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a 23rd Anniversary Edition J Vol 23 No.7 August 2012,

In this issue... Tororo Cement Company Gearing up for more production SAPOA 2012 Awards South Africa Trends in ceiling design Links Plaza Kenya Office partitions

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Volume 23 No. 07

Guest -Tab Bola Disu Managing Director, Lekki Worldwide Investments Ltd The Lekki Free Zone project aims to create a model city with opportunities for industry, manufacturing, residential and tourism, as well as creation of an Industrial Park and maximize the tourism potential of the State.

REGULARS The Site Board 6 News 7 New Products 10 Association News 11 Events 11 Corporate News 12 PICTORIAL East Africa Outsourcing Summit Africa Pipeline Summit 2012 FOCI 56th Annual General Meeting

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Personality - Zulch LĂśtter President of CESA Zuch Lotter is the Managing Director of UWP Consulting responsible for approximately 300 staff members situated in 16 offices across South Africa, as well as subsidiary offices in Zambia, Tanzania and Botswana.

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A Directory Of Construction Related Material & Service Providers. Are you listed?

Personality Zulch Lötter 17 SUPPLEMENTS Trends in Ceiling Designs 20 Office Partitions 24 PROJECTS Plence Architects Limited 26 Links Plaza 30 Construction of Mental Health Services 42 National Housing and Construction Company Ltd 44 Reconstruction of Ugandas Economy (NWSC) 48 Honouring the Best in the Business 54 Cetre Stage 58 Redevelopment of Soweto 60

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

The Site Board Construction Slowdown Persists

WRITERS Irene Kabuzire, Elaine Young, Emmanuel Onsomu, Sam Kamenyi, Dominic Uys, Lindsay Wagner

The global economy continues to face severe headwinds due to sluggish growth figures in China, USA and Europe. This has dampened demand for Africa’s exports and lowered commodity prices in the world markets for the same.


Lower capital inflows as lower foreign direct investments dwindle has meant that infrastructure projects could be shelved for the duration or abandoned altogether as ballooning budget deficits call for greater austerity.

WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa O. ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Kenya Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Denis Ondeyo, Titus Oyuga, Trizah Njoroge

Reports indicate that Sub Saharan Africa will achieve growth in the range of 5.9percent with lower growth projected if we include South Africa. All this does not portend good tidings for the construction industry which has seen a slowdown in most Sub Saharan African countries as interest rate hikes to stabilize local currencies has led to rising costs of financing projects .

South Africa: Kevin Schorr ,Tabitha Muthoni, Winnie Sentabire, Prince Moyo, Linda Mangwiro, Angeline Ntobeng Uganda: Penny Komugisha, Betty Nabakooza Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana

In Kenya for instance a recent free fall in the value of its currency was only stabilized by an equally massive rise in central bank rates that literally stalled projects that were underway as investors were faced with higher costs and lower home buyer demand a situation that still lingers to date.

Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Samuel Hinneh Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda Rwanda: Collison Lore

The world is now looking at more stimulus spending by USA and Europe to jump start economies and inject life into markets. It is hoped that QE3 will be the silver bullet but as with past injections the fear is that it may be too little too late.

Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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October 2012

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Security Biometrics In Construction

Wet Services Electronic Plumbing

Fire fighting Fire-Rated Plasterboards

November 2012

December 2012 - January 2013

Solar Power Nanoscience Technology

Air Conditioning Split System Air Conditioners

Computer Software Construction Estimating Software

Wood Products Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

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NSSF Set to Begin Construction of US$360 million Town The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) US$360 million satellite town project will start this financial year. NSSF Principal Planning Officer, Mr Gerald Peter Sondo said at the 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair that NSSF Satellite town is different from the Kigamboni New City under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development. The Satellite town at Dunga Farm and Twangani in Kigamboni will see 3,000 houses constructed. The town will comprise essential social services including schools, hospitals, shopping centres and a police station. Mr Sondo said the residential housing units will be affordable and will cater for low, middle and upper income earners. He said the project will improve the living standards of those who will benefit as well as provide government with income through property income tax adding that this will also be a good example for other organizations to emulate. 

The Satellite town at Dunga Farm and Twangani in Kigamboni will see 3,000 houses constructed.


Road rehabilitation work begins in Monrovia Vice President Joseph N. Boakai broke the grounds for the rehabilitation of the 180.36 kilometer road between Red Light in Monrovia and Gbarnga in central Liberia with strong warnings to Chinese engineers not to construct a “third-world road” in spite of Liberia being a third world nation. He told the China Chongquip International Construction Corporation (CICO) to endeavor to construct a “long lasting road” that will benefit the country and its people for a long time. Vice President Boakai said the construction of the road, valued at US$16 million, and other infrastructures were in fulfillment of the government’s promises. He urged marketers and inhabitants along the road to cooperate with the Chinese company in creating an amicable environment for the rehabilitation project. The Project Director of the Ministry of Public Works’ Infrastructure Implementation Unit (MPWIIU), Akindele Beckley, put the contract’s duration to 10 years (120 months), which involves full rehabilitation and construction of two bridges.

China Chongquip International Construction Corporation (CICO) are the contractors of the rehab project.


Kashimbila Dam to be completed in 2014 The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Darius Ishaku, has assured the people of Taraba State and their neighbours that the 40MW Kashimbila multi-purpose dam in the State would be completed on schedule. The Kashimbila dam is scheduled to be commissioned in April 2014 and Ishaku gave the assurance recently when the governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, paid him a courtesy visit, in his office, in Abuja. He said the N60.63 billion project would not be abandoned, noting that government was aware about the economic potentials of the 40mw capacity hydro-dam. He said the Federal Government is committed to the improvement of the lives of the citizens through the provision of regular supply of electricity to all Nigerians for both domestic and commercial purposes. Ishaku explained that the current electricity tariff increase was to encourage investors in the power sector and to make regular electricity supply sustainable for economic growth.

The 40MW Kashimbila multi-purpose dam is to be completed on schedule.

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U.S $100 Million Borrowdale Mall On Course


Developers of the multimillion-dollar emporium, The Mall of Zimbabwe in Borrowdale, Harare, say construction work for the exquisite shopping complex was well on course, with the project's groundbreaking set for October this year. The assurance that the initiative was progressing as initially planned comes after recent reports that the project could be aborted. Co-project developer Mr. Jason McCormick said he was shocked to learn from his South African base of claims that the project was in danger of not seeing the light of day. The US$100 million modern market is being developed jointly by Augur Investments and McCormick Property Development. Mr. Jason added that they were confident about the decision to invest in Zimbabwe and believed that in two years, the economy would be booming and that it would enable them to get a return on their investment. The US$100 million modern market is being developed jointly by Augur

The Mall of Zimbabwe project is set for groundbreaking in October this year Investments and McCormick Property Development. and scheduled for completion by October 2014.

