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Carl Devlin to Speak at Kenya Lecture

10 August 2011



Capita Symonds’ Carl Devlin is speaking at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya today (Wednesday 10th August).

Carl will be giving a talk entitled ‘Managing Large & Complex Projects’ as part of a public lecture on ‘Tatu City: The Future of Urbanisation in Kenya.’

Other topics include:

  • ‘Vision of Tatu City’ by Nahashon Nyagah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tatu City Ltd and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya;
  • ‘Tatu City Master Plan & Processes’ by Josphat Kinyua, Director of Tatu City Ltd and Vice President of Renaissance Partners, Africa;
  • ‘Sustainable Urban Management’ by Graeme Reid, Head of Urban Management at Tatu City and former Director of Urban Genesis Ltd;
  • ‘Legal Process in Urban Management and Master Planning by Ms Nani Mungai, Senior Partner at Muriu Mungai & Co. Advocates.

Closing remarks will be delivered by Vimal Shah, Director of Tatu City Ltd and CEO of Bidco Ltd.

Capita Symonds was recently appointed as Programme Delivery Partner for the $5 billion Tatu City development. The 1000 hectare project, the largest of its kind in Africa, comprises the construction of a new city located within Greater Nairobi, East Africa's economic hub.

The mixed-use development, which will be home to 62 000 residents, also includes retail, commercial, tourism, social, and recreational facilities.

Capita Symonds’ role will involve helping the client translate its vision and strategy for this new city into reality. This will entail overseeing all aspects of the programme including stakeholder management; the pre-construction programme; project and design management; development of a programme management office; procurement; and overall programme management in the post-construction phase.

The company’s initial role will be to focus on ensuring that all appropriate infrastructure facilities are constructed, including power, water (clean and waste) services, roads, gas and IT.

Nairobi, the largest city in Kenya, has a population of over three million people. Its airport, Jomo Kenyatta International, is the largest and busiest in East and Central Africa - with over 49 airlines servicing the Kenyan market. The Eastern Bypass highway, currently under construction, will link the airport to Tatu City.