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Ivory Coast to possibly boast Africa’s tallest tower

An artist's rendering of the F Tower (Image credit: BESIX).

Construction is set to begin on what could become Africa’s tallest tower.  

An initiative by the Ivorian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Planning, the project’s designer, and developer, PFO Africa, has partnered with leading Belgian group BESIX to develop and construct the F Tower in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast – their second project carried out on behalf of the Ivorian government.

The F Tower will add to the La Mé drinking water plant which is currently under construction. One of the largest installations of its kind in West Africa it will produce 30% of Abidjan’s drinking water.

BESIX, an international construction, property development and concessions company, has been awarded site management as well as the civil engineering works for the project which will begin in July 2021 with the launch of the structural works on the existing foundations.

BESIX is extremely proud to participate in the construction of the F Tower. This is our second contract in Ivory Coast, a country that offers a favourable business environment and is economically dynamic. In PFO Africa, the leading construction company in Ivory Coast, we have found a high-quality partner. Together we were already building one of the largest drinking water production plants in West Africa. We look forward to strengthening this alliance by participating in the construction of a building as iconic as the F Tower” comments Pierre Sironval, Deputy CEO of the BESIX Group.

Designed by Pierre Fakhour, the F Tower is in the Plateau district in the heart of Abidjan, and it has been included in the city’s urban development plans since 1970.  

Philippe Dessoy, General Manager Business Development comments: “BESIX’s strength lies in its ability to carry out the most technically complex works, including buildings, ports and terminals, and environmental infrastructure. Our group owes this to the expertise developed by its internal Engineering department, as well as to the experience accumulated over the last 110 years in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in particular.”

BESIX has built many high-rise buildings around the world, notably in the Benelux and France, as well as in Australia and several Middle Eastern countries through its subsidiaries BESIX Watpac and Six Construct.

On the African continent, BESIX is currently contributing to the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum (Egypt), the Mohammed VI Tower (Morocco) and the Nachtigal hydroelectric project (Cameroon), which will produce a third of Cameroon’s electricity.

Article originally published on Content and imagery credit: BESIX.