UAP group announced on June 30 the completion work on Equatorial Towers, its 15-storey office complex in Juba.
The $16.6 million building, which is tipped to be the tallest tower in South Sudan, will be the country’s first ultra-modern building offering amenities such as air conditioning, internet and high speed elevators.
The development, which has adopted green building standards, is a joint venture between UAP Insurance South Sudan and Central Equatoria Investment Corporation. The corporation is the investment arm of Central Equatoria State.
Equatorial Towers’ design includes maximizing natural ventilation and natural light in public areas and the use of LED and compact fluorescent artificial lighting throughout the building.
The design also includes the use of low-emissivity glass in all windows and insulation in the walls, ceilings and floors to cut down the amount of air conditioning required to cool the building.
It also minimises the use of finishes containing volatile organic compounds.
UAP had earlier said that Equatorial Towers is a strong commitment by the regional insurers and its partners – Central Equatoria Investment Company with a 30 percent shareholding – to infrastructure development in South Sudan.
“The development will contribute towards addressing the critical supply gap of high quality offices in South Sudan,” the company said.
Equatorial Towers, the first project to be funded by IFC in South Sudan, is being positioned as a platform for the development of high quality business infrastructure in South Sudan.
The project, initially scheduled for completion last year, is being undertaken by China Aero-technologic International Corporation (CATIC).
The building will offer a total lettable area of 8000 square metres.
UAP Group holds a $147 billion property portfolio – spread across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – the UAP Tower, which is under construction in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hot in Juba will bring you images from inside Equatoria Tower soon.