Construction of the first building at Konza City now underway
The construction of the first building in Konza Technopolis has begun. The 8-storey building with two basement floors will host the Techno City operations, and house its early investors and innovators. The second phase of the building will have a hotel and a conference facility.
The Kshs 3 billion facility, whose phase one will cost Ksh. 1.9 Billion, consists of an office block that is expected to be completed in 114 weeks and will house the initial residents of the technopolis.
Konza Technopolis is now fully serviced with access roads, water and electricity, with sufficient capacity and reliability to support the construction and early stage of the city as the first ever building gets underway.
Speaking during a tour of the facility, the Konza Technopolis Development Authority CEO Eng. John Tanui said that they are in consultations with government on the implementation of the city’s basic facilities including wastewater and streetscapes for the 400-acre phase that will be implemented through an engineering, procurement and finance model.
“We are happy to report that the current building is funded by the government. And we are currently finalizing a procurement process that will see an EPCF contractor picked for construction of infrastructure for phase 1 of Konza Techno City,” said Eng. Tanui.
“As an authority we are pleased with the support from the government in ensuring that the key infrastructure required for Konza takeoff has been implemented and others are progressing well, such as external roads, power substation and water dam to supply water for the city in the long term.
Further KoTDA is in the process of procuring a contractor who will come with finance for the construction of Streetscape and Sub-surface utilities, wastewater treatment and a recycling facility, bulk water treatment, booster station and storage, fibre optic reticulation, power/Electrical Distribution and substation as well as solid waste management.”
This is under the EPCF contractual model where the successful bidder offers engineering and engineering design services, procures all major materials and equipment, serves as the general contractor, and does so under a financed arrangement.
This now paves the way for direct involvement of the private sector in development of the technopolis from January next year with the Konza Technopolis Authority (KoTDA) expected to finalize the land allocation policy by the end of this year.
KoTDA which floated requests for expressions of interest for the initial 24 pieces of land available for investment under phase 1A of the project in December last year has so far received over 60 bids. Eng. Tanui says the authority is in the process of evaluating the expressions of interest and expects to finalize the process by early next year.
Support infrastructure for the Technopolis has already been put in place with completion of a 132 KV power substation in May this year and the supply of over 2,000 cubic meters per day of water to sustain on-site construction. The technopolis will also benefit from the dualing of the 20KM Athi River-Machakos Junction road launched by President Kenyatta during Mashujaa day.
“The extension of the dual carriage road between Athi River and the Machakos Junction will ease congestion along the main highway that feeds into Konza enabling easy access to both Nairobi and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport cutting travel time significantly,” Eng. Tanui said.
“The total investment on Konza City Phase 1 on 400 acres both by private sector and the government is estimated at over Ksh. 600 billion of which the government will invest about 10% in the development of core infrastructure to facilitate investment by the private sector. So far the government has invested Ksh. 3 billion in the Konza,” Eng. Tanui said.
The building, which will house KoTDA’s headquarters, is slated to be completed in 2018. KoTDA will use the building for among others hosting incubation centers in partnership with leading universities.