The expansion of the world marketplace now makes our project management service much more relevant.” David Beglin
Property & Real Estate
“The expansion of the world marketplace now makes our project management service much more relevant. We are now more involved in sourcing, procuring and installing components from many sources.”
The firm’s East African operations are firmly based in Kenya, and Mr Beglin explains that the country’s market is more than adequate for Beglin Woods to work within, although work in other countries is not ruled out.
The building process is becoming much more about sourcing and purchasing, with windows, doors, finishes, fittings, furniture and fabrics all being obtained from different sources. Most of the well-established manufacturers now have agents within Kenya.
“We choose to work from one office in Kenya,” he says. “The profession is well established in neighbouring countries and we don’t seek work outside Kenya. If such an opportunity presents itself, we form a joint venture with a local firm.”
“The co-ordination of so many imported items is a new skill that all designers need to have now in Kenya. In fact, many firms in other countries have long ago developed these skills and work efficiently on a global scale. This is now the way forward in Kenya.”
Due to its status and population, the majority of development work undertaken in Kenya has been done in Nairobi, but Mr Beglin is able to identify great prospects in other towns and cities in Kenya, such as Kisumu, Mombasa, Nyeri, Nanyuki and Isiolo.
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