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a 24th Anniversary Edition

April 2013, Vol 24 No.3

In this issue... Vipingo Ridge Golfing Estate Mombasa, Kenya Bus Rapid Transport Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Bathroom Fittings Merging function with form National Stadium Warsaw, Poland



April 2013 Volume 24 No. 3

Edward Seth Mungati is a former Chief Government Valuer in Uganda and the Managing Director,East African Consulting Surveyors and Valuers and in this article he shares his experiences and observations of the construction industry in Uganda

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ECA Conference, exhibition, AGM, and Presidential Awards

Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative awareness raising and consultative meeting Cover Story

Eng. Kebede Abebe is the first President of the Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers to be elected through secret ballot.

The Making of a World Class Golfing and Residential Development Outside Africa Projects

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

The Site Board A stitch in time

WRITERS Irene Kabuzire, Elaine Young, Emmanuel Onsomu, Newton Mthethwa, Lindsay Wagner

It has long been the case that the initiation of new projects as opposed to maintaining old ones is of greater political expediency meaning that in the long term maintenance suffers. Nowhere is this better seen than in Africa’s road infrastructure where despite improvements, governments still fail to allocate adequate funds for maintenance preferring to invest heavily on rehabilitation and upgrading.

WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa O. Frankline May ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Kenya Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Trizah Njoroge, Alvan Wamae Faustine Salleh

According to a recent EU report not enough is being done to ensure the sustainability of road infrastructure, roads are affected to varying degrees by premature deterioration.

South Africa: Christine Tamukedde, Manoko Thosago, Prince Moyo Tabitha Muthoni,Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng

Most countries have adopted institutional reforms, notably entailing the creation of road funds and road agencies, and made significant progress on road maintenance. However, many challenges remain to be addressed in all of them to ensure appropriate maintenance. Although spending on road maintenance has increased over time, it remains insufficient to cover the needs.

Uganda: Penny Komugisha, Betty Nabakooza Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani

The same is true for Africa’s rail networks where years of deterioration has reduced its usablility. Take for instance in East Africa where estimates show that out of 6,334km of the total railway system’s 7,363km is in use.

Ghana: Samuel Hinneh Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda Rwanda: Collison Lore

Stronger emphasis needs to be placed on maintenance to ensure that infrastructure remains usable and sustainable, after all a stitch in time saves nine.

Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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June 2013

Flooring Choice of floors goes beyond wear and tear and includes purchase cost and maintenance costs as well as environmental aspects and aesthetics

Concrete Batching Plants Batching plants offer greater consistency in the mix of ingredients thus assuring a higher quality of concrete

Solar water heating New innovations in this industry are slowly edging out the old and more mature technologies offering lower installation costs and longer life spans.

Project management and Arbitration Services Industry professionals today offer a one stop shop for successful project management as well as arbitration services.

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August 2013

Prefabricated buildings Looking at the lower cost of constructing modular offices and homes

Concrete Vibrators We look at concrete vibrators which play an important part in consolidating freshly poured concrete

Generators Getting the right generator to provide reliable standby power supply.

Partitions Get to know the trends in design, development and installation of demountable office partitions

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ICPAK ultra-modern Complex Construction under way

Construction is well under way on the proposed ICPAK Complex, located along Thika Superhighway, in Nairobi. The development by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) will comprise an ultra-modern 12-storey office block, shopping mall, conference facility, hotel and furnished apartments. The project that sits on a 2.1-acre piece of land is being developed in two phases at a cost of US$11.7million (KES1.07 billion). Half of the amount $6.6million (KES568 million) will be provided by ICPAK while the remainder will be sourced externally. Phase one of the project, which kicked off in May last year, comprises an office block, while phase two will include furnished apartments, shopping mall, conference facility and a hotel. ICPAK Complex will provide 63 parking on ground to free the rest of the compound for landscaping. In addition 84 semi-basement parking under the studio apartments and 71 semi-basement parking in the office park will be provided. The office park will mainly be used for income generation and partly to accommodate the institute’s secretariat.

The office park will mainly be used for income generation and partly to accommodate the institute’s secretariat.


EAC Approves Region's Largest Economic Project The Secretariat of the East African Community (EAC) has approved $32.7billion(TZS53trillion) for implementation of the region's largest ever economic project to construct a deep-sea free port at Mwambani in Tanga Region and a new heavy haul standard gauge railway. In an interview, a co-Director of the project, Mr. Cuthbert Tenga, said the Mwambani Economic Corridor would link the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean from Tanzania, through Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He said top officials of the MWAPORC (Mwambani Port and Railway Corridor), a Tanzanian Project Company, met with the EAC Secretariat in Arusha on March 8, this year, to present details of the modern, efficient and cost effective transport logistics corridor project. Mr. Tenga said that the EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera, chaired the two-hour meeting. The Deputy Secretary (Planning and Infrastructure), Dr Enos Bukuku, an expert from Japan on infrastructure (rail and port) and several directors and others experts from EAC also attended the meeting.

EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera, chaired the meeting on the presentation of the project.


UNICEM Gears up for its Second Cement Plant in Nigeria

Nigerian cement manufacturer United Cement Company of Nigeria (UNICEM) is to invest US$3bn in its operations by 2016 in order to increase its cement production. UNICEM executive director Javier De Benito disclosed the plans adding that the company also has plans to invest a further US$500mn in the expansion of its second cement plant.

United Cement Company (UNICEM) executive director, Javier De Benito said they are going to increase their investment in Nigeria by about US$2bn to US$3bn in the next few years, in an attempt to sustain their leadership in the Nigerian cement market. He described Nigeria’s cement industry as ‘mature’, adding that with improved government policies and continued participation by major producers like Dangote, Larfarge and Nigercem, there would be further reduction in the price of cement.

UNICEM plans to invest a further US$500mn in the expansion of its second cement plant.

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Lagos - Abidjan Expressway


The stretch of international road linking Nigeria's economic hub, Lagos with Abidjan, the Ivorien capital would commence next year, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said. He disclosed this when he met with Cote d'Ivoire Investors Forum on the sideline of his state visit to Ivory Coast recently also explained that the funding of the project will be sourced from the private sector, development partners and banks, who will get return on their investment by levying tariffs and tolls on users. According to Jonathan, the need to concentrate on the construction of the road was necessary to facilitate trans-border movement of goods and persons and reduce the proliferation of local customs and police who make it difficult for business men to transport their goods. He added that the Ivorian Minister of Infrastructure and the Nigerian Minister of Works have been asked to work with the ECOWAS commission and that within two weeks they must come up with The stretch of international road linking Nigeria's economic hub, Lagos with a blueprint and preliminary information on the project that will be Abidjan, the Ivorien capital would commence next year. discussed at the AU meeting in Addis Ababa in May.

Freedom Park Shopping Mall Opening


The long-awaited Freedom Park Shopping Mall in Kitwe, Zambia will be ready for official opening in October this year, Platimum Gold Equity Managing Director, John Serlemitsos has said. Mr. Serlemitsos said the mall will be ready for opening to the public on October 24, this year and assured that there would be no more postponements on the opening of the mall which was supposed to have been completed and opened in April 2010. Serlemitsos was speaking when Kitwe District Commissioner Elias Kamanga toured the mall. He explained that KR12 million has since been injected to cover about 75 per cent of the project. He however said not the entire mall will be ready. Mr. Kamanga said Government was anxious to see the mall completed as it would provide much needed jobs to a number of youths in the district adding that it was gratifying that the project was almost complete after having stalled for a long time.

35,000-capacity Stadium for Livingstone

The mall will be ready for opening on October 24 this year and assured that there would be no more postponements.


Just days after Zambia expressed interest in staging the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament, Cabinet has approved the building of a 35,000-capacity stadium in Livingstone. The government is expected to appoint an inter-ministerial committee that would look at the social impact of Zambia hosting the 2019 AFCON tournament. Sport and Youth Minister, Chishimba Kambwili said cabinet approved the construction of the Livingstone stadium and that tenders for the 25,000-seater Mongu stadium were opened. He said the ministry had since written to the Ministry of Works and Supply to go ahead with the tendering process. Kambwili said the stadium site had already been identified about five kilometres outside Zambia's tourist capital, Livingstone on the Lusaka Road and that KR3 million had been budgeted for the clearing of the site. 8

Sport and Youth Minister, Chishimba Kambwili, said cabinet has approved the construction of the Livingstone stadium.

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Italy's twisted Tower Under Construction A ‘twisted’ tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is currently under construction as part of a project which will dramatically alter the skyline of Milan, Italy. Forming part of the CityLife Milano masterplan, and situated in the city’s historic Fiera district, The LEED Gold certified Hadid Tower (Torre Hadid) will be 170m high with 44 floors. Containing both commercial and office space, with a shopping area which connects to the metro station, the Hadid Tower is being built alongside the 220m Arata Isozaki & AssociatesTower (‘the straight one’) and the 150m Daniel Libeskind Tower (‘the curved one’). Designed with a distinctive twisted shape and dubbed ‘Lo storto’ (the Twisted One) the retail section situated at the bottom of the tower rises and twists to give way to a galleria and promenade. These twisting lines continue up through the tower to form a vertical ‘spiralling vector’.

