Chris Coulson

General Manager of Garden City Estate

Actis, Garden City

MaceYMR is working side-by-side with Actis to create Garden City, Nairobi’s first integrated mixed-use development.

Chris Coulson, Managing Director of Garden City, talks about the project and his relationship with MaceYMR.

Actis is the largest real estate developer in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 10 years’ experience in delivering high-quality real estate across commercial, retail, residential and industrial space. 

In 2011 Actis began construction of Garden City to establish a new commercial hub serving the north of Nairobi.  Phase one of the project included a 35,000 sq m shopping mall which opened in May 2015 and today welcomes over 450,000 customers a month.

A total of 215 high-end apartments and townhouses was completed in 2017 and the next phase offers two modern Grade A office buildings across 12,500 sq m, which is due for completion in 2019. Two further office buildings, alongside 600 affordable apartments, will also be completed in 2019 with a business hotel and medical facility to follow.

With a strong understanding of Actis’ needs and requirements, MaceYMR has provided cost management, cost control services and procurement to integral parts of the development, helping to deliver one of the most successful mixed-use schemes in East Africa on time and under budget. 

Actis and MaceYMR will continue this great partnership on the next phase of the project – Garden City’s Business Park.

“MaceYMR have been our partners, providing cost management on the shopping mall and residence - it's very important and the company has excelled. It has also helped us with procurement as we've just raised a new residential platform, looking at the direct procurement route. ”