Cost of construction in Kenya.
Construction costs in Kenya can be divided into 3 classes.
This type of construction ranges between kes 35,000 per m2 to kes 60,000 per m2.
This type of construction is seen in the highrise blocks in upper hill, Westlands and the residential in Runda, Muthaiga, Karen and Gigiri areas.
These are also seen fronting major tarmac roads near major towns.
The main finishes are patterned external masonry walling, stone coated steel roofing tiles, textured paints, European kitchens and sanitary fittings and hardwood doors.
This range from kes 25,000 per m2 to kes 35,000 per m2 construction cost.
This type is usually seen in areas such as Ongata Rongai, Kitengela, Juja, Kiambu and Umoja.
These are also seen 0.5 to 1km from tarmac near major towns.
This type of building is characterized by use of materials such as machine cut walling, clay and concrete roofing tiles, Chinese sanitary fittings , flush doors and softwood door frames.
This cost ranges from between kes 15,000 per m2 to kes 25,000 per m2.
This type is usually seen in areas such as Kayole, Mathare north, Githurai and generally over 1km off tarmac in major towns.
The distance from tarmac and proximity to a major town is the main determinant to the type of class of building. Local Government zoning restrictions also determine this e.g. Karen has been zoned to fit the high class compared to Dagoretti corner, Racecourse area whereby the zoning controls have allowed middle class high-rise flats .
Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.