His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya, laid the foundation stone of The Pinnacle (formerly Hass Towers) on Tuesday May 23, 2017 to signify the commencement of construction of the 300 m/70 storey tall tower, that will become the tallest building in Africa. The new name The Pinnacle suggests this future icon will be a proud symbol of collaboration and the peak of architectural achievement in Africa.

The Pinnacle will include now also include 42 floors of residential apartments alongside 20 floors of Grade A offices alongside a new 45 storey luxury Hilton Hotel, a 5 storey mall, and 3 floors of underground parking, ready to meet the growing demand from business travellers and tourists looking for international quality hospitality, leisure and work facilities, within easy reach. Once complete, the Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill will offer its guests a 5-star restaurant on the 42nd floor, as well as the largest banqueting and conference facility in Nairobi, a luxury spa and gym, and open-air infinity pool as part of the two tower development. The Pinnacle will also offer an exclusive high point viewing gallery in Africa, spread across 2 floors at the top of the 70 storey tall tower, offering spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.

Speaking during the ceremony, Mr Abdinasir Hassan, Jabavu Village and Hass Group Chairman said, “Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill is our first project with Hilton and we are very happy to be collaborating with them. This project has been 3 years in development and we are happy to be breaking ground today. We’re delighted to unveil the official new name for the project – The Pinnacle – and also to announce the addition of 42 floors of luxury residential apartments at the top of The Pinnacle’s tall tower. Kenya offers investors and international businesses a history of longstanding political stability and peace, and we view Nairobi as one of the worlds’ most dynamic and innovative cities making it the perfect location for this investment.”

The first Hilton Nairobi was inaugurated in 1969 by then President, His Excellency Jomo Kenyatta, and has had a strong presence in Kenya ever since. Hilton is set to double its presence in Africa in the next three to five years, and is focused on further development prospects across the continent.

Also speaking at the event, Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Hilton said: “We have a proud history in Kenya, as one of the first international brands to pioneer the development of tourism in the country.  This magnificent new property will build on our legacy and further support the growth of Kenya’s world class offering for business and tourism.”

The Pinnacle and Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill site is located above the junction between Upper Hill Road, Haile Selassie Avenue and Ragati Road. Towering above Upper Hill, the location is conveniently within a one mile radius of a host of international corporate offices and financial institutions, and within easy reach (16 km) of Jomo Kenyatta International airport.  Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill joins one other Hilton hotel under development in Kenya, Hilton Garden Inn Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, situated just 2km from the capital’s airport and set to open later this year.

Experienced property development firms, Jabavu Village and White Lotus, are collaborating on this project to make The Pinnacle and Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill the most significant real estate project ever developed in Africa. At 300 metres (approximately 1000 feet) The Pinnacle will be almost twice the height of the Gherkin, London (180m), approximately double the height of any existing building in Nairobi, and considerably taller than the current African record holder, the Carlton Centre in South Africa (at 50 floors and 223 m tall).