Rwanda’s Green Fund (FONERWA) has commissioned Sweco, one of Europe’s leading engineering and architecture consultancy companies, to carry out a feasibility study of the ambitious urban development project. The feasibility study plays a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for the implementation of the Green City Kigali and the future construction of the envisaged pilot development.
As stated in the project brief, Green City Kigali seeks to address the main challenges faced by the housing market in Kigali: housing affordability, housing supply and urban sprawl as a consequence of hilly terrain, population increase, and current patterns of low density development. The ambition is for Green City Kigali to become a transformative project, linking affordable housing with climate change adaptation and mitigation measures to help establish new standards for sustainable urban development that can be replicated elsewhere in Rwanda and beyond. The aim is to create a compact, mixed use development with a pedestrian focus that will provide its residents with public open space, neighbourhood facilities and local employment opportunities to encourage an inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable community.
Through the design competition, the selection process sought to appoint an experienced and suitably qualified Urban and Architectural Design Consultant organisation (and their assembled multi-disciplinary sub-consultant team) to further develop their masterplan proposals for the 600 hectare Kinyinya Hill area, together with a detailed masterplan and associated construction stage information for the pilot development.
In the first instance, applications were invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the Prequalification Document.
Five applicant teams have been shortlisted and invited to participate in the design competition and tender phase. The five shortlisted teams are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Allies and Morrison LLP
- Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners)
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Ove Arup & Partners International
- Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte. Ltd