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a 23rd Anniversary Edition J April 2012, Vol 23 No.3

In this issue... Sheikh Zayed Bridge Abu Dhabi Sanitaryware Choosing & sourcing The Hornbill Kenya Ponte City South Africa Symbion Uganda

SPUTNIK ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD Registered Mechanical Contractor, Supplier of Construction and Engineering Materials.

Installation Of Filters For Crushers At Twiga Cement Co. Ltd

Specialists in Petro-chemical Plants

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Installation of Filters/retainers at KOJ for Tanzania Ports Authority in 2009

Steel structural works

Rehabilitation of Cement Plants

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Volume 23 No. 03

Guest Ing. Albert Ayeh Ogyiri, FGhIE, President Ghana Institution of Engineers

REGULARS The Site Board 6 News 7 New Products 10 Association News 11 Events 11 Corporate News 12

May 2012 Cover Story

PICTORIAL The 3rd Annual Africa Ports, Logistics and Supply Expo 13 The 9th annual West African Power Industry Convention 13 African Utility Week 13 Cover Story Sheikh Zayed Bridge 14 International Project Harpa : A new Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre 16

In our next issue: The grand Atomium which is one of the major attractions for tourists to Brussels. This grand monument was constructed during the world fair.

GUEST Ing. Albert Ayeh Ogyiri 18

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SUPPLEMENTS Sanitary ware: Choosing and Sourcing 22 PROJECTS Pacis Centre 24 Hornbill: Another Excellent Product of Sycum Solutions


Princess Tower The World’s Tallest Residential Tower is in Dubai TAMEER’s Princess Tower Reaches Final Height of 414m Dome and mast of the prestigious Dubai Marina development in Dubai. It now becomes the world’s tallest residential tower.

The Water Mark 28 Associated Architects 30 Migaa: Futuristic Living 32 Symbion Uganda 34 Hamu Mukasa library 45 Rwenzori Towers 46 Station Square 52 Ponte city 54 Fynbloem Builds 62 Waterkloof Corner 63 Nicolway Brayanston 64 Gallo manor Data centre 65 The No. 1 Silo Project


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64 The Seafarers Bridge World's Most Spectacular Pedestrian Bridge Seafarers Bridge is located adjacent to the Yarra’s edge development on the north bank and the heritage sheds on the south bank of Melbourne’s Yarra River. The architect, Grimshaw Partners, had a very clear vision for the Seafarers Bridge, which consisted of a bridge deck supported by steel ties connected to elliptical arches over a main span of 75 metres

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MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes COUNTRY EDITORS Kenya - Francis Makari Uganda - Irene Kabuzire

The Site Board

WRITERS Irene Kabuzire,Elaine Young, Emmanuel Onsomu, Sam Kamenyi, Linda Mangwiro,Ann Kariuki, Lindsay Wagner CHIEF DESIGNER Simon Muhia

Europe threatens Africa’s growth

WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine O. Ombwa

The present financial health of Europe is inextricably intertwined to the health of Africa’s economic health, this according to a new IMF report.

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Kenya Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Denis Ondeyo, Titus Oyuga, Trizah Njoroge

As focus shifts from ailing Greece to tottering Spain the whole world is holding its breath as analysts place bets on the endgame South Africa, the region’s largest economy is expected to suffer the most owing to its high value-added exports to Europe.

South Africa: Kevin Schorr ,Tabitha Muthoni, Winnie Sentabire, Prince Moyo, Angeline Ntobeng Uganda: Mutyaba Deus, Mugabi Moses

The effect on other countries in sub Saharan Africa is expected to be subdued due to new mineral and oil production and growth of export markets outside Europe.

Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani

In addition the recovery of the agricultural sector after last years drought will also serve as a buttress.

Ghana: Anthony Hondah, George Laing Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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Partitions Office Partitions

Concrete Products Building With Precast Concrete Products

Ceilings New Trends

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Govt Signs U.S.$29 Million Road, Bridge Grants The Zambian government and three regional organizations have signed two grants totaling US$29.85 million for the construction of the 24 kilometre link of the Lusaka - Chirundu Road and a new weigh-bridge at Kafue. The three regional bodies in the Tripartite Trust Account are the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East Africa Community (EAC) and the Southern African Community Development (SADC). One grant of US$23.205 million will help to complete construction of the 24 kilometre link of the Lusaka-Chirundu Road, stretching from the bottom of the escarpment to the one border post at Chirundu while $6.64 million will be invested in a new weigh bridge at Kafue. Finance and National Planning Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, who is also acting President, signed for Zambia while COMESA secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya signed for the Tripartite Trust Account of the three regional blocs. Mr Chikwanda said the 24 kilometre stretch was important as it connected the ports of Durban and industries of South Africa to those in Zimbabwe running through Chirundu.

Finance and National Planning Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, said the 24 kilometre stretch was important as it connected the port of Durban and industries in South Africa to those in Zimbabwe running through Chirundu.


Plans Underway for Mombasa Convention Centre Plans to put up a multibillion shilling state of the art international convention centre in Mombasa to position the country for both leisure and business tourism are now at an advanced stage. Stakeholders confirmed that a site has already been identified and agreed on, and project designs have started for the facility which will have a sitting capacity of over 5,000 people. "It is largely a Public Private Partnership, where Bamburi Lafarge-a subsidiary of Bamburi cement Limited, has offered chunks of land to ensure the project commences, after we managed to deal with the initial hiccups of area suitability," said Andrew Toboso, the director of Strategy, Kenya Vision 2030. The centre will have hotels, meeting place, other entertainment and recreational areas, and will be a major meeting point on an international scale. "Among the key flagship projects that were identified under the tourism sector was the realization that the country needs a conventional centre," said the official.

Stakeholders confirmed that a site has already been identified and agreed on, and project designs have started for the facility which will have a sitting capacity of over 5,000 people.


Construction Work Intensifies on Gas Treatment Centre Construction work on the Gas Treatment Centre of the Kribi Gas Fired Plant is progressing at Bipaga at the entrance to Kribi town. According to Vincent Reaud, a representative of Perenco at the site, over 70 per cent of civil engineering work is already done. Jean-Baptiste Abessougue, Chief of Section of Education, Information and Communication at the Permanent Secretariat of Pipeline Monitoring and Steering Committee says the Centre will comprise a mini refinery to process the gas so as to remove undesirable substances. "There are two components being handled by the National Hydrocarbons Corporation, NHC. There is the access road of about 5 to 5.5 km and the gas pipeline which is going to be laid from the treatment centre to the main road, then to the direction of Kribi after the toll gate, cross the road and move to the power plant. The company in charge of the road is already setting up and the contract for the pipeline has been awarded and work will begin soon," he said.

The Centre will comprise a mini refinery to process the gas so as to remove undesirable substances.

April 2012



Consulting Firms Vie to Supervise CBE's HQs Construction


With a surge in branch network (over 500) and massive modernization scheme, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia's management wants to build ultra modern edifice that matches its name and clout in the market, and perhaps serve as a landmark in the capital. The ultra modern edifice that the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) would like to see serving as its headquarters will be located on Ras Desta Damtew Street. CBE is in the process of selecting an international construction firm to take a "design and build" turn-key contract to erect the 46-storey edifice in an area that is to become a "commercial business district" of the capital. Two domestic consulting firms, both in partnerships with foreign associates, are locked in a fierce competition to bag a lucrative contract in the project of constructing the tallest building the city will have soon. The local consulting firm, Beza Consultants & Engineering Plc, in partnership with the American A1, has offered two weeks ago a little over nine million dollars to provide CBE's management wants to build ultra modern edifice that matches its name services of design review and contract administration to the headquarters of and clout in the market, and perhaps serve as a landmark in the capital. the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE).

Ngqura port capacity to double in ten years

South Africa

State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet will invest between R8bn and R10bn over the next 10 years in the Ngqura port to boost its capacity from 500 000 7m equivalent container units (TEUs) a year to 2-million TEUs , Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has said.The government has struggled to secure investment in the deep-water port despite Transnet spending about R10bn on constructing the container terminal over the past decade.Gigaba said the government would still relocate Port Elizabeth's manganese terminal and direct all future manganese exports through Ngqura, despite manganese exporters' contention that the Saldanha port would offer a more cost- effective route to market. Investments would include the erection of new cranes for the port's container business and the acquisition of tipplers and stackers, as well as engineering and construction work required to build a new manganese terminal at the port. SA exports about 4,6-million tons of manganese a year from the Port Elizabeth harbour manganese terminal, while total exports of the metal, used in steel manufacturing, is about 7,2-million tons a year, according to the Chamber of Mines.

Government to Reconstruct Nine Bridges

Ngqura port to boost its capacity from 500 000 7m equivalent container units (TEUs) a year to 2-million TEUs.


Ahead of this year's rainy season, Oyo State Government has approved the reconstruction of nine bridges affected by the August 26, 2011 flood in Ibadan, the capital city and Oyo town at the cost of N1,561,988,344.60. (US$9.9 million). Similarly, the state government would also refurbish 35 public schools in the state at the cost of N279,367,977.07 (US$1.7 million). Speaking after the weekly state executive council meeting in Ibadan, the state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Yunus Akintunde said that the move was to prevent a re-occurrence of the flood disaster in the state capital. He also disclosed that the contract for the reconstruction of nine roads cutting across the state had been awarded at the cost of N1,233,252,785 (US$7.8 million)stating that government had also proposed to dualise the old Ife road and many others in the state capital that had been captured in the 2012 budget. The commissioner identified the bridges to include those of Ogbere Babanla, Apete, Olomi, Secretariat road, Ayeye bridge, Osoro river bridge, all in Ibadan as well as the Alaadorin, Sakutu bridge in Oyo town. 10

Speaking after the weekly state executive council meeting in Ibadan, the state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Yunus Akintunde said that the move was to prevent a re-occurrence of the flood disaster in the state capital.

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Santa Clara stadium project in US to cost $1.2bn Santa Clara City Council in the US has finalized the lease, budget and overall terms of the San Francisco 49ers' stadium project, which is now expected to cost about $1.2bn. According to the 49ers, building the stadium will cost $29m more than previously projected because of several design modifications. The design modifications include reconfigured stair towers, an expanded network for mobile phone service and upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. US-based construction firms HNTB and Turner Construction will design and build the stadium.The stadium will incorporate photovoltaic panels, a green roof, public transit access, bicycle parking, walking path access from the San Tomas Creek Trail, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, building control systems and recycled construction materials.

The new 68,500-seat stadium will be built near the Great America theme park off of Highway 101 and feature open pedestrian plazas, commercial community space and a team store. The white painted steel structure of the stadium has been designed to allow views of the surrounding Silicon Valley The white painted steel structure of the stadium has been designed to allow area.Upon completion, the stadium will be used for various events, including views of the surrounding Silicon Valley area. professional and college-level American football, as well as other sports, concerts and civic events.


SM Group starts construction on Tianjin Shopping Center in China Philippines-based mall operator SM Group has started construction on the CNY3bn ($476m) Tianjin Shopping Center in Tianjin, China. Spanning across an area larger than 74 football fields, the shopping centre will feature three oval-shaped buildings that are united by a ring-like structure, and will have a total floor area of 530,000 square metres. Upon its completion by the end of 2013, the Tianjin Shopping Center is expected to become the world's largest freestanding shopping centre in terms of commercial space. SM Group also has malls under development in the Chinese cities of Chongqing and Zibo.

SM Prime Holdings, the parent company of SM Group has four malls in China, which are located in the cities of Xiamen and Jinjiang in Southern China, Chengdu in Central China and Suzhou in Eastern China. By the end of 2012, SM Prime is expected to have 46 malls in the Philippines and five in China Upon its completion by the end of 2013, the Tianjin Shopping Center is with an estimated combined gross floor area of 6.3 million square metres. expected to become the world's largest freestanding shopping centre in terms The company said the mall project is its largest investment in China to date. of commercial space.


First phase of Gulf Petrochem’s storage terminal project on track for completion Gulf Petrochem Group, a leading player in the global oil space, has announced that the first phase of its 1.2 million cubic meter storage terminal project in Fujairah is on track for completion in September 2012. Gulf Petrochem’s Fujairah storage terminal consists of 112,233 sq meter acres, which include up to 73,269 sq meters of expansion capability. It currently offers a capacity of approximately 350,000 cubic meters, and Gulf Petrochem is open to sign contracts for the same. “Our Fujairah storage terminal expansion follows the major success we achieved while operating our terminal in Sharjah’s Hamriyah free zone. The Fujairah terminal leverages the strategic location and infrastructure of the Fujairah port, and we expect our facility to significantly benefit our clients in the region, given our proven understanding of their commercial requirements. We will also look to leverage our market reputation of providing reliable storage solutions at competitive prices, offering tailor-made products, customised term contracts and a fully integrated fuel delivery service,” said Sanjeev Sisaudia, Group CEO, Gulf Petrochem Group.

The Fujairah terminal leverages the strategic location and infrastructure of the Fujairah port.

April 2012



Diversion & Recycling Tracking Tool (DART(SM) The online Diversion and Recycling Tracking Tool (DART(SM)) puts your environmental data at your fingertips. With the DART, you will be able to track diversion rates across every project and jobsite. With this one-of-akind, internet-based portal, you’ll be able to benchmark your progress and create customizable reports with just a few clicks. The Benefits of Waste Management’s DART(SM) include: A global view of the material diversion from your projects, showing trends over time, ability to track diversion rates and volumes from the global level to MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) to specific project, 24-hour access to your data, Easy, self-service usability via secured, password-protected accounts among many others. Web site:

SnapLock Tin Ceiling Panels With American Tin Ceilings' proprietary SnapLock™ tin ceiling panel, anyone can install a breathtaking tin ceiling and beautify their home at an affordable cost! No plywood, no furring strips, no nail holes, and no need to hire installers. The SnapLock™ panel is attached directly to drywall with six drywall screws. A proprietary interlocking flange system allows the corresponding panels to ‘Snap' into each other. This method significantly reduces installation requirements and saves customers an average of $2-$4 per panel in installation costs versus the traditional nail-up tin ceiling panel. If you are handy with a screwdriver, a ladder and a tin snips, you should be able to install a SnapLock™ ceiling. Web site:

ASM's Aluminum Accel-Air Grate AF500 ASM's Accel-Air die-cast aluminum air flow grate is the latest addition. With its 56% free open area, it is the best air flow panel in the industry when it comes to moving air. Made from high quality aluminum, it is available in a raw casting or powder coated epoxy finish. The Accel-Air Grate is the best solution for creating "cold" aisles for your server and equipment rooms to ensure no overheating. The Aluminum Accel-Air Grate AF500 has great Characteristics such as; Free open area of 56% allows for excellent air movement, The AF500 panel is built and sized for any floor system and Slide Damper System. It can be used in the following Applications; Data Center, Equipment Room, Computer Office or Industrial purposes. Email:

Hyundai’s DASH 9 Series Earthmover Now in Kenya The Dash 9 is Hyundai Construction Equipment’s latest release. The machinery is jam packed with new innovative features, improved performance and safety features. In the excavator category, some of the new features of the Dash 9 series include a 7-inch Display Cluster and a rear view camera. The integrated 7 inch full colour/high resolution cluster is installed in front of RH console box, making it easy to check all critical systems via easy-to-read indicators. The rear view camera has been fitted as standard to improve safety and operation in confined work space. The excavator is designed for easy access by service/maintenance crews. Ground-line access to filters, lube fittings, fuses, machine computer components and wide open compartments make service more convenient on the 9 series. Another feature is Hi-mate, Hyundai's proprietary remote management system which provides operators and dealer service personnel access to vital service and diagnostic information on the machine from any computer with internet access. More information in Kenya may be obtained from Farm Engineering Industries Ltd.: Email:, Website: 12

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Uganda Engineers urged to be more competitive Ugandan engineers have been told to compete with their foreign counterparts because they have the required skills and can perform better. Speaking at the closure of the associations’ review meeting at Fairway Hotel last week, the chairman of Uganda Association for Consulting Engineers, Dr. Anania Mbabazi, appealed to his colleagues to lobby the Government and get more of the tenders that are taken up by foreign engineers. “You should not let a Chinese engineer come all the way from China and do something you can do. You should lobby, get these tenders and employ yourselves,” Mbabazi advised. Over 100 engineers debated on various issues and problems affecting their profession, and maintained that they should work hand-in –hand as consulting firms to take their work to a higher level. The association will hold its annual general meeting in May, where a new executive will be ushered in for the 2012-2016 term. Mbabazi pointed out that the country lacks material, pavement and metrological engineers and appealed to his colleagues to take up such courses, saying they are highly competitive in the market.