This twisting design is made possible by using a conventional central core with a radial display of columns to support the load. According to ZHA “The structure of the tower is conceived as a stack of equivalent, The LEED Gold certified Hadid Tower (Torre Hadid) will be 170m high with economically efficient floor slabs that incrementally twist about a 44 floors containing both commercial and office space, with a shopping area which connects to the metro station. vertical axis.”

NZTA Completes work on $202 million Viaduct Project

New Zealand

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has completed construction work on a $201.8 million (NZD244 million) Newmarket Viaduct Replacement Project in Auckland, New Zealand. The project utilized many innovative engineering techniques and was delivered by the NGA Newmarket Alliance, which includes NZTA, Leighton Contractors, Fulton Hogan, VSL, URS, Beca, Boffa Miskell and Tonkin & Taylor.

The project involved removal of the old viaduct and construction of a new viaduct, which is more seismically strong and wider than the old viaduct. NZTA said that the new viaduct has improved transportation between the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Greenlane interchange, which is touted to be the busiest section of Auckland's motorway network. The project was delivered in four stages, which include: construction of new southbound viaduct, removal of the old southbound viaduct, The project involved removal of the old viaduct and construction of a new construction of the new northbound lanes and the last was the removal viaduct which is more seismically strong and wider which will improve transport between Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Greenlane interchange of the old northbound viaduct.

Samsung, Pattern Begin work on 270MW wind Project in Canada


Samsung Renewable Energy Incorporated (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) have secured financing and started construction work on the 270MW South Kent Wind project in Ontario, Canada. The South Kent Wind project will utilize local wind turbines. The plant will feature 124 turbines, including towers manufactured by CS Wind and blades manufactured by Siemens. The electricity generated by the plant will offset the power requirements of 100,000 homes per annum. The project will employ 300 workers as an average and almost 500 workers during construction peak. The project will offset emission of approximately 842,000 tons of carbon dioxide per annum and conserve water to meet the needs of approximately 23,600 people in the region. The project forms an integral part of the CAD7 billion ($6.81 billion) program of Samsung to build and operate 2,500MW of wind and solar power in Ontario.

The project will offset emission of approximately 842,000 tons of carbon dioxide per annum and conserve water to meet the needs of approximately 23,600 people in the region.

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GOMACO Sidewalk Paver GOMACO introduced the GT-3200 sidewalk paver with an adjustable aggregate base mold on the front and a sidewalk paving mold on the rear at World of Concrete 2013. It’s a three-track paver designed specifically for zero-clearance sidewalk rehabilitation projects, fulfilling a contractor’s unique request. The GOMACO GT-3200 can be equipped with a front-mounted adjustable aggregate base mold to spread the base aggregate for the sidewalk. During the first pass, rock is placed on grade and an auger spreads the material, while three pan vibrators mounted to the mold start the compaction process. The base mold is equipped with two heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders that provide 14 in. (35.6 cm) of hydraulic lift for setting the grade depth below the track line and raising the mold for the paving pass.

Roadhog Asphalt Milling Attachments RoadHog Inc. offers a series of self powered milling attachments for loader backhoes and wheel loaders. This attachment is ideal for milling asphalt or concrete prior to overlay, cutting utility trenches and performing in place recycling or stabilization of road base and soil. The key to the RoadHog is that they are completely self contained with their own engine and hydraulic system, which eliminates any power requirements from the host vehicle, according to the manufacturer. The RoadHogs are powered by Caterpillar or John Deere turbocharged Tier III compliant diesel engines. The 78 hp (58 kW) unit is suitable for backhoes. The 140 and 200 hp (104 and 149 kW) unit is designed for wheel loaders. Cutting drum widths are available from 24 to 72 in. (61 to 183 cm). All units feature hydraulic controls thru wireless remote controls. Skid steer models are available as well, in 50 and 64 hp (37 and 47.7 kW) models, up to 40 in. (101.6 cm) cutting width.

Alumax Heavy Duty Dump Body The DuraClass Alumax heavy duty aluminum dump body offers high strength and low body weight for long life and maximum payloads. Typically up to 50 percent lighter than traditional steel, the decreased body weight of aluminum bodies increases payload capacity, minimizes fuel consumption and can improve truck life, according to the manufacturer. The Alumax features a heavy duty 8-in. (20 cm) extruded top rail that resists bowing from heavy internal loads. The heavy duty bottom rail, which includes an inside radius for faster and cleaner dumping, ties the deck, sides, crossmembers, vertical posts and outside dirt shedders together providing increased structural integrity. Aluminum 5 ¾-in. (14.6 cm) I-beam longmembers have an integrated rubber track and rubber riser to reduce shock and noise.

Volvo EC700CHR High-Reach Excavator The EC700CHR offers a 105 ft. (32 m) reach, and joins the Volvo EC380DHR and EC480DHR in the high-reach line-up. Volvo Construction Equipment now offers three high-reach (HR) excavators with available boom heights ranging from 69 to 105 ft. (21 to 32 m). The newest high-reach excavator — the EC700CHR — offers a 105 ft. (32 m) reach, and joins the Volvo EC380DHR and EC480DHR in the highreach line-up. All Volvo high-reach machines include a design which allows operators to easily change the highreach boom and arm to a standard backhoe or straight boom configuration in as little as 30 minutes, increasing machine utilization and productivity, according to the manufacturer. The EC700CHR design offers operator safety and machine stability through a number of features, including a long undercarriage, extra modular counterweight, boom and arm holding valves, optional slew-reduction control and a total moment indicator, which signals a warning if the machine is approaching overload. 10

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Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria The Federal Government has been urged to make adequate use of indigenous engineers in contracts and project execution so as to enhance their capacity and skills. President of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engineer Ibikunle Ogunbayo, made this call recently in Abuja at the opening ceremony of 1st COREN/ ACEN workshop for prospective and practicing engineering consultants. Ibikunle lamented the unwholesome practice of the use of expatriates by the government, saying such a practice is detrimental to the development of Nigeria engineering system. Ogunbayo said that majority of Nigerian engineers are very competent as their foreign counterparts and the only question is whether they are being given the opportunity to function. He said Nigeria is doing railways now and part of the work is being done by a Chinese company and the consultant is from Italy. He raised his concerns over the indication that that there are no engineers with building capacity in Nigeria for the design of building of railway system which he said was wrong adding that the works should have been given to Nigerian engineers as it is done in other countries which recognize their own.

Engineer Ibikunle Ogunbayo, President of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

Totally Concrete Expo 2013 Date: 03 - 05 June 2013 Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Johannesburg Contact: Mario Haddon Email: Website: This large scale annual event showcases the latest products and services related to concrete, its manufacture, transport, processing and use. Totally concrete is the only African platform wholly dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries.

2020. At the heart of almost all construction projects, is concrete. And at the heart of the African concrete industry is the TotallyConcrete Expo 2013.

The Totally Concrete conference and exhibition unites highly targeted industry professionals from around the world for an African 360 degree review of the challenges and opportunities in engineering, contracting, architecture, concrete manufacturing, concrete mixing and project development that are now facing the regional marketplace. Africa’s leading all things cement and concrete conference and exhibition is gathering leading experts to dissect to the continent’s 7 trillion US$ construction industry, a sector that is expected to grow by 70% by

We are looking for industry experts to join us as part of the TotallyConcrete 2013 advisory board. The TotallyConcrete advisory board consists of senior executives representing a cross-section of active stakeholders in Africa’s concrete, cement and construction industry.

16th BUILDEXPO KENYA 2013 Date: 04th-06thMay 2013 Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya Contact: Neville Trindade Email: Kenya is under rapid development in its infrastructure, urbanization, economic zone, industrial parks, commercial and residential buildings and tourism resorts. It is estimated that Kenya's infrastructure industry value and construction industry value will double from 2010-2015. The demand for building construction materials and machinery has witnessed a precipitous rise. The only show with the widest range of fascinating technologies in the sectors for construction machinery, building-material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment, the 16th edition of Buildexpo Africa is scheduled to be held in May 2013. Buildexpo Africa is the only show which has been catering to the demand of not only the Kenyan market, but the entire East African region from the last 15 years. April 2013

Spread over three days, the mega event is the ideal forum for the international players in the industry to showcase products and services to the ripe African market. Trade visitors from all over East & Central African countries are being invited directly and in collaboration with several regional trade bodies in East Africa,Mozambique & Congo. 11

TBS Concessionaire to Build SAB’s State-of the-art Maltings Shoprite to Build 136 Stores 65-Storey Trade Tower in Africa Plant in the Offing

The Manager, Corporate Affairs, BHS International Ltd, said the economic advantage of investing in this project cannot be quantified.

This is part of ZAB’s continued efforts to support the local economy as it will reduce the amount of malted barley it imports.

Shoprite has earned its stripes as a continental kingpin with operations spannings 16 countries in Africa‚ with 144 stores.

BHS International Ltd., the concessionaire of Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos has said it would construct a 65-storey trade tower, expected to be one of the tallest buildings in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Manager, Corporate Affairs of the company, Mrs. Josephine Abraham said this in a statement in Lagos.

The South African Breweries will invest $77million in a state-of the-art new maltings plant in Alrode‚ Gauteng‚ as part of its continued efforts to support the local economy and drive job creation. Construction on the new plant will begin during the course of this year and it will produce 130‚000 tons of malted barley a year once it is completed in 2015.