New Road to Link Turkana Power Project


The Kenya National Highways Authority has approved the construction of a 204km road to Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. The project, which will cost US38million, is aimed at easing delivery of wind turbines and transformers when construction of the wind power project finally begins. John Latham, project manager of Civicon, the company that will construct the road said the Northern Kenya area will finally join the rest of the country with the completion of this project as the upgraded road will open up trade, make Marsabit County accessible and allow for other potential investors to set up new businesses. He added that it will also improve security in the region covered by this road network as local authorities will now be able to easily access areas which are currently un-accessible . Latam added that the LTWP will provide 300MW of reliable, low cost wind power to the Kenyan National grid which is equivalent to about 20 percent of the current installed electricity generating capacity at a cost of US$ 892 million.

City Road Authority Paves Way for Three More Projects

The 204km road is intended to ease delivery of equipment to the 300MW wind turbine project to be located near Lake Turkana.


The Addis Ababa City Roads Authority (AACRA) has concluded US$135million (2.43 billion Br-) worth of constructing contracts for 16 road projects. The last three of these projects were awarded to one Chinese and two local contractors for a cumulative US$48million (847 million Br) on July 6, 2012, at its head office. The tender floated on June 18, 2012, had attracted 17 bidders, of which Satcon Construction, Gebrehiwot Ekubemariam Construction, and Chinese Road & Bridge Corporation (CRBC), were selected for a total of 13.5km of roads in the capital.These projects are expected to be completed within the coming two years. Fekade Haile (Eng), general manager of the AACRA said they are planning to increase the total [standardized] road coverage of the city to 16 percent in two years and 20 percent by 2020. Of the city's entire road network, only 13% is currently served by modern roads.Eng. Fekade added that the money for these roads is coming from the 2011/12 and 2012/13 budgets of AACRA. 10

AACRA said they are planning to increase the total standardized road coverage of the city to 16 percent in two years and 20 percent by 2020.

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge At the Brackfriars train station platform, London’s largest photovoltaic solar panel array is being constructed. This will be the world’s largest solar bridge. The project will consist of 4,400 solar panels from Solar Century that are expected to generate 900 MWh per year.Solar Century is the UK-based company that is constructing this project. This project is expected to meet half of the Brackfriars station’s electricity requirements, and avoid 511 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from traditional power plants. Solar Century’s chief executive Derry Newman said Blackfriars Bridge is an ideal location for solar; a new, iconic large roof space, right in the heart of London. “Station buildings and bridges are fixed parts of our urban landscape and it is great to see that this one will be generating renewable energy every day into the future. For people to see that solar power is working is a vital step towards a clean energy future”, he added. Apart from generating electricity, Solar panels shade the bridge, enabling people to be far more comfortable, and even turn their air conditioning off, when waiting in slow traffic. Other resource conservation systems are being The Solar Panels will generate 900 MWh per year. set up at Brackfriars, as well, including sun pipes to provide natural sun lighting instead of using electric lighting.


Melco Crown To Build Casino Resort Casino operator Melco Crown Entertainment has entered into an agreement with a consortium of property companies called the “Philippine Parties” to build a US$1 billion casino-hotel in Manila, Philippines.Belle Corp., a Philippinesbased property and leisure company along with Premium Leisure and Amusement and Melco have agreed to build and operate Belle's integrated resort complex at Aseana Boulevard in Parañaque City. The project will be built at a site on Manila Bay called Entertainment City. Melco's wholly-owned subsidiary MPEL Projects will operate the gaming and non-gaming operations as a lessee. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has issued a provisional license to the consortium. Under the terms of the license, the Philippine Parties will make a US$650 million payment to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. at the start of commercial operations and a total of $1 billion for the entire project. Hong Kong-based Melco, which has up until now been solely focused on China's Macau region, said the deal provides it with future expansion opportunities throughout Asia, which is widely regarded as the fastest-growing gaming region in the world.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. will receive US$650million at the start of commercial operations.

Swinerton Renewable Energy To Build Multiple Solar Utility Plants In 2012


Swinerton Renewable Energy, a US-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) builder, has been selected to design and build over 120MW generation capacity at multiple solar utility plants in 2012. The company will build the plants ranging from 5MW to 30MW both domestically and internationally. In addition to designing and building the solar utility plants, Swinerton Renewable Energy has launched a new division focused on operating and maintaining solar utility plants. Swinerton Renewable Energy is offering comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) for solar plants based on customer demand. Swinerton Invests in Solar Utility Monitoring Platform. Contracted to manage over 150MW of utility-scale solar generation by the end of 2012, it will be one of the largest, independent monitoring platforms in the nation, said the EPC contractor.The Swinerton Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the western US.

Swinerton Renewable Energy will build Solar plants ranging from 5MW to 30MW both domestically and internationally.

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Room Acoustic Applications A new grade of lightweight, sound-absorbing, fiber-free melamine foam, Basotect ® G+ is used in room acoustic applications. Basotect G+ meets the strict emission requirements of the California Section 01350, which fulfills indoor air emissions for California Collaborative for High Performing Schools (CHPS) and several LEED® criteria, with 35 percent coverage of the ceiling. In addition to the proven properties of Basotect G+ such as low thermal conductivity, flame retardance and simple, mineral fiber-free processing, the new material also has advantages for interior decorators and designers. The light reflectance value of the considerably lighter Basotect G+ is more than 30 percent higher than that of the light gray Basotect G. Website:

Floor Grinder Floor grinder; for surface preparation, grinding of adhesive residue, paint and spackle on large concrete areas. The grinding and suction is efficient thanks to the high rpm levels, the wide range of grinding discs and the design of the dust guard and vacuumport. PG 400 is easy and convenient to use, with ergonomically designed handlebar and low noise levels. 4 kW 3-phase motor. Husqvarna Construction Products is a part of Husqvarna AB. They are a world leader in the construction and stone industries. Their extensive construction product range includes machines, diamond tools and all accessories that you need for cutting, sawing and drilling, as well as polishing floors. Website: www.

The Universal Rung Runner™ U-TECK introduces the Universal Rung Runner™, the easiest way to carry and transport heavy extension ladders from vehicle to job site. Using a universal tether, you can now carry any type of ladder, including large extension ladders with solid rails. The Universal Rung Runner™ has a unique design that enables it to cradle any type of extension ladders on their side, reducing the ladder weight by as much as 90%. This is the easiest and most stable way to carry them. Using the new Universal Rung Runner™, worker fatigue is virtually eliminated, off-setting the weight of the ladder, making it lighter and more easily maneuverable into tight spots such as parking lots, construction sites, and into gated fences. Worker productivity is increased because of the ease of getting ladders to and from the work site more quickly. The framework is constructed of lightweight polymer and stainless steel, making U-TECK's Universal Rung Runner™ extremely tough and durable. Website:

Scaffold Moving Device The Crawler Universal Scaffold Moving Device makes scaffolding mobile with a common cordless drill. It attaches easily and powerfully moves any “Baker Style” or fold-up scaffold. The Crawler’s design and operation are similar to that of an outboard motor on a small boat and can be controlled with only one hand. Speed is controlled by the drill setting and the thumb pressure applied to the actuator. Direction is controlled by the side to side movement of the steering arm. The Crawler can telescope to a total height (including drill) of 122" and can compress to 79", allowing the unit to pass through a standard doorway without removing the scaffold frame. The Crawler is compatible with most popular drill brands and can travel over normal job site debris and extension cords with the optional traction bushing.


