Kiambu County is set to host the biggest housing project under the government’s affordable housing programme with 30,489 units planned for the development.
Hydro Developers Limited has partnered with the government to provide affordable homes under the Big Four Agenda initiative and intends to construct the 30,489 units of residential apartments in Kamiti area along the Northern Bypass Road in Kiambu County.
The developer has already submitted regulatory filings with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), showing the affordable housing scheme will comprise of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
The document shows the project will contain 10,166 studio units, 9,384 one-bedroom units, 6,256 two-bedroom units, and 4,692 three-bedroom units.
Further, the development will comprise 598 studio blocks, 552 one-bedroom blocks, 368 two-bedroom blocks, and 276 three-bedroom blocks, all rising to 17 floors.
Studio units will be 31SQM in size, one-bedroom units (45SQM), two-bedrooms (62SQM), and three-bedroom units will occupy 91SQM.
The apartment footprint on the 302 acres parcel of land is estimated at 120,704SQM with an estimated number of car parks at over 22,300 in total occupying 145 acres of land.
Other proposed communal facilities to support the housing scheme include a Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Polices Post, Emergency Services Station, Daycare Centres, A 2-6-6 System School, LPG Gas Sections, Petrol Stations, Parking Silos, Matatu Terminus, and Community Halls among others.
The developer said construction will be guided by national and international standards for both engineering and environmental compliance.
The project dubbed Hydro City is planned to have piped LPG gas, rainwater harvesting, infra-red sensor sanitary fittings for water conservation and power conservation using occupation centres.
On completion, the project would become the country’s single biggest housing project in terms of number of units, second only to Nyayo Embakasi.
Kiambu County has received a lot of investor interest since the government announced its housing agenda with several local and international developers already taking their positions.
According to the 2019 national housing census, Kiambu County has the second-highest contribution to the country’s GDP after Nairobi.
The project is estimated to cost a total of Ksh. 3 billion according to the EIA report. The project’s dates are still unknown.