Shoprite Holdings is steamrolling ahead with its African expansion - the retailer has 136 stores in the pipeline as it eyes fast growing oil-rich markets. Shoprite chief executive, Whitey Basson, says it is the highest number of stores they have got under option or have been working on in Africa. The company will open 13 new stores before June and a further 24 more are confirmed for the following 12 months.

She said the firm would also carry out other renovation and expansion works at the Square. According to her, other projects to be carried out include expansion of the car park to accommodate 10,000 cars; renovation of 375 shops and office complex, as well as the construction of 200 luxury housing units. She explained that the company would also construct a creativity centre, shopping mall and indoor advertising sites.Abraham said that the projects would commence as soon as the company gets the needed funds, the sum of which was not disclosed. She concluded by saying the economic advantage of investing in this project cannot be quantified.

This will allow SAB to reduce the amount of malted barley it imports and to further its programme of developing the local agricultural sector by supporting small black farmers. New SAB managing director Mauricio Leyva said the construction was an important development for the company adding that the new maltings plant will have significant cost saving and growth benefits for SAB. He said it makes good financial sense to undertake this investment since it will allow SAB to reduce their exposure to volatile international markets and replace a significant share of their imported malt and barley with local barley.

Basson said they will be putting up a warehouse in Nigeria soon.Companies are beefing up their presence on the continent in the hopes of cashing in on a burgeoning middle class‚ whose disposable income and demand for goods is rising rapidly. Underdeveloped retail markets and regulation and bureaucracy hurdles‚ have not deterred SA's retailers‚ who have been among the quickest to snap up northern opportunities‚ in an aim to drive sales and profitability growth. Shoprite has earned its stripes as continental kingpin. Its non-South African supermarket operation now spans 16 countries in Africa‚ with 144 stores.

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

Zimbabwe - 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 Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)


- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia 12

South Africa

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 2013

ECA Conference, exhibition, AGM, and Presidential Awards Date: 9 to 12 November 2012,Venue:Birchwood Conference Centre,South Africa

Eaton Electric SA presentation

ECA conference delegates

ECA Awards Judges

Presidential Awards Winners 2012

Pieter du Toit , ECA(SA) Regional Director Free State

Young Apprentice of the Year, Masuxole Poni and Mark Mfikoe

Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative awareness raising and consultative meeting Date: 27th February, 2013, Venue: Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, Uganda.

A participate airing his views

Chairman bus drivers giving a speech

Deputy Resident City Commissioner -Makindye, middle Rev. Cannon Stephen

Eng. Ojuka E.T listening to openning speech

Mr. Alex Mugova of CrossRoads

Participates listening to Eng. Ojuka speech


Edward Seth Mungati Managing Director,East African Consulting Surveyors and Valuers

Edward Seth Mungati

Edward Seth Mungati was born in 1937 in Mbale, Uganda. He has worked through the ranks, from a trainee valuer- London County Council (UK) to assistant valuer in the Ministry of Lands and Surveys all the way to senior valuer, deputy chief government valuer, chief government valuer, deputy commissioner of the then Lands and Surveyors department, to deputy minister in the Ministry of works and Housing . In 1981, he left and started out on his own with East African Consulting Surveyors and Valuers where he is currently the Managing Director. He did his advanced level general education and first examinations of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 1960. In 1964, he did his final examinations of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors from the College of Estate Management in London. The valuation surveyor is a fellow of the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK), Fellow of the institution of Surveyors of Uganda, member of the institute of rating and valuers (UK) as well as a former president of the Uganda Association of Technical Professions. He worked in the office of the Chief Government Valuer with eight expatriate staff who later on left the country after the pronouncement of Amin in 1971. For several years, Mungati carried on the valuation work of the government single handedly until several years later when he started training Ugandan valuers and assistant valuers to give a hand.

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The responsibility placed on him as the Chief government Valuer was enormous involving working for all ministries, including foreign missions where it involved acquiring/routing properties in the USA, UK, Germany, France, India etc for use by the missions and other organizations such as the Coffee Marketing Board in Kenya. Collapse of Buildings Mr. Edward Seth Mungati says the rampant collapses of buildings in and around Kampala city, especially those under construction are due to laxity by the professionals. Such instances could have been avoided if the Uganda Society of Architects (USA) was stringent on the practice of their members and regularly monitored work under construction.He explains that most architects these days merely design the project and once the controlling authority has approved the plans,

architects are not keen on monitoring the projects. Similarly, engineers in the private sector and town councils who are meant to assist architects do not strictly supervise the contractors. Mungati compares this case to several Construction sites he has visited outside Uganda. In Tanzania for example, a contractor cannot mix concrete on site in the absence of a Project Manager. The manager is always present to make sure the mixtures are of the right ratios. In Uganda this is not the case. During the 1970s to 1978, Mungati was the President of the former Uganda Association of Technical Professions, an association that comprised of Architects, Surveyors, Engineers and Physical planners. The formation of this association was encouraged by the Late Ibrahim Waligo - former Prime Minister and it brought professional bodies together which coordinated all the work in the construction industry. Collapsing of buildings was unheard of at that time. Mungati strongly advises the current Presidents/ chairmen of different associations to revamp this arrangement as this will ensure an enhanced construction Industry sector. Significant projects worked on Some of the significant projects Mungatti has worked on include the valuation of assets of foreign companies for government through out the country when Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) was sold. He also carried out the valuation of all Asian companies and properties after Amin’s pronouncement and expulsion of the Asians from Uganda. The properties were allocated to Ugandans by the army. Mungati is responsible for helping African entrepreneurs obtain mortgages and loans from banks at the time when the economy in Uganda was dominated by the expatriates especially the Asian community. At that time African business person’s did not have opportunities to borrow money from banks because they did not own properties in the commercial centre to provide security as their titles were mainly in rural areas where banks were reluctant to lend.

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Eng. Kebede Abebe President, Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers (EACE) Born in Ethiopia on October16, 1963, Eng. Kebede Abebe holds a Masters Degree in Infrastructure Planning (MIP) with 'Good' ranking from the University of Stuttgart, Germany; September 1997, He was awarded a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering with a rank of 'Distinction' from the Addis Ababa University, Department of Civil Engineering in July 1986, He has completed more than half course work towards a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Economics at the Extension Division of the Addis Ababa University. For the first time in Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers history, Eng. Kebede was elected as president through secret ballot on July 16, 2011. He worked as National Director, Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia between August 13, 2001 and 14 June, 2012. His major duties: providing overall leadership of the country program, ensuring proper use of resources, growth and expansion of the services of the organization. The major tasks performed included, but not limited to, providing creative, innovative and reasonably customized program activities such as community development, developing appropriate and feasible settlement plans, preparing housing typologies and specifications to build low cost houses, loan management of the revolving fund, fundraising, cultivation and engagement of local and international volunteers, developing strategic partnerships with potential donors, collaboration with local and regional government departments and so on. Some of the major achievements at this role among others included ensuring regular registration renewal including successfully defending of some attempts that could have resulted in closing of the country program. He also ensured consistent improvement / growth of the program and its various programmatic indicators namely number of families served, amounts and sources of funds raised, repayment rates, geographic area coverage, project numbers and diversification of programs and projects, etc. Some examples are:- inclusion of different new projects and programs such as vulnerable group (VG) housing, water and sanitation, kitchen improvement, slum area renovation, etc. Moved the country program from one of the least performing to one of the best performing to become the biggest program in the Africa and Middle East Region for which the program has been recognized with various awards – internally and externally. Made researches and followed up processes needed to introduce “Improved

Chika Houses� , ICHs- into the House Description Package (HDP) which resulted in growth of the program, creating opportunities to reach poorer families, to counter-act adverse effects of galloping inflation, which in quantitative terms resulted in a saving of over 67,000 bags of cement that is equivalent to over US$ 850,000 within a time span of about 6 years, i.e, 2006 to 2012. Assisted / actively participated in a sustained and successful national resources development efforts, which in turn helped to attract donors, GV team volunteers from around the world and other resources needed for achieving the mission of the organization, pioneered the introduction of saving groups as pre-family selection processes which became very popular and effective. Introduced and maintained a sustained use of modern Management Information System (MIS) that helped in saving time, money, energy and enabled preparation and submission of more accurate reports for family selection and construction of mortgage houses, loan tracking systems, tracking of donors and donations and the like, Ensured sustained improvements and building of the image and reputation of the organization among others. He worked as General Manager of Housing Construction Office (HCO) of the Addis Ababa City Government (AACG) January 10, 2000 _ August 12, 2001. Major tasks included but not limited to:- leading all technical, administrative, legal, financial matters, and providing authorization of payments. Ensured preparation of project designs, social works, preparing annual budgets, preparing periodic progress reports, during this time, construction of 2,400 low cost housing, units were completed and construction of new 1,500 units commenced under my supervision. Also tried to promote economically and technically efficient house construction methods through critical assessment of costs, design modifications and engaging on-going dialogues to generate new ideas and implement them. Eng. Abebe also worked on transitional activities related to the Ex-Project Implementation Office (PIO) of the World Bank which were mainly construction works and international procurement activities. Worked on projects financed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and had given advice on better management of the UNCDF granted Revolving Fund as indicated in the agreement signed between UNCDF and the Ethiopian Government.

