Concrete work on Africa’s tallest tower completed

Egyptian officials say work on 400-metre Iconic Tower was completed over 800 days

Egyptian officials have announced the completion of concrete work at the 400-metre Iconic Tower, which is located at the New Administrative Capital (NAC), east of Cairo.

According to a report by Arab News, the project is the 80-storey tower is the tallest in Africa and covers an area of 65,000sqm. It is being jointly implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, represented by the New Urban Communities Authority, and China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCEC) is estimated to cost nearly $3 billion, the report added.

The contract for building the tower was given to China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCEC) by NUCA. The contractor will operate under the design and supervision of Dar Al Handasah.

The report added that work was carried out in three phases, citing a Dar Al Handasah official.

“The construction took 800 non-stop working days, and the pandemic did not halt the work,” said Ahmed Al Banna, the project manager.

“The second phase, from the third floor to the 30th floor, took about 100 workdays, while during the third phase, one floor took about six workdays. The number of engineers, technicians and workers in the group amounted to 190,” he explained.

Lauding the achievement, Minister of Housing Assem Al Gazzar said: “This represents a historic day in the history of modern Egypt and serves as a documentation of the growth the country is witnessing.”

“The Iconic Tower project will serve as a turning point in the history of urbanisation in Egypt ,” he stated at a function organised to celebrate the milestone.

“Next week, we are launching another new project in the city of El Alamein alongside several new towers,” he added.


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