Leading Grade-A warehousing property developer, Africa Logistics Properties (ALP), has broken ground for phase two, three and four of a 100,000 square metre modern warehousing facility in Limuru, Kiambu County, in an event that was graced by the Principal Secretary for Industrialisation, Amb. Kirimi P. Kaberia (CBS). L
The new facilities, which will measure approximately 312,000 square feet, will provide a centralised location for local, regional and international business owners to operate from along routes to major industrial centres and enable access to key logistical infrastructure. The facilities will be located at ‘ALP West’ – a strategically located warehousing and logistics hub off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway (currently being upgraded to a 6-lane highway) at the Tilisi Industrial Park. ALP West is along four key road network corridors that link to major towns and neighbouring countries.
ALP continues to invest in the Kenya warehousing market due to the rising demand for modern warehousing facilities in the country, despite the continued challenges posed by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, ALP CEO, Richard Hough, said that construction of the new project phases follows the success of Phase 1 – an 86,000 square foot facility at ALP West known as The Courtyard – which is specifically designed to help incubate SMEs and introduce them to Grade A warehousing standards and model of operation.
He emphasised that sustainability is central to ALP’s projects, with particular focus on conserving energy, water usage and using environmentally friendly materials during construction.
“We are extremely excited to be contributing to the growth of manufacturing, cold storage, agriculture, pharmaceutical, logistics and various other sectors in Kenya by providing modern warehousing for businesses that are the backbone of the country’s economy. Our unique products and development capabilities allow businesses to grow together while sharing skills and knowledge. We are proudly leading the way to sustainability and, through our EDGE certified green building and sustainable operational standards, are pushing the envelope in developing environmentally responsible yet affordable warehousing,”
The Principal Secretary for Industrialisation, Amb. Kirimi P. Kaberia, lauded ALP for revolutionising the warehousing and industrial market which, he said, is crucial to the growth and development of SMEs in Kenya.
“As change continues to drive many businesses to move away from the traditional methods of processing, producing and storing goods, I am delighted that Africa Logistics Properties continues to find innovative ways of providing warehousing and other industrial solutions. These solutions have been a game changer for the Kenyan market and ideal for the small to medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as the more well established local, regional and international companies. Logistics solutions are the key catalyst in actualising the Big 4 Agenda as well as the Kenya Vision 2030,”
said PS. Kaberia.
As ALP we will continue to provide various avenues for creating employment in the country especially in the difficult economic climate occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, said ALP Development Director Maruza Chikwanha.
“The jobs created and income that will be generated during the construction phase, and from various companies operating at ALP West, will undoubtedly be crucial to the Kenyan economy,”
With earthworks now commencing for phase two, three and four, ALP is expected to complete the construction of the facilities by Q4 2022, at a cost of over KES 1Billion (over US$10million) to develop the warehousing facilities.