Industrial property developer Africa Logistics Properties (ALP) is set to begin work on the second phase of its ALP West industrial park which targets SME’s.
The project has seven phases of construction in total and will contribute 100,000 square metres of space. Phase one of the project, named The Courtyard, is due for completion by October this year.
“With ALP West we want to appeal to smaller enterprises as well, so we have built a mini industrial park to lower the barriers to entry without sacrificing on the A-grade quality fundamentals. This is what The Courtyard is all about,” said Dean Shillaw, Chief Commercial Officer at ALP.
Shillaw said bulk earthworks for the second phase, which will deliver another 12,000 square metres, is about to commence, adding that the company plans to deliver a phase approximately every year which will see the completion of ALP West well before 2030.
The firm’s groundbreaking project ALP North was recognized in 2018 as the best industrial development in Africa, and it was the first African building to achieve an EDGE Certification. The building achieves 30 percent power savings through solar and generates 40 percent less wastewater.
The response to the development has been extremely encouraging, its success reflected by the signing of East Africa’s largest and second-largest industrial lease agreements with Freight Forwarders Solutions and Twiga Foods respectively.
“Nairobi is crying out for quality warehousing,” Shillaw says. “Today there are 22.2 million square metres of industrial space under roof in Nairobi, but it is of substandard quality, badly designed and generally very poorly connected to major transport links and utilities.”
He said, there are major benefits to be had from revolutionizing warehousing in the region which is a key component of the wider infrastructure renaissance that is underway.