Tilisi sets up competitive warehousing facilities for producers in Kenya

Tilisi Infrastructure construction progress

Tilisi developments has become one of the first developers in Kenya to provide plug-and-play plots for companies needing new warehouses, with infrastructure now under construction that will cut building costs radically– by up to Sh23m on electricity connection alone, across the supplied transmission and transformer–securing a better quality of buildings at far lower costs.

With almost two-thirds of Kenyan producers and retailers reporting warehousing shortages, and many looking at options to extend their own space, most report they do not have the space to add further warehousing on their own sites. But the development costs of greenfield sites are also proving prohibitive, leaving producers struggling to stop wastage and losses, and expand output.

“This roadblock in producers expanding their storage is now materially slowing down the growth of our manufacturing take-off as a nation,” said Tilisi Co-Ceo Kavit Shah.

The cost for companies of connecting a greenfield industrial site to electricity averages around Sh10m to Sh15m, to get the transmission lines extended, and a further Sh6m to Sh8m for an industrial transformer, according to Kenya Power.

These costs, sat beside a two-year trail of permits and permissions, make building warehouses from scratch a slow and expensive journey. Yet in Nairobi, there are too few facilities to meet the city’s aim of becoming a regional production and logistics hub.

“Our aim with the Tilisi warehousing park is to provide everything around the warehousing plots to enable high-speed building without  the need to detail design the area around the land, look at storm water drainage sewage, water or electricity connections as these will be all done by Tilisi,” said Tilisi co-CEO Ranee Nanji

“We have also provided for all our users the easy lorry access, along with other infrastructure to make the sites easy to reach for staff, including matatu routes and stops.”

The infrastructure, which is now under construction, with more than half of the 90-acre logistics park plots sold, is part of a master-planned construction that includes street lighting, security fencing and cameras, pre-installed internet connections, and footpaths. Per acre, the developers say the infrastructure is costing Sh14m. It will be complete by July 2018.

“The internet fibre laid to every plot will allow developers to get instant fibre Internet connections, and our water supply is independent of county water and sewerage services, being drawn from eight boreholes across the development, connected with high quality HDPE water piping.

“In all, we are creating a serene and conducive environment for our clients, with the whole package ready for their warehouse, even down to a local matatu park, rain shades, well tarmac roads and a staff canteen,” she said.

The site, which is set at the inter-junction of Nairobi’s northern and southern bypasses, will also have its own petrol filling station.