Anania Mbabazi Chairman UACE

Power Generation & Steel Production Exhibition and Conference, 2012 Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

May 22-24, 2012 Abuja, Nigeria Rue

Theme: Solving the Power and Steel Industry Challenges in Africa. The Annual Power and Steel Exhibition and Conference Event with the theme “Solving the Power and Steel Industry Challenges in Africa” is geared towards bringing together all power and steel experts across the globe to the Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria, from 22-24 May, 2012 to discuss the latest technology advancement in Equipments and Resources.

The 4th Nigeria Infrastructure and Construction event Date: Venue: Contact: E-mail: Website:

April 17-18, 2012 Lagos, Nigeria Mim Oyelana

The 4th Nigeria International Infrastructure & Construction Exhibition (NIC4), supported by Lagos State Government, is the established platform for infrastructure and construction business opportunities in Nigeria. Playing a central role for the industry, NIC4 is the real springboard for manufacturers and suppliers to identify projects, develop contacts and achieve what all companies want – to secure new contracts. NIC4 is held at the prestigious EKO Exhibition Centre in the heart of Lagos’ commercial district. This helps to guarantee the quality and quantity of the professionals who will want to visit you on your stand and discuss how your products, technologies and services can help them. Major infrastructure & construction projects will be showcased on the floor.

The major sectors covered by the 4th Nigeria International Infrastructure & Construction Exhibition (NIC4) are: Infrastructure, Construction & Building, Energy & Utilities, Transport, Power and Communication & Planning.

April 2012


Crown Paints Introduces New Surface Paint Technology

OLI SA brings good vibrations to the local market

Beta Holdings signs on agent for Zambia

DuPont Chemicals Brand Licensing Representative Europe, Middle East and Africa Johan Van Den Hemel signs partnership agreement with Crown Berger CEO Mr. Rakesh Rao at the launch of Crown Matt Emulsion with Teflon® surface protector. Teflon® surface protector combines chemical and physical features to provide consumers with the ultimate internal decorative finish; A surface that is easier to clean and resistant to stains, dirt and spillages, a surface that requires minimum maintenance and surface that facilitates longer periods before redecorating.

South African builders can produce more durable concrete by making use of a new range of electric high-frequency concrete vibration equipment introduced to the local market by OLI South Africa, which forms part of the WAMGROUP an internationally-recognised specialist in the manufacture of screw conveyors and various other bulk material handling and processing equipment.

Beta Holdings a leading supplier of building materials in Zimbabwe has signed on an agent to cover the Zambian market.

OLI South Africa managing director Emilie Marchand points out that concrete vibration equipment removes air from the mixture; thereby, producing a more durable concrete that does not have large cavities, which cause a weak point in the concrete known as ‘honeycombing’.

Speaking at the same event Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Yamfwa Mukanga said government was happy that Beta had decided to enter the Zambian market formally by taking on a local company, Kumalinga Trading Limited to handle the supply of its range of products.

The cost of maintenance on buildings is expected to reduce significantly following the introduction of the Teflon® surface protection technology in the region. According to Rakesh Rao, the Chief Executive, Crown Paints, the Teflon® surface protector additive incorporates advanced paint manufacturing technologies thus enhancing the colour quality making it easy to maintain over longer periods.

“Proper vibration of concrete contributes to better quality building, and reduces the need for maintenance or repairs to damaged structures caused by faulty construction or low-grade vibrated concrete.”Marchand admits that the equipment is not popular in the building trade, due to the fact that it is believed to be capital intensive.

Speaking during the launching of its products at a local hotel in Lusaka Zambia Beta Holdings Limited managing director Godfrey Manhambara said his company was proud to be contributing to the Zambian economy, creating jobs and being part of the Zambian community.

This will also ultimately provide the much-needed employment opportunities for Zambians not only in the production process, but also in the value chain and the distribution process, Mukanga said. Initially, Beta Holdings was supplying its products to the Zambian market without a structure, focus and back-up service.

Association Partners Kenya

- Architectural Association of Kenya - Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA) - Kenya Property developers Association - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya


Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia


Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors



South Africa

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers - The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)


- Ghana Institute of Engineers - Architects Registration Council - Ghana Institute of Surveyors - Ghana Green Builders Association - Ghana Institute of Planners

Tanzania - Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Construction Regulation Board (CRB) - Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

- ASAQS - SAICE - South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession - Khuthaza ( Women for Housing) - Concrete Manufacturers Association - Green Building council of SA - South African Property Owners Association - Master Builders South Africa


- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region April 2012

The 3rd Annual Africa Ports, Logistics and Supply Conference and Expo 2012 held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra, from 19-20 March 2012

Some participants sharing ideas at the conference.

Oscar Cudjoe from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority interacting with a participant.

From Left to Right-Eduardo Villas Boas, Darcio Levy Eduardo, Pedro Nevas all from Andrade Gutierrez, Portugal.

Mr Reik Mueller, Business Development Director, APM Terminals, South Africa.

Ghana's Deputy Minister of Transport, Hon Dzifa Attivor interacting with some journalists at the conference.

Richard A Y Anamoo (Ag Director General Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority interacting with some participants.

The 9th annual West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) was held on November in Lagos Nigeria.

Guests networking at the event.

Guests networking at the event.

Guests networking at the event.

African Utility Week House Warming And Launch Party, 29 November At The Expo Centr, Johannesburg

African utility Week Sales Director discussing the floor plan with exhibitors.

South African comedian Mark Banks performing at the African Utility Week House Warming.

Exhibitors listening to the presentation of Claire Volkwyn, Show Director.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge Steel arches rise gracefully from concrete piers and are inclined at angles that increase with their distance from the bridge’s central spine.

The 842-metre bridge connects Abu Dhabi Island with the mainland and is designed for 16,000 vehicles per hour. It also includes a pedestrian footway and road shoulder in each direction. 16

Sheikh Zayed Bridge is an arch bridge in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Named after the country's principal architect and former president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the 842 meter long bridge is said to be the most intricate bridge ever constructed. Its curved design arches evoke undulating sand dunes of the desert. The bridge features besides its striking architecture a dynamic lighting design that is based on subtle colours that flow across the bridge's spine, symbolizing the connecting nature of the bridge and the energy that the capital city Abu Dhabi radiates. The bridge is the third traffic route connecting the mainland to the island of Abu Dhabi and the new main gateway over the Maqta channel.

The bridge was designed by architect Zaha Hadid as the grandeur landmark for the UAE's capital city. The bridge is considered a towering national achievement and has since become an important landmark. The eight-lane bridge serves as the gateway to the city and is an integral element within Abu Dhabi’s 30-year master plan. The 842-metre bridge connects Abu Dhabi Island with the mainland and is designed for 16,000 vehicles per hour. It also includes a pedestrian footway and road shoulder in each direction. The bridge’s main arch rises 64 metres above sea level. The unique design reflects the asymmetric arch shapes of sand dunes; its elegant sinusoidal structural silhouette is instantly recognizable. April 2012

Steel arches rise gracefully from concrete piers and are inclined at angles that increase with their distance from the bridge’s central spine. The Sheikh Zayed Bridge is a masterpiece of architecture, of extreme beauty and unique design. The lighting was done by Rogier van der Heide giving the bridge a splendid look especially at night. Construction work was done by Buckland & Taylor Ltd a company based in Canada, according to the constructor this is the bridge that (almost) could not be built. The Bridge comprises of 11 spans, three arches (Marina, Main and Secondary), and four main piers (West Main Pier, Marina Pier, Central Pier and East Main Pier) in addition to several land piers. It is a twin deck bridge comprising prestressed concrete box girders supported by bearings on concrete piers and by hangers on a pair of 3D steel arches. The steel arches are connected to the concrete piers to transfer their loads to the foundation. This is precisely what made the bridge unique thanks to its architecture. With a total length of 842 m (2762 ft.) and its main span of 140 m (459

ft.) construction work could not be any easier from the start of construction in 2003 to its completion the year 2010. In addition to providing traditional construction engineering services, such as construction sequence and review of stresses in permanent works during construction, Buckland & Taylor Ltd. checked almost all of the temporary works on site, Review of construction sequence; preparation of step-by-step detailed construction sequence, which included camber diagrams, post-tensioning tendon jacking sequences, etc.; calculation of force effects, stresses, and reactions resulting from the detailed construction sequence; submission of an erection engineering report summarizing the analysis and checks performed together with drawings for detailed construction sequence; independent check of temporary works designed by the architect; and various other specialty consulting services. Sheikh Zayed Bridge was completed in 2010 and the project Construction cost was US $200 million. The Bridge was officially opened November 25th 2010 with a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by Sheikh Khalifa, the President of the UAE.

The Bridge comprises of 11 spans, three arches (Marina, Main and Secondary), and four main piers (West Main Pier, Marina Pier, Central Pier and East Main Pier) in addition to several land piers.

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Harpa A new Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre With a festive musical programme, the new Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Harpa, was officially inaugurated in August 2011. The opening took place in connection with the annual jazz and cultural festival of Reykjavik, and the Concert Hall hosted numerous concerts throughout the day. Harpa is designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Batteriið Architects. The spectacular south facade was developed in collaboration with the DanishIcelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Inspired by the geological basalt stone formations along the Icelandic coast, the south facade rises up 33 metres. The facade is made up of a breathtaking three-dimensional structure of steel and glass. On Saturday night, the facade lighting was revealed to the thousands of people present. The remaining two-dimensional facades and roof build on the geometry of the south facade as a cut through the three-dimensional shape. The glass captures the light of the sun and colours of the sky and appears as a giant, illuminating sculpture, reflecting the sky and harbour and the vibrant city life. Made up of more than 12,000 m2 of glass; the building changes colours depending on the weather and time of day and year.Art and architecture are beautifully united in the 28,000 m2 Concert Hall. The arrival area and foyer are situated in the front part of the building, the four music and conference halls in the centre and the backstage area with offices, administration, rehearsal and dressing rooms in the rear end of the building. Artec Acoustic Consultants is behind the acoustic design, which has already received great reviews in connection with the many opening concerts during the summer. Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Concert Centre forms part of an extensive development plan for the east harbour in Reykjavik – with the objective of bringing the city and harbour closer together. Thus, the building will become a landmark in the area and at the same time a symbol of the economic recovery of Iceland. Henning Larsen Architects won the assignment in an international competition in 2005. Background The competition for the master plan and design of Reykjavik’s new concert hall and conference 18

centre was launched in 2004 as a so-called PPP – Public Private Partnership – competition. Due to the complex form of competition, no more than four teams were able to tender for the project – among these, the newly established cooperative Portus Group consisting of Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects, Olafur Eliasson, the engineering companies Rambøll, Hönnun and Hnit, Landsafl hf., IPC Iceland Prime Contractors, the operating company Nýsir hf. and the investor Landsbankinn.The other teams participating in the competition were represented by schmidt hammer lassen from Denmark, Norman Foster from England and Jean Nouvel from France. Portus Group was selected as winner of the competition in 2005. Description The 28,000 m2 Concert Hall is situated in a solitary spot with a clear view of the enormous sea and mountains surrounding Reykjavik. The arrival area and foyer are situated in the front part of the building, the four music and conference halls in the centre and the backstage area with offices, administration, rehearsal and dressing rooms in the rear end of the building. The three large halls are placed next to each other with public access from the south side and backstage access from the north. The fourth floor is a multifunctional hall with room for more intimate shows and banquets. Seen from the foyer, the halls form a mountainlike massif that forms a stark contrast to the expressive, open facade. The largest hall of the building, the main concert hall, is situated at the core of the massif. Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Concert Centre forms part of an extensive development of the east harbour area in Reykjavik, starting four years ago. Henning Larsen Architects is behind the master plan and Concert Hall. Facade Harpa’s multifaceted glass façades are the result of a unique collaboration between renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects. The design is based on a geometric principle, realized in two and three dimensions. Inspired

by the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the southern facades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the striking surrounding landscape. Made of a twelve-sided space-filler of glass and steel called the ’quasi brick’, the building appears as a kaleidoscopic play of colours, reflected in the more than 1000 quasi bricks composing the southern facade. The remaining facades and the roof are made of sectional representationsb of this geometric system, resulting in two-dimensional flat facades of five and six-sided structural frames. Light and transparency are key elements of the building. The crystalline structure, created by the geometric figures of the facade, captures and reflects the light – promoting the dialogue between the building, city and surrounding landscape. One of the main ideas has been to ‘dematerialise’ the building as a static entity and let it respond to the surrounding colours – the city lights, ocean and glow of the sky. In this way, the expression of the facade changes according to the visual angle. With the continuously changing scenery, the building will appear in an endless variation of colours. The building will not appear as a frozen setting but rather as an active, dynamic figure reflecting the weather, sun, city and changing parts of the day and the year. As the sun accentuates the details in light and shadow, the building will allude to the warm golden colours of glowing lava or to the ice blue glaciers of winter, providing the spectator with a sensuous feeling of nature’s continuous change. At night, strips of red, green and blue LED lights integrated in the bricks illuminate the facades. Conceptually developed by Olafur Eliasson, the colour and light intensity of each brick can be individually controlled, thereby generating the full colour spectrum. In the foyer, kaleidoscopic shadows are projected onto the walls and floor, creating an almost crystalline space.

