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Riviera Mall Seeks to Offer a Different Experience

An expanding middle class and a growing interest in investment opportunities in Kenya by foreign brands have continued to spur development of high end malls in Kenya. So far, Nairobi has witnessed the biggest share of new shopping malls although the trend is rapidly catching on in other cities and even smaller towns across the entire country. In fact, Nairobi is slowly earning itself the title of “Mall Capital of East Africa”.

Rosslyn Riviera Mall is one of the latest such developments in the peripheries of Nairobi. Set on a 4.5 acre piece of land in the affluent Rosslyn suburb, the development promises to be a major convenience for residents of nearby estates including Runda, Nyari, Muthaiga and Ruaka. According to the developer, Mr Peter Gethi, the concept of Riviera Mall is neighbourhood convenience. “The idea was to move away from the ‘high octane’ malls and give the customer an opportunity to shop without the hassles of inadequate parking and associated inconveniences”.

Mr Gethi says that proximity to the Ruaka River was meant to give shoppers an opportunity to unwind with nature in the well manicured and landscaped gardens.

Projected to cost US$ 27 million, the mall is essentially a retail centre where retail units will be accommodated on lower and upper ground floors. However, the first floor will contain semi-retail units that can be converted into offices. Each tenant will be provided with a grey shell which they can then proceed to fit out and decorate as desired within the constraints of set standards.

Design Aspects

The Riviera Mall design emphasises on natural light via light wells using atriums. A ‘village square’ resembling a courtyard opens out to the skies giving customers a chance to sit and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. The floor plan is created with the customer in mind and provides clear visibility for the shops. All the mall-ways will make use of natural ventilation with cross ventilation occurring through louvered panels in all the shops.

To further save energy, LED lights will also be used throughout the building. All light control systems will be centrally located, allowing regulation of lighting depending on specific requirements. Automatic sensor switches will be used in all washrooms to reduce energy wastage.

In addition, any mechanical and AC equipment will only be used where necessary.  This equipment will be non-CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) based. This has been informed by the fact that the release of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from refrigeration equipment destroys ozone molecules in the atmosphere harming the earth’s natural shield from incoming ultraviolet radiation.

Rain water harvesting is also a major  feature in the overall design.  biological waste water treatment system will be used to clean water to a non-potable standard for reuse. This will allow water recycling for use in toilets and irrigating the lawns.

Facilities and Security

The centre will have a modern state-of-the-art 24-hour security system. The bulk of the parking will be in the basement on two levels to protect the vehicles from the elements in secure surroundings. Key to the development is ample parking to ensure customer convenience is maintained from entry to exit. Lifts and escalators will be strategically provided in addition to access ramps on all levels to cater for the disabled. Back-up water and power will be availed by way of a borehole and stand-by generators respectively to allow for seamless operations. There will be a physical security barrier along the full perimeter of the premises coupled to prevent any unauthorized access.

Accessing Riviera Mall

Entry will be from an access road that is being constructed off Limuru Road to facilitate uninterrupted movement of traffic along the highway. This access will allow for through traffic from Runda Kigwaru Estate, Karura Community Chapel and Runda Mimosa to the Northern bypass.


Construction of the mall began in July 2014 and is expected to be complete mid this year.

Project Team


Project Manager: Barker & Barton Kenya

Architects:  Planning Systems Services Ltd.

Quantity Surveyor:  YMR Integrated Partnership

Structural Engineer:  Strana Consultants Ltd.

Civil Engineer:  Struvil Africa.

Mechanical Engineers:  Loadline Engineering Services.

Electrical Engineers:  Donn Consultants.

Retail & Management Consultants: Knight Frank Kenya Ltd.

Main Contractor: Parbat Siyani Construction Ltd


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