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 fifth tallest building in Kenya after the recently completed Britam Tower ,GTC Office tower ,GTC Hotel Tower and UAP Tower, which have heights of 200 m (656 ft) , 184 m (604 ft) , 163 m (535 ft) and 143 m (469 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).
The landmark Times Tower is one of the highest building in Eastern Africa with a 38 storey office space, seven storey banking space and and 11 storey car park, stretching up to 140 meters above the ground. The tower was completed in 2000 and took over, as the tallest building, from the Kenyatta Conference center. It is also known as the New Central Bank Tower. The building is mainly used by the Kenya Revenue Authority for tax remissions and administration. Although there is strict security, if you show your passport, you are able to ride to the top of the building. There is no better view in Nairobi and this is highly recommended as you can see for miles out of the city. Some floors of the building are not open to the public.
As well as being specially designed and built to withstand earthquakes, the building was also developed to measure seismic activity in the region and collect scientific data. The innovative architectural design has its foundations forming two deep basements that rest on a concrete raft to protect it from seismic shifts in the earth. The tower is open every day, except public holidays; however, around the 20th of each month it is quite congested with Kenyans filing their taxes.
Times Tower Overview
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.
Tallest in East and Central Africa from 2000 to 2015
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