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For the first time in Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers history, Eng. Kebede was elected as president through secret ballot on July 16, 2011. He worked as National Director, Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia between August 13, 2001 and 14 June, 2012. 15

National Stadium Warsaw, Poland By Emmanuel Onsomu Poland and the Ukraine hosted the UEFA European Football Championships in 2012. For the occasion, a new national stadium was built in Warsaw on the existing but crumbling Dziesieciolecia Stadium abandoned for sports use in 1988. In 2007 an international architectural competition was held for a new Polish national stadium in Warsaw. The scheme submitted by gmp in association with J.S.K. Architekci of Warsaw and Schlaich Bergermann und Partner of Stuttgart was the preferred option.The new structure is located over the solid rampart of the Dziesiยฌciolecia national stadium, which was constructed in 1955 from rubble from the wartime Warsaw Uprisings. The revitalization of this area as a sports park including the new national stadium represents a milestone not only for the city of Warsaw but also for the whole country in terms of national identity. The stadium is located around 2 km from the city center beside the Vistula in a park studded with greensward, sports pitches and trees. A central axis in the form of a multi-lane arterial road leads from the city center to the new stadium. You already get a fine view of the city from the existing 16

top of the rampart, and this panorama will be all the more sweeping from the higher levels of the new structure. Sports Park The stadium is in Skaryszewski Park east of the city center on the bank of the Vistula, and will form the heart of a new sports park. The construction of the stadium is divided systematically into two. The stand consists of prefabricated concrete parts. Above this is a steel wire net roof with a textile membrane hung on freestanding steel supports with inclined tie rods. The interior roof consists of a mobile membrane sail that folds together above the pitch. Video Cube The video cube with four screens giving optimal sightlines from all seats is also in the middle of the pitch. The top tier is accessed via twelve arch shaped, single-flight staircases. The exterior faรงade consists of anodized expanded metal that provides another transparent envelope for the actual thermal shell of the interior areas and access steps. The stadium with its exterior faรงade in the national colors of Poland will stand out in the park as a landmark visible from afar. Once the outdoor

market had been moved elsewhere, work on revitalization of the sports park began in 2009. A condition imposed by the city was that the existing rubble-built slopes should be built over with as few interventions as possible. The two lower levels of the new structure would therefore be inserted into the topography of the rampart without changing the top level of the slopes or the level of the existing pitch. 55,000 capacity This meant the access routes, geometry of the ramparts and the two access tunnels into the stadium could be retained and integrated into the new structure. The duality of a solid historic stone base and the new structure made of steel, glass and PTFE membrane externally visible only above rampart level gives the design of the football only stadium with a 55,000 capacity an unmistakable character. The roof truss system adds a number of significant features to the familiar spoked wheel principle. With the configuration of only one compression ring at the external edge of the roof and the deflection of the cable forces at the upper ends of the inclined supports via the faรงade elements into the foundations, an optimal distribution of forces is achieved. April 2013

Project: National Stadium Location: Warsaw, Poland Competition 2007 – 1st prize Design Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Markus Pfisterer Project leaders: Markus Pfisterer, Martin Hakiel Project leader: roof Martin Glass Staff (design) Stephanie Eichelmann, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Jochen Köhn, Lars Laubenthal, Fariborz Rahimi- Nedjat, Christian Wentzel

The cantilever moment of the roof is absorbed by a horizontal couple. The couple acts upon both the compression ring and the pile foundations. While the external edge of the roof constitutes a harmonious, fluid curve in ground plan, the edge of the fixed roof is oriented to the pitch geometry. This is possible by integrating the load-bearing structure of the convertible inner roof. In addition, cables leading axially upwards are also installed so as to take the weight of the lightweight, foldable membrane. The central support carried by four cables acts not only to carry the weight but also as a support for the central video screens and to provide stowage for the inner roof. Expanded metal panels Also unmistakable as a feature visible from a distance is the façade, made up of expanded metal panels in the Polish national colors of red and white. This translucent layer unites the very diverse areas within the stadium into a single large-scale shape. Even with low incidental light, the crisscross elements of the façade set up a fascinating pattern of light and shadow. At night, the coloration and distinctiveness of this façade are reinforced by the integrated illumination. As the stadium is not regularly used by a football club, major provision was made – along with the usual football related areas for players, press and spectators – for office and conference use, a museum, restaurant and fitness club so as to

ensure regular commercial use of the stadium throughout the year in addition to sporadic concerts and sports events. Offices The office areas are accessed via eight individual stairwells and lifts, so that units totaling approx. 400m2 can be rented out separately. These office areas will be used by the media and UEFA during the European Championships, and rented out thereafter. The whole conference area will get a separate foyer independent of the sports function, with vertical access on the east side. This conference area was likewise earmarked for Championship uses in 2012. Only thereafter will the operator have a separate conference centre at its disposal. The office and conference areas can be reached on foot from the top of the rampart or directly from the underground parking. The closeable inner roof of membrane sails is one particular feature ensuring year-round utilization. It is capable of bearing the weight of snow, so that the stadium can be used in winter. There is a two-level car park beneath the pitch. This, combined with the four-storey car park beneath the stands, provides a total of around 1,800 parking places. The external façade made of stretched metal unifies the functions behind it into a homogeneous large-scale shape.

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Staff (execution) Marta Antosik, Carsten Borucki, Lena Brögger, Katarzyna Ciruk, Stefanie Eichelmann, Silke Flaßnöcker, Alberto Franco Flores, Ulrike Geißler, Ruthie Gould, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Patrick Klügel, Monika Kwiatkowski, Lars Lau-benthal, Marisa Maitert, Ausias José Lobatón Ortega, Lisa Pfisterer, Fariborz Rahimi-Nedjat, Nikolai Reich, Stefan Saß, Florian Schwarthoff, Sonia Taborda, Semra Ugur, Katya Vangelova, Christian Wentzel Cooperation with J.S.K. Architekci Sp. z o.o. and schlaich bergermann und partner Structural concept and design roof: schlaich bergermann und partner – Knut Göppert with Knut Stockhusen and Lorenz Haspel Technical equipment HTW, Hetzel, Tor-Westen + Partner Landscape design RAK, Architectura Krajobrazu, Warsaw General contractor Konsorcjum ALPINE BAU DEUTSCHLAND AG, ALPINE BAU GmbH, ALPINE Construction Polska Sp. z o.o HYDROBUDOWA POLSKA S.A. i PBG S.A. Client: Narodowe Centrum Sportu Sp. z o.o. Length: 314 m Width: 280 m Height: 97 m Construction period: 2008–2011

Building Information Building Name Metropol Parasol Seville Architects J. MAYER H. Architects Project Team Juergen Mayer H., Andre Santer, Marta RamÌrez Iglesias, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand, Marcus Blum, Ana Alonso de la Varga, Paul Angelier, Hans Schneider, Thorsten Blatter, Wilko Hoffmann, Claudia Marcinowski, Sebastian Finckh, Alessandra Raponi, Olivier Jacques, Nai Huei Wang Competition Team Juergen Mayer H, Dominik Schwarzer, Wilko Hoffmann, Ingmar Schmidt, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand, Julia Neitzel, Klaus K¸ppers, Georg Schmidthals, Daria Trovato, International Competition 1st Prize, 2004 Project 2004-11 Opening Mar 27 2011 Completion: Apr 2011 Client: Ayuntamiento de Sevilla and SACYR Management Consultant Dirk Blomeyer Technical Consultant for Competition 2nd phase only Multidisciplinary Engineers for Realization: ARUP GmbH Technical Support for Plants Competition 2nd Phase only: CoquiMalachowska-Coqui with Thomas Waldau Translation competition text Carmen Diez Plexi-Model Werk 5, Photographer: Uwe Walter Timber-Model Finnforest Merk

Metropol Parasol Seville The changing face of Seville architecture By Emmanuel Onsomu "Metropol Parasol" is the new icon project for Seville. Designed by J. MAYER H. architects, this project has already become the new landmark, a place of identification and to articulate Seville's role as one of the world´s most fascinating cultural destinations. "Metropol Parasol" explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Sevilla allows for a great variety of activities such as contemplation, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.Metropol Parasol received the red dot award "best of the best" 2012 for the highest design quality, expressing innovation in form and function in an outstanding manner. The "Metropol Parasol" scheme with its large mushroom like structures offers an archeological site, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of the parasols. Thought of as a light wood structure, the parasols grow out of the archeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark. The columns become prominent points of access to the museum below as well as to the plaza and panorama deck above, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city. Urban Context Metropol Parasol redefines the potential of Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the contemporary

urban centre of Seville. Its role as a unique open urban space within the dense fabric of the city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as contemplation, leisure or commerce. A well developed infrastructure helps to activate the space, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike. The architecture proposed here will thus not only create a new place of identification for the people of Seville but also articulate Seville’s role as one of Spain’s most fascinating destinations. Metropolitan Parasol The Metropolitan Parasol is the main architectural element that gives a new contemporary identity to the Plaza de la Encarnation and Seville as a whole. It is conceived as a roof structure that provides precious shade during the day, creating a comfortable microclimate and a place for relaxation. At night, the MP becomes an artificial sky that sets the stage for various light and sound scenarios. These two qualities allow for a series of urban activities such as sports (beach volleyball, boxing, street basketball, etc.), cultural events (cinema, theatre, concerts, etc.) as well as commercial uses (car- and fashion shows, corporate events, presentations, etc.) that emphazise the Plaza’s role as one of the city’s main places for communication and interaction. Market The role of the market in this concept is one that reactivates the vivid everyday life that once charactarized the Plaza de la Encarnation.

