New Central Bank TowerEdit profile
New Central Bank Tower, also known as Times Tower, is a 38 storey office tower in Nairobi, Kenya. At 140m, it is the tallest tower in East and Central Africa, earning the title in May 2000. , along with a 7 story banking complex and an 11-split story car park. The building is designed to resist earthquakes, and is set on a concrete raft varying in thickness from 0.9m to 3m. The only tenant of the building is the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). It is used by KRA for tax remissions and administration. All businesses in Kenya are required to pay taxes using Electronic Cash Registers installed in 2007 under a government directive. Kenyan businessmen normally dread the queues at Times Tower, especially near the 20th of every month when taxes are due to be paid. Security to the building is tight with all guests going through screening by guards using metal detectors. It is well guarded by armed policemen at all times. The entrance is different from the exit to ensure easy handling of visitors. To get into the building beyond the ground floor requires either a Kenyan ID card for locals or passports for foreigners. Entry without the documents is not allowed unless the member of staff being visited leaves his ID documents in place of the visitor. It is served by 6 elevators. Some floors are off limits for non workers, such as the seventh floor.