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Southern African Institute of Steel Construction In order for the South African steel construction industry to be competitive in Africa – where the world’s next major economic growth spurt will occur - and especially the sub-Saharan region, there will have to be some important changes including the simplifying of border crossings in the SADEC region, infrastructure improvement around these borders and beyond, greater business innovation and the development of a ‘South Africa Inc.’ mentality within the local industry, Chairman of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), Mike Lomas has said. Lomas says that while South Africa is experiencing slow growth in steel construction activity, the major opportunities will certainly be beyond our borders especially in sub Saharan Africa where mining and engineering projects have great potential because of the yet to be exploited mineral wealth of the region. He adds that the local industry will be competing in Africa mainly with the other BRICS countries – i.e. Brazil, India and China – and to do so successfully will require both innovation and the use of our competitive advantages brought about by location and other factors.

The local industry requires both innovation and use of competitive advantages.

Delhi Build 2012 Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

27th -30th Sep, 2012 Pragati, New Delhi, India Shikhar Choudhury

DelhiBuild, in its second year, continues to maintain its flagship status as a showcase for the entire spectrum of latest products and services that the construction, building and interiors industry have to offer, ranging from core components to new technologies and exclusive décor and fittings. The event is an ideal business platform for market specialists, builders & developers, Construction companies, Architects, and Interior designers, providing them an excellent opportunity for exploring the latest Industry developments and networking with buyers, suppliers, and distributors

BUILDINT Tanzania 2012 Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

21st - 23rd September 2012 Diamond Jubilee Hall, Dar-Es-Salaam. Moiz

The Buildint Tanzania 2012 , International Building & Construction Trade Exhibition will take place in Conjunction with Tanzania Trade Show 2012 at Diamond Jubilee Hall, Dar-Es-Salaam. The event attracts visitors from all over East & Central Africa while exhibitors participate from over 20 countries. Visitors from the neighboring countries would include Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique & Zaire. This year, visitors are also expected from Nigeria, Egypt & South Africa. A vast range of products will be on display.

August 2012


Kengen Signs Us$140M Steam Tanga Cement Company Limited to Datco Takes Over Tynwald Construct Second Kiln Field Development Contract scheme

The contract is the last lot of various contracts in the ongoing Africa’s largest 280MW geothermal power project in Olkaria.

On completion the kiln will double the current production capacity by 600,00 tons p.a

Datco chairman Mr. Brighton Manengureni said they had begun servicing the stands in the area which is around 13.6 hectares

Kenya Electricity Generating Company KenGen has signed a steam field development contract with Synopec International of China worth US$140million, after the latter emerged the winner in an international competitive bidding process. This project is jointly funded by KFW and the WorldBank, which were both available at the signing ceremony.

The boards of directors of both Tanga Cement Company Limited and AfriSam in Tanzania have approved the construction of a second kiln. The second kiln will enable Tanga Cement Company to produce enough clinker to supply all of its own requirements and dispense with imports.

Property developer Datco Group of Zimbabwe has taken over the Tynwald South housing project that was under the auspices of the ZimTrust Housing Finance. The Tynwald South housing scheme is the first phase of Datco's low-income housing scheme across the country.

The contract is the last lot of various contracts in the ongoing Africa’s largest 280MW geothermal power project in Olkaria, Naivasha. The contract entails installation of a pipeline system to collect steam from various wells, steam separators as well as steam field control system. The total piping system installation is 40 kilometres and includes various pipe sizes of up to 42 inches radius.Implementation of the contract signed kicks off immediately and is scheduled to be completed in 20 months. Wells to generate steam for the project have already been successfully drilled having been funded by the Government of Kenya. The wells drilled are 57, with steam harvest able to generate 394MW confirmed. The 280 MW geothermal project will pump a further 25% of current capacity to the national grid once complete in mid 2014.

The East African market is experiencing rapid economic development as a result of infrastructure improvements and housing needs and this will give the company a significant competitive advantage. Construction of the second kiln is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2012, with commissioning in the first quarter of 2015. Once completed, the second kiln will increase the company’s clinker production capacity by 600,000 tons per annum, more than doubling current capacity. The project estimated to cost US$165 million will contribute greatly to the economic development of Tanzania and the East Africa region.

Datco chairman Mr. Brighton Manengureni said they had begun servicing the stands in the area which is around 13.6 hectares. He said they have already begun with the setting up of sewer and water reticulation systems as well as roads. This initial phase would be complete by the end of this year.The project is expected to benefit around 300 families, with 268 already having agreed to take up stands. Datco Group has other projects across the country. In other areas, Muzarabani will get 10 000 units, Gweru 3 500 units, Marondera 1 600 units, Hwedza 4 300 units and Bulawayo 5 000 units, among other projects. The company also has several other partnerships with co-operative trusts in a number of areas. Earlier this year, the company entered into partnership with insurer Progressive Insurance Brokers (Pvt) Ltd that will see housing scheme members being covered under life assurance and accident cover.

Association Partners Kenya

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


Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia


Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors



South Africa

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


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

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

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


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

East Africa Outsourcing Summit Date: 5 to 6 June 2012 Venue : Crowne Plaza Nairobi Hotel, Kenya

Anil Wadhwa, Global Business Development Director, Spanco BPO

Conference Presentation Session

Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Perm. Secretary Kenya Ministry of Info and Communications

Paul Kukubo, CEO Kenya ICT Board.

Shannon Mckrill, Joint Managing Director Kinetic Events.

Workshop session.

Africa Pipeline Summit 2012 20 - 21 February, 2012, Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Stand.

Delegates take a tea break .

An evening of fine winning and dining.

FOCI 56th Annual General Meeting Federation Of Construction Industry 26-28 June,2012,Sheraton Hotel Abuja,Nigeria

A stand at the exhibition.

The Wapco stand.

Staff of Lafarge Cement at their stand.

