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Construction of city’s tallest skyscraper has started

The construction of the 40 storeyed Hazina Trade Centre in Nairobi has started.

The building is expected to cost an estimated 7.1 billion, according to Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi. 

China Jiangxi International is on the site and will construct the building. The building will be tallest in Kenya once completed.

It is located on Moktar Daddah Street and currently hosts Nakumatt Lifestyle.

The construction of the tower was stopped last year after Governor Dr Evans Kidero said the county had not approved the construction and instead asked them to get an updated Environmental Impact Assessment report from National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

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Dr Kidero had revealed the last report was obtained in 2006 and there was need for an assessment to be redone.

The Towers will feature an architectural design inspired by the outline of a Maasai Moran standing on one leg and leaning on a spear.

The building will incorporate sustainable architectural features including; Fritted glazing, vegetated roof terraces, a ventilated atrium, a helipad and a Nairobi City skyline viewing gallery.

The tower will be constructed atop the existing 8-storey Hazina Trade Centre building and is expected to get upto Sh100million rent income from various tenants.

The Hazina Trade Centre project commenced in 1994, with construction works kicking off in 1997.

However, due to financial constraints NSSF was unable to complete the construction and leased it out as a shopping mall in 2003 to Nakumatt Holdings.