Laxmanbhai Bhimji: Architect Behind Some of Nairobi's Most iconic Buildings

Ezra Manyibe | 2 weeks ago
From Left; Laxmanbhai Bhimji, Villa Roa Kempinski in Westlands Nairobi, Lonrho House in Nairobi CBD, and the English Point Marina in Mombasa. |Photo| Courtesy|

The Nairobi skyline boasts some of the most iconic buildings locally and in the region. Some of these magnificent works of art can be credited to the late Laxmanbhai Bhimji K. Raghwani - founder of Laxmanbhai Construction Limited.

Laxmanbhai led a quiet life away from the public eye, and though many may not have known him, his reputation superseded him.

The company was founded in 1953 with full ownership in Kenya. It grew to have operations in Kenya, India, and the United Kingdom (UK).

Laxmanbhai imported materials and equipment from India and the U.K. for its operations in Kenya.

According to media reports, the company has undertaken construction of properties valued at over Ksh6 billion.

Laxmanbhai has undertaken the construction of residential and commercial buildings spread across the country.

Some of the projects undertaken by the company include; Lonrho House, Teleposta Towers, Westend Towers along Waiyaki Way, the United Nations (UN) complex in Gigiri, Tune Hotel, Westlands, Britam Tower, The Hub Karen, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Sarit Centre Phase 3 B and IM Headquarters.

Others are Brookhouse School, Aga Khan University Centre, Nairobi, Aga Khan Academy - Mombasa, English Point Marina, the New Stanley Hotel, The Hub Karen, TRM Mall, Junction Mall, Two Rivers Mall, and Shoprite supermarkets at Garden City and Westgate shopping malls.