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Tile & Carpet Centre in Kenya offers a vast array of products for the bathroom

Modern Bathroom fittings By Yvonne Andiva The bathroom is one of the most utilized rooms in any home but sadly it is the most neglected as well coming a close second to the pantry or garage. With today’s bathroom suppliers however this need not be the case any longer. The opportunity to modernize and style your bathroom to suit your tastes can be amply met by the wide choice of designs colors, functionality and materials available. Starting with the shower, gone are the days of a simple shower head over your head as sufficient. Today, one can enjoy multiple function shower heads, hand showers, and body sprays. At the higher end there is a Custom Shower System. This option allows you to have various shower heads, body, sprays, and controls. Bathtubs have moved on as well from the basics to whirlpool baths for extra relaxation and stress relief. The toilet has been moved in from the dark and can now be described by words such as chic and avant garde. Toilets are now available with features such as a heated seat and remote control. Flushing effectiveness and water conservation are an important factor too. They not only contribute to saving the environment but also to saving on utility bills as well. Water efficient toilets 20

use no more than 1.3 gallons per flush. The shape of the bowl also matters significantly especially if the room is small. Let’s also not forget the lights, without them there would be no color form or texture to the bathroom. In a bathroom a sink and its accompanying faucets can make or break the overall ambience. Today there are more styles and finishes than ever before from pedestal and free standing sinks to vessel sinks that are becoming more popular. They all come in vibrant colors and you should take full advantage of this to add a new dimension to the bathroom. Tile & Carpet Centre, Kenya Tile & Carpet Centre in Kenya offers a vast array of products for the bathroom ranging from tiles & sanitaryware to mixers, taps and showers and also all the accessories required such as plumbing fittings , adhesive, and grout to mention a few. They have products for both domestic and commercial use. They source quality products from Asia and Europe mainly. The manufacturing processes are impeccable and each product goes through various tests to ensure quality control. Wherever their products come from, one thing Tile & Carpet Centre does not compromise on is quality. Their European brands namely Duravit, Geberit and Hansgrohe are one of the

few in Kenya that have warranties. Products from Asia are sources from reliable suppliers where quality checks are of paramount importance. Regarding the Tapis and Nova brands they are involved in the R&D process right through to the final product and hence have assurance that every component is of a high quality. In addition to this, their pricing is very competitive and they have a whole range of products that cater for all customers, those looking for an economic range to those who want the Rolls Royce of bathroom fittings. They only supply, however they can assist you with any technical questions/ issues that you may have. They will also ensure that they provide an after sales service should you have any issues. Over and above this, they are also environmentally friendly as they are promoting products with water saving features and thus are good for the planet. They sell their products mainly in all the neighboring countries. Tile Centre Ltd, Uganda Tile Centre Limited in Uganda, the company offers modern bathroom Fittings such as Fully automatic toilets. This comes with an automatic lid, heated seat, automatic flushing and self-closing lids controlled by a sensor. They also offer Thermostatic shower mixers. April 2013

Hardware World, Uganda. Harware world offer a variety of shower cabins fitted in with fans, clocks and radios. We also have double Jacuzzis which have two leaning sides as well as the ordinary Jaccuzis. These differ in shapes and sizes. we also have PPR mixers that accommodate cold and hot water as well as concealed mixtures that are inbuilt in the walls. We also provide remote controlled toilets but these are available on order since the market is not very good here in Uganda. We also offer modern anti-skid tiles that are not slippery even when wet. Fully automatic toilet from Tile Centre Limited in Uganda

Its unique feature is that it boasts a built in thermostatic control. For those TV enthusiasts the bathroom is no longer off limits with a waterproof television.These are waterproof and specially designed for wet environments. They also stock Jacuzzis; both single and double. According to the Management of Tile Centre, the design of the building and amount of space available for the bathroom are key considerations when designing the layout of a bathroom. Secondly, advice from professionals is put into consideration as well as the price of the commodities. Challenges in the local market in Uganda stems from the fact that people are not familiar with the modern products and they are not aware of where they can be purchased and this proves a challenge because it influences the market. Secondly, counterfeit and substandard materials are high on the market and too manipulate the Business.


The company considers size of the bathroom, the clients preference as well as what is new on the market when making recommendations. The high expense of power in Uganda is a major constraint for some products like jaccuzis since they consume a lot of electricity. Decotec Bathrooms Decotec, with its vast array of colours, was among the first to really develop the bathroom and see it more than purely a functional space, but a veritable living space. For the last 35 years, Decotec has maintained its industrial savoir-faire, 100% French, as well as its dedication to innovation and strong core values: quality, humanity, hedonism, audacity and elegance. It is in this spirit that Decotec continues to create bathroom furniture and basins combining functionality with æsthetics in its constant quest for excellence. Arôme - Série caractère; Drawing inspiration from the plant world, the Arôme basin opens up like the petals of a flower. Its pure lines are highlighted by the immaculate whiteness of the polar white Solid Surface. With Arôme,

your bathroom becomes a nature spot bathed in sunlight. Ego - Série contemporaine; the unit’s curvy lines and the use of white as a real colour hark back to the “Courrège” style. A unit that is capable of anything. The gloss white base units, combined with glittering chrome-plated handles, allow for the interplay of any colour variations and let the character of each one shine through. Baltimore - Série prestige; Influenced by Art Deco, the Baltimore collection creates an elegant and luxurious environment. The harmonious dual shading of the basin unit blends serenely a glossy Macassar verneer facing with beige lacquer. Both sides of the unit offer storage areas for your most precious little bottles. The supremely elegant, wide drawers are motor-driven. Opéra - Série intemporelle; The Opera collection provides a subtle balance between modern and stylish which gives a timeless character that will always seduce. Opera also provides a variety of solutions to lay out and customize your bathroom as you wish. Built-in or panel-hung furniture, single or double built-in washbasin vanity, case furniture, all furniture of the Opera collection can be customized playing with the range of materials and finishes available. Each bathroom is unique and there is an Opera harmony for each. Opéra provides all Decotec refinements that make each day more pleasant: anti-fog mirror, sensitive switch, closure absorber, optimized storage, Ceramyl® onepiece built-in washbasin top, which are must. At Decotec, each bathroom is the result of a unique encounter between you and your sense

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of well-being. Decotec takes the time to listen, to understand, to detect the smallest hints of inspiration in order to reflect them in relevant, out-going and elegant furniture. Carpenters, painters, moulder - crafts and tasks carried out with a real passion are at the heart of the production site in TuffĂŠ, near Le Mans. Decotec is today not only a reference to quality methods of generations with a shared passion of beauty and taste, but also to a flexible brand which adapts to the evolution of shapes and forms. Fired Earth Bathrooms Fired Earth specializes in an array of interiors products including floor and wall tiles, paint, wallpaper, bathrooms, kitchen furniture, handwoven rugs and wood flooring. Their focus has always been on sourcing the highest quality products from around the world, from the finest Italian marble to hand crafted French cabinetry seen in the Bastide bathroom and kitchen furniture. Avebury shower; This is a thermostatically controlled shower takes advantage of the most up to date production techniques to ensure a great showering experience. It looks great, is designed for ease of use and features the Fired earth logo in grey, a concealed thermostatic shower with separate temperature and flow controls. Can be used with the Avebury hand shower and diverter set. Includes 8" adjustable position, easy clean shower rose, arm and ball joint, the water pressure is 1-5 bars.

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List of contributors: Tile & Carpet Centre Hilesh Chouhan, Anupa Sanghrajka and Manasie Tiwari Parkside Towers, Mombasa Road P. O. Box 3115, 00200, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 393 9000 Mob: +254 738 329717 | Fax: +254 3939 111 Tile Centre Limited Mike McCaffrey, Pragnesh Patel and Keren Gill Plot No. 91/93, 6 Street Industrial Area, Kampala Hard Ware World Musomba Peter, Ntinda, Kampala Ripples (Holdings) Limited Juliet Harris Fired Earth Publicity Elizabeth of Mar Ann Sacks Wiroll Heather

April 2013 Mastella Design Mirko Busatto Walton Bathrooms Linda Bell SAVortex Ltd Suzanne McDermott-Swan QS supplies Touseef Hussain Decotec Marysia Saifoudine Hudson Reed Sharon Doogan


Dawn Sanitary Division A Market Leader in the Production of High Quality Products DSD comprising of well established brands Vaal Sanitaryware, Libra Bathrooms &PlexicorBathroomware continues to produce quality, durable and sophisticated ceramic and acrylic sanitaryware, manufactured for comfort and aesthetics at its factory in Meyerton, Gauteng. The three brands currently constitute a wide range of toilets, basins, bidets and baths representing years of research and development which instils confidence that any purchase of a DSD product embodies the best in quality, durability, comfort and style. Vaal Sanitaryware Vaal basins and toilets are renowned, locally manufactured, household name. Vaal is


synonymous with competitively priced, quality products that bare the mark of innovation and pristine design. As market leader in the production of superior Sanitaryware, Vaal committed to progress. On-going research ensures every Vaal product form and function are trendy, elegant, stylish and most importantly environmentally efficient.

