Value of Project: $18.5 million
Size: 20,000sqm
Completion: 2011

The United Nations compound is a beautiful “green lung” on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital city.

More than 600 indigenous tree species are found there as well as many species of birds and small mammals. Already rainwater is harvested, waste water recycled and wetlands maintained. All buildings are cooled by natural ventilation and office waste is separated and recycled.

The UN new building takes environmental sustainability to a new level. Four buildings linked by airy walkways, flooded with natural light and with green areas individually landscaped and theme, can accommodate 1200 staff. Solar panels cover the roof space, automated low energy lighting illuminates workspaces and energy efficient computers sit on desks. Rainwater is collected from the roofs to feed the fountains and ponds at the four entrances and sewage is treated in a state-of-the-art aeration system and recycled to irrigate the beautifully landscaped compound.

“The new building is a showcase for sustainability and a huge enhancement of the working environment”
Stephen Stannah, Chief Facilities, UNON

“There were those who doubted it would be possible to bring in such an ambitious project on time and in budget, and they have been proved decisively wrong”
Stephen Stannah, Chief Facilities, UNON

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