Moroccan construction company Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC) and Belgian firm BESIX Group’s Gulf subsidiary SIXCO have started the construction of a new skyscraper in Rabat, Africa.

The construction of the new Mohammed VI Tower follows a design and build contract signed between the companies last month.

BMCE Bank of Africa will use the new 820ft building for mixed-use purposes.

Scheduled to be completed by May 2022, the building will host a luxury hotel, apartments, office space and a terrace at the top.

“Once completed, the 55-floor tower will be the second highest building in Africa.”

Once completed, the 55-floor tower will be the second highest building in Africa, reported

Architects Rafael de la Hoz and Hakim Benjelloun have designed the building and its development is expected to be completed with a MAD3bn ($314m) investment.

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China Railway Construction Corporation International (CRCCI), which was previously selected to build the skyscraper, will continue to partner with TGCC and SIXCO on the project. In addition, Bank of Africa will provide funding for the skyscraper.

According to BMCE Bank of Africa CEO Othman Benjelloun, since the laying of the first stone of the project in 2016, multidimensional preliminary studies covering the geological, technical, architectural, and environmental aspects of the project were conducted.

The tower will be part of the new Bouregreg Valley development project in Rabat.