Britam Tower has been described by many as magnificent, iconic and even a flagship for Vision 2030- Kenya’s economic blueprint. The 32- story edifice has a total height of 200 meters, sits on a 1.5 acre piece of land along Hospital Road in Upper Hill and is the third tallest building in Africa. The Britam Tower boasts a prismic shape which has been achieved by having a base with four corners and a roof with two corners. This prismatic 3D geometry allows all floors to differ in shape and size thus catering for a variety of different tenancy requirements.
One of the most incredible features is the building’s magnificent, specially engineered façade. It is made up of special high-performance glass which conforms to certain design requirements with regards to heat and light transmission, as well as impact resistance.
Question is: where would one begin in the cleaning of such windows to ensure that their integrity is upheld? Well this has been made possible by the windows’ self-cleaning mechanism as well as the quality of water used to do the actual cleaning.
Britam contracted CESP Africa for the provision of state-of-the-art water treatment systems for purification of all their water. The water used to clean the glass is passed through a Reverse Osmosis System that purifies at a rate of 0.3 liters per second. The purification process removes any sediments and chemicals in the water that may cause damage to the glass of the building’s façade during cleaning.
A second Reverse Osmosis System operating at a rate of 0.4 liters per second was installed together with an ultra-violet system to purify all the water from the borehole before it is distributed throughout the building’s consumption points. This means that water flowing through each and every tap at the Britam Tower is safe for drinking!
CESP Africa also installed a 50 cubic meter per day waste water system that treats all the grey-water that is produced throughout the entire building before release into the sewer line. This ensures that hazardous waste water is in no way released to the environment from the Towers.