Times Tower

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Times Tower
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Record height
Tallest in East and Central Africa from 2000 to 2014[I]
Preceded by Teleposta Tower
Surpassed by PSPF Towers
General information
Type Commercial
Location Haile Selassie Avenue
Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates 1°17′25″S 36°49′26″E / 1.29028°S 36.82389°E / -1.29028; 36.82389Coordinates: 1°17′25″S 36°49′26″E / 1.29028°S 36.82389°E / -1.29028; 36.82389
Construction started 1992
Completed 2000
Height
Roof 140 metres (459 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 33
Design and construction
Architect Triad Architects

The Times Tower, also known as the New Central Bank Tower, is an office tower in Nairobi, Kenya. At 140 m,[1] it is the third tallest tower in East and Central Africa, after the twin PSPF towers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (which are each 152 m tall). 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 m (3.0 to 9.8 ft).

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.

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