Design Achievement - DLR Group designed this building to serve the client's mission of creating affordable residential accommodation for the up-and-coming middle-class, mainly younger, people working in the city, as well as affordable office space for businesses just starting out. The ground level has retail units and a plaza that stretches out to the street to celebrate the orientation of the original Uganda Railway. The plaza is occupied by a small collection of kiosks that will activate the space and make it a vibrant place to eat, socialize, and spend time under established jacaranda trees that have been there for decades.
Scope Summary - The project consists of 375,000 SF of mixed-use development over 32 levels. The base of the building is a multi-story retail and entertainment environment that engages the new public space. Above this is an automated parking garage with twin car-lifts, which presents an unusual solution driven by necessity, since there is not enough site area to create ramps, and bedrock is just beneath the surface, allowing only a single level basement. This basement will be the holding area for the automated parking system to ensure smooth operation and minimal wait times. These levels can be converted for further accommodation should the need for parking decrease in the future. All these uses are topped with a roof bar that has views of the area. DLR Group provided planning and architecture services in conjunction with our local partner firms, +D54 and Tectura International.