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Guest Turning Water Bodies Into Wealth Through Engineering Ing. Albert AyehOgyiri, FGhIE, President Ghana Institution of Engineers 2011/2012 Since twice as much as the earth’s surface is covered by water as compared to land, which is considered by economists as an important factor of production, it stands to reason that our water bodies should contribute twice as much as the contribution of land to the world’s economy. Ing. Albert AyehOgyiri

In Ghana, our location within the equator zone ensures adequate aggregate rainfall and coupled with a long stretch of coastline, the proper application of engineering would ensure equitable exploitation of our water resources to meet our domestic and industrial requirements thereby stimulating the growth of the economy for enhanced development. Rainwater Harvesting (RH) Annual rainfall in Ghana varies from 800mm/ year in the South-East to 950mm/year in the North to 2,000mm/year in the South-West. This contributes to a total annual runoff of 56.4 billion m3. Unfortunately such waters end up in streams and channels causing floods with resultant destruction of life and property. Part of the solution lies in the capture of rainfall, which is clean and safe, for domestic consumption thereby reducing the demand on conventionally treated surface water and subsequently saving costs.

Lake Volta is one of the world's largest artificially created lakes. Navigation on the Volta River has changed significantly since 1964. Construction of the dam at Akosombo, about 80 kilometers upstream from the coast, created the vast Lake Volta and the associated 1,020 megawatt hydroelectric project. Arms of the lake extended into the lower-lying areas, forcing the relocation of 78,000 people to newly created townships on the lake's higher banks. 20

The Ghana National Water Policy (June 2007) proposes the enactment of appropriate legislation and the provision of incentives towards making rainwater harvesting a viable option to supplement household and institutional water requirements. Rainwater Harvesting (RH) systems are simple to install and operate. Running costs are negligible, and they provide water at the point of consumption. To facilitate rainwater harvesting, the following recommendations may be followed: • In urban areas where land is scarce, the rainwater storage tanks should be incorporated in the design of buildings and integrated into the plumbing system such that where it is to be used to supplement pipe-borne water supply, it is used for laundry (as soft water, it uses less detergents), gardening and flushing of toilets. • In rural areas, the storage tanks may be constructed as stand-alone units fitted with taps. It is essential to note that roofs must be constructed with hard surfaced materials. Other Water harvesting techniques such as

Rock catchment, Sand dams and Shallow wells in dry riverbeds may be used to re-charge the groundwater. RH may also be used in the following applications: In institutions like schools, community and religious centres to satisfy their water needs. In agriculture, where it can improve yields substantially and at the same time contribute to combating land degradation or flood damage. Simple canal irrigation systems can be designed by constructing weirs upstream of road culverts and diverting the storm run-off to irrigate lower elevations by gravity flow. Rivers and Streams Ghana is drained by a large number of streams and rivers. In addition, there are a number of coastal lagoons, the huge man-made Lake Volta, and Lake Bosumtwi created by a meteorite, southeast of Kumasi and which has no outlet to the sea. Lake Volta is one of the world's largest artificially created lakes. Navigation on the Volta River has changed significantly since 1964. Construction of the dam at Akosombo, about 80 kilometers upstream from the coast, created the vast Lake Volta and the associated 1,020 megawatt hydroelectric project. Arms of the lake extended into the lower-lying areas, forcing the relocation of 78,000 people to newly created townships on the lake's higher banks. Lake Volta is a rich source of fish, and its potential as a source for irrigation is reflected in agricultural mechanization agreement signed in the late 1980s to irrigate the Afram Plains. The lake is navigable from Akosombo through Yeji in the middle of the country and has about 310 landing sites along its stretch; a 24 meter pontoon was commissioned in 1989 to link the Afram Plains to the west of the lake with the lower Volta region to the east. Hydroelectricity generated from Akosombo supplies Ghana, Togo, and Benin.

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Since 2009 the Dawn Sanitaryware Division (DSD) comprising the well established brands of Vaal Sanitaryware, Libra Bathrooms & Plexicor Bathroomware has been committed to producing quality, durable and increasingly more sophisticated ceramic and acrylic sanitaryware built for comfort and the aesthetic. DSD’s current range of toilets, basins, bidets and baths represent the successful culmination of years of research and development ensuring that when you purchase a DSD product, you can be confident in the knowledge that you are buying the best in quality, durability, comfort and style. The DSD cluster employs just over 400 factory staff between their Meyerton and Pietermaritzburg operations. Both plants have sophisticated factories ensuring that the cluster can service local as well as export market with standard and up market toilets, bidets and baths. In addition to these lines they also produce a range of luxury Whirlpool indoor and outdoor spa tubs. DSD is driven by present gaps in the market and a desire to be top of mind, as a result the three DSD brands remain forward thinking and committed to keeping up with growing popularity and demand by creating a professional network of distributors, throughout Southern Africa, capable of being attentive to the needs in each and every sector of these varying markets. DSD also remains committed to delivering quality products with professional partners who are passionate about each of the DSD brands both individually and as a collective offering. While DSD is dedicated to keeping up with the times by continuing their research and development in nano-technology and expanding their water saving mechanisms and designs, they are aware that the present is equally as important as the future and as a result DSD is also focused on the announcement of their new product ranges. Vaal, in particular, has launched no less than fifteen new WC toilets and bidets consisting of Compact Close Couples, Wall Hung Pans, Back to Wall Pans and Bidets. Complimenting these toilets and bidets are eleven varieties of beautiful counter top, semi-recessed and bolt to wall basins. While these new ranges smack of opulence and aspiration they remain affordable to a host of market price points. Coupled with the domestic and hospitality markets, DSD is committed to servicing hospitals and clinic’s with their range of hospital ware products, the disabled market with a unique range of paraplegic suites as well as school sanitaryware solutions. DSD understands the importance of looking after our environment and remaining environmentally sustainable. As a result DSD takes pride in its water reticulation plant, its use of gas in an attempt to cut down on electricity usage and further to this, a crusher system to eliminate scrap dumping. The proudly South African brands of Vaal, Libra and Plexicor are presently represented in South Africa and into southern Africa in the likes of; Huambo Angola, Port Louis Mauritius, Maputo Mozambique, Lusaka Zambia, Harare in Zimbabwe and in Lagos Nigera. Further to these established African markets DSD looks forward to tapping into further developing African markets including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Congo and Ghana. For trusted, quality, affordable and above all beautiful products look no further than the Dawn Sanitaryware Division brands of Vaal, Libra and Plexicor.

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Sanitary ware

Choosing and Sourcing Competition in the sanitary ware segment, coupled with the need to cater for varying financial abilities and tastes of customers, has driven manufacturers to be increasingly innovative. The result is an amazing array of products that leaves customers spoilt for choice.


In Kenya, most plumbing fixtures and bathroom ware are imported. Majority of these come from China and India though Turkey is also a major source. Traditional source markets in Western Europe and North America, though not totally eclipsed out by China, are no longer as popular as they used to be due to price considerations. However, some discerning customers still insist on sanitary ware made in the West as it is believed that quality controls are stricter there than in the eastern countries. When choosing sanitary ware, one has to be extra careful because they should not just be pleasant to the eye but also be sensible to use. For instance, a little technical knowledge while choosing bathroom sanitary ware always helps. Though one may lay more significance on the design and the colour of the sanitary ware, other considerations are necessary. These include: Installation The equipment should render itself to easily and quick installation. Ease of Cleaning How much cleaning does one need to do to in order to maintain the sanitary ware? If it stains easily and is difficult to clean, then perhaps one ought to look elsewhere. Resistant to Deformities Strength and design are two major factors that a customer must take into consideration while choosing sanitary ware. For example, because of their constant handling, bathroom basins and toilet bowls should not just score highly on the design but should also be sturdy enough to endure chipping and breaking.

Environment For those conscious of the environment, it gratifies them to purchase equipment that is made from environment friendly materials. Manufacturers As noted above, there are very few manufacturers of sanitary ware in Kenya. In the category of toilet accessories, there are a number of manufacturers who produce toilet seat covers made from PVC or Plastic. These are generally low quality and are targeted at the lower end of the market. However, one company has been manufacturing melamine toilet seat covers and fittings, making it the only such manufacturer in East Africa. KIP Melamine Company Limited, based in Nairobi’s Industrial Area, produces toilet seat covers made from pure Urea Formaldehyde ((known as ‘UF’, a derivative of Melamine Formaldehyde) through Thermoset Pressing. UF is a well-known material and is widely used for various other industrial applications and processes as well. KIP’s sanitary ware products are high-quality, strong, durable, and come in various styles and colours. According to Fayaz Ladha, the company’s Director of Sales and Marketing, sanitary ware products made from UF are known to have the highest hygiene rating and the longest durability in the category. “All our sanitary ware products are certified by KEBS (Kenya Bureau of Standards), according to strict production and quality standards”, says Fayaz. Although most of KIP’s products are sold in Kenya, the company has also been exporting to Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia and Rwanda. Fayaz says that KIP is looking at expanding in the region but must first expand its capacity in order to meet the huge demand in East Africa. “As part of our


strategy we are actively seeking sole distributors in all countries in the region and are confident that we will be able to forge these business relationships very soon”, explains Fayaz, adding that they anticipate attracting customers from as far as North America and Europe in the future. Fayaz points out to KIP’s distinct advantage of being the sole maker of melamine toilets seat covers and also the inherent benefits of being a local manufacturer. “Builders and contractors do not have to wait for importers to bring in goods from abroad since our products are in stock all the time”, he says. “Another advantage would be that since we manufacture locally, we can stand by our products in terms of replacements and provide a level of service that our competitors would not even dream of. For example, we had a large order last year from a well-known contractor who bought 2000 black toilet seats for the project they were working on. One month later, his customer changed his mind and wanted all white toilet seats instead of the black. So, we took the black ones back, no questions asked, and replaced all of them for the customer with white ones. Believe me, the customer (and his customer, in turn) was happy. An importer would have never been able to do that, for fear of bearing dead stock.” Fayaz also believes that KIP is strongly leveraged on the fact that it supplies fittings for the covers, which is convenient for customers. In addition, the company provides four different designs with multiple colours to choose from. With a boom in the construction industry clearly evident, KIP Melamine Company is likely to find itself busier than ever, putting it on course to become one of the largest suppliers of sanitary ware for the construction industry in the region. April 2012





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within this circulation core as well as the electrical and mechanical ducts, and such service spaces as kitchenettes and cleaners’ stores. A fire-escape staircase has been provided at the rear end of the building, conforming to building safety regulations. Pacis Offices A unique floor has been provided for the main tenant – Pacis Insurance. This floor has both open plan and closed office suites with a capacity of 70 staff members (including executive staff). It also has a social space in form of a balcony and terraces, which help to make the office environment pleasant to work in.

Pacis Centre


The Project Pacis Centre is a proposed 5-storey office block in Westlands, Nairobi. It is intended for use by Pacis Insurance Ltd, with additional office space available for letting. The total lettable office space is 3600 m2. However, it is envisioned that Pacis Insurance Ltd will eventually occupy the entire building. Location Westlands has faced significant changes in recent years. It is now home to several office buildings and commercial developments along Waiyaki Way. In keeping with this trend, the proposed Pacis Centre is called upon to cater for an ever developing area of Nairobi, especially in the business sector. The proposed Pacis Centre provides spaces that cater for an active and dynamic clientele, with a clear set of services that will serve a broader metropolitan economy. The building’s location is prime given that it offers proximity to the Central Business District and to the Westlands business and recreation area without the traffic problems associated with these areas.

Parking Two parking levels will be provided, a half basement and a raised ground floor. The basement is accessed from the ground level through a ramp and consists of a car park with a capacity of 55 cars. Users of the building can access the other floors from here through a staircase and lifts. Water storage tanks, generator room and stores are located here as well. The ground floor is accessed from the ground level by a ramp, and comprises 54 parking spaces. Conveniences Tenants and their clients have been provided with additional facilities on 1st floor. These include banking, conference facilities and social spaces. It is expected that these will attract many of the businesses in the neighbourhood requiring such facilities. There are reception/security points on each floor of the circulation core in order to make surveillance and tenant allocation easier. There is a main staircase in the central core together with two lifts. Most wet areas are located


Lettable Offices The office spaces are mostly column-free, allowing each tenant ease in partitioning their office spaces as their needs dictate. Each office space has maximum natural lighting and cross ventilation. Care has been taken to ensure the office spaces do not get too deep such as to create dark spaces. Penthouse The Penthouse Level comprises one large executive office suite on one wing. The other wing has provision for a gymnasium and indoor court that can be used for badminton, squash and/ or aerobics. Roof and Terrace There are two Steel Barrel roofs on a steel structure, lending character to the building. The flat roofs are to be used for solar panels, communication aerials /dishes, and water tanks besides providing a lot of necessary utility space. Exterior Finishes The external finishes specified are to be as much as possible maintenance free. The lower floors have natural stone while the upper floors are clad in a low-maintenance finish - Crown Variations. A balance has been sought to avoid too much glazing. Being a tropical country, excessive glass on the facades could result in added Air conditioning costs.

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Mechanical The building is designed to be green in its utilization of natural light and natural air circulation. As such, the need for Air conditioning has been generally avoided.Large underground water tanks have been provided for, as well as tanks on the roof level. Structural The structural grid has been spaced so as to provide simplicity and as many open spaces as possible. Office spaces have been designed to be generally column-free. The design employs use of hollow-port slabs to allow for larger column to column spans and beam-free spaces.

About Archten Architects Archten Architects is a Kenyan architectural firm, founded in 2005. It is currently based in Westlands, Nairobi, but operates on projects throughout the country. The firm comprises two partners who have brought to the firm a lot of experience from their previous practice, together with other employed architects and technicians. Key people include Fernando Aizpun, who initially practiced in Spain where he was involved in more than 20 projects, many of them related to Interior Design. In Kenya, he has more than two decades experience working mostly in educational and residential projects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, is registered by Boraqs and is a member of AAK. He is also a Strathmore Trustee and a member of the Strathmore University Council. Mr Mukasa Namulanda, the other key figure behind Archten holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Nairobi. He has previously worked for leading architectural houses in Kenya – Symbion and Tectura. He has experience in projects ranging from residential schemes to commercial and institutional developments.Mr Namulanda is also a Boraqs Registered Member as well as a member of AAK.

Project Team Client: Pacis insurance Co. Ltd Consultants: Client Advisors: Knight Frank (K) Ltd Project Managers: Crystal Project Management Ltd. Architects: Archten Architects Quantity Surveyors: Costek Alma Structural Engineer: Gathaiya Njagi & Partners Electrical Engineers: Aberdare Engineering Ltd. Mechanical Engineers: Asahi Consulting Ltd.


