Eastleigh, Nairobi

Eastleigh saw the most building activity in Nairobi during the first half of 2019.

A report released yesterday by the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) shows that Eastleigh, Karen, Nairobi CBD and Industrial Area respectively were the most sought locations by developers in the first half of 2019.

The latest Status of the Built Environment Report also shows that most building activity during the period was for residential developments (74.32 percent). Public use developments covered 11.23 percent of the developments while industrial and commercial development took 8.63 percent and 5.93 percent respectively.

While on average it takes 41.35 days to get building approvals, projects worth Ksh. 84.17 billion were approved during the period.

Speaking during the release of the report, AAK President Mugure Njendu said, “We recognize the strides taken by county governments in making development control information accessible but undertaking a construction project in Kenya is still marred by unclear government approval processes which makes completing an application for the required documents unpredictable, long and tedious.”

AAK launched the buildhub website during the launch of the report to help make building approval and permits information more accessible to the general public and investors from all areas.

Countrywide records by the National Construction Authority (NCA) show that Central Eastern region registered the highest number of projects (318), followed by Nairobi (259) and Kajiado (255).

A majority of projects in the country are valued at between Ksh. 5m-50 million. These accounted for 74 percent of the total registered projects. This is followed by projects valued under Ksh. 5 million (13 percent) while projects valued between Ksh. 50m-200 million accounted for 10 percent. Only 1 percent of projects were valued at over Ksh. 1 billion.

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