Kampala city is changing. Its beauty is emanating from new ongoing projects as well as upcoming ones. You would hardly recognise the city in the next couple of years if you left Uganda more than 10 years ago.
Kampala being one of the capitals in East Africa seated at more than 3,263.3 square miles, it is reported to be among the fastest-growing cities in Africa, with an annual population growth rate of 4.03 per cent, according to City Mayors.
In the past couple of months, Kampala has attracted new projects, and mega investments by either government or individual businesses, and they are adding beauty to the city’s skyline, but also, the streets in the capital of Uganda a more workable, navigable and livable city.
Here are some of the new infrastructures that now make Kampala city appear different compared to last year or two years back;
New Pioneer Mall
This building has drastically changed the face of Kampala. Although it’s still under construction, this building behind Mapeera House and opposite Mabirizi complex has really changed the skyline appearance of Kampala City to the extent that some Kampala lovers have named it ‘Kampala’s Burj Khalifa’.
Pearl Business Park on Yusuf Lule Road
Property mogul Sudhir Ruparelia started the construction of a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art business park along Yusuf Lule Road. The multi-purpose building complex is expected to change the experience of work, leisure, residence, and lifestyles for middle and upper class residents and visitors of Kampala.
The Pearl Business Park, one of Ruparelia Group’s most recent 18-acre mixed-use facility will host a 5-star hotel, a shopping mall and a modern hospital when complete. This Projects first phase is expected to be complete in 2023.
Information available indicates that Phase One of the project is catering for office space while the building will have 16 rentable floors with 27,240sqm of built up area.
With Kampala city short of safe parking spaces, Pearl Business Park will have two parking floors, accommodating at least 360 cars.
According to the government Nakivubo Stadium upon completion is going to be an ultra-modern sports complex.
The $49m project is set to be completed this year, thanks to businessman Hamis Kiggundu, However, its construction has changed the downtown part of Kampala city, and the malls surrounding the stadium have also created a new legit appearance for the city.
Nakivubo will feature a gym, medical facility, restaurants and other amenities. With a capacity of 35,000, Nakivubo will be host to several sports disciplines such as football, volleyball, athletics and boxing, among others.
Haruna Towers Nakasero
All is set for a 16-floor skyrise in the upscale Nakasero suburb in Kampala. Haruna Towers whose construction is due to start in December this year and be completed in 2025, is expected to cost proprietor Haruna Sentongo a whopping USD62 million.
Haruna Ssentongo has hired Damco, a South African construction firm which will partner with Roko Construction. The businessman calls this project “the first of its kind in East Africa”.
Haruna Towers is expected to have the first 10 floors as office blocks that can be rented out or bought by individual companies, then the last six floors will be corporate residences for anyone who want to buy or rent.
The skyrise towering over Kampala will have offices and condos for rent or sale.
Bike racks in the non-motorized transport corridor
As usual such features have been known to be in cities like Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Copenhagen in Denmark, however in the move by Kampala City Authority, to make Kampala a smart city, now Kampala has bike racks on streets like Luwum.
Although the project is still under construction, you cannot deny that it has drastically changed the city’s face from an ordinary to a smart city. The flyover extension on Queen’s Way is set to be laid soon and that goes for the same thing on Gaba Road near Clocktower Junction.
The pedestrian bridge or overpass at Clocktower and Mukwano Kibili Junction plus that at Shoprite are almost complete. The tunnel works are done and more roads which were planes are being worked on. The traffic flow is greatly improving compared to the first few days when more roads were opened to motorists.
The Queensway area has widened and it is creating more traffic space below the #KampalaFlyover . With more space, vehicles can move smoothly without congestion, enhancing road safety, and improving air quality by reducing exhaust fumes in the air.
Seven-story twin appellate court building
The two twin appellate court building at the high court is yet another feature that is changing Kampala’s face. The usual High Court will become a real high court.
Meanwhile, the seven-floor building whose construction is undertaken by Seyani Brothers is to house the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court but will also have two basement floors and parking for 226 vehicles.
The construction of the shs63.9 billion building is expected to be completed in two years and is fully funded by the Ugandan government, its completion is currently at 85 per cent.
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