NASDAQ listed firm, KONE Corporation which deals in elevators and escalators for skyscrapers, has won an order to provide elevators for the Global Trade Centre, a mixed-use high-rise development near the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya.
When completed, the office tower will rise to 185 meters, placing it among the tallest buildings in East Africa. The skyscraper will serve as the hub for the African operations of AVIC International, the first Chinese company to open headquarters in Kenya.
In addition to the 42-story office tower, the mixed-use complex will include a commercial podium, four residential towers, the tallest of which will rise to 31 stories, and a 35-story luxury hotel property to be operated by JW Marriott Hotels.
The development which comprises of an office tower, community apartments, luxury five-star hotel, and mall all is the first of its kind in the city.
KONE will equip the development with 35 KONE MiniSpace(TM) high-rise elevators traveling at a maximum speed of 6 meters per second, 14 KONE MonoSpace® machine-room-less elevators, and a KONE Destination Control System, which will help optimize elevator efficiency and passenger comfort.
“I am proud that KONE was chosen to equip this pioneering development, which is bound to be of great significance to business in the region,” says Pierre Liautaud, KONE executive vice president for South Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The GTC Nairobi project was designed by Triad Architects and GMP International Architects and is scheduled for completion in 2020. The project is owned by AVIC International Real Estate Kenya, Ltd. with the main contractor is Zhejiang Chengjian Construction Africa, Ltd.
KONE sealed the deal in the third quarter of 2018. The company is a global provider of elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization.