Consultancy services for design of urban upgrading interventions in Kandy city

Sri Lanka


Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage
(World Bank – Strategic Cities Development Project)
Colombo, Sri Lanka


Keios (Italy), ECL (Sri Lanka)


Sri Lanka, Kandy


2015 – 2018

Project Description

Kandy is the main urban centre in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It aspires to become a liveable and vibrant historic city encapsulating urban culture, identity and religious significance. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to the Temple of the Tooth which houses the Buddha’s tooth relic, thus making it one of the most revered cities in the country.
Located on a plateau, the city is nested among hilly terrain that constrains its spatial growth. Currently, the city suffers of major traffic congestion and of road weak conditions as well as of the lack of good pedestrian connectivity and vibrant public spaces, unplanned development, and low maintenance of infrastructure facilities. As a tourist destination, the city lacks quality facilities and attractions.
The main objective of the assignment is to upgrade key urban areas that will contribute towards transforming this city in a vibrant tourism and economic centre.
The project aims at improving liveability by protecting the environment and developing the urban centre, reorganizing city functions to increase investment attractiveness, enhancing public urban spaces and achieving significant urban transformation to respond to economic growth.
The total cost of selected investment projects is around 25 million USD.

Scope of Services

Preparation of a vision statement and of an urban scheme leading to a list of investment projects; preliminary and detailed design and bidding documents of a selection of identified investment projects; quality assurance during the implementation stage.