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Beglin Woods is now considered one

of the most prominent architectural firms in East Africa.

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enyan architectural design company Beglin Woods has been operating in the region since the 1990s, but its founders and directors, Irishman David Beglin and Englishman Simon Woods, have been plying their trade in Kenya since the 1970s. In 1991, after both men had built up impressive portfolios in Africa through their respective architectural practices, they opted to merge firms and form Beglin Woods Architects & Interior Designers. The practice has expanded rapidly since that time, and is now considered one of the most prominent architectural firms in East Africa. Beglin Woods has worked on a wide variety of major residential, commercial, industrial and tourism projects.

Large Output Beglin Woods is responsible for a large output of work, with each project having its own special qualities. Some of these projects focus on sustainability, others on design, and others on service to community and clients. “We started with hotels,” Mr Beglin tells us. “We had Hemingways in Watamu and very quickly got the Mayfair in Nairobi, Mara Simba lodge in Masai Mara and Mara Simba in Naivasha. Later we got Mara Simba in Samburu and Sankara Hotel in Nairobi.” Alongside these projects, the firm undertook educational and institutional work with the International School of Kenya (ISK), the United States International University (USIU) and the 34 David Beglin · Co-Founder/Director, Beglin Woods

US Government-sponsored Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Kisumu and Nairobi. Other projects have been industrial, including the commissioning of work on the original Nation Press building in 1998, as well as playing an integral part in the construction of the new and improved Nation Press hall, built on Mombasa Road in 2015. The firm has built several branches of SIMBA Colt Motors in Nairobi and Mombasa, new buildings for Bidco Oil Company in Nakuru, a group of banking facilities for several local banks and office projects and parks like Watermark in Karen and Eaton Square in Gigiri. “In housing, we have done ten or twelve gated communities, several high-end individual residences, recently several service and luxury apartment buildings, including an award winning 17 apartment building called Nova in Nairobi.” Further apartment blocks in Nairobi are added to a 6-storey apartment hotel building for Best Western and several high rise apartment complexes, as well as the finishing touches to a sixth building for United States International University. The firm has built a large portfolio of several hundred buildings over the years, with each decade offering a different type of project. Mr Beglin enjoyed working on safari lodges in the 1980s, the offices and industrial jobs in the 1990s, and the housing and offices since then. “The United Nations building, Eaton place and the Watermark Building are all award winning examples of well-scaled sustainable work that offers users an enjoyable, comfortable working environment,” Mr Beglin adds. Sankara Hotel and Hemingways offer refined and enjoyable hospitality facilities at the

Aspire Africa | Issue 4.  

Committed to Promoting African Synergy. Featuring David Beglin, Co-Founder and Director, Beglin Woods Architects.

Aspire Africa | Issue 4.  

Committed to Promoting African Synergy. Featuring David Beglin, Co-Founder and Director, Beglin Woods Architects.

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