Sh1bn Everest Park developer allowed to repair faulty houses


Building inspectorate officers at a construction site in Kisumu. TONNY OMONDI | NMG

Everest Park residents whose houses were declared unfit for occupation in January due to structural weaknesses are set to breathe easy after the National Building Inspectorate (NBI) approved the estate developers’ repair plan.

The Sh912 million houses were built through a joint venture between Everest Park Limited, the developer, and Shelter Afrique as the equity financier.

“We have studied the report and are in agreement with the proposed methodologies to remedy the defective buildings. Due to the delay on this matter, we require that you proceed with the repair immediately,” said the NBI in a letter dated August 31.

The NBI condemned the houses in a preliminary audit report it released last December.

The homes had developed cracks on the walls, the window frames on the canopy were quashed and several window panes were broken.

The agency then concluded that the construction work was shoddy.

The developer, however, disputed the NBI findings and appointed an independent engineer to ascertain the structural fitness of the affected units.

The report by Eng Paul Kimani from Kimpah Associates, has been approved by the developer.

“We are in receipt of your structural assessment and repair methodology report of unsafe building block 2B. Please inform this office when the work commences,” said NBI.

This was the first phase of the expansive estate, which has 120 one-bedroomed units priced at Sh2.6 million each, 60 two-bedroom units costing Sh4.5 million each and 60 three-bedroom units selling at Sh5.5 million each.

The second phase begun in January 2016 and ended last December, featuring one to three-bedroom units.

This saw an additional 200 housing units and a commercial centre put up at a cost of Sh755 million.

Homes in the second phase are priced at between Sh2.5 million and Sh6.5 million.

The development, has 40 three-bedroom, 60 one-bedroom and 100 two-bedroom units priced at between Sh2.5 million and Sh6.5 million.