KPA to develop Kenya’s biggest office complex

KPA to develop Kenya's biggest office complex

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 square metres  out of which 18,000 square metres will be for parking spaces (1,000 vehicles), 12,000 square metres reserved for conference facilities and 15,000 square metres for commercial spaces.

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The new development will also generate some 21,000 square metres of lettable office space while reserving 9,000 square metres 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 square metre property with a 12-floor parking area is located at Upper Hill. Another one is the UAP-Old Mutual Tower that covers 29,000 square metres rising 33-floors and boasts of 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 square metres of space and 400 parking slots.

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