Services Electrical The building is to be ultra-modern and internet ready. It will have data ports for internet connectivity at various points on each floor, as well as a Wi-Fi system. Multi-media communication enabling such activities as teleconferencing and traffic monitoring are provided for. Access control will employ current technological trends such as card swiping and biometric controls. CCTV surveillance of each floor shall be provided, and channeled to security points located on each floor of the circulation core. Low energy solutions are to be pursued, especially with lighting. A generator room has been provided for in the basement, with vehicular access. Electric fencing around the plot has been considered.

Contractors: Main Contractor: Sentrim Contracts Ltd. Plumbing, Drainage and FireFighting Installations: Urvashi Enterprises Ltd. Lift Installations: Schindler Ltd. Electrical Installations: Ultimate Engineering Co. Ltd Structured Cabling Installations: Elpal Systems and Technologies Standby Generator Installations: Hyperteck Electrical Services

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Another Excellent Product of Sycum Solutions Design of the units took a modern approach with clean and simple linear configuration. The modern concept is also articulated in the floor layouts with spaces freely flowing into each other creating continuity in space and function.


Nairobi residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to live. There has been a big upsurge in the number of residential developments in the form of apartments, bungalows, maisonettes and villas catering for the middle and upper income classes. Among the latest dwellings is The Hornbill, an apartment complex in the affluent Parklands suburb of Nairobi, scheduled for completion this September. The property, comprising 30, 2-bedroom units, is designed by Sycum Solutions Limited, an architectural and project management practice that has been in operation since 2004. The firm is also behind some other prestigious developments such as the Flame Tree Park in Thika, Gitanga Place in Lavington, The Pointe on Riverside Drive and The Spoonbill Nest in Westlands. Realizing the Project The client who is a developer and after thorough research sought to tap into the middle income

market of the area within Parklands .The target market within this group were first time home owners ,singles and small family units that sought a cozy home . The client required that the design maximized on the site in terms of topography and the size of site relative to the total number of units achievable. The individual units consider the target market and keep with the times, give a modern product from spatial relationships, articulation of these spaces up to the choice of finishes. Design of the units took a modern approach with clean and simple linear configuration. The modern concept is also articulated in the floor layouts with spaces freely flowing into each other creating continuity in space and function. The building’s façade, according to the client’s brief, was to be ‘simple yet unique’ in terms of the building form, choice of material and colour. Due to the need to have sufficient parking, some of the green space was compromised hence the need for alternative green space. The best option


was to have a rooftop garden that would be used not only as an area for relaxation but also as a social space for the functions held by the future tenants; this rooftop haven is accessible via the main staircase and the elevator. The Hornbill apartments are of two types: Type 1 (Plinth area of 135 m2) From the common lobby, the unit opens into a transitional lobby that leads you into a spacious lounge and dining area with large windows to let in maximum natural light and ventilation into the spaces. The open plan kitchen features builtin high and low level cabinets with granite top finish. There is a spacious utility area with builtin worktops which can be accessed from the common lobby or the kitchen. It has provisions for a power inverter system, washing machine and water filter system. The master bedroom is ensuite with a built-in walk-in wardrobe. The second bedroom is an optional en-suite unit as it shares the bathroom that doubles as a cloak room. All the floors are finished with ceramic tiles.

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Type 2 (Plinth area of 91 m2) Just like Type 1, the Type 2 unit is accessed from the common lobby and has a transitional lobby that leads you into a spacious lounge and dining area with large windows to let in maximum natural light and ventilation into the spaces. The open plan kitchen features built-in high and low level cabinets with granite top finish. The two bedrooms have recessed in-built wardrobes that free the space for maximum spatial use. The unit has separate shower and toilet. The spacious utility area had provisions for a power inverter system, washing machine and water filter. All the floors are finished with ceramic tiles. At the topmost level, the design is split into two to accommodate a large open terrace with magnificent views on one side and partially covered party room for overflow functions for the tenants below. Facilities The apartments offer the following features: ample parking for the tenants with extra visitor parking along 1st Parklands Avenue, one tenants elevator, borehole, stand-by generator, underground water tank, provision for a power inverter system for each unit, panic buttons for each unit and a security fence, among others.

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Project Team Client: Sato Properties ltd Architect: Sycum Solutions ltd. Quantity Surveyor: Aegis development solutions limited Civil and Structural Engineer: Uniconsult Eng Services Engineers: Gamma Delta E.A. Ltd. Main contractor: Ritik Builders and Renovators



The Watermark emerges as not just an office park but a high quality environment, where the design, construction and quality of the environment creates a top-notch business community. The Space The office courts are skillfully designed to create a flexible module offering suites from 2,500 ft2 (232 m2) to 26,500 ft2 (2 462 m2). on either ground or upper floor. All suites benefit from private kitchen and washrooms with provisions for executive toilets, and the interior suites further enjoy enclosed terraces set over the water. • Flexible plans catering for a variety of uses • Higher floor to ceiling height on the ground floor allowing for seamless use of the space for showrooms • Fully IT compliant offices ready to receive tenant fit out interiors • Total of 500 carparks creating a generous car park ration of 3 cars per 1,000 ft2of lettable space. Of these, 265 carparks are covered and for exclusive use by tenants.

The Watermark

Not Just Another Office Park Kenya

The Watermark Business Park is a signature park development in Karen, Nairobi, designed in a classical yet ecologically sensitive concept, with offices enveloping a spectacular landscaped park and water feature lending it expansive views and serene environment. This development, offering a total of 180,000 ft2 (16, 722 m2). of offices on 10.8 acres, is on course to set the benchmark for future development in this leafy suburb. The Place Strategically located at the junction of Langata Road and Ndege Road, the Watermark borrows from Karen’s greater setting while boasting excellent frontage and visibility from Langata Road. The site is just a stone’s throw from

Karen Hospital, Karen Golf & Country Club and Crossroads Shopping Centre. The Style The Watermark’s design concept is an embodiment of its natural setting and the 10.8 acre lends itself to a concentric arrangement of the two-storey blocks around a central water feature and park of 5.2 acres. Emphasis has been given to the style and general aesthetics of the buildings and to the complex as a whole, with careful consideration given to the natural characteristics of the land in the design process, rendering a nature-based park environment that is aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to work in.


Facilities The central feature of The Watermark is the Lake House, a spectacular gazebo on its own island at the centre of the expansive water feature. The Lake House is a split level space, ideal for use as a quiet retreat, meeting space or private lunches during the day and presentations, launches and after work cocktails as the sun goes down. Designers of The Watermark offices have taken consideration of the unique needs of the business community, providing a myriad of other facilities including: • An on site cafeteria which will be the daytime melting point for occupants of this business park • Designated playing area for children with potential for creation of a day care facility • Basement stores starting in size from 116sq.ft. available for purchase or rent by occupants • Borehole water supply, mains power connection with back-up generators serving the common spaces as well as the individual offices and a sewer treatment system

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Security as a focal point of the design, achieved through controlled and manned sentry entrances, boundary walling with electric fencing and CCTV surveillance

Business Opportunities In addition to attracting a complete business community, The Watermark creates new business opportunities for enhancing and support facilities that will benefit not only from the immediate population but also from the broader Karen neighbourhood. Some of these include: Cafeteria and convenience store Daycare centre and playing ground Gymnasium and healthclub Restaurant and coffee shop

The Details The exteriors at The Watermark will be a creative deployment of natural materials such as yellow stone, glass and aluminium to create an architecturally inspiring façade. Lobbies will be finished in high quality ceramic tiling as will kitchenettes and bathrooms. Great consideration has been given to the environment and natural resources with natural ventilation and lighting captured through keen attention to orientation and sun movements, water recycling generated from a sewer treatment system, rainwater harvesting and solar street lighting.

Project Team Architect: Beglin Woods Architects Quantity Surveyor: Construction Cost Consultancy Structural & Civil Engineer: Civil Engineering Design Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Loadline Engineering Main Contractor: Nipsan Construction Ltd Electrical Sub-Contractor: Master Power Systems Ltd Plumbing Sub-Contractor: Pioneer Plumbers Ltd

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Associated Architects

Associated Architects was founded in 1973 in Kenya with a branch in Kampala, Uganda.


Over the years, the firm has been involved in consultancy work in almost every field in the built-up environment within Kenya, East Africa and beyond. Its sister firm in Uganda is one of the oldest and most prominent architectural firms in that country. The two offices work closely, whenever there is need to share expertise on any issues in the profession. Summary of Services • Taking client’s brief • Interpreting the brief technically and reconfirming the same with the client before commencing work. • Carrying out preliminary site investigations and advising the client on any special requirements on the site that would have an effect on the brief. • Advising the client on the need to confirm all surveys for the site in order to re-confirm the beacons, road reserves, etc and availability of other infrastructure (proposed or otherwise), services availability, prevailing physical soil conditions (this will however need detailed analysis by the Civil/Structural Engineers). • Advising the client on the mandatory and statutory requirements and restrictions by local authorities in order to obtain the necessary planning authority approvals. • Advising the client on the need for other consultants required on the project like Engineers, Surveyors etc. • Upon design inception, keeping the client up-dated on the progress of the design process, and seeking the client’s approval of the scheme as it develops. This involves regular submissions and meetings with the

client, where necessary. Co-ordinating the activities of the other consultants involved in the project to ensure that they all work as a team with a common goal. Associated Architects role involves arranging and chairing such meetings and recording all the proceedings there-from. A tentative project implementation programme is drawn up by the consultants. This has to have the client’s approval.

Once the scheme has been approved by the client and preliminary cost estimates for the same accepted, it is our responsibility to submit the plans for the project in order to obtain planning authority approval from the authorities. We also constantly follow up the process of the scrutiny of the plans with the authority in order to advise the client on any special requirements emanating there from. It is our role to give a proper brief to client regarding all the materials specified in the project and their availability. Together with the project’s Quantity Surveyors, the client is guided on the most suitable and available materials (with their costs) and the need, if any for any imported materials. •


In the case of any imported materials there is need to have the necessary scrutiny and approvals for the same, by the relevant Government bodies, before these can be applied to the project. We are therefore responsible of following up the submission and consequent processing and approval of samples of any such materials with the Kenya Bureau of Standards, The Ministry of Public Works and

the Environmental bodies as well. Once the necessary planning authority approval is acquired, and in liaison with the other consultants, tendering procedures are initiated. The client will have been briefed on the various tendering methods and given his consent. Once tenders are called for and received back, analysed by the Quantity Surveyors (and Engineers on Services), recommendations made and acceptance received from the client, the appointment of the contractor is effected. A site possession date is therefore fixed on which the contractor takes possession of the site. The contractor must submit his implementation programme to us for approval and necessary communication with the entire team. We arrange and co-ordinate site meetings for the project which we chair on regular basis to project’s practical completion and handing-over to the client. Our role on the project continues until at the end of the mandatory defects liability period at which time we draw up a defects list for rectification by the contractor. Once all the defects have been rectified to the consultants (and the client) satisfaction, the project is finally handed over to the client.

Projects handled in the past These include Kenya Airport Authority Headquarters, Kenya Pipeline Company- Training and Conference Centre - Morendat, Naivasha and PCEA hostels and Conference Centre, in South C, Nairobi. Recent projects include the Kenya Forest Service Information Centre in Nairobi. April 2012


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Migaa: Futuristic Living A Unique High End Residential Development Is Taking Shape Near Nairobi. Migaa, a concept by Home Afrika Communities Limited, promises extraordinary living for its residents by providing a mix of amenities and “green living� that totally redefine the residential development landscape in Kenya. According to Home Afrika, Migaa is a unique residential development that captures the very essence of Kenya’s natural beauty, incorporating 774 acres of land of which 48% is green open space. It will comprise 4,116 housing units. Kenya

The development is nestled between two rivers and houses two natural dams, providing the homeowner a diversity of amenities to enjoy. Under the green concept, Migaa will feature boulevards and streetscapes, green belts, fairways, parks, trails for biking, jogging and riding as well as a host of other features. Health and recreation facilities envisaged in this grand project consist of gyms, spas and swimming pools while hotel and conferencing facilities as well as a country club are part of the hospitality plans. There will be educational facilities from kindergarten to higher learning. Other facilities include library, coffee museum, a market and a business square. There will also be sports facilities among numerous other features. Migaa aims to improve the living standards of local residents by providing not only decent but

also affordable housing in what will be the largest gated community in Nairobi. The Migaa concept offers private developers a choice of plots ranging from 5 to 20 acres. Migaa also offers a choice of houses, apartments, cottages, villas, duplexes and studios, all with their own unique architecture that makes use of natural materials to complement the surrounding environment. Migaa will also offer the first of its kind property exchange, which will allow homeowners to exchange their residences for others in a process that is designed to be simple, effortless and enjoyable. Infrastructure works such as sewer, power, water, roads and boundary wall commenced in May last year and are expected to be complete by May 2014. The housing units are scheduled to be complete in 2016. To pull off the project, a team of top notch consultants has been put together (see project team below). According to Ray Kanno, Home Africa Project Manager, among the challenges experienced so far include pursuit of government approvals, which called for meticulous planning and assembling of a highly experienced team at the design stage. It was also critical to seek strategic partnership with strong financial institutions. In addition, the developer is conscious of the need for aggressive marketing as it is the only way to create awareness and inspire faith in a project of such scale.


