Tatu City supports Kenya Red Cross drought mitigation initiative

Tatu City has pledged Kshs. 3 million to support efforts in alleviating the current drought crisis in Kenya. The donation was made at a fundraising event hosted by the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, for the Kenya Red Cross.

Tatu City will work with the Kenya Red Cross and other stakeholders to address the need for clean and fresh water supply for a community in one of the worst hit counties affected by the drought.

Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet commended Tatu City for its donation. “Sustainable donations such as the one made by Tatu City are vital if we are to enable our communities for not just today, but the also the future.”

The continuous supply of water provided by a borehole will enable the selected community to deal with the immediate requirements of day-to-day living, farming and maintenance of livestock.

“We will partner with an NGO to train the locals in the irrigation methods to achieve optimal results and also monitor the agricultural activity and output,” said Nick Langford, Country Head for Rendeavour, majority owner and developer of Tatu City. “This will be achieved by drilling a borehole as part of a plan for a wider model farm project where farm clusters will benefit from a central water supply system.”

Currently, 1.3 million people in 23 counties are adversely affected by lack of water, poor agriculture and livestock planning and insufficient water storage facilities. Various initiatives have been undertaken to combat this adversity, with Red Cross being at the forefront.

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Lekki Free Trade Zone developer expands project in Kenya

Rendeavour, Africa’s largest urban land developer with 12,000 hectares across the continent, has announced an expansion of its multi-million dollar mixed-use development in Nairobi, Kenya.
The additional 1,000 hectares will bring the total size of its urban development project, Tatu City, to 2,000 hectares.

Stephen Jennings, Founder and CEO of Rendeavour, the owner and developer of Tatu City, said the expansion follows increased interest in industrial, commercial and residential plots from local and foreign investors.

“We bring substantial private investment, world-class infrastructure and significant employment opportunities, into our host countries over a 25-year project lifecycle. Because of this unique offering, we have seen immense interest from a range of industries, developers and residential buyers for upper, middle and low income groups within our portfolio across Africa,” he said.

Companies already on the Kenyan site include global consumer products giant Unilever, Dormans, East Africa’s largest coffee grower and processor and leading paper and hygiene products producers Chandaria Industries and Kim-Fay.

In June 2016, Rendeavour and Lagos State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited, announced an expansion of Rendeavour’s urban development project in the Lekki Free Trade Zone to 1,000 hectares, providing more development area for a mixed-use and master planned solution for businesses and residents. The expansion will pave the way for additional foreign direct investment into the country by Rendeavour, similar in scale to that being actively advanced into its other Nigerian project, Jigna, in the nations capital, Abuja.

Rotimi Oyekanmi, Director of Rendeavour, provided further insight. “The expansion of Tatu City aligns with Rendeavour’s strategy of building market-led developments planned specifically for each of our host countries’ needs. Our level of investment in Nigeria will closely mirror that experienced in other parts of Africa. We look forward to welcoming companies and individuals to the Lekki Free Trade Zone as the project progresses.”

APPOLONIA LAUNCHES URBAN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION

Appolonia, the mixed-use urban development near Accra, has launched its first urban design and architectural competition. The contest has been initiated to search for designs for a 500-unit affordable housing estate as the first phase of a 2,500 unit development on 161 acres of land.

The competition, in partnership with Ghana Home Loans and the Ghana Institute of Architects, has a deadline for submission of entries by 5th March 2017.

Twenty shortlisted competitors, made up of 12 local firms and eight foreign firms, have been invited for the competition. Three firms will be selected as winners for prizes of USD 15,000, USD 10,000 and USD 5,000 for first, second and third places, respectively.

Speaking on the launch of the competition Edward Nyarko, Head of Property Services at Ghana Home Loans, expressed his excitement about the opportunities that the Appolonia project is creating. “This is a terrific opportunity for architects from Ghana to compete with the best in class from across the globe. We are looking forward to seeing the results.”

Submissions will be assessed by a seven-member judging panel of professionals from the Ghana Institute of Architects and the Ghana real estate industry, with support from an advisory panel.

Holger Adam, Country Head of Rendeavour, Appolonia’s developer, believes the competition will provide a range of unique solutions to meet the rising need for affordable housing in the country. “Prototype designs of the houses must be based on the construction rate of USD 350 per square metre, which is actually 30% below the market rate of current affordable housing available in Ghana. This is something we actually plan to use in parts of Appolonia City to compliment our existing mid-level products such as The Oxford and Nova Ridge.”

The urban designs are expected to include schools, churches, neighbourhood nodes and public green spaces. The development will be in clusters of 200-250 units to create “mini-communities” and facilitate access control and security.