NMS Lays Out Plans to Build 12 Storey Parking Tower

  • Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director General Mohammed Badi (Blue Berret) pictured at a construction site in Parklands, Nairobi. July 13, 2020.
    Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director-General Mohammed Badi (Blue Berret) pictured at a construction site in Parklands, Nairobi. July 13, 2020.
  • The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohammed Badi on Sunday, November 29 laid out plans to construct a 12-storey parking tower.

    The tower is set to be constructed next to the High Court, just along the City Hall Way in Nairobi's Central Business District (CBD).

    Badi revealed that NMS is planning to solve the parking problem currently experienced by motorists with limited spaces available.

    A parking lot in Nairobi.
    A parking lot in Nairobi.

    "The Nairobi Metropolitan Services is set to enter an agreement with an international partner to build a sunken parking building of 12 floors just outside the High Court.

    "It will have sufficient parking within CBD because we will have almost 2,000 parking spaces and it will all be digital," said Badi in an interview with KBC.

    Motorists within Nairobi's CBD have had challenges in securing parking spaces after a number of slots were converted into walkways.

    The situation has led to some motorists parking on pavements and on the newly constructed walkways, shrinking space for pedestrians to walk.

    Badi, however, noted that the reduced parking spaces in the CBD has had little effect on revenue collection in the county.

    "To modernise the city there must be certain compromises, it does not impact much on revenue because we were picking spaces along the major roads. It's not all parking spaces that have been taken," he added.

    The parking tower is set to be digitised and plans to adopt similar technology that was installed in the Holy Family Minor Basilica parking lot.

    Back in 2016 City Hall Nairobi announced a tender notice for the construction of a 3000 multi-storey car park in Nairobi’s CBD.

    The parking lot was set to cost Ksh 500M and was to be undertaken through a public-private partnership where the Government of Nairobi County was expected to provide the land for the project.

    Vehicles in the Nairobi CBD.
    Vehicles in the Nairobi CBD.