a range of elegant and stylish basins such at Savoy Design, Savannah Design, Alto Art and Perla design, to name a few. In addition, the Laboratory and Hospital Equipment includes Slophoppers; Wash-up sinks: Drainers; Laboratory sinks; Drip sinks and High level cisterns; Channels; Bathroom suites

Vaal Sanitaryware Product Range The products entail theWashbasins; WC Suites;Bidets; Urinals. • Recently several toilets comprising of WC Suites, Wall hung pans and back to wall pans were introduced to the already large range. • In addition to the new toilets, Vaal launched

Libra Bathrooms Products Rectangular baths includes the dh QUADRA; dh LINEAR; Capri; Rendezvous; Sicily Bold; Synergy Curve etc. • Free Standing Baths includes Xtacy; Victorian Slipper, Mario Novella; Rob Stuart; Entice etc. • Oval baths includes Rona; Refine, Da Vinci

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Oval; Eclipse etc. Corner Bathincludes Flamingo; Petra; Revenge etc. Shower Trays includes Quarter Round; Sitra Shower Tray; Pentagon Shower Tray; Cola 80, 90 etc. Vanities and basinsinclude Michelle Vanity; Rave; Salon.

Plexicor: The Best In Bathroomware The product range for Plexicor entails the Rectangular Baths, Oval Baths, Corner Baths, Skirted Baths, Free Standing Baths, Shower Baths, Shower Trays, Vanities and Basins. Rectangular Baths includes Carmen 1200 with seat; Carmen 1700; President; Windward; Elegancia, etc. • Oval Baths includes Jenna Oval; Alexa Oval; Dawn Oval; Andorra; Perla etc. • Corner baths includes Magnolia; and Elba etc. • Skirted baths includes Henley D; Alexa, Diva etc.

HUXTON ROYCE Luxury bathing New to the Libra range is the Huxton Royce range of baths. The Huxton Royce brand consistently combines sophisticated, classical designs with enduring strength for a life-time of satisfying perfection. Huxton Royce Armour Coat is specifically formulated with NCS resins and ingredients exclusive and standard to Huxton Royce. Noticeably recognised by the solid black underside, the Huxton Royce label confirms this is a Huxton Royce/ NCS authentic coating. All baths with Armour Coat coating carry an extended guarantee to 20 years. Installation DSD products are easy to install especially if they are installed by accredited technicians. The company always provides assistance by arrangement when it comes big projects, for instance in the hotel industry. Safety and Efficiency DSD adheres to international and local standards and guidelines. VaalSanitaryware products comply with SABS standards and has achieved

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SABS/ SANS 497:2006 and SABS ISO 9002 accreditation. All baths with Armour Coat carry an extended guarantee of up 20 years, while the rest carry a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty.In addition, Plexicor& Libra conforms to SABS 1402 Part 1. DSD Going Green DSD understands the importance of being environmentally sustainable both in terms of products they manufacture and the operations of their factories; as a result DSD boasts a water reticulation plant, its use of gas in an attempt to reduce electricity usage and further to this, a crusher system to eliminate scrap dumping. Vaal, Libra and Plexicor are proudly South African and presently represented in South Africa and SubSaharan countries such as Angola, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. For trusted quality, affordable and above all beautiful products look no further than the brands of Vaal, Libra and Plexicor.


Contributors: PMSA - Pan Mixers South Africa (Pty) Ltd Mr. Quintin Booysen Marketing and Sales Manager Tel: +27(0)11 578 8600 Fax: +27(0)11 578 8800 Email: Web: VALUE TECH LTD. Tim O Riordan

Concrete Mixers Concrete mixers are one of the most important equipments used in the construction industry because it allows users to mix large amount of cement, sand, or gravel with water throughout a project without undergoing the time wasting and labor intensive method of hand mixing the materials. The rotating drum allows users to mix their materials with ease and using a very limited amount of energy. The continual rotating of the drum allows workers ample time to make use of the wet, mixed cement before it hardens. Concrete mixers range from the very large commercial mixing truck to the smaller, portable concrete mixer sometimes called a “mini mixer. Special concrete transport trucks (in–transit mixers) are made to transport and mix concrete up to the construction site. They can be charged with dry materials and water, with the mixing occurring during transport. With this process, the material has already been mixing. For smaller volumes of concrete, typically up to two cubic yards (1.83 cubic meters), a portable concrete mixer is sufficient. A portable concrete mixer is typically powered by electricity and sits on a base with wheels for easier transport. The rotating drum can be tilted down so that mixed concrete can be poured into a wheelbarrow. For homeowners attempting small concrete projects such as a patio, sidewalk repair, or small slab, a portable concrete mixer is essential to maximize efficiency. A concrete mixer does not keep concrete ready for application indefinitely, so it is important to have an understanding of how much concrete you can pour and finish within a specific time frame. It is therefore important to note the type of concrete mixer to use depending on the type of project one has. PAN MIXERS SOUTH AFRICA They are a leading manufacturer of a wide range of concrete block, brick and paving

machinery, turbine and counter-current pan mixers and batching plants for the Concrete, Refractory and Ceramic industries. Pan Mixers have been servicing the needs of local and overseas customers since 1976. PMSA brickmaking machinery, in the Johannesburg area alone, produces 2 000 000 bricks per day. Website: MCPHEE BROS (BLANTYRE) LIMITED Lorna McFarlane Website: PEVERIL MACHINERY Contact: Trevor P Bradford

One of their products is the Fiori self-loading mixer is a four wheel drive mobile batching plant with its own diesel engine, its own loading bucket and its own mixing drum that can rotate and discharge concrete 270 degrees. With the addition of weighing, reporting and sensing systems to that very rugged design, the Fiori concrete batching vehicle (CBV) is the only self-loading mixer that can make certified concrete on demand.


This means that a mixer-operator is able to load his own sand and stone on his own with the loading of cement done by hand directly from the bag into the loading bucket. In addition to that, everything that the bucket loads is also weighed and recorded by the onboard computer.


As the load is lifted, a reading is produced for the operator. Having previously input the calculations required for the specific mix design, should the operator attempt to overload the drum, the door for discharging the material will not open. The operator would then lower the bucket, before emptying the excess material out until the correct weight is attained. This safety mechanism not only prevents miscalculations in the mix, but also prevents the drum from being overloaded. The Fiori has a device that counts the drum revolutions, and will not allow the mixer-operator to discharge concrete until the material has been suitably mixed.

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Green Buildings By Yvonne Andiva While green building covers a whole array of a buildings life cycle greater focus today is being directed towards energy saving and recycling activities even in existing buildings. New technologies to meet this trend are constantly being developed with the view of reducing the overall impact o the built environment on human health and the natural environment.

and irrigating in the landscape outside buildings as a matter of course. Using solar power as a renewable source of energy is also gaining popularity while the means of reducing energy use have become the standard. In this area energy use areas such as lighting and air conditioning are enjoying attention as key areas to conserve energy and several new products are in the market to enable building owners to do just that.

Reducing water consumption and protecting water quality are key objectives in sustainable building. One critical issue is that in many areas, the demands on the supplying aquifer exceed its ability to replenish itself. To the maximum extent feasible, facilities should increase their dependence on water that is collected, used, purified, and reused on-site. To this end grey water and rainwater is now used for toilet flushing

Energy saving lighting controls CP Electronics - have been developing and manufacturing electronic energy saving controls for lighting, heating and ventilation for almost 40 years. They have four different types of lighting control system, all are modular in nature and utilize simple connectivity making them very flexible and easy to install. The wide range of presence detectors, including PIR sensors and microwave


sensors, in each system ensure optimum energy efficiency and user comfort. Whilst meeting all the legislative requirements now in place for new and existing buildings. D-Mate - from CP Electronics gives you all the benefits of a scene setting lighting control solution at an economical price. Using a modular system with simple connectivity, it is easy to install, easy to configure, and has the flexibility you need to tailor solutions to the exact needs of the space. It also allows organizations of all sizes to enjoy effective scene setting, whilst benefitting from advanced energy saving functionality such as presence detection and automatic adjustment for daylight. An-10 Wireless -Lighting Control Technology allows one to install a fully featured lighting control

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List of collaborators Logicor Ltd David Bowen Guardian Security SW Ltd Edward Hanlon Hippo Water Services Paul Adshead Green Building Store Chayley Collis system easily and with minimal disruption. An-10 has been specifically created to allow us embrace the advantages of wireless technology, while at the same time offering all of the features and functionality demanded by modern day lighting control systems. Vitesse Modular™ - is a state of the art lighting distribution system that can be used in a variety of applications, its modular design can be easily adapted for layout changes, future connectivity and control requirements. It is available in either switching or dimming variants. Plug in presence detectors, control devices and its modular construction make it a very simple system to install; and the reduced number of parts means that the stockholding of product is greatly reduced for the installer and wholesaler alike. Vitesse Plus is a fully functional lighting control system, designed for ease of installation, energy saving and functional usability. It is designed

for buildings that have a fixed layout, such as schools, universities, healthcare and public sector. It is available in either switching or dimming lighting control systems. A wide range of presence detectors ensure that the lighting is controlled efficiently and without compromise. Although the Vitesse Plus lighting control system is designed to meet the demands of all modern lighting schemes it requires little or no commissioning making it the preferred choice for many lighting control applications. The Rapid - lighting control system is ideal for lighting control installations which have demanding lighting needs owing to changing room configurations, or where there is a need to re-configure or monitor the lighting via a PC. Luminaires can be individually or collectively controlled, either across a floor or throughout an entire building.

