1,000 affordable homes for first stage

Monday 23 Dec 2013

First phase of largest planned urban redevelopment project ever undertaken in Africa now underway in Kampala

The biggest urban redevelopment scheme in Africa is now underway following the support of UK-based charitable organisation Made in Africa Foundation. Initiated by designer Ozwald Boateng OBE and international businessman Kola Aluko, the organisation helps major construction projects across Africa get off the ground with ‘first mile’ finance.

Renowned architect David Adjaye OBE has presented a landmark concept to the Government of Uganda with Boateng and CEO of the Made in Africa Foundation Chris Cleverly. Thanks to the backing of the foundation, the scheme in Kampala, Uganda is now able to get underway.

The Made in Africa Foundation provided funding for masterplans and feasibility studies for the 160-acre scheme which looks to redevelop an area in Naguru-Nakawa with more than 3,500 residences, a church, school, commercial units, hotels, retail amenities, restaurants and leisure facilities. It is hoped this design can be used as a base for further redevelopment projects across Africa.

Made in Africa Foundation co-founder, Nigerian Oil and Gas entrepreneur Kola Aluko, said: "For the Made in Africa Foundation to have made such a significant contribution to a project of this importance is a remarkable achievement and is a testament to our belief in making things happen, rather than just talking about them."

Following the completion of the masterplans and feasibility study, the scheme gained the attention of Comer Group, a leading development company whose projects are focused in the UK and Germany. The first phase of the development is now able to begin work, creating 1,000 affordable homes for Kampala.

Boateng said: "This project has been able to advance dramatically due to the funding provided by the Made in Africa Foundation. So many projects in Africa get stuck at the first hurdle, but the Naguru-Nakawa project has now achieved major milestones, including attracting the talents of world-renowned architect, David Adjaye, who has proposed an iconic office campus employing thousands of Ugandans which will form the centre-piece of the New Kampala. We are very proud of what the team on the ground have achieved."

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