Phase 2 of Nairobi’s Garden City project set to begin in 2018

A section of Garden City Mall in Nairobi.
A section of Garden City Mall in Nairobi. PHOTO/FILE
Kasarani Investments Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Garden City developer Actis, is seeking regulatory approval for its proposed multi-billion shilling business complex on Thika Road in Nairobi.

According to the environmental assessment study report submitted to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema), the 23.4-acre Garden City Business Park will be built adjacent to the Garden City Mall at a cost of Sh2.7 billion.

The development will include two office complexes, a hospital, a three-star and a four-star business hotels, a pedestrian boulevard linking the business park to the mall, a residential “village” complex and a central park.
The office blocks will provide parking lots for a total of 820 vehicles.

“The project site borders Thika Road and WillMary estate to its North West, Garden City Mall to its North East, and Kenya Breweries Limited to its South East. The site can be accessed through Garden City Boulevard road and Ngumba lane that are off Thika Super highway,” the developer says in the regulatory filings.

The Garden City Business Park, according to the developer, is part of phase two of the Garden City project, whose initial phase was completed in 2015.

Last month, Nema invited public views on the proposed development, which entails subdivision of 23.53 acres of land into 10 plots for construction of “two office blocks, a four- and a six-storeyed facility and a six-storeyed hospital” as well as “a 286-room three-star and a 216-room four-star hotel”.

To push for its approval, the developer has notified the regulator that a leading mobile operator has committed to moving its headquarters to the business park whose construction is expected to begin next year.

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