State House Refurbishment

IPA together with main contractors, Skanska, carried out a major refurbishment of all State House buildings over a 3 year period from 1999 to 2003. The project was carried out in 3 phases to minimise disruption to activities in the offices of the President. The design approach was intended to respect the historical nature of the buildings which was built in 5 blocks from 1923 up to the 1960s. Included in the buildings are the State Room, Banquet Hall, Visiting Heads of State Accommodation and Cabinet Rooms. Also included are the personal offices of the President and all of his/her support staff. Prior to the renovation, the buildings suffered badly from rain penetration and general building decay.

IPA’s involvement in this project included responsibility not only for the building refurbishment, but all of the interior fit out elements such as bespoke carpets, curtains and unique furniture elements. All of which were sensitively designed to fit seamlessly into a historical building which is a Tanzanian National Monument.

President’s Office, State House
Dar es Salaam