Vanke Center Shenzhen Vanke Center Shenzhen is a horizontal skyscraper located in Mirs Bay in Dameisha, Shenzhen, China. It is one of the most sustainable mixed-use buildings in the world, achieving LEED Platinum certification in October 2011. The horizontal skyscraper was designed by Steven Holl Architects in association with CCDI Architects. The architects were selected through a competition over Netherlands-based MVRDV and China-based HAE. Shenzhen Vanke Real Estate is the owner and developer of the complex. Construction of the complex was started in April 2007 and completed in 2009. Total area of the building is more than 1.29 million square feet.The building achieved several international awards, such as the American Institute of Architects' (AIA)

Honor Award, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter award, Green Good Design Award, BCI Green Design Award and the 2011 American Architecture Awards. Design of the Vanke Center Shenzhen The Vanke Center Shenzhen hovers about 50ft above the ground over a lush tropical landscape. The floating structure allowed provision of the largest possible green public space below the building. The design provides unobstructed views of the surrounding mountain ranges in the north

and the South China Sea. It also allows free flow of land and sea breezes to all the individual elements of the building and the public gardens. The structure underneath the surface is finished with bright colours. The sunken glass cubes (called Shenzhen windows) located below the floating structure offer panoramic views of the green landscape at the ground level. The maximum height of buildings at the site was limited to 115ft (35m), necessitating innovative design solutions. If the horizontal structure is held up straight, it would be slightly taller than the Empire State Building in New York (1,454ft). Structure of the horizontal skyscraper The main building consists of four or five storey individual buildings lifted at about 50ft above the ground. These branches sprawl out in one direction. The entire structure rests on eight cores to have a minimal footprint on the tropical gardens. Each core is about 164ft apart. A public sideway, supported by the cores, connects the apartment zones, offices and the hotel. Construction of the floating structure required several new construction techniques and technologies such as hybrid construction technology. The structure combines both column-and-beam concrete systems and cable-stay bridge building technology. This


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eliminated the need for trusses, allowing large spans and unobstructed façade views.The flexible steel membranes are enclosed in steel tubes to minimise the vibration effects and carry a load of 3,280t. The landscape under the building and the elevated sideways turns the entire site into a public park. The site is a designated storm water management system for Shenzhen. It stores water and acts as a bio-swale for the nearby water creeks. A retaining wall was built at the waterfront to reduce the runoff and erosion. Landscaping The 559,723ft2 of landscaping area consists of planted mounds, sunken gardens, courtyards and ponds to create a storm water circulatory system throughout the site. It also has semi-permeable materials such as gravel, local river stones, grass-crete, open-joint stone and sand pavers for absorbing and naturally filtering storm water. The water is used for irrigation.The landscape design was inspired from the Roberto Burle Marx' gardens in Brazil.

offices, SOHO apartments, corporate offices, a hotel and public parks. "The Vanke Center Shenzhen hovers about 50ft above the ground over a lush tropical landscape."

General contractor of the project was China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). Transsolar Engergietecknik was the climate engineering consultant.

The planted mounds of the public landscape comprise a spa with pools, a 400-seat conference centre, cafés, restaurants and parking areas. The building incorporates several sustainable features such as 15,000ft2 photovoltaic panels installed over the rooftop, a greywater recycling system, rain water harvesting, computer-and-sensorcontrolled system, automatically operable louvres and use of sustainable materials such as bamboo for floors, doors and furniture.

CABR was the structural engineer and China Construction Design International (CCDI) was the mechanical engineer. Arup was the sustainability consultant. L'Obseratoire International Lighting Designers and Consultants was the lighting consultant and Yuanda Aluminium Industry Engineering was the façade consultant.

Low flow and efficient water fixtures, recycling of storm water for irrigation and native plantations for the green roof are some of the sustainable water management features. Contractors involved in the Chinese Vanke Center

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Project Type Mixed-use skyscraper Location Shenzhen, China Size 1.29 million square feet Construction 2007 to 2009 Client Shenzhen Vanke Real Estate Architect Steven Holl Architects Contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC)

Façade of the sustainable mixed-use building The façade of the building is designed with perforated aluminium, porous louvres and double low-e coating glass. It protects the building against impact of sun heat and wind. The building has 26 faces with each having its own elevation, which allowed determination of the fixed and operable louvres for maximum views and daylight penetration. Facilities at Shenzhen's awardwinning Vanke Center The horizontal skyscraper includes the headquarters of China Vanke Properties and July 2012


Guest Lekki Free Zone Lekki Free Zone (LFZ) and the role of Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited in facilitating the development of other infrastructure in Nigeria

Tab Bola Disu - Managing Director, Lekki Worldwide Investments Ltd

When a city has become too large, it is classified as a Mega City. A city is usually classified as a megacity when its population exceeds 10,000,000. Therefore Lagos became a megacity many years ago. There is nothing glamorous about megacities because many of them are poorly planned, lack basic infrastructures like adequate housing, affordable food, electricity, pipe-borne water, sanitation, communication facilities, etc. Many have slums where the poor and deprived live in squalor. Most megacities are not demographically controlled because the influx of migrants from the impoverished villages around the country is driven by lack of jobs, poverty, hunger, the lure of glittering megacities and hope for better life. Therefore it is very difficult if not impossible to determine the precise population or the rate of demographical growth of megacities particularly in the developing world where such demographical statistics are at best unreliable. It therefore becomes a great challenge for the government to provide adequate infrastructures for the ever increasing population of a megacity.

The Lekki Free Zone (LFZ) comprises of 16,500 hectares in the Lekki Peninsula in Nigeria bordered on the South by the Atlantic Ocean. The project aims to create a model city with opportunities for industry, manufacturing, residential and tourism, as well as creation of an Industrial Park and maximize the tourism potential of the State. 18

Model City A model or new city is designed with all the short comings of megacities in mind: good planning; sustainable development maintenance and enhancement of the natural eco-system; Provision and maintenance of basic infrastructures and services such as; various sizes of roads and highways within the LFZ and link roads and modern bridges; electricity supply, pipe-borne water supply, pipe-borne supply for cooking and for powering gas fired electric power stations; good drainage and storm water runoff systems, central sewage and waste water and effluent treatment systems; efficient transportation system; effective but friendly security system; poverty alleviation to meet the millennium development goals of the UN. Job opportunity and capacity building; enhancement of rural life in host communities and new satellite towns adjoining the free zone through affordable housing projects; Improved agricultural, fishing and farming practices and technological knowhow in a committed effort to achieve the UN millennium development goals of eliminating extreme hunger in the world; Improved healthcare facilities; Establishment and maintenance of affordable next generation telecommunication network and services; High quality education from primary to university levels including skills acquisition hands-on training in technical schools.

Whereas Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited as the State Government’s Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for LFZ is not directly involved in the development of the Lagos Megacity, per se, its total passionate commitment in the development of the Model City in LFZ will impact on the rehabilitation and restructuring of Lagos Megacity in a positive way as well as facilitating development of other infrastructures in the nation. Brief Description of Lekki Free Zone The four quadrants of the free zone and the locations of the new airport and seaport will enhance the operation and transportation facilities of the free zone. The Lekki New City and the Lekki Labour city are not parts of the free zone but will form outlying satellite towns where workers who cannot afford the cost of living in the free zone proper can find affordable but standard accommodation. The SW quadrant which is being currently developed by Lekki Free Zone Development Company (LFZDC), a joint venture of a Chinese consortium, Lagos State Government and LWIL, is mixed purpose project comprising of logistics facilities, light to medium industries, residential ad tourist areas, tank farms for finished petroleum products, etc. The NW Quadrant is similarly composed of warehousing (logistics), light to medium industries, residential and tourist areas, etc. The SE Quadrant is exclusively reserved for the oil and gas industries with commercial/office and exhibition centers. The NE Quadrant is a mixed complex of light industries, educational centres, residential areas, tourist and resort centres, logistics, commercial, offices and exhibition centres. However, bear in mind that master plans are flexible in nature. The Role of LWIL and FTZ in Facilitating the Development of Infrastructures in Nigeria The underlying factor for the achievement of the goals and objectives of the LFZ Project is the effective planning, implementation, manpower development and maintenance of the basic infrastructure summarised below.