The developer says they have learnt that preplanning and feasibility are crucial for large projects and that it is essential for financial appraisals to be done at every stage of the project. The Migaa developer is also behind the prestigious Morningside office block on Ngong Road in the outskirts of Nairobi. Project Team Master Planners: Elphick Proome Architects Architects: Studio Infinity Civil Engineers: Frame consultants Ltd Quantity surveyors: Archiconsult, South Africa Land Planners: Samkay consulting Electrical and Mechanical Engineers: Geomax Consulting Engineers Branding: Switch design Company Selling agents: Home Afrika Limited Nema Experts: Absolute consulting Gate House Contractor: Devshibhai & Sons Limited

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Crested Towers

Kampala Serena


Symbion Uganda

Setting The Standard On Architectural Style & Innovation


Preamble Over the last two decades, two distinct yet compatible facets of Symbion have emerged. At one end of the spectrum Symbion keeps abreast with the fast changing and modernizing technorevolution of our continent; executing some of the most futuristic and original architecture that is changing the city skylines. At the other endof the spectrum, Symbion provides an integral part of the preservation of the eco-system with projects that are conscious of the environment, its inhabitants and the land upon which they live; one that utilizes the best in renewable materials that nature has to offer; one that innocently blends into the unspoilt landscape, preserving it while enhancing beauty and utility. To date, these facets continue to blossom as Symbion Uganda continues to deliver creative architecture in new own home, Studio House Bugolobi. Symbion can, through associated practices offer specialist and design services and coordinate, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services. The firm’s core services include architecture, interior design, project co-ordination, project management, design management, value management, information management, contract management, independent technical audits and urban planning. Background The 1990’s saw a major construction boom in Uganda. The boom created a huge need for a highly specialized and professional backbone service for the sector. There was an increasing demand for modern office space, while the burgeoning hospitality trade and commercial banking and financing companies sought nothing but the highest international standards. At that time, construction service companies offering the 36

full range of planning, design and management of architectural and interior designs were few. Symbion International which had earlier been established in 1980 and was based in Nairobi, was spreading its wings to several countries. By 1993 Symbion Uganda was started as an associate practice with Symbion Tanzania coming into being in 1994. By 2009, Symbion International changed its trading status from partnership to Symbion Kenya Limited. In 2009 the Symbion Group of practices standardized trading status to limited liability companies throughout. With a fast growing and immensely lucrative construction, agricultural and tourism sectors Symbion Uganda had ready market for its services. Two decades down the line and Symbion Uganda has continued to set the standards in Architectural style and innovation throughput the region. Vision and Mission Having noted its developments over the years, it is evident that Symbion Uganda’s vision is to lead in the provision of project management, architecture, interior design, and urban design services. Its missions are numerous

Major projects accomplished In association with competent building consultants and contractors who share in the firm’s objective of excellence in project delivery they have been able to execute a number of projects in various categories such as retail, healthcare, hotels and recreation, industrial, office buildings and institutional buildings among others. Some of the notable office blocks that Symbion has embarked on include Warid Telecom building, Course View Towers, Nakasero Towers, L. Victoria Fisheries Organization in Jinja and an 8-storey office building on Lourdel Road. The Crested Towers that is now a landmark building in the centre of Kampala was renovated and refurbished by Symbion Uganda. More office projects include corporate fit outs for banks and commercial interiors for the Barclays bank branches and ATM sites countrywide, the KCB Uganda Ltd, Bank of Africa (formerly Allied Bank Ltd), and FINA Bank offices and banking halls. Under hotel/leisure projects, Symbion embarked on the refurbishment, extension and modernization of the Kampala Serena Hotel (formerly Nile Hotel International).

Firstly, it seeks to be innovative within the real estate sector by creating attractive housing options for occupancy to low income earners in urban settings. This has so far been achieved in the Kesington housing estates. Secondly it seeks to identify, assess and be actively involved in projects which best utilize the maximum range of skills and abilities to provide the highest quality of product, client satisfaction, environmental responsibility and satisfactory financial returns. And finally, the firm’s interest is to meet the client’s requirements and the social, economic and cultural environment in which those requirements were generated. April 2012

Lake Victoria Serena

Housing and residential projects handled include the Kensington Housing Estate a project that won the best exhibitor award in Stanbic Bank Home and Auto show in 2008. The CoRSU Orthopedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre and Mildmay HIV Palliative Centre both on Entebbe Road are some of the health care facilities that have been handled by the firm. The Institute of Infectious Diseases, Makerere is another medical institution that has been handled by the firm. Remarkable commercial developments that have been undertaken by Symbion Uganda include the KKT Plaza in Arua, a commercial block on plot 67/69 Nakasero road, Bugolobi village mall, and the Oasis Mall. Educational projects such as schools include Rainbow International School, a long tern project that has been under the firm’s keep supervision. The International University Council of East Africa is a 10 year project for which Symbion will handle the master planning and supervision. Industrial projects include an administration Block, and workshop blocks for Toyota Uganda, the City Oil projects and the BAT warehouses.

Milestones Symbion Uganda’s success is drawn from working with the best staff available to meet objectives. The firm strives to continuously develop their staff and provide appropriate working conditions and resources to enable them achieve excellence in their areas of operation. Symbion Uganda is now in their new home. Studio House, Recently, designed and managed by the firm, this new state of the art office building also houses their head offices to further promote their services in the region. Located in a regenerative sub-urban area, the leafy neighborhood provides a quiet accessible secure alternative to the noisy and congested city centre. Yet more Symbion Uganda has expanded the skill set / scope of its staff members from 1993 – 2012. It is evident that the firm aims to deliver professional services of the highest standards within the region. Collaborations in Uganda In providing the services mentioned above, Symbion collaborates with the leading firms in cost and project management. These include, Buildcost Associates, Integrated YMR Partnership, BBL and Orion Associates among others.With regards to engineering, Symbion collaborates with both Structural & Civil engineering and Mechanical & Electrical engineering firms to produce the stateof-the-art projects that are user, environmental and cost friendly. The engineering firms are diverse and each provides their own technical know-how which is integrated within the Symbion designs. These include Multi Konsult Ltd. Proman Consult Ltd, Kaburu Okello Consulting Engineers and GEM Engineering. Seyani International, Roko Construction, Ragwani Construction, Seyani Brothers and Stone Construction, Cementers, Krishna Construction are some of the established contractors they collaborate with. The established construction delivery team with which Symbion has collaborated over the years includes Tile Center, Roko Technical, Marryat and Scott, Premier Engineering Works, Stema Associates and Thermocool Ltd.

Summary Symbion Uganda’s architecture reflects the cultural and social traditions of the country in which the projects are located. The quality of the work has over the years won the admiration and satisfaction of their clients by offering commercially viable solutions even on difficult sites, while gaining appreciation of building users and capturing the admiration of local authority planners. Over the years Symbion has developed a commitment to a client's requirement and the social, economic and cultural environment in which these requirements are generated. A great attention to detail has become a hallmark of the practice. This integrative approach to architecture and design means that Symbion delivers not just mundane design solutions, but delves into all aspects of good design to produce well funded projects that ensure the logistics, cost and aesthetic appeal are catered for.

By 1993 Symbion Uganda was started as an associate practice with Symbion Tanzania coming into being in 1994. By 2009, Symbion International changed its trading status from partnership to Symbion Kenya Limited. In 2009 the Symbion Group of practices standardized trading status to limited liability companies throughout.

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This project was completed in 2006 and won an award for excellence in architecture from the .Architectural Association of Kenya. The magnificent Chobe Safari lodge which also won an award from CNN under the tourism and recreational category is also a Symbion project.

Rwenzori Tower

Proman Consult Limited Plot 799, Rubaga Rd. IND11.4085/U P.O. Box 7810, Kampala, Uganda Tel: +256 414 271929 / 271781 Fax: +256 414 272023 Project Management & Engineering Consultants

We are proud to be associated with Symbion (U) Ltd Uganda


Raghwani Construction: A Leader In Uganda’s Building Industry Given the construction fray in the country, authorities are challenged to control substandard structures that result in fatal accidents and huge losses of resources. With Raghwani Construction which was founded in 1982 by Mavji Jeshani, property developers can rest assured of well-done jobs. Later incorporated in 1989, Ragwani Construction has over the years grown, evolved and diversified becoming one of the leading contractors known for providing a wide range of services. “We are best known for quality,” says Managing Director (MD) Ramji Jeshani of Raghwani Construction. “Raghwani Construction also operates in Kenya under the corporate names of Structural Construction and also operates in Rwanda under the corporate names of Raghwani Constructions. Raghwani Construction forms the main subsidiary of Raghwani group of companies.” Raghwani Construction & Uganda Joinery and Steel fabrications wish to congratulate Symbion Uganda on the latters’ contribution to wards the built environment having worked ina number of projects together. With its headquarters at M445 Ntinda Road, Raghwani boasts having the capacity to handle any size of construction 38

projects, interior fit outs, furnishing and fabricating the steel to suit any client’s needs. Raghwani has handled structures across the country and to the glitter of the entire landscape and ambience. Their products are visibly, architecturally superb pieces of work. “To mention but a few, we have to date worked on Golf Course Apartment, ISS Clinic Mulago Hospital, KKT Plaza in Arua, Tropical Bank, Equity Bank, Diamond Trust Bank among many others,” reveals Jeshani. “And the ambitious Raghwani Construction expects to spread its business wings to include South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and DR of Congo. Jeshani asserts that neat jobs take the creative manipulation and coordination of material, technology, light and shadow. Talking about the business challenges, Raghwani says, regular power cuts increase the cost of doing business. “This is made worse by the high foreign currency exchange rates.” But to continue delivering a good job, “We are training our staff. Our secret is working as a team.”

A casual walk through the display of products in their showroom was reveals tip top partitioning materials, wooden doors, interior décor items and flooring material. “We have timber driers in the We the are proud tothat be associ workshop. We monitor moisture content is required in the pieces. On top of that, there are congratulate you staffs that are ready to advise customers on the type of timber which suits a given item.” “We are known by our clients for delivering work on time and in the desired form. Every detail is attended to with kin eyes trained by experience.” A random tour of their sites where Raghwani has a signature was a revelation of modern interiors, perfect commercial houses, industrial warehouses, hotels of international repute, neat offices in Kampala City and up country. For property developers who know what their money is worth, Raghwani is fast becoming, a compulsory partner. Clients who have employed their service appreciate the company for beating deadlines and having solutions for everything on site. April 2012

RAGHWANI CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. Building & Civil Engineering Contractors UGANDA Plot M-445, Ntinda Road P.O Box 4738 Kampala - Uganda Tel: +256 (414) 285024, 286343 +256 (755) 285024

RWANDA P.O Box 4879 Kigali - Rwanda. Tel: +(250) 788 302005 E-mail:

Plot M-445, Ntinda Road

P.O Box 4738 Kampala - Uganda Tel: +256 (414) 285024, 286343

Plot M-445, Ntinda Road P.O Box 4738 Kampala - Uganda Tel: +256 (414) 285024, 286343

We are proud to be associated with Symbion Uganda Limited

Plot 160A Bombo Road, P.O. Box 172, Kampala, Uganda, Tel: +256 414 567305, +256 414 567331, (NEW TEL NO.) +256 312 203110, Fax: +256 414 567784, (NEW FAX:) +256 312 203111, Email: , Website




Building Construction Civil Engineering & Road Works Electrical & Mechanical Installation


Turnkey Projects Internal Refurbishment Furniture & Joinery Works


We are proud to be associated with SYMBION UGANDA LIMITED as main contractors for the above Projects CONCRETE PRODUCTION Roko Construction Ltd. supplies Ready Mix Concrete meeting the exact requirements of their clients. Through its team of experienced engineers and concrete technologist, the company can supply high performance durable concrete for all applications and requirements. CONCRETE PRODUCTION FACILITIES The Company has a modern, computer controlled batching plant with a capacity of approximately 8,000 cubic meters monthly. Located at Nasser Lane in Kampala City centre, the plant is geographically well placed out to ensure prompt and Smooth delivery of concrete to sites. Logistics of Ready Mix concrete delivery is managed through efficient utilization of its large fleet of transit mixers as well as concrete pumps. Plot 1-27 Nasser Lane, P.O. Box 172, Kampala, Uganda, Tel: +256 772 730 337, +256 772 767 469, +256 776 008 272, (PLUS ALL THE ABOVE TELEPHONE NUMBERS), Email:



We are Proud to be associated with Symbion Uganda Ltd as the suppliers of Aluminium & Steel Products for various Projects

Warid Telecom - Bugolobi

Marryats East Africa Ltd the sole Suppliers of the world class state of the art KONE Lifts and Escalators in East Africa, takes this opportunity to congratulate Symbion (U) Ltd for their proffessional work and also for having faith in our company to execute the most complex and demanding projects.


FIND US AT: PREMIER COMPLEX, NTINDA INDUSTRIAL AREA,JINJA ROAD, P.O. BOX NO. 31625, KAMPALA. TEL: 0414-287210/211/212/213, 031-2260379 FAX: 256-31-2260378,

Plot 107 - Buganda Road

We are proud to be associated with Symbion Uganda Ltd as Electrical Sub-contractors on various Projects. Find us on: Plot No. 2527, Kiwatule Road. Ntinda P.O. Box2527, 12536,Kampala - Uganda Plot No. Kiwatule Road. Ntinda Tel: 0414 286390 / 0414- -Uganda 287874, P.O. Box-12536,Kampala Fax: 0414 - 287167 Tel: 0414 - 286390 / 0414 - 287874, Fax: 0414 - 287167 Email:

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Quantity Surveyors

and Cost Management Consultants

Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical & Project Management.

The The Board, Board, Management Management and and Staff Staff of of KABURU KABURU OKELO OKELO CONSULTING CONSULTING ENGINEERS ENGINEERS LIMITED LIMITED warmly warmly congratulate congratulate SYMBION SYMBION INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL upon upon their their 30th 30th Anniversary Anniversary and and the the completion completion of of their their STUDIO STUDIO HOUSE HOUSE NEW NEW HOME. HOME. We’re proud to be Associated with SYMBION GROUP as Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants.

We are proud to be associated with Symbion Uganda Ltd as Quantity Surveyors and Cost Management Consultants on various projects


30 B Golf Course Road, Off Wampewo Avenue, Kololo P.O. Box 7742, Kampala, Uganda E-mail: Telephone: +256 - 414-259676 . Telephone / Fax: +256 - 414-235083 Mob: 0772 - 642167 / 0776 - 235083


Raja Chambers Annex Plot 3 Parliamentary Avenue, P.O. BOX 690 Kampala - Uganda, Telephone +256 414 255348, +256 772 497443,

Uganda’s only authorized Daikin Dealer

CONGRATULATIONS TO SYMBION ON THEIR EXCELLENT ARCHITECTURAL WORKMANSHIP FOR LAST THREE DECADES THERMOCOOL & DAIKIN • Tel: 0414 255915, 0312 263711 • fax 0414 254510 • Plot 15/17 2nd St, Industrial Area P.O. Box 31542 Kampala, Uganda •


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We are proud to be associated with Symbion Uganda Limited for the dedicated services to the construction Industry ..................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Complete Aluminium & Glazing systems

Tel: +256 772 752 575 / +256 752 732 373. P.O. Box 26443, Kampala (U), Plot 244, Kajjansi, Near Kajjansi Airfield, Off. Kampala- Entebbe Road Email:, Web:




We are proud to be associated with SYMBION (U) LIMITED as Quantity Surveyors on a number of projects. We also congratulate them on the completion of their STUDIO HOUSE NEW HOME.

