URA Tower graces Kampala skyline
The 22-floor office space for the Uganda Revenue Authority is the latest picturesque piece of real estate to grace Kampala’s skyline. The ultra-modern office block is armed with a modern intelligent building management system that automatically controls facilities like energy, making it an energy efficient (a green) building).
The appropriately pie-shaped building boasts 280,000 square feet of usable space which includes offices, meeting spaces, service centres, gym, and saloons and nursing spaces. The building comes complete with a new road, Walusimbi Lane that connect the “new” URA headquarters to Nakawa/Jinja road.
At a cost of UGX 139 billion, the house is expected to accommodate up to 1,700 people, with 5 floors of parking space that can house 350 cars. The outer parking area has space for another 700 cars.
At the launch ceremony President Museveni said infrastructure without integrity will not enhance revenue collection. He said it was important for URA to instil integrity amonst its staff.
Dr. Simon Kagugube, the URA board Chairman said the ultra-modern building is part of the innovations and new technology adoption that the board champions for better service delivery. Doris Akol, the URA director general said the building is part of the tax body’s modernisation agenda aimed at having modern infrastructure for efficient tax collection and management.
Architect Jonathan Nsubuga whose firm, JE Nsubuga and Associates designed the iconic building, said the structure was designed with environmental consciousness in mind. He said the building is designed to be “green”- using no powered ACs, with a perfect natural aeration and lighting and intelligently powered lifts.