The exciting race to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper

By Mod2   8 months ago   309
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The Leonardo. Image c/o Co-Arc International Architects

What do South Africa, Ivory Coast and Morocco have in common? The three countries spread across south, west and north Africa are all vying to build the continent’s tallest building.

The Leonardo, in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton neighbourhood, is 234m high and is the current holder of the prestigious title. Yet not long after it officially opened in October, the skyscraper is expected to be topped by the Mohammed VI Tower in the Moroccan capital of Rabat within the next three years.

Construction of that 250m-high building started a year ago and when done “will have 55 floors hosting a luxury hotel, prestigious offices, and luxury apartments as well as an observatory at the top of the tower”, according to Leila Haddaoui, the deputy MD of O Tower, a subsidiary of the privately-owned FinanceCom SA Group that’s commissioned and financed the project.

Construction is on track to be completed by May 2022, added Bjorn Walgraeve, project director from Belgium’s Besix Group, which was awarded the construction contract in October 2018. “There are currently 300 people on site, but it will increase to 2 000 at peak,” he said.

Further south, another contender for Africa’s highest is the F Tower, set to be built in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital of Abidjan. Construction is yet to get underway, but PFO Africa, a firm owned by Lebanese-Ivorian architect Pierre Fakhoury, has already tipped it as the tallest on the continent, peaking at 283 meters when built.

F tower is set to be “an architectural feat, with a symmetrical geometry like an African mask”, PFO says on its website.

[NewsNaira]





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Nwankwor Miracle
8 months ago

South Africa good news


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Buoro Emmanuel
8 months ago

we want one here in nigeria


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Bello Gidado Abba
8 months ago

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Aondolumun Jerome
8 months ago

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Solomon Smart
8 months ago


 

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Mahmud Usman
8 months ago

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Aneke Constance
8 months ago

They should be more concerned about creating job opportunities for African not skyscrapper


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Abel Daniel
8 months ago

We need such happening here in Nigeria


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Humphery Ogbonna
8 months ago

250m height, this Is really tall 


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Nafisa Shuaibu
8 months ago

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Ezekieljohn76
8 months ago

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Joshua Arasomwan
8 months ago

This is good, but don't over work the workers because of a mere race to build, OK!.


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