Congratulations Symbion Uganda we are proud to be associated with you


3rd Floor, Kanjokya House Plot 90 Kanjokya Street P.O. Box 34200 KAMPALA Tel: +256 414 534 230, Mob: +256 772 460 578, Fax: +256 414-534 229 Email:

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TILE CENTRE LTD IS PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH SYMBION UGANDA LTD having worked as an Aluminium Sub-contractor on a number of their Projects: Warid House – Bugolobi was one of our first major projects followed by Mandela – Lourdel Road, Studio House – Bugolobi, Course View Towers – Yusuf Lule Road, Nakasero Towers - Nakasero and Buganda Road –Plot 107, and more recently Nakawa Business Park, at present under construction. Established in 1990, Tile Centre Ltd has emerged as the market leader for building materials in Uganda. Initially, the Company took the lead in the distribution of ceramic wall and floor tiles, sanitary ware, brassware, and has now diversified Studio House - Bugolobi into building and construction of high value aluminium doors, windows, partitioning, curtain wall, structural glazing, gypsum ceilings for supply and installation. Tile Centre Ltd has a well established showroom on Plot 91/93, 6th Street, Industrial Area accompanied by aluminium fabrication and more recently added a power coating unit to meet the increasing demand for quality products. Tile Centre Ltd, teams up with other leading Construction Companies to be a part of major projects in Uganda, more of which include; State House, Munyonyo Common wealth Resorts, Entebbe Airport, Nyonyi Gardens, Kampala International School, Golf Course Hotel, Citadel and Jinja Fisheries, among others. We shall continue to offer a competitive edge in the provision of building materials in Uganda. Warid Telecom - Bugolobi

Mandela - Lourdel Road

Nakasero Towers

Course View Towers

Plot 107, Buganda Road

PLOT No. 91/93, 6TH STREET INDUSTRIAL AREA, KAMPALA PHONE: 256-414-342297 / 345350 / 348232 /4 FAX: 256-414-342388 e-mail:

We are proud to be associated with HAMU MUKASA LIBRARY (UCU-Mukono) as the main Contractors

We are proud to be associated with SYMBION (U) LTD as main Contractors on various Projects

“A great city is not built in one year. Let us then go ahead slowly and surely; perhaps our grandchildren will be much wiser than we are, but we should encourage our children daily to learn all they can, that they may teach their children after we have gone, and so they may go on increasing in wisdom both in mind and in handicrafts.” Hamu Mukasa 1871-1956 The project Hamu Mukasa Library is named after the man who gave land for the establishment of a college in 1905. The Bishop Tucker Theological College was then started in 1913 and became the Uganda Christian University in 1997. The Library is named after Hamu Mukasa a former Buganda Kingdom chief who in 1913 first had the vision for education on “Mukono Hill”. He gave land to the church to build its institutions, including the now Uganda Christian University. He later gave a square mile of land in Ntawo, Mukono, to be used to support the University UCU Holdings Ltd. The Library project is the first integrated effort to combine flexible learning space, IT/Computer resource and traditional library materials in a single resource. It is the largest facility built on the Uganda Christian University Campus with usable space measuring 5,582 m2 and seating for at least 1440 people at a time, 800 in the library, 640 in classrooms, labs and additional seating The project concept Michael Reid is the lead architect of Hamu Mukasa Library. Being a foreigner, he had to first understand the functional requirements of the library that the university needed and the architectural requirements of Uganda. He had to look at the old buildings of the university to rule out

imitation and competition. Hamu Mukasa Library had to be inspiring, with a lot of natural light. This is something that raises people’s spirits. The library had to have enough air flow to keep the people cool in both the indoor and outdoor study space. The architect considered examples from mediaeval designs at Cambridge and Oxford universities, thus giving the final outlook of the library a futuristic view. Design concept The building was constructed in 15 months by Seyani Brothers and Co. It has three major components: • Library collections housing general, law, and health sciences • Network facilities including new location of the network operating Centre and three specialized computer labs-Business Computing, Art/Mass Communications, and e-learning/Library and information science • A learning commons where students collaborate on projects, find research advice from staff and access 150 terminals. The library style is modern and the design expresses the aspirations of a forward-looking university. There is a lot of light, the air movement is good and the spaces seem very pleasing.

Brief about the Architect Michael Reid is the lead architect of Hamu Mukasa Library. Reid also designed the new Main Gate as well as the Kivengere and Maari blocks at the UCU. He has been an architect for over 15 years designing university and college structures like laboratories, lecture theatres and libraries in the US. He is a missionary in UCU who doubles as a lecturer in civil engineering and works in the planning office as an architect. Reid studied philosophy and art but majored in architecture because he wanted something more. Support for the library construction came from the students/parents (Devt fee) $1.7million; USAID/ ASHA: $1.15 million; Oiko Credit Loan: $1.0 million; UCU Partners: $450,000 and; Local Donations: $30,000 Project Team Lead Architect: Perkins and Will, Atlanta USA Main Architects: FBW Consultants Main Contractor: Seyani Brothers and Co. Quantity Surveyors: Barker, Barton and Lawson

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Hamu Mukasa Library

Rwenzori Towers Built For Generations

heights at the ceiling thus allowing for cooler air at working height. The design of the building is modern with traditional, classical design references, and compliments well with the existing Rwenzoris. The internal public areas and wash rooms are fitted with high-quality internal finishes and fittings with polished granite entrances at the lift lobbies. The lettable office areas are finished in a shell and core concept. Rwenzori Towers is a large-scale urban development structure within the city centre targeted to host tenants from diverse organizations and institutions of repute.

The design concept of the building is in a three tower form allowing clients to customise their premises should the need arise. The high rise tower is technologically energy efficient. The office space is a roomy inspirational open plan allowing flexibility for those clients that may wish to customise their own office space.

The esteemed tenants already on board are Belgium Embassy, American Towers, ESBC, NIC Bank, Ecobank and Qatar Airways.

Rwenzori Towers is currently one of Kampala’s iconic buildings. The building has a blend of modern amenities, ample office and parking space that enables its tenants optimise value for money. The project received funds from IFC a member of the World Bank and DEG a member of the KFW Bank Group. The construction of Rwenzori Towers commenced in February 2010 and was completed in December 2011.


Location The project location is on plots 4 & 6 Nakasero Road a high visibility site in Kampala’s Central Business District (CBD). It is serviced by Nakasero Road and can also be accessed through Lumumba Avenue. There are three access points to the premises which negates traffic congestion

characteristic of Kampala. Rwenzori Towers is the third component of the Rwenzori Developments including Rwenzori House and Rwenzori Courts within Kampala’s CBD. Design concept The design concept of the building is in a three tower form allowing clients to customise their premises should the need arise. The high rise tower is technologically energy efficient. The office space is a roomy inspirational open plan allowing flexibility for those clients that may wish to customise their own office space. The offices have been designed with regard to energy sustainable principles by for instance having the floor to ceiling raised to increase the

Project Brief Developer: Pine Investments Limited Project financiers: IFC & DEG Project Manager: Pro Plan partners Ltd Architects and principle consultants: Bowman Associates – Nairobi Quantity Surveyor: Build Cost Associates Structural Engineers: Ngasi Consulting Engineers Mechanical & Electrical: Multi-Konsults Ltd Main contractor: Roko Construction Uganda


Quantity Surveyors & Building Economists

We congratulate Pine Investments upon the launch of RWENZORI TOWERS.

We are proud to be associated with the project as Quantity Surveyors. BUILDCOST ASSOCIATES Plot 29 Luthuli Avenue, Bugolobi, P.O. Box 81000, Kampala-Uganda, Tel: +256 414 234969, +256 414 251204, +256 312 260969 Fax: +256 414 258875, Email:, 48

Plot 62, Bukoto Street, Kamwokya, P.O. Box 29835 Kampala, Uganda, Tel: +256 414 259 386 / 251 047, +256 312 266 181, Mob: +256 772 487 791, Fax: +256 414 231 113, Email:, Website:

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Plot 160A Bombo Road, P.O. Box 172, Kampala, Uganda, Tel: +256 414 567305, +256 414 567331, (NEW TEL NO.) +256 312 203110, Fax: +256 414 567784, (NEW FAX:) +256 312 203111, Email: , Website

Rwenzori Towers (Uganda)

We are proud to be associated with PINE INVESTMENTS LIMITED as the main contractors in the construction of the RWENZORI TOWERS PROJECT.

Centenary Bank Building (Uganda)

Roko Construction Ltd. supplies Ready Mix Concrete meeting the exact requirements of their clients. Through its team of experienced engineers and concrete technologist, the company can supply high performance durable concrete for all applications and requirements.

The Company has a modern, concrete controlled batching plant with a capacity to approximately 8,000 cubic meters monthly. Located at Nasser Lane in Kampala City centre, the plant is geographically well placed out to ensure prompt and smooth delivery of concrete to sites. Logistics of Ready Mix concrete delivery is managed through efficient utilization of its large fleet of transit mixers as well as concrete pumps. Plot 1-27 Nasser Lane, P.O. Box 172, Kampala, Uganda, Tel: +256 772 730 337, +256 772 767 469, +256 776 008 272, (PLUS ALL THE ABOVE TELEPHONE NUMBERS), Email:

Uganda National Roads Authority


Proposed New Ntinda junction on Kampala Northern BypassThe expansion of Kampala- Northern Bypass is expected to commence in 2012

Expansion of Kampala-Jinja Highway: The design for a new wider road from Kampala-Jinja is expected to completed in 2012 and construction will commence thereafter.(Southern bypass Interchange)

New Nile Bridge: Construction is expected to start in 2012

Kampala – Entebbe highway : Work is expected to start in 2012.

Major roads completed in the last 10 years: • • • • • •

Kikorongo-Mpondwe (38 km) Katunguru-Kasese-Hima (44 km) Kasese-Kilembe (12 km) Hima-Fort Portal (53 km) Fort Portal-Kagorogoro (23 km) Ntungamo-Kagamba (15 km)

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Kagamba-Rukungiri (35 km) Karuma-Olwiyo-Packwach (109 km) Busunju-Kiboga (69 km) Kiboga-Hoima (76 km) Kafu-Masindi (44 km) Kampala Northern Bypass (21 km)

There are approximately 1000km of major roads currently under construction: - Kabale-Kisoro (100km), - Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara (300km), - Phase two Kawempe-Kafu road (166km), - Kampala-Mityana (57km), - Fort Portal-Bundibugyo (103km), - Nyakahita-Ibanda-Fort Portal (208km), - Soroti-Mbale-Tororo (140km) - Jinja-Kamuli (69km).

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Bugiri-Jinja(71 km) Kawempe-Luwero-Kafu (166 km) Soroti-Dokolo-Lira (125 km) Matugga-Semuto-Kapeeka (39 km) Kampala-Gayaza-Zirobwe (43 km) Lira-Kamudini-Karuma (111km) Mbarara-Ishaka (58km)

Physical construction of almost 1,000km of roads will start in 2012: - Mbarara-Kikagati (75km) - Gulu-Atiak-Nimule (104km), - Vurra-Oraba (92km) - Mbarara-Katuna (154km), - Malaba/Busia-Bugiri (82km), - Ishaka-Kagamba (35km) - Mukono-Jinja (52km) - Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya (77km) - Mukono – Katosi/Kisoga – Nyenga (72km) - Kampala-Entebbe Highway (51km)

UNRA is committed to developing a national road network that is responsive to the economic needs of Uganda

The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) located in Pretoria, is a statutory body established under the Council for the Built Environment Act (No. 43 of 2000). It is an over-arching body that coordinates six relevant Professional Councils for the recognised areas within the built environment: Architecture; Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Project and Construction Management; Property Valuation; and Quantity Surveying. The CBE is bound by its mandate to promote ongoing human resource development within the applicable professions, and also to provide advice and consultation regarding the development of relevant national policies and legislation. In protecting interests of the public and facilitating maintenance of sustainable built environment, the CBE promotes the following: • Sound governance of the BE professions; • Appropriate standards of safety, health and environment; and • Standards of training and ongoing human resource development in the built environment.

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Station Square The concept was to create covered walkways that were surrounded by shops, in order to create a vibrant arcade for commuters to their final destinations

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As an example of urban renewal, developers City Property and Studio 3 Architects International have completed the Station Square Shopping Centre. Situated on the corner of Bosman Street and Jacob-Mare close to Pretoria Station, these two companies have successfully managed to redevelop the old Dairy Mall into a thriving Shopping Centre. Despite the fact that the land was in a dilapidated area, the developers saw the potential to uplift the social dynamics of the area and at the same time improve the economic and safety environments as well.

Challenges After part of the site was expropriated and developed by the Council as a taxi rank, the existing buildings were demolished over a one year period. In November 2010 the building project commenced and a brand new building was erected and completed by September 2011. Internal Perspective With over 10,000m² of retail space and the major anchor tenant, Pick ‘n Pay, secured with many other popular stores such as Ellerines, PEP, FNB, Studio 8, Mr Price and Ackermans, the shopping centre has become a bustling metropolis as it


catches all the traffic from the Bosman Street Station and the taxi rank close by. Design The concept was to create covered walkways that were surrounded by shops, in order to create a vibrant arcade for commuters to their final destinations. The southern entrance invites commuters from the Pretoria-Bosman train station into the arcade, allowing the western entrance to spill out onto the taxi rank. Furthermore, the eastern entrance, being the main entrance of the shopping center, leads commuters

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From the interior, the covered walkway canopies were constructed from steel I-section columns and beams, covered with a well-insulated sheet-metal roof. These walkways are naturally ventilated with glass louvers in order to allow the stack effect to take place, providing a cool, well lit promenade. Shops, restaurants and service places spill out onto these promenades to create pleasant spaces for people to leisure. The promenades are articulated with creative pergolas, gypsum canopies and a rhythm of columns to create exciting and intriguing spaces to keep consumers enticed. These promenades lead to the core area marked by the tower, which accommodates places of food, to form the heart of the centre and a pleasant gathering of vibrant people.

In terms of the exterior of the building, a rhythm of columns together with panels of facebrick patterns, serve to create the articulated facades. External pergolas cantilevering from the vertical facade surface, together with a line of indigenous trees act as a cover to people enjoying the external arcade of shops on Bosman Street. The well insulated and ventilated walkways also serve as a catalyst for passive cooling. Shops draw in cool air from these areas in order to cool down the entire shopping center. In addition, through natural light streaming in all over from the glass clerestory louvers, electrical lighting during a bright shining day is considerably reduced. This green initiative in turn reduces the electrical load and the ecological footprint of the entire shopping center. The main contractor

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was Legocon Projects, who were appointed to construct the envisaged design intervention. The shopping center was constructed from a structural steel main frame, designed by Egmont Fürstenburg Consulting Engineers, who were the project engineers. Brickwork was then used as infill paneling to the skeleton, which in turn was plastered and finished off by using a durable, yet aesthetically pleasing Versus textured coating. “City Property is a family business which has been around for the last 40 years” explains Ken Lalor, Projects Manager for City Property Administration, “the experience and expertise of their team is evident in the final result of this project”. Together with Studio 3 Architects they have gone against the odds to create a successful shopping centre that functions to its full potential.


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from these transport nodes to and inherently to the nearby CBD buildings.

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Ponte City is only 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airportand for those working in the Johannesburg CBD it's within walking distance, while theatres like the Market and the Civic are within five kilometres.

