The concept of the Longonot Place development grew out of the success of the adjacent Norfolk Towers project for the same clients, which was the first scheme to plan deluxe apartments into an integrated scheme with offices in downtown Nairobi. High-income tenants are attracted to this form of development for a variety of reasons; good physical security, a high degree of service with a resident manager, attractive gardens and a swimming pool, adjacent hotel and entertainment facilities, good and guaranteed parking, and travelling convenience to the city, etc.
The site of 1.75 acres adjoins the Norfolk Hotel and is of a triangular shape with a natural cross-fall down to Kijabe Street of about 7m from the main entrance in Harry Thuku Road. The scheme consists of 68 flats with a variety of accommodation from 1-bedroom units, a majority with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (either in flats or 2-storey duplex form), and 2 deluxe penthouse apartments. The offices and shops are planned on the Kijabe Street frontage and provide 1,550 sq. metres of shops and 6,270sq. metres of offices, with 2 parking levels for the flats built into the office building with their access off the deck level, built at the higher level off Harry Thuku Road. The brick facing was used to give a high quality appearance and a maintenance-free finish in sympathy with the neighbouring Norfolk Hotel.
Client: Kulia Investments Limited
Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Gross Area:1.75 acres
Completion : 1985
Project Director: David Bristow
Project Architect: P.M. Troop