In 2006 The Coca-Cola Company Ltd made a decision to build their regional East & Central Africa Office Headquarters in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi. This head office is the headquarters of their operations in 27 African countries. Following an architectural design competition in late 2007, GAPP Architects & Urban Designers of South Africa, in association with Triad Architects, were appointed the Project Architects.
The resultant building, completed in August 2008 within a construction period of 13 months, is a landmark in the city of Nairobi.
The new Coca-Cola Regional Headquarters building concept was derived from the Coca-Cola brand ribbon and boasts of many features that make it a truly unique building that is both refreshing and inspiring. The building boasts of many “Green” features that include solar heating, rain water harvesting, power conservation devices and a green roof garden that acts as a recreation area and ensures that there is minimal heat gain in a large portion of the building through the roof top.
The new building has state-of-the-art IT, audio visual and security systems that together with all the other building systems are managed through a building management system (BMS). Apart from offi ces, the building has a large auditorium that seats 200 people, a gymnasium, staff canteen and extensive external terraces.
Construction started in July 2007 and was completed in August 2008 within programme and budget.