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First tower complete in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital

First office tower in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital is complete; contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has announced. The C08 office tower had the final piece of its curtain wall installed at the beginning of this year, making it the first building to be complete in the new capital’s Central Business District (CBD).

According to CSCEC, From the approval to drawings, the application of lifting system delivered to site to the installation and sealing of the curtain walls, the Chinese and Egyptian partners have put their strength together and actively overcame many difficulties, and completed the construction with high quality and high efficiency. This all received a lot of recognition and praise by the facade subcontractor and the engineering company Dar.

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The Central Business District

Back in 2017 CSCEC won a $3bn contract to deliver a batch of 20 towers in the Central Business District (CBD) of the New Administrative Capital. The main focus was centered around putting up buildings that would house government ministries and agencies as well as the president’s office. The Chinese were to build a new parliament complex, 12 ministerial buildings, a convention center and an exhibition area at what is believed would be a whooping US $45bn. This would undoubtedly form the nucleus from which the rest of the city would grow as demand for other amenities such as housing and shopping would stem.

The 20 buildings include 12 high-rise office buildings, five high-rise apartment buildings, two luxury hotels, and a 385.8m tall Iconic Tower, which will be the tallest in Africa. The whole project is scheduled to be delivered by 2022.

At the end of last year, the Egyptian government announced that all its ministries will be transferred to the new capital this year.

Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya


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