May 16, 2020

Top 5: Tallest buildings in Africa

UAP Tower
Tallest buildings in Africa
Ponte City Apartments
Polly Coleman
3 min
Top 5: Tallest buildings in Africa
We take a look at some of the tallest buildings in Africa and list our top 5.

5. UAP Tower 163m (535ft)

The UAP Tower is a 33-storey office complex th...

We take a look at some of the tallest buildings in Africa and list our top 5.

5. UAP Tower 163m (535ft)

The UAP Tower is a 33-storey office complex that was built in 2015 and is situated at the heart of the Upper Hill financial district in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the highest point in Nairobi.

The tower has a rentable area of roughly 29,000 square feet and it became the tallest structure in Kenya upon its completion in 2015 surpassing Times Tower.


4. Ponte City Apartments 173m (567.6ft)

The Ponte City Apartments are located in the Hollbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg.

It is a 54-story cylindrical building (built on a uniquely uneven rock floor) which has an open centre which allows additional light into the apartments.

Built in 1975, It is the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa.

The advertising sign on the top of the building is the largest sign in the southern hemisphere.


3. Britam Tower 200m (656ft)

The Britam Tower is yet to be completed, however; It is due to be completed in 2016 after construction commenced in September 2013 at a cost of seven billion Kenyan Shillings (£5.5 billion).

The tower will be a commercial Building located in Nairobi and is owned by Britam (Investment service company).

The Britam tower will be a 32-storey building with a lettable office space area of over 31,500 metres-squared and a 12-story car park for the parking of up to 1,000 vehicles.

The huge tower has a 24-hour security surveillance support system and it will be the regional headquarters of Britam in East and Central Africa.


2. Hassan 2 Mosque 210m (689ft)

The Hassan II Mosque (sometimes referred to as the Grande Mosquée Hassan II) is a mosque situated in Casablanca, Morocco. It is 210 metres tall (689 feet) and is the biggest mosque in Morocco and the thirteenth biggest on the globe.

The mosque has a laser on its rooftop that points in the direction of Mecca.

The mosques minaret (tower with a balcony from which a muezzin calls to prayer) is the largest minaret in the world.

The building was built to honour the memory of the departed King Mohammed V.


1. Carlton Centre 223m (732ft)

The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper containing both offices and shopping facilities located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The skyscraper has 50 floors and has been the tallest office building in Africa since 1973.

The building has 50 floors above ground and 23 elevators. It was designed by an American architectural firm (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) and it officially opened in 1974.

The building is 223m tall which is the equivalent to 732ft.

The Carlton Centre is linked to the Carlton Hotel by a below-ground shopping centre which contains more than 180 shops.

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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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