List of tallest buildings in Kampala

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There are over 15 buildings in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, with 10 or more stories in height. This list ranks Kampala skyscrapers, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed or is expected to be completed.[1][2]


Rank Name Image Height
Floors Year Notes
1= Workers' House N/A 20 2001 This building currently serves as the headquarters of the National Social Security Fund
1= Crested Towers- Tall Tower N/A 20 1970 Crested Towers is owned by National Housing & Construction Company Limited, the largest construction company in Uganda, and the government construction company. The building has two towers - Tall Tower and Short Tower. It houses various tenants, including Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited and the North Tower also houses the Offices of the Delegation of the European Union in Uganda
3 Mapeera House N/A 19[3][4] 2012 The building houses the headquarters and main branch of Centenary Bank, the second-largest indigenous commercial bank in Uganda
4= Uganda House N/A 16 1980 Owned and operated by the Milton Obote Foundation, a private, for-profit organisation. The building houses the national headquarters of the Uganda People's Congress (UPC), one of Uganda's political parties.
4= Cham Towers N/A 16 1979 The building was formerly owned by Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) and was known as UCB House. In the mid-2000s, UCB was acquired by Standard Bank of South Africa, and transformed into Stanbic Bank Uganda. UCB House was sold to real-estate mogul, Karim Hirji and renamed Cham Towers.[5]
6= Kampala Sheraton Hotel N/A 14 1965 Opened as the Apollo Hotel in 1965, the building has changed names many times. In 1999, Middle Eastern investors won the rights to lease the hotel from the Government of Uganda and manage it for the next 25 years. The investors won a franchise from Sheraton Hotels and Resorts to use the Sheraton name on the establishment.[6]
6= Diamond Trust Building N/A 14 1970 Completed in the 1970s, the building serves as the headquarters of Diamond Trust Bank Uganda.
6= Imperial Royale Hotel N/A 14 2007 A member of the Imperial Hotels Group, this hotel served as the media center during the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, held in Kampala, Uganda.[7]
9 Crested Towers - Short Tower N/A 12 1970 Crested Towers is owned by National Housing & Construction Company Limited, the Largest Construction Company in Uganda also the Government construction Company. The building has two Towers - Tall Tower and Short Tower. It houses various tenants including Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited.
10= DFCU House N/A 10 2013 The building houses the headquarters of DFCU Group and the main branch of DFCU Bank. Underground and surface parking is available, as well as rentable, retail, and office space on several levels. As of June 2014, the construction was complete and occupancy was expected to take place in the second half of 2014.[8] The building was officially dedicated as open in September 2015.[9]
10= Rwenzori Towers N/A 10 2011 Rwenzori Towers was developed between 2008 and 2012.[10] It contains approximately 12,000 square metres (130,000 sq ft) of office space and about 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft) of retail space, arranged around a self-contained courtyard with water features. About 400 individual car parking spaces are incorporated in the development.[11] Rwenzori Towers, together with Rwenzori Courts, which was developed in the early 2000s, comprise the Rwenzori Complex.
10= Course View Towers N/A 10 2007 Constructed at an estimated cost of US$20 million, the skyscraper sits on 1 acre (0.40 ha) of land and has enough space underground to accommodate 250 parked vehicles.
10= Amamu House N/A 10 2001 Contains rentable office and retail space.[12]
10= Communications House N/A 10 1999 Owned and operated by National Social Security Fund (Uganda).
15 IPS Building 41.45 metres (136.0 ft)[13] 10 1972[14] Owned and operated by Industrial Promotion Services, a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development.
16 Twed Towers N/A 9 2011 Twed Towers is located at Plot 10 Kafu Road, Nakasero Hill, Kampala Central Division. Total built-up space is 18,000 square metres (190,000 sq ft). Parking space ratio at the building is 1 car for every 37 square metres (400 sq ft).

Under construction[edit]

Rank Name Image Height
Floors Year Notes
1 Kampala Intercontinental Hotel 34 Also referred to as Kingdom Hotel Kampala, the development will include a 250-room, 34-story hotel tower, a conference center that can accommodate over 3,000 delegates, parking space for over 1,500 vehicles, and rentable retail and office space measuring in excess of 90,000 square metres (970,000 sq ft).[citation needed]
2 Movement House 27 2016 Movement House is under construction in Kampala's central business district, adjacent to the Crested Towers North & South and across the street from the Kampala Intercontinental Hotel. The 27 storey structure will house the party headquarters of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling political party in Uganda since 1986. It will also contain rentable residential and office space, as well as a shopping mall, movie theatres, restaurants, a roof garden, and bank offices. The preliminary construction costs are estimated at UGX:30 billion.[15][16]
3 Pension Towers 25 Under construction since 2008, the office complex consists of three interconnected towers; one central tower of 25 stories in height, flanked on either side by a ten-story tower. Office space in all three towers will measure in excess of 59,410 square metres (639,500 sq ft). Parking for over 500 vehicles will be provided in the development.[17][18]
4 Kampala Hilton Hotel Kampala hilton nov 2010.jpg 24 Under construction since 2007, this hotel is located on top of Nakasero Hill, which measures 1,240 metres (4,070 ft) above sea level, at the base of the Kampala Hilton Hotel. As of November 2013, the Hilton hotel chain had 37 operational properties in Africa, with another 17 in development.[19]
5 URA House 22[20] 2018 Under construction. Completion is scheduled for 2018. The building will serve as the headquarters of the Uganda Revenue Authority.[21]
6 Church House 15 2016 Budgeted at approximately UGX:40.75 billion, the 15 story building is owned by the Church of Uganda. Construction began in 2011 and is expected to last until 2016. 70 percent financing was provided by Equity Bank (Uganda).[22]


Rank Name Image Height
Floors Year Notes
1 Kampala Tower 300 metres (980 ft)[23] 60 TBD According to a published report in 2012, the Kampala Tower was in the concept stage. The architects for the project have handed the drawings to the government of Uganda for approval. If constructed, the skyscraper would become the tallest building in Africa.

See also[edit]


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