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Personality Zulch Lötter President of CESA

Zuch Lotter is the Managing Director of UWP Consulting responsible for approximately 300 staff members situated in 16 offices across South Africa, as well as subsidiary offices in Zambia, Tanzania and Botswana. Zulch Lötter - President of CESA

President of CESA, Zulch Lötter, says that the presidency of CESA is the most important office he has held outside of UWP Consulting and he regards it as a great honour to be able to plough back into an industry that he has been an active participant in for close to 40 years. In this role he aims to focus on improving the business environment for consulting engineers. It is important to him that both CESA members as well as their clients conduct business with integrity and in a professional manner. He strongly believes that consulting engineers should not be perceived by clients and the public as commodities, but as their trusted advisors. To this end, CESA and its members must engage with politicians and decision makers to guide, advise and assist them in creating a sustainable South Africa where all our inhabitants work towards the common goal of creating a future for our children. Background Zulch Lötter was born in 1948 in Worcester in the Western Cape where his parents were wine farmers. He matriculated from High School De Villiers Graaff, Villiersdorp and thereafter graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Stellenbosch in 1970. Zulch, a CSIR bursar spent a few years performing accident research at Transportec. In 1973 he joined Uhlmann Witthaus and Prins, who were at the time, a three man consulting engineering company. In 1976 he studied at the University of California in Berkeley as a Road Federation Bursar, and obtained an MS degree in Transportation Engineering. He is also a member of ECSA and SAICE. Working in SA After his return from the USA, Zulch was involved with the planning, design, rehabilitation and

construction of roads and runways, as well as traffic engineering. Since 1984 Zulch has been a partner and later a Director of UWP Consulting. In April 1999 he was appointed Managing Director of the company, responsible for approximately 300 staff members situated in 16 offices across South Africa, as well as subsidiary offices in Zambia, Tanzania and Botswana. Zulch has served on the CESA Council and EXCO since 2003. He has been Chairman of CESA’s National Liaison, Finance and Staff as well as Disciplinary committees. He is also a Director of two of the Section 21 companies created by CESA including the Project Development Facilitation Alliance (PDFA) as well as the Built Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPEC). Zulch has been married to Marilien for the past 33 years and has three married children who are all back in SA after working abroad. Partnering For Growth During the CESA Annual Conference in November 2011, he said that there are two options for the CESA and its members. Hitting the rock or hitting the road, according to his keynote address at the event. One of the hurdles that drag the industry behind is the lack of education. “There are too few South Africans available to work here and unfortunately, the quality of education offered to some black people is not up to the standards”. He went to state that lack of infrastructural abilities is causing the poor social connection which in turn slows the nation’s economic growth. These spatial challenges are the rocks that have continued to marginalize the poor.

Zulch Lötter was born in 1948 in Worcester in the Western Cape where his parents were wine farmers. He matriculated from High School De Villiers Graaff, Villiersdorp and thereafter graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Stellenbosch in 1970. Zulch, a CSIR bursar spent a few years performing accident research at Transportec.

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Trends in Ceiling Designs An elegant ceiling is the perfect finishing touch for any room. A good ceiling must do more than just hold the room together. Besides contributing to the overall décor and aesthetic characteristics of a facility, a ceiling should be able to play a role in fire protection, thermal insulation and controlling acoustics. By Emmanuel Onsomu Ceilings have frequently been decorated with fresco painting, mosaic tiles and other surface treatments. While hard to execute, a decorated ceiling has the advantage that it is largely protected from damage. Ceilings are normally classified according to their appearance or construction. We highlight some of the trends in ceiling designs. USG Corporation: Increased Versatility and Flexibility Mark Joseph, senior manager for corporate communications at USG Corporation observes that for years, architects and designers have been searching for a solution to make the ceiling plane more monolithic and less constrained by the standard acoustical panels. Yet as aforementioned, in an open plan office environment, acoustical ceilings play an important role in the overall design.The architectural and design community has accepted the functionality of the acoustical ceilings, but with limited design options, until now. With the advent of more energy efficient lighting, the trend is moving from florescent and incandescent bulbs towards more efficient LED lighting. As a result, ceiling designs are changing and becoming more versatile.


Once the standard, a 600 x 600 mm or (2’ x 2’) panel is now a thing of the past; new technologies from ceiling manufacturers offer more flexible design options. As such, manufacturers of ceiling panels and grid now have complete responsibility for the ceiling plane. They are charged with better organizing the ceiling plane, but how? Best known for its Sheetrock Brand of gypsum panels, but also for its leading acoustical ceiling panels, grid and specialty ceilings, USG Corporation through innovative design concepts has come up with a unique solution called Logix™ which offers unlimited expression on the ceiling plane. With Logix, designers can create ceilings planes that meet building requirements without being constrained by the limits of traditional acoustical ceilings. Logix transforms visual distractions such as lighting, air vents and other utilities into dramatic design elements by concentrating these fixtures in narrow bands that run the length of a ceiling. This allows for open ceilings that are uncluttered by ceiling utilities. All of the elements in the ceiling plane are now neatly organized, contained and most important meet the design community’s needs. Beautiful, flexible ceiling designs are easy to design, specify and install.

Pelican Systems: Adapting to the Green Trend with Suspended Ceilings South African based Pelican Systems perceives that since the introduction of green buildings there have been some interesting innovations and changes to the ceiling industry. Some of these are noticeable in the supply chain where producers are all attempting to reposition themselves and fall in line with this new trend. The company additionally notes that the old fashioned residential ceiling using timber battens and nailing up gypsum board has undergone a change, where steel battens are used instead of timber. The cost is very much the same but the finish is more accurate and true. These same ceilings used h-strips or cover strips and this trend has also moved to a tapered edge board which can be taped and jointed (similar to drywall partitioning) to give a flush effect ready for painting.

