Konza Technology City

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Konza Techno City is a BPO project that is being marketed by the Kenyan government through Kenya ICT Board. It is dubbed "where African silicon savannah begins".[1]

The park is set to host business process outsourcing (BPO) ventures, a science park, a convention centre, shopping malls, hotels, international schools, and health facilite project was allowed by the Parliament Account Committee and endorsed by the Kenyan Government.[2] The city will be located in Makueni County.[3] It will be built in 5000 acres of land 64 km south of Nairobi.

The project is estimated to cost Kshs 1.2 trillion (approx US$14.5b). The project is marketed as key driver of Kenya Vision 2030.

Design Team[edit]

The Ministry of Information and Communications (Kenya) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) engaged Master Delivery Partner 1 (MDP1) to prepare a detailed business plan and master plan for Phase 1 in July 2012. The Expression of Interest for this assignment attracted 22 firm responses, narrowed to 6 in a shortlist. The Ministry and IFC selected the team led by HR&A Advisors, Inc. of New York City leading a 6-firm international team:

  • HR&A Advisors, Inc.; A real estate and economic development advisory firm specialising in large-scale master plan implementation.
  • SHoP Architects: An architecture and planning firm creating the conceptual design for the sales pavilion and the urban design for Phase 1.
  • Dalberg Global Development Advisors: An international strategy consulting firm with a Nairobi presence advising on economic strategy, tenant outreach, and organisational strategy for the KOTDA.
  • Center for Urban and Regional Planning: A Nairobi-based physical planning firm preparing the Local Physical Development Plan for Konza
  • OZ Architecture: A design firm providing sustainability strategies for Konza.
  • Tetra Tech: An international engineering services firm developing the infrastructure concepts for Konza.

KOTDA[edit]

Konza Technopolis Development Authority’s (KOTDA) mission is to ensure that Konza grows into a sustainable world-class technology hub and a major economic driver for the nation, with a vibrant mix of businesses, workers, residents, and urban amenities.

As Konza grows and evolves, KOTDA will evolve with it. At its inception, KOTDA will be a lean and efficient organisation that has the ability to draw upon external consultant resources for expertise it does not yet have in-house. Over time, KOTDA will grow from a minimally staffed organisation in its first few years to a fully formed organisation by the end of Phase 1, although external resources and expertise will likely continue to play a role to some extent. As Konza becomes a larger and more established city, KOTDA will increase its city management and service provision role.

Development[edit]

The initial feasibility and concept master plan was prepared jointly by Deloitte and Pell Frischmann, a UK based design consultancy and funded by the International Finance Corporation.[4] At that stage, the project brief was limited to a Technology Park of 700 acres with BPO/ IT businesses at its core. During the feasibility study, Pell Frischmann proposed a city – Konza Technopolis to make the technology park a more viable destination. The Kenyan government agreed and commissioned a new master plan for a city of 5000 acres that was completed by Pell Frischmann. World class infrastructure, sustainability and inclusive growth were the key drivers of this master-plan. The brand identity of Konza Technopolis as “the Silicon Savannah” and supporting promotional materials by Pell Frischmann and Urban Graphics, crystallised the Kenyan Government’s vision of creating a world class city, powered by a thriving IT sector and generating 100,000 jobs by 2030.[5]

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