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Kaloum Redevelopment Masterplan

The Problem

Conakry, the capital and largest city of Guinea, plays a major role in the national economy. It is an important economic, trade and commercial for the region.

Conakry is the largest city in French-speaking Guinea, with an estimated population of approximately two million. Almost one quarter of the West African country’s population lives in the urban areas of Conakry. Kaloum and the Los Islands form the Central Business District of the city, the most congested portion of the urban area. Most of the population of Kaloum and the Los Islands derive their income from fishing and port activities.

To meet the current economic growth needs and support the city to become an international destination, local authorities mandated a planning review of the Kaloum District and Los Islands, and a review of potential tourism destinations located offshore of Kaloum.

Our Role

The Surbana Jurong Group was awarded an urban redevelopment and design contract in Guinea, Africa by the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE).

SMEC and Surbana Jurong partnered with the SCE to prepare a Master Plan for the Government of Guinea to redevelop Kaloum, the city centre of Conakry, Guinea’s capital city.

Project Overview

This project was the first successful joint project bid in Africa since Surbana Jurong and SMEC joined forces in August 2016.

Covering an area of approximately 1,300 hectares, the scope of work included:

  • Positioning
  • Visioning and Programming
  • Urban Redevelopment Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Implementation Planning
  • Master Plan launch

Key Benefits

Most of the population resides in the original colonial quarters where housing and living conditions are cramped and less than ideal. Redevelopment of the city and islands will provide new employment opportunities generated through this new development. Existing residents will be accommodated in new housing, provided through the revenue generated from higher density investments.

Kaloum & Los Islands, Conakry, Guinea
Technical Area:
Urban Planning and Design
Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE)

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