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Office Partitions By Emmanuel Onsomu Partitions can be thought of as a form of temporary construction where frames of timber or other material are used to divide the internal parts of a space into rooms or cubicles. Office partitioning is perhaps the most common instance of partitioning witnessed regularly. It offers a wide variety of materials and colours to choose from. With this partitioning, one can combine different heights of panels whether wood or metal, or see through and opaque glass panels. Most popularly, one can create three sided cubicles with built in desk units or entirely closed structures with a door, turning a dull wide open space into luxurious office quarters. As staff members increase and space requirements change, partitions will always avail the chance to reconfigure any space and when the need for confidentiality arises partitions with sound proofing may be utilized. Half-height, floorto ceiling, glass or accordion style, office partitions are stylish, affordable and easily installed, making them a good option for any business, large or small. Mahmayi Office Furniture Partitions Taking into account that concentration is a vital element required from employees to have better


performance towards achieving organizational goals; Joan Madrigo of Mahmayi Office Furniture advises that having well partitioned offices enhances concentration of your employees by helping to avoid the distractions that come with an open office. Mahmayi Office Furniture offers sophisticated systems of office partitioning which are diverse and customized to meet one’s specific business needs and preferences; capable of customizing the shape, size and color of the wall panels so as to enhance the achievement of one’s business objectives. Using variants of decorative coating, it is the company’s culture to create uniquely designed office partitions which ideally suit the existing interiors of one’s business. Mahmayi’s creates certain logical and working zones and an inimitable image of the office by fine tuning it to be in line with the business’ corporate identity. Mahmayi’s modular timber partitioning provides a more practical and innovative office atmosphere in a modern or traditional style. Through this method of building wood office partitions Mahmayi ensures complete flexibility for one’s business. There are also a variety of hardwood choices which enhance the finishing and glazing options

for partial seclusion. Additional privacy in wood materials can also be attained through the use of venetian blinds. Mahmayi provides fire rated and advanced acoustic protection on all its wood and timber partitioning systems. Tirupati Tirupati, the authorized LLumar window films distributor for East and Central Africa stocks decorative, frosted, patterned & graphic films which can be customized as per clients need by adding colour or logos. They also stock safety/security film which laminates the ordinary glass providing protection in case of accidental breakage or bomb blasts. The decorative and safety/security films are manufactured in USA by LLumar and the graphic films are manufactured in Europe and Far East but customized locally on Roland printers (Japan). They have a wide range of films which meet every client’s need. Their Warranty program is from 3 to 10 years depending on the type of film. Their films are scratch resistant and meet all the international quality standards. They have a very reliable and strong supplier chain thereby they have a large stock hold

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are some of the types available. The type of finish required for the doors is another consideration with timber veneer, glass, steel or laminate as probable options. For glass or silicon partitions, single, double or triple glazing may be undertaken.

Considerations on an office partitioning solution Certain considerations should be taken account of before deciding on an office partitioning solution. Perhaps the most important is to identify what the final workspace will be used for. The type of finish desired must also be identified; veneer, glass, vinyl steel and melamine faced composite (MFC)

If your office partitions are to be fire rated, then fire performance will be a key concern. The level of noise reduction needed in the workspace will further count towards determining the type of partition chosen granted some materials and office partition systems provide better sound proofing than others. The strength of the partitions to be utilized will depend on the environment for which they are being made and one must therefore factor in their situational needs in this regard.

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The height of the ceilings in a building will affect the installation of partitioning and it is resultantly important to know whether these are of the same height or if they are varied. The degree of permanence or non-permanence to be realized by the partitioning system is yet another factor to consider in deciding upon a partition. The timescale of the project will determine the type of partitioning to be employed with some types of partitioning being more time consuming to install than others.

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Plence Architects Ltd Kenya

“What Can be Conceived Can be Created” Introduction Plence Architects Ltd, Architects and Interior Designers is one of Kenya’s best known architectural studios. Based in Nairobi, the firm takes a cross–disciplinary approach in its work, resulting in an uncommon level of refinement to its residential and commercial projects thus allowing it to create spaces imbued with warmth and spirit. “We adore details – we respect budgets and time”, is the studio’s guiding motto. Plence designs to suit the client’s taste and lifestyle. The firm aims at creating living and

working spaces that are both pragmatic and beautiful. The studio says that its secret is listening to its clients and is guided by Architect Pierre Sartogo’s famous saying: “What can be conceived can be created”. Background Plence Architects Ltd was founded in 1992 by Architect Pete Muraya as Plence International. In 2005, the firm changed to Plence Architects Limited to more succinctly reflect its services and to align its brand with the vision of the firm’s founder and Managing Principal.

From a modest beginning with three people and a skeleton facility, Plence has grown to a staff of 20 and enjoys an office with state of the art equipment, software and other resources. Upon inception the Firm embarked on a series of projects leading to a build up of a vast array of projects for individual and corporate investors covering small, medium to large scale sizes. The firm has over the years contributed significantly to the overall stock of the local built environment. The international venture was mainly based on work within the Eastern Africa region with experiences

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In the late 1990s the firm completed notable projects such as Bandari Plaza, the ultra modern office cum shopping mall in Westland for the Kenya Ports Authority Pensions Scheme. The new extension and modernisation of the Utalii Hotel was also completed under the firm’s supervision. Plence Architects has accomplished many projects in collaboration with one of the leading property development companies in Kenya, the Suraya Property Group. Under this arrangement,

the firm has achieved an impressive portfolio including the recently completed Rosslyn Heights Estate and the enjoining Rosslyn Gardens Estate, both gated communities based on the Suraya’s guiding principle of Work, Live and Play.

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Links Plaza Changing the Nyali Buildscape Links Plaza is a 60,500 square feet development located just off Links Road in Nyali, one of the affluent neighbourhoods of the coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya. Here, suburban communities enjoy relaxed living in close proximity with nature, green spaces, minimum pollution and most importantly, close proximity to the Indian Ocean with its beaches and other tourist attractions.


It is this appeal of working and ‘Building the Nation’ within a walking distance of the home, and avoiding the hassles of Mombasa Island which is growing more congested by the day, that gave birth to the idea of a modern and elegant commercial development whose unique and up-to-date composition would meet the rising demand for lettable office spaces in this part of Mombasa. The architects, Symbion Kenya, were persuaded that fine living, comfort and a healthy environment go hand in hand. By purposely planning for optimum human comfort conditions in a 7-storied structure, the regional architectural powerhouse has delivered an energy efficient building that is also cost effective. Links Plaza provides efficient common facilities and circulation routes, all centrally located, to guarantee maximum lettable spaces and return on investment. Each tenant has been accorded 4-letting permutations per floor in addition to adequate parking allowances on two levels of basement floors, a limited provision in the wider Mombasa region. The structure respects road surrenders and is user friendly to the disabled. In the wrong hands, such an office development could drive life out of a tranquil suburban neighbourhood. But by strategically locating a restaurant at street level, Symbion managed to create a cheerful mix of liveliness and serenity that has sparked a new spirit and luster in an erstwhile silent suburb community. The design reflects a departure from the traditional Swahili architecture and adopts a contemporary style that expresses simplicity, transparency and a hi–tech design language that is tailored to fit into the context of Nyali neighbourhood. Links Plaza was successfully completed in January this year after 12 months of construction and has added a fresh breath of air to the architectural landscape of Nyali which will be experienced for a long time to come. 32

