Safety concerns as Sh730m Everest Park develops huge cracks

Everest Park apartments in Athi River.
Everest Park apartments in Athi River. Photo: Courtesy
Several houses at the Athi River-based Everest Park estate have developed massive cracks, prompting the authorities to undertake an urgent structural audit of the newly built property.

The houses have developed huge cracks from the foundations up to the walls, and the window frames on the canopy are squashed – with several window panes broken.

On Monday, the National Building Inspectorate initiated a structural audit of the Sh730 million estate to ascertain whether or not the houses – most of which are already sold to individual homeowners – are habitable.

“The inspection will take about 10 days. We will then get in touch with the consultant who supervised the work to propose solutions to remedy whatever is defective for approval,” said Engineer S.K Mwaguri who is leading the inspection team.

Everest Park, which was funded by Pan African mortgage financier Shelter Afrique, comprises 240 one to three-bedroom apartments that have been built in the Mavoko area of Athi River.

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The project that was launched in 2012 is a joint venture between Everest Park Limited and Shelter Afrique through equity financing.

Houses under the first phase of the project are already sold out and the developers are now working on phase two of the Everest Park estate that will see an additional 200 houses and a commercial centre built by next year.

The estate will have 40-three bedroom, 60-one bedroom and 100-two bedroom houses going for Sh2.5 million to Sh6.5 million. The partners are investing Sh755 million into the project.