Belgian construction giant BESIX working on Africa's tallest tower


The Brussels-based construction and property group BESIX is the benchmark for the design and realisation of unique and complex technical projects. These include mainly buildings, ports, terminals and environmental infrastructure. One example is the F Tower in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, which will become the highest tower in Africa.

The Ivorian government commissioned PFO Africa, the country's leading construction company, and BESIX to carry out this feat of engineering ingenuity. BESIX has been appointed project manager and is handling the structural and civil engineering works, while PFO Africa has developed and designed the project. Work began in July 2021 on this emblematic 283m high, 60-storey behemoth which will be erected in Plateau, in the heart of Abidjan. This construction has been part of the urban development plans since 1970 and will be the sixth tower in this dynamic administrative and business district.

The two groups are already working together in Côte d'Ivoire, the largest economy in French-speaking Africa, to construct a large water treatment plant for the production of drinking water. This plant should cover at least 30% of the capital's drinking water needs.

BESIX is active in 25 countries on five continents. It is best known for its pointed Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai. It stands 828 m above the city, making it the tallest building in the world since 2007. So it is literally and figuratively a summit, as well as a real tour de force.