The Ponte building was built in 1975 as an enormous cylindrical structure. This monument, that forms part of Johannesburg’s prominent skyline, includes 54 floors, communal facilities such as a tennis court, a basketball court and a swimming pool; and ascends up to 173 meters high. Initially the building was earmarked as one of Johannesburg’s most popular places to reside, however, a few years on and its’ reputation plummeted after becoming infested with drug lords and criminals. Property developers drafted many proposals to make productive use of the building,including transforming it into a prison,

although, all of which were denied. By 2001 the owners had renamed the building Ponte City, cleaned it up and enforced stringent security measures to eliminate the criminals, but they could not escape the fact that the building had been so neglected that it was in need of a major face lift if it was to ever become a success again. The Kempston Group,who acquired the building prior to 2001to add to their diverse property portfolio,had to make the arduous decision between selling a half-gutted building (after a failed developer buy-out) to a new investor or

continue to complete the work that had already been started. In 2009, the Kempston Group began the major refurbishment project together with suppliers such as Saint Gobain who provided the building and manufacturing materials; Voltex who provided the electrical supplies and equipment; Lifteknic who installed brand new state-of-the-art elevators; and Eticon who were responsible for the new construction. The Kempston Group decided to maintain full ownership of the building and fully let the apartments as a long-term investment initiative.

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Thus, “we aimed to refurbish the apartments targeting the middle-income market” explains Jason Kruger from the Kempston Group, “particularly catering for government employees such as policemen and nurses who would be able to live in close proximity to their work places”. Ponte City is only 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airportand for those working in the Johannesburg CBD it's within walking distance, while theatres like the Market and the Civic are within five kilometres.

Light Steel Frame building technology Eticon Construction was first appointed as the primary contractor to Ponte City by the Kempston Group in September 2010. Initially, their task was to renovate the 51st and 52nd floor and convert the original penthouse units into two- two bedroom luxury apartments.

Lifteknic is proud to be part of the team involved with the upgrading of the landmark New Ponte Building.

Due to the success of their work on these projects they were awarded the contract to build a facility for a fast food outlet in the commercial shopping area. On completion of this, Eticon Construction ended up renovating the complete commercial section of the building. Eticon Construction has been hugely beneficial to Ponte City especially because of their specialised energy efficient Light Steel frame building technology. Light Steel frame building is an energy efficient, high performance alternate building methodology, which has been around for 4-5 decades in Australasia, USA and Europe in the form of timber frame buildings.

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Location, Location, Location The previous owners of Ponte City had planned on transforming the building into A-Grade apartments as part of the urban upliftment in the area which was (at the time) supported by the local municipality. However, the Kempston Group felt that this was no longer a suitable fit for the area and that despite the city upgrade prior to the World Cup 2010, the momentum of the inner-city clean-up had slowly fizzled out.

Lifteknic has over the past 15 years, built up a reputation as a quality supplier. Our equipment has been used in a wide variety of demanding installations including large high rise buildings with lifts traveling at high speeds. These include 6 car groups traveling at 5.0m/s and serving 54 floors.

“With emphasis on high performance structures that are designed with less reliance on the national grid and yet are able to provide fantastic thermal and acoustic insulation as well as providing the client with an economical solution”, explains Wayne Bruun (Eticon Construction). Worldwide reviews and research with reference to Light Steel Frame structures have proven able to improve recyclability, increase energy efficiency, decrease manufacturing and construction concerns and emphasise durable and safe design flexibility.

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The CSIR’s comparative thermal analyses indicate that Light Steel Frame building technology offers improved energy efficiency compared with conventional masonry buildings – this means significant savings (between 20% and 90%) of electricity required for heating of residential buildings. These findings are generally supported by testimonials received from occupants of Light Steel Frame houses. In a recent survey carried out by SASFA, 57% of respondents reported that their Light Steel Framehouse was cooler in summer, while 71% said it was warmer in winter.

So, are lightweight structures more expensive or more economical to build with? The general consensus from those familiar with constructing such buildings is that the costs are almost the same. In fact, the client would probably enjoy a 5-10% saving if working with an accredited installer of Light Steel Frame technologies. Previous articles have highlighted the benefits of Light Steel Frame construction and from a costing perspective, this building methodology compares favourably when compared with conventional construction. Overcoming Challenges When the Kempston Group first took over the building the lifts were outdated but still operational and were used to cart materials and workers up to the various working areas. This created a huge challenge for the construction team as getting building materials and heavy tools 50 storeys up in an unstable set of lifts, was not an easy task. This forced the Kempston Group’s hand in investing in a brand new set of state-ofthe-art lifts. Despite the enormous financial outlay


and the biggest spend thus far, they felt that the reward would be seen in the long term. Progress The revised building specifications included compact one-, two- and three-bedroom flats with built in kitchens (most of which include marble/ granite work spaces). The servants quarters have been transformed into luxury apartments or altered for commercial use. The previous six penthouses at the top of the building, which were 270m² and covered 3 storeys, have been reconstructed into eighteen 1-storey high luxury 2-bedroom penthouses with fantastic views. Still to be completed is the commercial section which is said to be ready for occupancy by mid-2012. The parking area beneath the building is also on the list of improvements. With 475 residential flats complete, eight new high-speed elevators which were installed by October 2011 and 75% occupancy thus far, the Kempston Groups’ predictions of a niche demand and a solid investment seem to be correct.

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Engineering Access Control Boomgate Systems has been in business for over 13 years now. We still show a good steady growth rate every year. What helped us to achieve this is our passion for this industry which comes with all sorts of challenges. Challenges like competing against competitors with more than double our years of trading but we have managed to work our way to the top. We have caught up with the rest.

Boomgate Systems has proven over the last couple of years that we now don’t have to follow the leader but we are now the market leader.

will last longer, requires less maintenance, and hence these features will contribute to the green campaign we all working towards to.

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Boomgate Systems has in the last 2 years registered 2 new patents in the market. Our new patented Spike Barrier with security features that no other manufacturer can offer. We have launched our own patented reusable Rubber Island manufactured from recycled rubber for the Parking Industry. We have now managed to enter the International Market and completed our first export. See our website www.boomgatesystems. for details. Boomgate Systems has also upgraded all our Pedestrian Products. We have redesigned all our enclosures to have a more European look and feel to it. We have decided to move away from the old square box design to more rounded curved design with a more modern look. Our customers have taken to the new design and our market share has increased. Boomgate Systems is in the final testing phase of our new traffic barrier. This traffic barrier will be virtually maintenance free and will come with a 2 year warranty on all mechanical parts. Watch this space. Boomgate Systems strives every day to improve the quality of our products and our services to our valued customers. We thank everyone for their valued support.


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Fynbloem Builds Export Packing Facility Going the extra mile in eco-friendly production Fynbloem’s new packing facility in Riviersonderend Valley is a first of its kind export facility for Proteas. Going against the grain the facility is designed to export the Proteas by sea freight rather than the more traditional airfreight. A warehouse facility where the packing process takes place will be developed in 2 separate phases of approximately 3,000m2 each. In addition, phase one will also accommodate a smaller public component which will house offices, meeting rooms and exhibition/ display facilities of approximately 300m2. Should demand necessitate, the possibility of a third warehouse phase would be added in the future. South Africa

Natural cooling The office component is located on the North Elevation in order to shield the northern face of the warehouse from sun as well as screening the warehouse itself from the public. Cooling costs inside the warehouse, where a constant temperature of 10C˚ is crucial, can be cut down significantly in this manner. The client has been in the process of clearing the farm of invasive tree species, Black Wattle, Port Jackson and Gum. The timber recycled from this process will be used for the manufacture of screens which would sit on the north elevation which assist with passive solar control, thereby reducing the need for regular air-conditioning inside the office component. Plant waste generated by the pack house will be mulched and used for compost.

Rainwater harvesting The roof surface will act as rainwater harvesters, discharging into rainwater tanks. The water would then be fed into the building for personal consumption and hygiene . Water used in the Protea packing process as well as grey and black water will be channelled to the dam where a reed bed filtration process will be used to treat and purify the water, after which the water will be fed back into the pack shed and, ultimately, be used to water the Proteas in the adjacent fields. Energy saving The roof structure over the main circulation corridor which not only acts as the major rainwater receiver but will also house the photo-voltaic panels which will be used to convert solar energy to electricity for use by the facility and, once fully implemented, would be able to supply excess electricity to the national grid. Under-floor Insulation reduces the ingress of heat thereby reducing the cooling requirement while the most electrically efficient vacuum cooler is to be installed. The introduction of solar domes allows for the ingress of natural light thereby reducing the need for artificial lighting while adjustable lighting levels enables manual regulation of electricity consumption. P5 light will be used for energy efficiency. The C.O.P. of the mechanical plant used to cool the facility has been greatly enhanced by using a TAB system which effectively borrows

the energy of the cooling plant to heat and cool the office spaces through the myriad of pipes running through its roof and floor slabs. Addition energy savings are achieved by adding an outer metal jacket to the fireplace in the staff canteen. The void would contain and circulate water to the hot water cylinders. Firewood is obtained from the “Working for Water” program implemented on the farm to clear alien invasives. Materials Great care has been taken in selecting materials to be as sustainable and durable as possible. The natural stone was excavated on site, the sand used is from the farm, the bricks are from the closest possible source. Most of the materials used are left in their natural state, thus eliminating paint as far as possible. The new facility has been built in response to the needs of FynBloem’s clients Marks & Spencer in the United Kingdom who have raised the bar for responsible production processes in the name of eco-friendly practises which reduce wastage, carbon footprint and ethical practises. This has been met ion more ways than one judging by the savings in use of lighting, the use of solar energy and recycled water to name a few. While overall the use of sea freight will substantially reduce the carbon emission used in delivery of the Proteas.

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Waterkloof Corner Shopping Centre Located in the bustling heart of Waterkloof, Pretoria, is the newly renovated Waterkloof Corner Shopping Centre. The centre recently underwent a facelift that has taken it from a local convenience shopping centre to a trendy hotspot where everyone wants to meet. This new contemporary lifestyle centre incorporates unique design concepts, upgraded parking areas and stylish restaurants. The renovations took place from September 2009 until October 2010, which was highly efficient for a 6,500m² building, which includes 23 shops, 2 ATM’s, a gym, spa and offices. The entrance to the centre was repositioned for improved access and the parking area was re-designed to be more user-friendly. The anchor tenant, Spar, was also upgraded to reflect the contemporary look and feel of the centre and several new national tenants now occupy the other stores. “The focus is definitely on specialist boutiques, interior design stores and stylish and hip restaurants,” says Retail Africa’s Richard O’Sullivan. The acquisition and refurbishment has resulted in an investment for Retail Africa in excess of R60 million.

The newly-refurbished centre is dominated by an iconic structure, “This free-standing construction or “bird’s nest” will draw the attention of passersby from Crown Avenue and Waterkloof Road and will house eateries and boutiques that will create a meeting place for discerning customers from the surrounding neighbourhood,” says O’Sullivan. Architectural interpretation Large elements in the final design are reflective of influences in central Europe, by means of a playful use of colour and shape. Retail Africa’s vision of creating spaces where public art, mosaics and contemporary meeting spaces, was successfully achieved. The facades seem to interact with the public spaces and they have the ability to redefine the shopping center’s existing surroundings. The architects predominantly used Fibre Cement sheets when creating the design features such as the coloured boxes. This cement technique was also used more subtlety to fill in portions of the existing canopy as well as a direct cladding onto the existing concrete canopy to get a uniform look between old and new.

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As a weather resistant and robust material, there was many benefits in choosing Fibre Cement as the primary material when creating these structures as a part of the Centre’s new design. It is a lightweight product which allowed for the opportunity to add-on or clip on to the existing structure, which would not have been possible with more traditional materials such as brick or concrete. Challenges The biggest challenge, according to Martie Human (VH+S Architects), was getting rid of a ‘wavy’ effect when they applied the Fibre Cement sheets, especially on the large flat surfaces of the feature structures. “This could be due to not having the sub structure designed correctly and it would be great if one can get a specialist to assist in this regard in future projects”. “We aimed to create a space that will become a gathering place for the community by virtue of its ambience,” says O’Sullivan. The Centre’s renovations have exceeded all expectations and it is now a local landmark for all to enjoy.


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The newly-refurbished centre is dominated by an iconic structure, the “bird’s nest”

Nicolway Bryanston shopping centre Innovative design Nicolway Bryanston has a distinct appearance which combines style and functionality at the most effective and elegant level

The R500-million Nicolway Bryanston shopping centre, scheduled to open in April 2012, is set to lead the way in convenient stylish everyday shopping. Its elegant design and distinctive architectural focus sets the stage for one of SA’s most exceptional shopping experiences. Nicolway Bryanston is being developed by The Rodrigues Group together with development managers Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment who are also responsible for the leasing of Nicolway Bryanston. “Light, space and energy flows all interplay in the design of Nicolway Bryanston to create a fresh, stylish shopping experience” says Nicolway Bryanston owner Martin Rodrigues of The Rodrigues. Lighting Harnessing South Africa’s natural resources, natural light is used to maximum effect at Nicolway Bryanston. A four-metre-wide glass strip which runs 90 meters in length connects it to the outdoors, admitting refreshing amounts of natural light. “In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the use of natural light is environmentally progressive and cost-effective for the ongoing operation of the mall,” notes Patrick Flanagan of Flanangan & Gerard. Spread over two levels, the centre is designed so the lower level will also enjoy abundant natural light through five cleverly positioned voids, which link the levels by fashioning airy double-volume atriums that channel natural light throughout the entire mall. The atriums also create a discernible connection between the two levels, allowing shoppers to position themselves in the mall easily while also maximising brand value of the retailers between both levels. Generous parking is also available to shoppers on both levels.

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Focal Point A focal point of the centre’s interior is the stand-out home-decor zone in the heart of the lower-level. It has been designed so that shoppers instinctively know they are entering a unique, stylish shopping node within Nicolway Bryanston. Transition into this area is marked by a subtle variation of architectural language and a distinction in the colour of finishes. Creating a spectacular showcase, the home-decor zone features towering four-metrehigh shop fronts with signage set behind glass. “Nicolway Bryanston has a distinct appearance which combines style and functionality at the most effective and elegant level,” says Nick Poulsen of MDS Architecture. The chic 23,000m2 Nicolway Bryanston, with excellent visibility and access from William Nicol Drive, has been designed to maximise its superb situation and create an upmarket, trend-setting experience for the affluent shoppers in the area.It will feature some 90 shops with a unique tenant mix creating one of South Africa’s most compelling food convenience offerings with an exceptional leading national food retailer line-up including a 3,200m2 new Woolworths concept store, a 3,600m2 Checkers and a 2,500m2 Food Lovers Market. The New Woolworths store has been supplied with quality racking systems by Southern Storage Solutions – Dexion. They offer a wide range of shelving, racking, mezzanine floors and other storage equipment. A number of their items are custom designed to suit many of their customers individual requirements. Location Nicolway Bryanston is designed to maximise its singular location. The prominent frontage on William Nicol will see the centre becoming iconic, both in its visibility and architectural appeal. The location is outstanding with exceptional access, egress and visibility. Superbly situated to serve a market that includes some of South Africa’s most discerning customers, Nicolway Bryanston is encircled by the upmarket Sandton suburbs of Bryanston, Douglasdale, Jukskei Park, Paulshof, Petervale and others in close proximity, all of which form part the centre’s primary trade area. Neatly accessed directly from one of Sandton’s major arterials – William Nicol Drive – Nicolway Bryanston will benefit from the large volumes of traffic that use the William Nicol interchange with the N1 highway as their entry point to Bryanston, Randburg and greater Sandton. This well utilised route also serves as a major thoroughfare for homeward bound residents of Fourways and beyond, from Bryanston and the Sandton CBD to the south. 66

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Gallo Manor Data Centre

MTN’s systems upgrade and expansion without compromising the use of innovative technologies and best practices to support efficiency, high availability and the highest level of physical security.