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Tororo Cement Limited Dedicated to providing dependable quality products Tororo Cement Limited, the largest manufacturer of cement in Uganda producing an estimated 1million metric tons annually has expanded its cement manufacturing capacity, and installed a new cement grinding mill plus rotary packers with modern state of the art technology. Background The company was established in 1952 by the British Colonial Government, to manufacture cement from the abundantly available limestone in the area around the Eastern Ugandan town of Tororo. The company, then known as Uganda Cement Industries (UCI), was administered as a parastatal company, under the umbrella of the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC). 34

In 1995, the Government of Uganda, divested from UCI, and the company got acquired by the present owners who re-branded the company as Tororo Cement Limited.Tororo Cement under the new management has become the leading and largest manufacturer of cement in Uganda. Following its privatization, the new Tororo cement management has given a new look to the Ugandan

cement industry. The company is administered and operated by a fully experienced and qualified professional team of managers, staff and skilled working force. Products Different types of cement are produced to satisfy the needs of all customers. In addition Tororo cement also produces and distributes various August 2012

Uganda construction steel- corrugated iron sheets, nails, chain link, barbed wire in time delivery and effective after sales services. They also ensure that under the reputed brand” NYUMBA. The Company has also built a facility personnel and all the stakeholders in the organization are committed to the for the production of galvanized roofing sheets, nails, barbed wire and other quality management system aims through ongoing training and education. steel products. Quality Control & Quality Assurance Activities The products are well established in the domestic as well as export markets. Quality control & Quality Assurance is one of the most important activities for Presently Tororo cement’s annual capacity is 300,000 tons of clinkerzation any manufacturing industry. and 2,000,000 tons of cement grinding. All the products of Tororo cement are Tororo Cement is fully committed to serve its customers with consistent approved by UNBS and are of international standards. quality cement conforming to National/International standards or as specified The company was accredited by ISO for its manufacturing and marketing by the customer. process. It was also awarded with a gold and silver prizes by the Export Promotion Board. The company products find market in the Eastern African Tororo Cement has been a leader in the industry in Uganda as far as quality countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic is concerned. To achieve this, the following activities are carried out at every stage of manufacture to obtain the best possible quality. The laboratory Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. utilizes QCX system for Quality Control. The system comprises of a 10 channel simultaneous XRF/XRD Analyzer and software. It also utilizes a Quality The quality policy of Tororo Cement Limited (TCL), is to manufacture and PXP Expert system for operation. market building materials namely cement, construction steel, wire products and galvanised iron sheets. According to the management of Tororo cement, Material sampling at quarry & analysis:the company’s policy is to continuously satisfy the customers through supply The mined material at quarry is sampled and analyzed continuously using an of consistent quality products using an effective quality management system, XRF Analyzer and the required quality is fed to the pile. August 2012

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Material sampling and analysis in pre blend pile:Continuous material sampling and analysis of the material being fed to the stock pile is carried out ensure it meets the set targets using XRF/XRD. Material sampling & analysis at raw grinding:The sampling at this section is done through semi-automatic auto samplers, which provide a composite sample for the duration of operation. The sample is analyzed in the XRF/XRD analyzer and correction, if required, is sent to the weigh feeders automatically by the software. In addition to this the PXP expert system controls the physical parameters like residue automatically. Material sampling & analysis at outlet of raw meal silo:The material sample is collected bi-hourly and analyzed with XRF/XRD analyzer for proper feed back to the operator.

Material sampling & analysis at pyro processing:Hourly samples of clinker are extracted and are analyzed on the XRF/XRD analyzer. The results are fed automatically to the PXP expert system, which takes appropriate actions automatically, if any is required. In addition to the XRF/XRD analysis, the PXP system incorporates several control like O2, CO, Nox etc to keep the process stable, thus keeping the quality stable. Material sampling & analysis at coal grinding:Semi-automatic samplers are deployed for sampling and analysis for ash, residues, volatile matter and calorific value, once a day. Periodically, proximate analysis is also carried out. The coal mill also utilizes PXP expert system for stable operation and quality. Material sampling & analysis at finish grinding:- Semi-automatic samplers are deployed at the finish mill for sampling and the analysis of the August 2012

Uganda composite samples for Blaine, residues are carried out and the chemical analysis carried out on XRF/XRD. The mills also utilize the PXP expert system. Material sampling at dispatch:Manual sampling is carried out and the analysis for Blaine, residue and chemical are carried out. Physical tests of cement. After cement sampling is done both at the packing plant and distribution outlets; tests for physical properties of cement are carried out to ensure compliance with set internal company standards and the national quality standards according to UNBS. These tests include:• Standard consistency using Vicat apparatus • Initial and final setting time using Vicat apparatus • Soundness/expansion using Lechatelliers apparatus • Fineness/Blaine using Blaine apparatus • Compressive strength using a compressive

machine In addition to this, there is a fully fledged chemical laboratory equipped with flame photometer, Bomb-calorimeter, ovens and basic titration apparatus. A lab crusher and ball mills are also used for sample preparation. Investments The management has undertaken expansion and modernization programs in phases. The present management since 1995, invested more then US$100 million in phases, to upgrade the Clinkerzation plant, expand (with updated technology) the Cement-grinding, storage and electronic packing system. The Company has expanded its Cement grinding capacity to two million tons per annum with three new storage silos to store and supply different types (OPC, PPC etc ) of cement. The modernization of Clinkerization process with updated environment pollution (Cooler ESP, and Beg filter Plants) control equipments has also been completed. The company has also undertaken for the first time a major expansion ,

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diversification in the steel section with the aim of adding profile and new innovative colored iron sheets to the Ugandan market. Social Economic Contributions Employment opportunities Tororo Cement employs 900 under direct employment and provides about 16,000 indirect employment opportunities in the area. This is in addition to the mining operations in Kapchorwaha and Moroto district. Exchequer The company is among the few big contributors (approx 100 Billions) to Uganda Revenue Authority paying about Ush 100 billion towards direct/indirect taxes, mineral duties etc. and approx Ush 50 Million per annum to various local governments. Uganda Revenue Authority recognized & awarded Tororo Cement an award for compliancy. Direct Assistance Tororo cement actively takes part and contributes direct financial assistances and building materials to various district- local govt. and national projects. Other assistance includes; • Construction of Bridges/ culverts/ roads,school,dispensary in Karamoja area. • Tution fees/sponsorship of higher studies for Karamoja needy students. • Tororo district- Building renovation, Road repairs. • Food stuff for internally displaced people at Tororo • UWESO for HIV project assistance • Assistance to Busiro North Dev. Foundation • Drinking water natural springs at six places in Tororo district. • Repairs and maintenance of the school in the Osukuru sub county. • Construction of Public Health Clinic for the local community. • Running the Health Center for the community and distributing 38