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Tofina Rom Builders Limited Kenya

Providing Housing Solutions In Kenya Kenyan real estate continues to attract more

The residential segment has been notably

formidable provider of housing solutions in the

players due to the apparent attractive returns on

busy owing to the perennial housing shortage

country. It became a limited liability company in

investment. Despite the much hyped bubble in

in the country. Many investors have identified

2009. The company’s main focus so far has been

the sector, construction continues unabated with

the insatiable need for home ownership and

the up market segment. However, it says it will

short pauses that have mainly been attributed to

have teamed up with banks and other financial

soon venture into the lower income market by

bouts of expensive credit and occasional political

institutions to build homes especially for the

purchasing land in rapidly growing areas such as

uncertainty. Growth has largely been steadfast

burgeoning middle class.

Kitengela where the commodity is still reasonably

since 2002. Nairobi and the coast have witnessed


the most growth. Indeed, a report by Knight Frank

Among these investors is Tofina Rom Builders

International last year revealed that Nairobi and

Limited. Founded in 2002 as a housing

Modus Operandi

Mombasa were the leading prime property movers

cooperative, the organization has undergone

The company identifies suitable land, authenticates

in the world according to London based African

tremendous growth over the last decade and

the title and enters into negotiation with the seller.

Business magazine.

transformed itself from a small cooperative to a

It then assesses the number of housing units that


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can be accommodated on the land and uses this information to determine the cost per unit. Tofina then brings together interested parties to acquire this land. Once this is done, the company engages a team of professionals consisting of architects and engineers to come up with architectural and structural plans for submission to the relevant local authorities. Tofina also ensures that the National Environment Management Authority has given its approval. Once all approvals are obtained, the company proceeds to engage a qualified contractor on labour terms only, meaning that Tofina is responsible for the purchase of all building materials. Materials are sourced locally and internationally to ensure a balance between cost and quality. During the construction process, Tofina maintains strict book keeping to enhance cost control and eliminate

opportunities for wastage and undue project delays. For each project, a separate company is registered. This is the company that holds the title. Tofina Rom is then appointed to handle all construction matters for that particular project. Projects Accomplished Tofina Rom Buiders Limited has successfully completed several exciting residential projects in Nairobi and its environs. These include: • Tofina 1 Townhouses- completed • Tofina 2 Townhouses- completed • Amboseli Villas- to complete this year • Lunar Villas- to complete this year • TofinaChalbi Drive villas- to complete this year • Tofina Hatheru Road Apartments- To complete this year • Tofina Ring Road Apartments- to complete

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in May Tofina Investments Aparrtments (Ngong)To complete in July In addition, the company is undertaking similar projects in Mtwapa and Nyali areas of Mombasa and is currently engaged in a massive development on Mombasa Road in Nairobi.

Staff and Equipment Tofina Rom currently employs five personnel. However, their construction sites engage more than 200 workers at any one time, making the company and its associates a significant contributor to job creation in the areas where it operates. The company does not directly engage itself in the actual construction but rather appoints contractors who have their own equipment. It therefore does not own any construction equipment.





of title is available. Moreover, land registration needs to be fast tracked to avoid situations where parties lose land on account of inaccessibility of the lands register. Another challenge cited is the escalating cost of land in the country. As the most important factor in construction, the price of land has considerable effect on the final cost of a housing unit. Tofina management says the government ought Habakkuk Mboya, Lucy Ringera and Simon Oonge, Directors of Tofina Rom Builders Ltd

to provide adequate infrastructure especially

Tofina Rom and the Industry According to the management of Tofina Rom, there are several challenges facing investors in the industry. One of these is the availability of different land ownership documents, a phenomenon that the company terms as confusing. It recommends the standardization of titles so that only one type

to create a conducive environment that enables

roads, water, electricity and sewerage in order private sector investors to thrive. “Although we have seen improvement in roads, the provision of water and sewerage services is far from adequate�, notes the company’s management. On professionalism, Tofina feels that Kenya has well trained professionals in the construction

industry. However, there are many cases where developers take shortcuts, bypass the consultants and proceed to put up structures without proper supervision. Even when they have gone through professional advice, some developers still fail to strictly adhere to this advice. Future The management of Tofina notes that their company thrives on trust from its members who are willing to commit huge amounts of money without seeing tangible products. The company is counting on this trust to propel it to the next level. Tofina hopes that in the next five years, it can provide at least 1000 housing units. In future, this ambitious organization sees itself listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. More information on the company is available at

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Vipingo Ridge The Making of a World Class Golfing and Residential Development Kenya

Luxury living on private residential estates is becoming increasingly popular in East Africa and golf courses often form part of the facilities available to residents living on private estates. One of the most successful and fastest growing developments in East Africa is Vipingo Ridge, located 35km North of Mombasa in Kilifi County. By Robert Ward The Vipingo Ridge development has quite literally risen out of nothing but sisal and overgrown bush. The developers of the project felt there was a need for a world class residential and golfing estate on Kenya’s North coast. Initially the search was focused on beachfront land on the North Coast. When they visited the Vipingo area in 2004, they were initially looking at land in the area of Vipingo Beach. The land here was extremely flat and it


would have been difficult to create an interesting golf course and residential development. When they enquired on other land in the area, person showing them around quite literally pointed to the Ridge in the distance and informed them: “That Ridge is for sale”.

views out towards the Indian Ocean. To the west

After driving up through the old sisal plants that used to occupy the Ridge as part of the REA Vipingo sisal estate, the developers arrived at the top of the Ridge and were greeted by stunning

Stunning views

were equally impressive views of the African bush. From that moment, the seeds for Vipingo Ridge were planted and the developers made the decision to purchase the 2500 acres that make up Vipingo Ridge.

Despite the natural beauty of the Ridge, it was always going to be a huge challenge to turn it from an overgrown sisal estate into functioning

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The developers carefully designed the golf course using experienced golf architect David Jones, and developed a master plan for roads and plots. Once this was complete, a team lead by experienced Golf course builder, Saleem Haji, mobilized on site in 2006 to start the arduous task of building a golf course and what would essentially be a small town. Huge amounts of vegetation had to be cleared to start building roads which were surfaced using cabro blocks.

Grass nurseries were established to start growing grass for the golf course. The grass stocks started out as an area of 10m2 which had to be hand planted and then propagated to create enough grass to cover an area of nearly 400,000 m2. It was decided that the first of the two golf courses to be built at Vipingo Ridge would be given pride of place on the top of the ridge so that golfers could enjoy fantastic views out to sea and inland while playing. The golf course would start and end at one of the highest points of the Ridge – a height of 130m above sea level. The hill leading up to this high point was considered quite steep for the golfers completing their round so over 250,000 cbm of soil was moved and shaped to create a gentler climb to the clubhouse. To create the shapes and mounds that make a golf course interesting and exciting to play, a professional golf course shaper was employed

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from America to help build the golf course. A further 200,000 cbm of soil was moved to create the rest of the golf course. The end result is the Baobab Golf course which is now open for golfers to enjoy and is considered one of the finest golf courses in Africa. Infrastructure While construction of the golf course was ongoing, the infrastructure construction team were also busy building the cabro roads and a drainage system to ensure that during heavy rains both houses and roads would not be damaged. It was also essential that as much rainwater as possible was collected and recycled back into the main dams and water features on the golf course to use for the golf course irrigation. All the cabro roads have a single camber and single drain to collect water. Using a system of single camber and drains was an extremely efficient and cost effective way of building.



Golf course and residential estate. There were no roads, no power and the only water available was from a large dam located to the west on the inland side of the development. This large dam was one of the unique features of the land that made it very suitable for a golf course. Many landowners with dreams of developing golf estates have found that the lack of water has made it impossible. A golf course can use up to 2,000,000 litres per day during the dry season.


