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Affordable housing project in Nairobi: NMS to redevelop 10 County government estates

As part of the second phase of the affordable housing project in Nairobi, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has earmarked 10 more County government estates for redevelopment. These estates include Bahati, Bondeni, California, Embakasi, Jericho, Kariobangi North, Lumumba, Maringo, Woodley, and Ziwani estates.

The NMS as the contracting authority has so far in a public notice, called for expression of interest (EOI) from development partners from the banking industry, pension funds and schemes, real estate, and other investors for a joint venture partnership in the project.

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According to the NMS Deputy Director-General Kang’ethe Thuku, pre-qualification applications and attachments must be submitted in hard copy, not later than 12 noon of January 22, 2021, at the tender boxes marked “NMS A” and “NMS B” located at Exits A and B of KICC, Ground Floor.

“Firms will only be shortlisted for participation after demonstrating technical and financial capabilities in response to the requirements for the project contained in the request for proposal document, which will be circulated to only shortlisted firms upon evaluation of their submissions,” explained the NMS Deputy Director-General.

The first phase

The first phase of the regeneration project, which is ongoing, concerns Ngong Road Phases I and II, Uhuru Estate, New Ngara, Old Ngara, Suna Road, Pangani, and Jeevanjee/Bachelor Quarters.

The Pangani project began last year as the flagship project for the first phase of the regeneration project that is aimed to put up between 10,000 and 12,000 housing units upon completion.

With Tecnofin as the developer and SS Malonza as the consultant, the Pangani project is expected to deliver the first 160 housing units come next month. The entire project comprises five blocks made up of 1,562 housing units and it will be fully completed by December this year.

According to Kang’ethe Thuku, this project is aimed at tackling urban decline, improving the quality of the built environment, increasing housing stock, promoting optimal utilization of land, and improving the quality of social-economic life of residents.

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