A Gazeteer of Nairobi Buildings

THE TIMES TOWER

It has 38 floors, along with a 7-storey banking complex and an 11-split storey car park which can hold 350 cars, it is served by 10 elevators. Covering an area of 60,000 square meters and a height of 140 meters and is the tallest tower in East and Central Africa, after earning the title in May 2000. Situated along Haile Selassie Avenue it is also known as the New Central Bank Tower. It is an office tower who’s only tenant is the Kenya Revenue Authority, they deal with tax remissions and administration and serves as a location for taxpayer education in Nairobi. The building is designed to resist earthquakes for its only very rare earth shaking that can send it crumbling down., and according to Howard Humphreys (East Africa) Ltd, the structural and civil engineers in charge of the building, the foundations consist of two deep basements sitting on a reinforced concrete raft varying in thickness of between 0.9 to three meters (3.0 to 9.8 feet). It is also built in a way that it can repel all forms of forced entry into the main vaults. This means any missile that is aimed at it will be deflected and cannot bring the structure down. Triad Architects did the architectural bit while Armstrong &Duncan were the quantity surveyors.

KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

This is a 30-storey building was built between 1966-1973. The building inspired by the African hut was funded by the government and cost Sh79.7 million to build. It is located in the central business district of Nairobi. It is a venue for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and special events within a walking distance of several five star hotels. It has hosted many international conferences and seminars. There are several well-equipped conferences and meeting rooms with the largest having a capacity over 4,000 delegates. It has Simultaneous Interpretation Equipment with capability up to seven languages, a modern business centre, a banking facility, tour and travel services, expansive grounds, ample and secure parking. It is often depicted as an icon for Nairobi. Karl Henrik Nostvik designed Kenya’s landmark building without air conditioners in mind as natural “fins” in the building with concrete exterior finish, would do just fine. The conically shaped 4000-seater Plenary Hall was an afterthought, though. The Revolving Restaurant on the 27th floor, despite the hype of refurbishment, is neither revolving nor a restaurant.

SOCIAL SECURITY HOUSE

This is a 28-storey building and was completed in 1973 its also named the NSSF Building. National Social Security Fund Building was constructed by Mugoya Construction & Engineering LTD & J.E.D.Nyaseme & Associates. Its main tenant are The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) which was established in 1965 by an Act of Parliament (CAP 258 of the Laws of Kenya) in order to administer a provident fund scheme for all workers in Kenya. Initially the fund operated as a government department under the Ministry of Labour but as its membership grew and its operations became complex, the NSSF Act was amended in 1987 to transform it into an autonomous State Corporation. Since 1988, the Fund has been operating under a Board of Trustees, which is constituted by representatives of 3 key stakeholders: the government, workers, and employers.

TELEPOSTA TOWERS

This is the second tallest building in Nairobi, Kenya. It is 120 metres in height with 27 floors. Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communications and Ministry of Trade are based in the building. The building was constructed by Laxmanbhai Construction

NYAYO HOUSE

This building is home to several government departments such as immigration and also serves as the headquarters of Nairobi Province. The building is located on the corner of Uhuru Highway and Kenyatta Avenue. It is 84 metres high and has 27 floors .Planning of the tower started in 1973 and it was initially set to be named as Nairobi House. Construction started in 1979 and completed in 1983. The building was planned by Ministry of Public Works. Was designed by Ngotho Architects and constructed by Laxmanbhai Construction.

COOPERATIVE BANK HOUSE

This is a 25 floor building completed in 1981its the main headquarters of cooperative bank which was established in 1965 initially as a cooperative society. The building incurred damages in the 1998 in a bombing targeting the nearby Embassy of the United States of America. The building underwent renovations between 1998-2008.

RAHIMTULLA TOWER

This building is also known as the Rahimtulla Trust Building, is the tallest building in the Upper Hill neighborhood of Nairobi was built in 1999. The tower is a reinforced concrete structure, and clad with blue-tinted glass and white louvre tiles. The tower has twenty-two (22) storeys, including a double floor-height lobby, plus two (2) basement floors. The building is capped by a 30 metre high mast, for television and radio communication. The main tenants are Africa Online, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Dhanush InfoTech. The architect was Planning Systems Services, the structural engineers Mangat, I.B. Patel & Partners, the main contractors were Laxmanbhai Construction and the services engineers for the project were Howard Humphreys (Kenya) Limited.

LONRHO HOUSE

This 20-storey skycrapper was built in 1990 and is owned by the Kenya Commercial Bank Pension Scheme houses, the main tenants Lonrho Africa and other tenants being Capital FM on 19th floor, KPMG and several respected law firms among others. Designed in 1989 to be Lonrho Africa’s Headquarters by Planning Systems Services Ltd. Cars have to be parked at 3rd, 4th and 5th floor levels.

THE I&M BANK TOWER

This is an 18-storey building located on Kenyatta Avenue completed in 2001. It is the main headquarters for I&M Bank Limited (I&M Bank), the lynchpin of the I&M Bank Group. In the past, the building also served as the headquarters of the Standard Group, which includes The Standard newspaper and Kenya Television Network station. The building was constructed by Laxmanbhai Construction.

Compiled by Charity Mumbi, 12 March 2013