Work on Sh2.7bn Garden City Business Park begins November

Garden City Business Park
An impression of the proposed Garden City Business Park. PHOTO/COURTESY
Construction is expected to begin in November on the proposed Garden City Business Park in Nairobi, pushing forward a project that seeks to deliver sustainable office and retail options to tenants on Thika Road.

Kasarani Investments Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Garden City developer Actis Capital, is expected to launch the project shortly after receiving regulatory approval for the multi-billion-shilling development.

The 23.4-acre Garden City Business Park, which will be commenced under the stewardship of construction management services provider MML, will be built adjacent to the Garden City Mall at a cost of Sh2.7 billion.

The development will include two office complexes, a six-storeyed 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 to its south east. The site can be accessed through Garden City Boulevard road and Ngumba lane that are off Thika Super highway.

A section of Garden City Mall in Nairobi.
A section of Garden City Mall in Nairobi. PHOTO/FILE

The Garden City Business Park, according to the developer, will provide 60,000 square-metres of modern office space and is part of phase two of the Garden City project, whose initial phase was completed in 2015.

According to MML, a leading mobile operator has committed to moving its headquarters to the proposed business park – signalling the high calibre of the anticipated tenants.

“Some companies, among them a local telco, have committed to taking up space at the planned development,” MML Project Director Robert Gichohi said in a statement.

Mr Gichohi added that MML will use the project to promote sustainable living where efficiency will help tenants to save up to 40 per cent of their water and electricity bills.

Backed by British private equity firm Actis Capital, Garden City is one of the first developments in East Africa to receive a LEED pre-qualification by the Green Building Council for implementing practical solutions for sustainable site development, eco-friendly material selection, water and energy savings and indoor environmental quality.

READ: Garden City, Nairobi Business Park win LEED pre-certification

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building certification that recognises sustainable construction strategies and practises that have positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting the usage of renewable energy.

READ: What is LEED certification?

In May, the National Environment Management Authority (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”.

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