•Another 48 units will be handed over to owners in October with the entire 384-unit first phase of the project expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
•The units are part of a plan by Tatu City to partner with leading Kenyan homebuilders to construct more than 30,000 homes.
Unity Homes has handed over houses to buyers of the first block of apartments at Unity West, one year after breaking ground on the Sh4.5 billion project at Tatu City.
Situated along Tatu City’s first main road – the TC-101 – the British-Kenyan venture’s first 48 units are spread across four blocks, with 12 apartments each.
Another 48 units will be handed over to owners in October 2020, with the entire 384-unit first phase of the project expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Unity West’s two-bedroom apartments start at Sh4.75 million ($44,000), placing them within reach of middle-income earners.
The units are part of a plan by Tatu City to partner with leading Kenyan homebuilders to construct more than 30,000 homes at the 5,000-acre new city, which is a major private sector contributor to the government’s housing agenda.
“One year after breaking ground, Unity Homes has achieved its goal of delivering accessibly priced housing,” John Latham, Executive Director of Unity Homes, said in a statement.
“Our inspiration is driven by the desire to see as many Kenyans as possible access good housing in a safe, secure and modern environment,” Latham added.
Officiating at the key handover ceremony, British High Commissioner Jane Marriott said: “Unity Homes have gone from strength to strength. The completion of the first collection is a testament to the UK’s partnership on affordable housing.”
“This provides Kenyans with quality, eco-friendly homes in support of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda,” Marriott added.
The Unity West community enjoys 24-hour security, and a fitness centre, two-acre community park with jogging tracks and a playground, swimming pool, coffee shop and a mini market under development.
It is near Tatu Central, the new city’s business district, and Tatu Industrial Park, the largest new logistics zone in East Africa.
This assures the buyers steady appreciation in property value and a quick return on investment, said Latham.
Evans Dimba, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer, said: “More than 5,000 homes are occupied or under construction and development at Tatu City, with prices to suit all incomes.”
According to the National Housing Corporation, Kenya has a cumulative housing deficit of two million units growing by 200,000 units per year, driven mainly by rapid population growth of 2.6 per cent per annum compared to the global average of 1.2 per cent.
There is also a high urbanisation rate of 4.4 per cent against a global average of 2.1 per cent.
With this shortfall, approximately 70 per cent of which is in the low-to-middle income bracket, the Unity Homes project is aimed at contributing to the government's Big 4 Agenda goal of creating 500,000 new homes by 2022.