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In Rabat, Morroco’s capital, a consortium comprising Belgian construction firm BESIX Group, Six Construct and TGCC has received have signed a contract to begin construction of one of Africa’s tallest building, the Bank Of Africa tower.

Construction of the 820 feet tower is set to start on November 1 with completion expected to be on May 30, 2022. BESIX and its partners will commence work supported by China Railway Construction Corporation International (CRCCI). BMCE Bank of Africa is sponsoring the project, which will cost an estimated US$318 million.

Designed by Spanish architects Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos and Moroccan firm CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun, the Bank of Africa Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, apartments and an observatory.

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Construction of the tower will meet the US LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and French HQE (High Quality Environmental standard).

Moroccan construction company TGCC and SIXCO, a subsidiary of the Belgian BESIX Group, signed the contract on October 4 in Dubai. BESIX has a track record in the Middle East and Africa including Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Four Seasons Hotel in Manama, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Méridien Hotel and Nile City complex in Cairo. The group also operates in Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Upon completion, the 820-ft Bank of Africa Tower will replace the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, a 732 feet skyscraper which is currently the tallest tower in Africa.

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Speaking of the development, Othmane Benjelloum, the CEO of BMCE Bank of Africa said, “I have every confidence in … the expertise and know-how of BESIX to build our tower. Together, we share a common goal so that our tower is a source of pride for the kingdom of Morocco and for the African continent.”