PROJECT TEAM CEO Robert Ward Golf Architect David Jones Golf Architects Urko Sanchez/Pankaj Pandaya Golf Course construction Vipingo Ridge Ltd/Rainbow Projects Civil Engineers Vipingo Ridge Ltd/Rainbow Projects Electrical works Powertechnics/Mehta electrical. Water reticulation Vipingo Ridge Ltd Main VR Buildings contractor Seema Builders Structural Engineers Manor Consultants Security Vipingo Ridge Ltd/Saladin Interior design Lyn Angell/Reynard Africa Landscaping Vipingo Ridge Ltd Junglescaper – Bruce Hobson

The development now has over 13 km of paved roads within the estate and over 12km of drainage to ensure as much rain water as possible is collected. A 22km long, 3m high wall was also constructed around the estate. A water reticulation system was designed to supply the 256 plots in phase one with a reliable water supply. Boreholes were also established to supply most of the domestic water. Power Staton Vipingo Ridge also owns a unique, state of-the-art power system built with modern equipment and technology. The power system comprises 5MVA 132/11KV Power station and a reticulation system consisting of eight 11/0.433 KV substation. Vipingo Ridge enjoys a stable and continuous power supply by having the power station fed from the grid 132KV transmission line from Rabai to Kilifi. From the main power station, power is transmitted to the 11/0.433KV distribution substation via an 11KV underground network. The design of the 11kv network is of ring topology to ensure continuity of supply and minimize outages during

maintenance. The 11/0.433 KV substations are strategically positioned in the entire property to serve all home owners and Vipingo Ridge utilities. The purpose of the 11/0.433KV substations is to step down power from transmission to distribution voltage levels of 415 and 240v respectively. These stations feed the special outdoor feeder pillar distribution boards which are designed to meet the coastal climatic conditions, technical specifications and aesthetic standards of an international golf estate. The feeder pillars provide distribution point to the various individual clients via consumer stubs located adjacent to each individual development or plot. There is no doubt that the bravery and vision of the developers and owners of Vipingo Ridge has resulted in a truly world class facility that many people felt was too ambitious. The dream is now a reality and continues to go from strength to strength. Phase two of the development is expected to be launched in 2013. Accommodation is now also available on Vipingo Ridge.

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MD Derek Pitfield examine the first Blue, 630mm Diameter, PE100 pipe MD Derek Pitfield and other staff members examine the first Blue, 630mm produced in East Africa. Diameter, PE100 pipe produced in East Africa.

Plasco Launches Large Bore Blue Polyethylene Pipes Plasco Ltd Tanzania, is now in a position to manufacture Polyethylene pipes up to 630mm in diameter. These new large diameter Polyethylene pipes are designed for the conveyancing of fluids (including slurries), either under Pressure (Water Supply) or for Gravity flow applications (Sewage and Surface Water Drainage). At the start-up of their new Large Bore Plastic Pipe Extrusion Line in Dar es Salaam last week, the Managing Director of Plasco, Derek Pitfield, also announced that the company would be offering Blue coloured pipes to those water-pipe customers who were prepared to adopt the latest International Specification related (EN 12201 Part 2). These two coinciding developments at Plasco have advanced the plastic pipe industry in the East African region another step forward with the availability of this locally manufactured product. Raw material manufacturers have now started to recognise the need for a high grade fully compounded blue material, since this has long been the international colour for Municipal Water Pipes. Blue pigmented PE100 raw materials have traditionally been prohibitively expensive, but this has changed and the current price premium above black materials is now within a few percentage points. This move towards blue pipes should be seen as a significant improvement for the water pipe sector and offers users more than a simple colour change. It offers in fact, two benefits, the first being the clear identification that buried pipes are in fact water pipes (black water pipes could be confused with black power cables) whilst secondly, and perhaps of greater benefit to the industry, is the raising of pipe material quality by preventing the use of recycled (sub-standard) polyethylene 44

material. Blue pipes offer an immediate tell-tale signature, should cheap recycled (particularly blacks and browns) material be added into the virgin material in order to lower costs - this is a common practice used by unscrupulous plastic pipe manufacturers. Diluted materials of any type result in changed performance characteristics and the addition of low grade recycled material into a PE100 pipe material will result in a reduced lifespan for the degraded pipeline - the reduction in lifespan being a direct function of the dilution amount. Modern day Polyethylene piping materials (particularly PE100's) have been developed to meet the stringent requirements of the Gas Industry, and in that sector, nowhere is safety and security more important – Gas pipes must resist bursting and joint leakage without compromise, for very obvious reasons. The new PE100 polyethylene water pipe materials that are now available are infinitely more advanced than the earlier generations of material and have been designed to combat, particularly, long-term stress crack propagation. For most Large Diameter Polyolefin pipe applications, Butt Fusion-jointing is the cost effective option. However, for smaller diameter pipe jointing, Electro-Fusion joints and Compression Fittings are sometimes more convenient to use, particularly in inaccessible positions of the pipeline. For other applications, particularly overland mining pipes, Stubs and Flanges are often used, particularly for those customers wishing to un-bolt and open-up their pipeline in order to move them around. Waste liquids must always be contained, detoxified and purified before being disposed of

according to law. Toxic waste leakage should never be allowed to migrate into freshwater or river systems, aquifers or estuarine systems and only fusion jointed polyolefin pipes can prevent this risk. Fusion jointed non-corrosive pipes must be the first choice where long-life and pipeline integrity is the requirement. Concerning pipeline installation costs, a growing number of engineers and funding agencies now accept the concept of “Whole Lifetime Costing�, where the pipe cost alone is not the only parameter taken into consideration at the outset. The full list of costs (pipes + trenching + jointing + installation + importation of selected fill material + compaction of selected fill + water leakage losses + road surface repairs, etc) must all be taken into account and for the whole life-span of the pipeline. In this regard, polyethylene pipes, as already stated, when used with fusion-welded joints, are the first choice for the discerning Engineer. Plasco now offers PE100 pipes that are Blue in colour, do not suffer from corrosion, are semiflexible thus making the installation process easier, are ductile and accepting of both water hammer and ground movement, offer 100% water-tight joints (electro-fusion or butt-fusion welds) and can survive more than 100 years when buried in the ground. The author trusts that this short informative article will help to influence pipeline decision makers towards the use of PE100 Polyethylene pipelines in sizes up to 630mm diameter. For further information, please contact Plasco Ltd, Dar es Salaam. April 2013

Images Courtesy of PKA International Architects

South Africa

Multi-Million Luano City Office Development nearing completion The Luano City Office Development is a commercial estate which is part of a larger Luano City development being built in phases and set to be completed in 5 years. Phase 1 constitutes office block A and B, while the other phases will consist of residential, commercial, retail, hotels, hospitals and light industrial site.

that creates a dramatic faรงade aesthetic and a flexible internal design that allows multiple tenant mixes in individual buildings, or single tenants in a single building.

The 220 hectares development is situated in Luano City, Katanga Province, DRC and right across from the Luano International Airport.

The project is environmental friendly as it makes use of high specification glass that allows for maximum light transmittance while stopping heat gain and harmful UV radiation. This has reduced the reliance on air-conditioning requirement of the buildings.

Block A has a gross lettable area of 1364 square metres, while Block B has 1364 square metres. The design of the buildings is unique in that it is based on current trends in architectural design in Southern Africa, and is a first for the DRC. Combinations of materials, colours and textures contribute to a contemporary philosophy of design

In addition, the building will also make use of solar shading louvres on the east and northern facades, dual layers of roofing insulation (under the sheeting as well as above ceiling), and large overhangs above all windows. Internally, all windows have large opening sections that can be opened in lieu of the ari-conditioning, Professional Team Client Luando Grandes Properties Project Managers Key Projects Architects PKA International Architects Quantity Surveyors Schoombie Hartman


and use the cross ventilation effect for cooling. As part of the development, external services such as stormwater drainage, roads, sewage and water treatment plant, and parking bays were constructed. Water will be recycled for fire fighting and irrigation purposes while boreholes have been drilled on site with the treated water to supply the building. Electricity will be supplied by the local authority though back-up generators have been installed. Extreme weather conditions and the procurement of the building materials from South Africa proved challenging, Transglobe provided invaluable procurement support. The two storey development commenced construction in November 2011 and is earmarked for completion in March 2013. Electrical Engineers Rawlins Wales Structural & Civil Engineering PDNA Procurement Transglobe South Africa Main Contractor Benco April 2013

Ultra- Modern Shopping Mall in Kwara State Kwara State Government, Ilorin, Nigeria has partnered with Persians Investment limited in delivering a US$ 14 million ultra modern shopping mall to the community of Kwara State.


The Kwara Shopping Centre is situated along Fate road, Ilorin, and is ideally located in an area with important tourist attractions such as Esie Museum, Owu Falls, Imoleboja Rock Shelter,


Ogunjokoro, Kainji Lake National Parks and Agbonna Hill. The outdoor strip centre serving the entire state, including local and international tourists visiting the attractions within the Kwara State, is the forth ultra-modern shopping centre in a country with a population of 150 million and is set to improve the shopping needs of the Nigerians.

The development with approximately 14,000m2 gross lettable area (GLA) is anchored by Shoprite, boasts a fair representation of tenants, which includes fashion, jewellery, media, electronics, sports and restaurants. The tenants include 35,000m2 Shoprite, The Hub, Max, KFC, PaperWorx, Tony’s Cafe and Cinemas consisting of four screens, etc.

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In addition, the development includes a 35 metre shop front restaurant on the corner of first floor, meant to attract and improve the social life of the community. The development with a simple steel

roof boast of a brick wall at the back with ClearVu fence at the front and is also guarded 24/7 by security guards. A project of this magnitude always has its fair share of challenges and these included economic challenges, steel coming from the north. However, the professional team soldiered on and delivered the project on time and within budget. The construction of the centre with about 200 parking bays commenced in the last quarter of 2009, with Shoprite the anchor tenant commencing trading in 2011.

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Professional Team Client Kwara State Government Developer Persianas Investment Limited Architects LYT Architects


The U-shaped mall was designed by South Africa’s LYT Architects and it includes 7 – 8 metres of general deep overhang to shield the mall from sun. It has also permitted the inclusion of kiosk traders, in order to create employment to the community.


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