Kigali Heights Development site is located within the Kimihurura District. The Sub Area masterplan describes the Kimihurura Area as ‘centrally located within one of the most highly developed areas of Kigali and is surrounded by important existing and proposed urban elements.
These include Government of Rwanda Ministries, Parliament and Agencies. In addition, the new Kigali Conference
Centre and Hotel, located adjacent to the Sub Area site, will anchor Kimihurura development and position it as an iconic Kigali location.
The Sub Area is envisioned to be a Gateway to the City from the Kigali International Airport and an extremely important symbolic urban space for the “new Rwanda.” ‘
An elaborate detailed vision has been set out and established through the Kigali City Conceptual Masterplan. Within the strategic and structural masterplan, a planning context for the Kimihurura Area was established, which sets the Land use, Density and Urban Character which will guide any proposals brought forward for development in this area.
Summary of Brief
The Kigali Heights building project seeks to deliver a world class office block in the heart of Kimihurura with 12,750sqm of class A office space, 5,250 sqm of prime retail space, 300 car parking spaces
The Office Space
Grade A offices, to serve the most demanding of blue chip clientele requiring quality and prestige space. Office space esigned to be flexible for a single occupant or for multiple tenants. Energy efficiency should be at the core of the design proposals. The building should have the capacity for expansion with ample car parking.
The Retail Space
High quality retail space, to create a desirable shopping and food and beverage environment. Flexible retail space that is capable of being partitioned into small mall units or large single retail units. Good quality external space for the food and beverage (restaurant and café) offerings.
The Public Realm
Integration with the wider public realm, the building should be designed to have active frontages to the street and roundabout frontages and not as a fortress with high walls and fences. The building should emerge as a part of the urban environment and not alien to it, with legible pedestrian and vehicular zones, drop off’s and good mix of hard and soft spaces.
The development site falls within the north eastern quadrant of the Kimihurura Round About and the area is zoned for mixed use development. The roundabout is a junction to 3 major arterial roads Boulevard de l’Umuganda to Kacyiru, Kigali International Airport Road, from Nyarugenge and Muhima (CBD) and Vers Kibungo to the Kigali International Airport
The site sits along Boulevard de l’Umuganda to the west of the site, Kimuhurura Roundabout to the South and a local road to the east. Boulevard de l’Umuganda is a 2 lane dual carriage way with runs north from the Kimihurura Roundabout lined by large buildings including, Top Tower Hotel and Casino Kigali. Further north along the road are most of the Foreign Diplomatic missions and embassies.
The street to the east of the site is low rise and more residential in scale. On the south east the site bounds the Telecoms plot and faces on the opposite side of the roundabout the under construction Kigali Conference Centre. To
the north of the site is a small access road along which sits a single storey café on an island side between the road networks.
The existing context is expected to change considerably in the implementation of the Kimihurura Sub Area masterplan. Once implemented the context is expected to resemble more of a local urban centre with medium scale buildings of a mixed use nature and urban parks.
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The city aims to attract investors and visitors from all over the world by focusing on sustainable growth driven by the three prongs of sustainability it has identified; ecology, equity and economy. Kigali is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa with the fastest rate of urbanisation, and will need to update both its economic and social infrastructure to accommodate this.