New capital Iconic Tower receives Chinese top award for steel structure engineering quality

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 May 2024

The New Administrative Capital's Iconic Tower won the gold award for the engineering quality of its steel structure.

New capital s Iconic Tower
Skyscrapers dominate the skyline of the Egyptian new capital's Central Business District (CBD), with the Iconic Tower standing tall at 400 meters, claiming the title of Africa's tallest building. Photos courtesy of CSCEC Egypt


The China Construction Metal Structure Association presented the award.

The Iconic Tower, located in the new capital's Central Business District (CBD), was constructed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).

The prize, presented under the supervision of the Chinese Ministry of Housing, is the highest honour in China's building industry, stated the CSCEC on Tuesday. 

The Iconic Tower is billed as the tallest building in Africa, with its height reaching 400 metres. It comprises 78 floors.

The CBD, home to 20 towers, is being built in cooperation between the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, represented by the New Urban Communities Authority, and the CSCEC, one of the world’s largest construction companies.

Investments in the CBD are estimated at $3 billion.

Technical details 

The Iconic Tower’s main structure adopts an outer steel frame structure and reinforced concrete core tube, the CSCEC said.

The tower has utilized a total of 18,000 tons of steel, with the maximum weight of a single steel structure reaching 28 tons.

The Iconic tower set a new record for the fastest construction speed, with four days per floor for the main tower structure and three days per floor for the steel structure.

The steel structure construction involved the pouring of bottom-up concrete pumping method, rather than the traditional top-to-bottom pouring method. As many as 16 columns were cast using the new method within a remarkable timeframe of 33 hours, the company added.

Work on the tower officially began in May 2018 with the digging of the land, while the construction of the building started in February 2019. In February 2021, Egypt announced that 60 floors were completed.

The CSCEC is also responsible for constructing the Downtown Towers Project in Egypt’s Mediterranean New Alamein City, which includes an Iconic Tower and four residential towers.

New Administrative Capital 

Construction of the new capital, situated 60km from downtown Cairo, began in 2015. It covers 714 million square metres, twice the size of Cairo, and will accommodate 6.5 million residents upon completion.

Since the first half of 2023, most ministries relocated their headquarters to the new capital upon President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s directives in late 2021, initiating a gradual relocation to the Government District of the new capital.

In November 2023, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stated that 48,108 employees had already relocated to the new capital.

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