By Vanguard Reporter
KAMPALA — A street survey has appreciated city business plot to re-develop the former Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) headquarters land. Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia of the Ruparelia Group is to invest a multi-million dollar massive Business Park on Yusuf Lule Road in Kampala that will host office premises, a shopping centre, health and leisure amenities among others.
The Ruparelia Group recently released schematic representations the group’s latest Kampala’s skyline massive project —The Pearl Business Park — an 18-acre mixed use facility that will host a 5-star hotel, a shopping mall and a modern hospital when complete.
The project is expected to open shop in15 months’ time, the group says in an internal briefing document seen by this website. The schematic descriptions say, the first phase is expected to be completed in 2023.
“This is a good project that we hope beautify the city and also provide our people with jobs,” Ronald Kalyango told East African Vanguard.
Amos Kigozi another city dweller said, “These are the kind of developments we need to uplift our people. This means more tax revenue to government and business to Ruparelia Group suppliers.”
“Let other investors emulate from him who has helped many Ugandans to get jobs and in general he is generous. Unlike him (Sudhir) we have many rich people who are very mine and self-centered,” said Monica Amoding, a fruit vendor.
Ayub Kakaire, a mask vendor is not interested in the subject, “I am selling my masks for survival, who investing what is none of my concern, I am looking for food for my children.”
Phase one of the project will cater to office space while the building will have 16 lettable floors with 27,240 sqm of built up area.
There will be two parking floors, accommodating 360 cars.
Tycoon Sudhir said his group is committed to continuously investing in modern and innovative real estate solutions to feed her growth and needs.
“This latest project is one of several dozen of greenfield projects,” he said, adding:
“One of very many to come in the near future, largely to feed Uganda’s growing demand for high quality and sustainable retail, residential, office and industrial solutions”.
“Uganda is very special to us (as Ruparelia Group) because, it is our home, where it all started. Uganda is our home and we are proud to share in and participate in her dreams and aspirations. Every developing country needs a matching stock of high quality real estate infrastructure to fuel further growth and you can always count on us to play that role, so you can be able to focus on your core business,” he said.
Ruparelia Group Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia said the Pearl Business Park’s location, design and amenities have been optimised to maximise functionality, health and safety and productivity in mind and subsequently value for money for its occupants.
It is essentially a green office, sustainably designed, to minimise negative impact on the environment, while enhancing the health and comfort of the building’s occupants,” he said.
“Amenities such as thriving pedestrian and people spaces, ample parking as well as rich and vast landscapes as well as the building’s layout design have been sustainably designed to optimise daylight and air quality,” he said.
According to building schematics, the Pearl Business Park will be installed with a fully automated fire detection system on all floors.
In case a fire breaks out, “the building will be fitted with three form and three extinguishers on each floor with an elaborate fire sprinkler system backed up by a 145,200 litre reserve tank”.
For security, access control protocols will be followed on top of 24 hour dedicated security and 170 CCTV cameras in all public areas.
Building amenities will include a state of the art fitness centre/sauna, provision for internet cable connection points to the building, access to dual fibre optics internet connections from Kira Road and Yusuf Lule Road.