The Times Tower, also known as the New Central Bank Tower, is an office tower in Nairobi, Kenya. At 140 metres (459 feet), it is the third tallest building in Kenya after the recently completed Britam Tower and UAP Tower, which have heights of 200 m (656 ft) and 163 m (535 ft) respectively. With 38 floors, along with a 7-storey banking complex and an 11-split storey car park, it is served by 10 elevators. The building is designed to resist earthquakes, and is set on a concrete raft varying in thickness from 0.9 to 3.0 m (2 ft 11 in to 9 ft 10 in).
This 35 level building comprises an office tower, a banking hall and a multi-storey carpark.
The banking wing is a four-storey block with the offices and banking hall designed around a central atrium space. The carpark to the rear accommodates 350 cars and has direct access into the main building.
The office tower has been designed with a central lift core. The typical office floor area is 730 square metres. The curtain wall details to the tower have been designed to minimize solar heat gain.
Client:Central Bank of Kenya
Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Completion : 1999
Gross Area:840,000 sq.meters
Project Name:Times Tower
Project Director: Daniel Mutiso & J. Gitoho
Project Architect: Wambaa mungai
The only tenant of the building is the Kenya Revenue Authority, who use it for tax remissions and administration, and it serves as a location for taxpayer education.
The building is often the site of long queues, especially near the 20th of every month when taxes are due to be paid.
Security to the building is tight, with all guests going through screening by guards using metal detectors. It is well guarded by armed policemen at all times. The entrance is different from the exit to ensure easy handling of visitors.
To get into the building beyond the ground floor requires either a Kenyan ID card for locals or passports for foreigners. Entry without the documents is not allowed unless the member of staff being visited leaves his ID documents in place of the visitor.
Some floors are off limits for non-workers, such as the seventh floor.