announced plans to construct a
multi-storeyed headquarter in Mombasa expected to be the largest office complex
in Kenya.

According to the authority, the building will cover
an area of 75,000 m2 of which 18,000 m2 will be for
parking spaces (1,000 vehicles), 12,000 m2 reserved for conference
facilities and 15,000 m2 for commercial space.

The new development will also generate some 21,000 m2
of lettable office space while reserving 9,000 m2 for KPA’s
occupation. The authority stated that they will soon announce winner of the
tender for the project.

“Bidders for the design, construction and
supervision tender who have handled a similar project in the past five years
have earned themselves the highest score with further points set to be added
where a firm has handled five completed assignments in the last 10 years,” said
KPA in a statement.

Construction of the development will feature
consortia with varied expertise on modern technology, environmental issues,
especially energy saving, solar energy and water harvesting and recycling.

Although Africa is not generally known for its
abundance of skyscrapers, it has undergone a building surge in many cities. The
number of tall buildings has been seen growing significantly throughout
the continent over the last few decades.

In Kenya, developments of a similar magnitude in
Nairobi include upcoming Africa’s tallest building by Pinnacle at 200 metres.
The 32,716 m2 property with a 12-floor parking area is located at
Upper Hill.

Another is the UAP-Old Mutual Tower that covers 29,000 m2 rising 33 floors and boasts 800 parking spaces while 38-floor Times Tower, which houses Kenya revenue Authority has 11 floors dedicated for parking. Newly opened Sanlam Towers in Westlands, rises 18 floors with 13,006 m2 of space and 400 parking slots.

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