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Sheppard Robson to oversee African water projects

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Sheppard Robson has been chosen to masterplan a range of water and sanitation projects in Africa

International charity Water Aid has appointed the AJ100 firm to draw up a series of masterplans for four of Africa’s most rapidly expanding cities.

The practice will work with local governments in Lusaka (Zambia), Kinshasa (DR Congo), Lagos (Nigeria) and Maputo (Mozambique) to integrate and improve infrastructure.

Sheppard Robson head of masterplanning Martin Sagar said: ‘In some of the cities we’re working in, 60 to 80 per cent of people are living in slums and getting a clean water supply to the poorest people is very challenging.’

He continued: ‘Instead of taking a piecemeal approach, the masterplans we are working on are focused on finding solutions that are scalable and can have an impact city-wide.’

Key projects include a ring road in Lusaka integrating a new water and sanitation system and a series of green ‘corridors’ in Kinshasa featuring drainage channels to prevent flooding.

Sea defences are also planned to be extended in Lagos to boost sanitation in the city’s floating slums.

Sheppard Robson, which has previously worked in the region (see AJ 09.07.09), is hosting workshops with local organisations which will be used to create a detailed masterplan strategy.

The end product will be a series of masterplans which local governments can use to source funding and deliver the initiatives.

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