Hilton Kampala works resume

Thursday December 20 2007

By Dorothy Nakaweesi

KAMPALA
 
CONSTRUCTION of the $90 million Kampala Hilton Hotel has resumed and is expected to be complete by the end of 2009.

"The main superstructure of 23 floors will be ready in less than a year and the fitting of luxurious sections of the hotel will also take close to a year," Mr Richard Leo, the project's lead engineer, said.

 "This work is taking slightly longer than expected because it's a much bigger project than those which you have seen in Kampala until now and which requires time and attention in order to bring out the kind of quality the clients expect of the Hilton standard," Mr Leo said.

Mr Leo added: "Aya's securing of the project's finance is an important contribution to the success of the project".

Construction on the project begun in October 2006 following the ground breaking ceremony presided over by President Yoweri Museveni in May 2006.
The 15-acre plot was initially occupied by Uganda Broadcasting Corporation and the Ministry of Information which have since been relocated to Radio Uganda offices.

The Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), Dr Maggie Kigozi has welcomed the developments at Nakasero saying: "I am reliably informed and happy that AYA Group has secured the necessary funding for the project and resumed construction of the Kampala Hilton Hotel and it is expected to be open to the public in 2009".

On completion, the hotel is expected to have 292 guest rooms and presidential suites, spas, swimming pools, beauty saloons, a business centre, large garden pools and a squire ballroom.

Dr Kigozi said the success of the project is not only going to increase on the number of hotel rooms in the country but is also an initiative destined to promote the country as a conference hub and a boost to the tourism industry in Uganda and Africa in general.

"Uganda being listed on the chain of Hilton hotels will be a great contribution to the tourism industry. Recently when the country hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (Chogm), many people asked whether we had Hilton hotels facilities. This means the Hilton brand are in high demand," she said.

So far, more than 1,500 Ugandans, both men and women, are working at the site. On-site work is being taken care of by an international team of 50 consultants, engineers and constructors.

Speaking to Daily Monitor about the progress of the work, the Construction Manager, Mr Hussein Obaideen, said; "I am here to ensure that this hotel becomes the star of Uganda and indeed of Africa".

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