If you thought you had seen the last of Nairobi’s shopping mall race with the Two Rivers Mall, think again. Karen’s Waterfront Mall is coming up. But before you can figure out where in Karen it is, The Beacon is on its way.
The Beacon will be an open-air mall featuring 24,300 M2 of retail space towards the Bunyala Road roundabout. 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, The Beacon will be aLL Design’s first project in Kenya. It will also be William’s only project in Africa. The British-based aLL Design which William co-founded is famous for its iconic architecture globally.
aLL Design has hinted at the possibility of The Beacon becoming a retail leisure destination in its own right. It also said the mall will double 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 mall’s design hopes to encourage visiting families with children, teenagers and young people to stay longer on site.
Construction work will be done by Kiloran Development Group which hopes 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 to do their shopping and hang out. We cannot wait to do a tour of the place and possibly add it to our shopping tours package.