Physical work on the Gallo Manor Data Centre project commenced in early 2011, however the planning of this project began months prior to this. The project was completed in line with the official launch of the data centre on Tuesday, the 24th January 2012.

The Gallo Manor expansion sees the total footprint size of the data centre at 2000m2 with another 500m2 already earmarked for expansion, thus allowing for seamless growth for colocation customers, when required. With 6 main data centres and 11 third-party hosting sites, Gallo Manor is geared towards becoming the flagship facility for hosting and Cloud Services for MTN Business.

The magnitude and capability of the Gallo Manor data centre has always been a key highlight for MTN Business, with hosting infrastructure being amongst the first for the South African market, when initially launched over a decade ago.

To ensure that MTN Business delivers the highest power availability and uptime to customers an additional redundant diesel generator set has been installed, should the entire feeder grid fail for an extended period of time.

From a technical standpoint the state-of-the-art Gallo Manor data centre has been engineered and built around uptime and TIA-942 standards

Furthermore, all racks are being fed power from 2(N+1) UPS sets, with sufficient battery backup. As a result, the facility has been designed to meet

the ever increasing power requirements of modern IT equipment, and provides customers with optimal power usage management functionality. This individualized billing of individual customers based on their specific consumption both increases awareness and rewards low-consumption users. Another benefit is achieving fair-use charges for common consumption, such as air-conditioning. Benefits This enhanced Gallo Manor facility will provide MTN Business enterprise customers with a fully Opex Pay-per use Model, 24/7 managed hosting environment with specific power and data usage efficiencies management capabilities and of course, all this backed by a highly acclaimed customer service excellence experience. MTN Business’ partners have ensured the successful completion of this large-scale project which allows MTN Business to confidently state that they can offer customers the best service, functionality and latency times across Africa. ...Continued on page 67

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MTN Business has completed an initial R50 million (US$6.6million) investment, and an R80 million (US$10.5million) total investment - one of the largest ‘live’ upgrades undertaken in the southern hemisphere - in their systems upgrade and expansion of the Gallo Manor data centre in South Africa.

The No.1 Silo Project

On track for a 5 star Green Star ‘designed’ and ‘as-built’ rating The No. 1 Silo Project will see the construction of what is set to become Cape Town’s next “green” building. The 22,000 m² mixed use development will not only house the Headquarters of its anchor tenant, but also an uber basement with 800 new parking bays, 30 residential apartments and various retail outlets. The Employer’s Vision is to develop a unique landmark Office Building, Residential & Retail Leisure destination that will provide an attraction and experience to the local and tourist community of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The No. 1 Silo Project comprises the construction of 22,000 m2 GLA Office and Residential mixeduse buildings located between the Clock Tower Mall and the disused Grain Silo building at the V&A Waterfront. The contemporary architecture of both buildings, surrounded by a plaza around the existing Grain Silo’s, will lead visitors through the Clock Tower Precinct, whilst enjoying local office and residential habitation including a tourist experience punctuated with side walk café’s, restaurants and historical heritage features.

The Office Building Mace was appointed as Project Manager and Principal Agent for the No. 1 Silo Project in January 2011. Construction on site commenced in August 2011 and completion is due by July 2013. The Office Building extends six floors above the Podium Level and is a combination Concave and L-shaped fully glazed building, with a full height Atrium in the middle. The Atrium will provide perfectly transparent views of the Cape Town working harbour and Table Mountain. The building is on track for a 5 star Green Star ‘designed’ and ‘as-built’ rating, which will be one of the first in Cape Town issued by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The Building will have a ‘green roof’, which will be

grassed and have low height controlled hedging and will present a perfect area for the building occupants to escape, exercise and relax. The glass façade has automatically controlled blinds which will activate as the sun moves across the building. Other Green initiatives include sea water cooling, electrical lighting and controls which will reduce the carbon footprint of the building to approximately half of a normal conventional building of its’ type resulting in enormous savings in electricity running costs during its lifespan. The basement challenge The biggest risk of the project is the ground works extending to -2.35m below MSL to create a two-

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This required the employment of a full time Site Logistics Manager employed by Mace to manage the day-to-day site issues. The Team took on board the lessons learnt from the previous works to eliminate or minimise any residual risk carried over to the new works. In addition to this, various heritage elements belonging to the existing grain Silos had to be carefully dismantled, photographed and logged and removed from site to make way for the new works. Many of these items are to be refurbished, returned and re-incorporated in the

finished product upon completion. One item that could not be removed was the Dust House, which had to be braced and underpinned on a series of steel encased piles, braced to allow excavation 6 m below to facilitate the introduction of a lift serving the two levels of carpark below.

requirements for professional presentations both in house and for use by third parties and check the designs of the architects, interior designers and mechanical services engineers so that the acoustic specifications are met.

Acoustics Sound Research Laboratories SA were contracted to provide an acoustic environment that meets the requirements of this prestigious triple A grade office building while remaining within budget. This includes achieving both acoustic credits under Green Star Office (credits IEQ12) and providing a specification that encourages a productive working environment. In addition they are to design the auditorium to meet the client’s

Controlling noise transfer between adjacent areas in the building so that both can be used at the same time is also within their scope of work and this includes the open plan office environment, the open central atrium, as well as speech privacy between confidential client and staff meeting rooms. The emergency generators in the basement and the roof-top plant must also comply with the current Western Cape Noise Control Regulations. South Africa

level basement carpark, together with associated engineering, heritage, archaeological, existing live and redundant services, soil contamination challenges and issues in a working harbour, tourist and business precinct of the waterfront.

Gallo Manor Data Centre MTN’s systems upgrade and expansion ...Continued from page 65 The MTN Business Gallo Manor data centre has been designed to meet the ever increasing power requirements of modern IT equipment, governance and carbon emission management and provides customers with optimal power usage management functionality. Moreover, MTN

Business is now able to have a more accurate view of high consumption and impact areas, which will allow for more precise measurement and overall enhanced management of the facility. Carbon Emissions Management Data centres in their own right are high carbon emission buildings. As owners of Gallo Manor,

MTN Business recognized from the beginning that to minimize this effect, the refreshment must not only include electricity & water consumption improvements by design and type but must also include precise consumption measurements to all their customers.

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Increasing Lettable/Usable area One of the key drivers of this project was the need for more lettable space to accommodate expanding MTN Business customer requirements. The spaces created for Collocate 1 plus Collocate 3, 4 and 5 were already close to fully let and the possibility of providing growth

MTN Business (Gallo Manor) MTN Business initiated an RFP to refresh and renew their premier Collocation Data Centre in Sandton in 2010. The RFP was driven by a number of goals, including:

were limited.

· increase available footprint lettable/usable area · modernization of mechanical and electrical systems · improve power capabilities · provide Uptime Institute™ rated Tier-III services · provide real-time carbon-consumption information for facility and all users · update the facility in keeping with MTNs corporate image All of these goals had to be implemented in a live environment without impacting dayto-day-operation. Gallo Manor background MTN Businesses Gallo Manor Data Center was originally developed in the late 1980's in response to requirements for a high quality environment to be established close to the Sandton financial heartland. Originally, the site started life as a facility for a single major use with the development of the Collocate-1 space with associated plant-rooms. Throughout the 90s IT boom years and into the 21 century, the growth in need for quality IT space close to the financial heartland for a variety of customers resulted in a number of extensions, including Collocate 3, 4 and 5.The exponential growth and use of the facility was leading to a difficult to sustain model using equipment near “end-oflife” causing a situation where further growth endangered high reliability operations. st

The R60M contract for the work was awarded to Boron Facilities Management as a turnkey project to be completed during 2011. BoronFM took on this project employing specialist Professionals and Service Contractors all thoroughly experienced in data center operations. BoronFM completed the works with close liaison and cooperation with MTN Business with strict management and supervision.

New Colocate DC Area Collocate 2 had previously been used for storage and some field services operations support but had always been intended for data center services. The air-conditioning services piping had been constructed as an extension to Collocate 1 and the close proximity to plant-rooms made this an economical choice. A further consideration was the availability of a third generator room, included but unused from the original building fit-out. Lastly, this space was ideal from an equipment loading perspective as the floor slab was easily strengthened to suit highload server racks.

Interior Upgrade for New Reception

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BMS and security systems while Atlas Fire & Security (Pty) Ltd completed

The main priority of operating a modern data center is to maximize uptime.

the fire protection system enhancing.

It is therefore essential to ensure all systems are continuously monitored for

The electrical systems presented their own challenges as work on these

performance to maximize reliability and efficiency.

systems directly & immediately impact on operations.

The refreshment and extensions to the air-conditioning plant was planned by Harry Schuurmans & Associates (Consulting Mechanical Engineers) with the work on site completed by Southern Air Conditioning.

“The electrical works all completed in active/live data center environment, with every

“Wet-mode coolers were replaced

aspect enhanced, extended, added and

with hybrid air-cooled coolers fitted


with mist sprays – major electricity &

Capacity changes were made on the electrical systems including the addition of a third 1600-kVA generator set plus the addition of a fourth 300-

water savings resulted”

New Cooling Towers Infrastructure The mechanical cooling plant uses a condenser water cooling system. The legacy wet-mode cooling towers on the roof presented an ideal opportunity for renewal with modern hybrid air-cooled units, using water mist sprays only when atmospheric conditions are not favorable, generally when the temperature is greater than 25°C. These air-cooled units use about 10% less electricity and at least 80% less water – both highly advantageous and green friendly. Furthermore, it is possible to run the units to precisely match loads further enhancing savings.

kVA UPS System on Feeder-B. Other major changes incorporated included: · extensive and comprehensive on-line metering to monitor and manage power, · extensions and improvements to A-Feed and B-Feed systems to ensure concurrent maintainability · updating of generator controls to allow for no-break load transfers · Modernizing of Building-Management-Systems (BMS) including new security and CCTV systems plus total integration management. · Fitting Vesda Active Detection throughout the data center and new ProInert IG 55 Gas Suppression Systems Rigorous acceptance testing to validate all systems ensures reliable highuptime performance

New Colocate Passage Complete with Monitoring LCD’s The data center CRAC Units (computer-room-air-conditioning) were also fitted with modern controls, allowing for enhanced zone controls and the auto stopping/starting of units to match loads. This further enhances efficiencies and reduces electricity consumption.

Colocate Service Passage The refreshment and extensions to the electrical plant was planned by Selkirk & Selkirk Consulting Engineers. Electrical Distribution Company

New BMS CCTV and Access Control Room

Upgrade to the Interior of the Data Centre

Dual piping and Hybrid coolers installed on the roof

New Colocate 2 entrance

(Pty) Ltd completed the electrical installation using MTU Generator Systems provided by Industrial Machinery Suppliers (ltd) and UPS Systems provided by Compu-Power (Pty) Ltd. IntellePark (Pty) Ltd completed the

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On completion the factory will be able to optimise its clinker cooling process through the installation of a new grate cooler for kiln 6 to replace the old satellite coolers. Clinker is the key ingredient for cement and is produced by burning a mixture of primarily limestone to temperatures of 1400 degrees Celsius in a coal fired rotary kiln. This clinker needs to be cooled on exiting the kiln. For optimal operation of the grate cooler, the old direct coal firing system will be changed to an indirect system together with the installation of a new kiln burner.At least three quarters of the old kiln shell will be replaced with new kiln shell as well as two new riding rings. A new kiln inlet seal will also be installed. The current electrostatic precipitator (ESP), which filters air emissions, serving the raw mill and kiln will also be replaced with the installation of a new bag filter.

PPC’s De Hoek

Factory undergoes upgrade South Africa

When completed the upgrade will deliver reduced dust and noise emissions while increasing efficiencies and quality in the production process PPC is the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa through eight cement manufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe that can produce around eight million tons of cement products each year. PPC also produces aggregates, metallurgicalgrade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone. As part of its cement modernisation projects The De Hoek

factory situated in the Western Cape is undergoing a R280 million upgrade of kiln 6. The project is well underway and at the timeof going to press the engineering design and procurement phases were complete. The construction phase has commenced. The civil works is nearing completion and the mechanical, structural steel and electrical contractors are currently on the construction site.



Grate Cooler & ESP Grate cooler technology for clinker cooling is the current international best practice as this increases kiln operating stability and improves clinker quality. Therefore a decision was taken to install a new grate cooler and ESP. DHK6 is presently producing approximately 1 600 tpd of clinker; however, the old satellite cooler is a production bottleneck, resulting in major wear of the satellite cooler internals and increased maintenance intervals and cost as well as heat loss due to surface radiation through the cooler tubes. Installation of a new 2 000 tpd grate cooler will increase clinker output by approximately 50 tpd due to improved kiln stability, improved kiln thermal efficiency and increased utilisation by reducing cooler maintenance. The improved cooling technology cools clinker rapidly to below the current clinker temperature thus improving the

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Indirect Firing System The Indirect Kiln Firing System upgrade includes the conversion of the existing coal milling plant and the installation of a modern multi-channel kiln burner. This will result in improved kiln thermal efficiency by reducing the amount of lower temperature primary air entering the kiln and replacing it with higher temperature secondary air from the grate cooler, thus improving combustion. The kiln exhaust gas is used for coal drying instead of process gas from the kiln, resulting in

better kiln energy consumption. Moisture from the milled coal is vented with the coal mill exhaust gas and does not enter the kiln primary air stream as it currently does. The installation of a dynamic separator to replace the static unit increases the coal milling capacity which enables the use of lower grade coal. The multi-channel burner flame can be adjusted over a wider range during operation resulting in extended kiln refractory life. The multi-channel burner also enables selected secondary fuels or waste materials to be used, reducing the amount of coal used for kiln firing. The optimum benefit can only be derived from the combination of the Grate Cooler and the Indirect Firing System.

Kiln Shell & Riding Rings The kiln 6 kiln shell sections to be replaced are from a few meters upstream from riding 2 to the kiln outlet. Riding ring 2 (RR2) and riding ring 3 (RR3) will also be replaced and a new kiln inlet seal will be installed. The kiln girth gear will be turned during this period. Future legislation will limit dust emissions to less than 50 mg/Nm3 and the existing kiln ESP dust collection efficiency will not be able to achieve this. The new Raw Mill/Kiln Bag Filter installation will achieve these dust emission limits. The project to date has maintained an excellent safety record with no Lost Time Injury (LTI)

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grindability of the clinker in the finish milling stage and also improves downstream clinker handling and storage.

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