If you had thought you had seen the last of the shopping mall race in Nairobi with the arrival of the Two Rivers Mall, you better think again – there is Karen’s Waterfront Mall coming up and before you can figure out where in Karen it is, The Beacon is on its way.
The Beacon, situated off the east of Uhuru Highway towards the Bunyala Road roundabout, will be an open-air mall featuring 24,300 M2 of retail, food and beverage space. Overlooking the mall’s roof garden and bar will be a 7 storey office tower rising 4,200 M2, into the Nairobi sky.
Designed by the late Professor William Alsop, co-founder of aLL Design, a British-based studio reknowned for designing some of the world’s most iconic architecture, The Beacon will be the company’s first project in Kenya and Professor Alsop’s only project in Africa.
aLL Design, have hinted at the possibility of The Beacon becoming a retail leisure destination in its own right as well as an excellent commercial hub. Themed to look like a sweet factory, The Beacon will not have a hard time transforming into a major tourist attraction in the city.
The idea behind the design is to offer facilities that encourage visiting families with children, teenagers and young people to stay longer on site.
Construction work will be done by Kiloran Development Group who hope to have the mall ready by 2020. Kiloran also built the KES 1.3 billion Cedar Mall in Nanyuki. The Beacon will be their second project in Kenya.
When completed, The Beacon will be the largest mall space on the periphery of the City Centre. Usually malls in Nairobi tend to be found closer to residential areas. Currently malls occupy 1.2 million M2 of space in the city.
So Nairobians will soon have yet another option where they can do their shopping and hang out with friends and family in the evening or a weekend. We cannot wait to do a tour of the place and possibly add it on to our shopping tours package.