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Mosquito nets on regular basis to Expectant/Pregnant mothers. Proposals: - to construct a secondary school for the community in Osukuru sub county,Tororo. - to distribute staple diet to poor and needy school students in the Moroto, Tororo district. - to launch the mobile health unit for the primarily health services in Karamoja region

Challenges Just like any other company, Tororo has had its share of challenges. There are perceived challenges posed by the East African integration (common market). In addition Uganda being a land locked country has meant dependance on importation of major inputs (fuel, minerals, stores, spares etc.), this poses high conversion costs. To mitigate these challenges the expansion plansare intended to optimize production with competitive cost.Unstable, quality electric power and the high cost of fuel is another concern. However Bujagali Hydro Power Station and positive developments in oil discovery and refinery investment plans offer hope of lower fuel costs. Skilled manpower, and infrastructure need to be imporved and positive steps by the State to improve on road network, availability of skilled man power, banking telecommunication; rapid industrialization etc would have a very positive impact on our industry. Commitment Tororo Cement is obliged to manufacture and market building material to satisfy the customers through consistent quality products with effective quality management system, in time delivery and effective after sales services. We also ensure that personnel and all the stake holders in the organization are committed to the quality management system aims with ongoing training and education. August 2012


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Construction of Mental Health Services at Mbarara Hospital As part of establishing functional and sustainable mental Health services at hospitals, the Support to the Health Sector Strategic Plan Project (SHSSPP) has re constructed, renovated and expanded a health unit at Mbarara referral hospital. The Support to Health Sector Strategic Plan Project, funded the African Development Fund (ADF) and Government of Uganda, is one of the MOH programs/ projects that are playing a significant role towards making a significant contribution to the well being of the people of Uganda in the areas of extended economic growth, increased social development and poverty eradication attainment. Financed by the African Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Uganda (GOU) the project

is set to strengthen provision of, mental. Health services throughout the country, and Primary Health Care (PHC) services in 11 Districts in Northern and Eastern Uganda. These district, which have some of the worst poverty indicators in the country, are (Nebbi, Arua, Yumbe,, Moyo, Adjumani, Lira, Apac, Kaberamaido, Soroti, Katakwi and Kapachorwa.) Mbarara district has been one of the districta that have benefited from this programme. Mbarara National Referral Hospital, commonly known as Mbarara Hospital found in Western Uganda is the referral hospital for the entire country and specifically for the districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kiruhura, Ibanda and Isingiro. The hospital also serves as the teaching

hospital of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. The hospital is one of three “National Referral Hospitals" in Uganda, the others being Mulago National Referral Hospital and Butabika National Referral Hospital. Located at Plot 8-18, Hospital Road In Mbarara town, the mental health service unit at Mbarara referral hospital has been reconstructed as part of the Support to the Health Sector Strategic Plan Project (SHSSPP). Design Concept Recently opened, the newly finished two stored building is a complex that comprises of Blocks A, B, C. which hold a psychiatric Unit, Attendants unit & laundry block. The total gross floor area

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to enable them effectively provide promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in line with their levels of care as provided for in the HSSP and in the Uganda Minimum Health care packages; Strengthening the capability of the 11 districts mentioned above for the provision of selected elements of PHC services by Governments and Non Government providers.

Provision of more knowledge and skills especially

Special attention is being paid to community mobilization and empowerment for health; sanitation improvement malaria control; Information, Education and Communication (IEC); main streaming mental health services into PHC; and support to in service training of staff.

Improved Technical supervision for Mental Health

The SHSSPP project was commissioned in 2001 and the main focus has been on: Rehabilitating / remodeling and equipping National Referral Mental Hospitals to strengthen their capability to meet its priority needs of referral services, research and training in Mental Health;

Benefits of the Project to Ugandans As a result of this project, there has been: Increased utilization / accessibility to mental health and PHC services by the population – because of better infrastructure, availability of well trained staff, good supply of drugs and better diagnostic capacity.

Improved referral system due to the ambulance

Establishing functional and sustainable mental health services at six referral hospitals by constructing and equipping mental health units at these hospitals; Rehabilitating/ upgrading and equipping 32 health centers in 11 districts

Better diagnostic capacity due to the procured general and specialized equipment and better trained staff. Better- trained human resources; this in return will improve equity and access to mental health and PHC services to the community


of the building is 8,295sm and the building is equipped with all the facilities of modern medical developments. The design of the building is modern with local, classical design references and compliments. The reception area is huge with modern furniture and the building has a well paved ample parking space area.The building has electrical and mechanical installation associated external works.

output and better diagnostic capacity at Butabika Hospital.





specialized staff ( as a result of good infrastructure and availability of equipment).

services to district and regional referral hospitals through out the country due to availability of staff and improved transport capacity

services and radio communication system. Project Team Client: Ministry of Health EL- Arch’s partnership Contractor: Excel Construction Company Uganda

The 6,468,340 USD contract worth building project was undertaken and completed by Excel construction Company in partnership with ElArch’s Partnership as the consultant. Brief on Support to the Health Sector Strategic Plan Project (SHSSPP).

in MH- due to improved research skills, research





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Head office EXCEL CONSTRUCTION LIMITED Kampala office 43-45 Eng. Zikusooka Way, P.O. Box 1202 Jinja, Uganda 3/4/5/6/ UMA Showground, Kampala, Uganda Telephone:+256-434-122068/69 Telephone:+256-414-505959 or +256-414-4222990 Fax:+256-434-123150 Fax:+256-414-505978 Email: Website: August 2012


National Housing & Construction Company Ltd Uganda

Background of NHCC National Housing and Construction Company Ltd (NHCC) is a Ugandan public enterprise that was established by the National Housing Corporation Act of 1964. The Act was later repealed by the 1974 Decree to form National Housing & Construction Corporation. In July 2002, the Corporation became a Public Limited Liability Company known as National housing & Construction Company Limited. The Company’s mandate is to increase the housing stock in the country, rehabilitate the housing industry and encourage Ugandans to own homes in well planned environments. In 2009 the company rebranded and was given a new brand name known as National Housing with a new logo created.


NHCC Vision “To transform Peoples’ lives and communities by providing affordable and well-built housing” NHCC Mission “To create the reality of home ownership in wellplanned and permanent built environments.” Company Slogan “Happy Homes, Built to Last” NHCC Objectives NHCC’s core objectives are to boost home ownership, become the preferred housing provider, increase the return on assets/ capital, develop a cadre of competitive housing professionals, influence public policy on housing

and boost the construction industry in the country. Performance Record 1964-1970 From 1964 to the early 70’s the company built over 2,384 units of various types in different locations as follows: a) Kampala Executive flats, maisonettes and bungalows in top class residential areas of Bugologi (872), Bukoto White (130), Bukoto Brown (180), Kololo (80), Nakasero (44), Wandegeya inter alia (136). Middle to low housing estates were built in Kiwafu (51) and Doctors village Mulago (20).

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c) Infrastructure development The company has also built several office blocks, which include: Crested Towers, Uganda Posts and Telecommunications building, Tororo Town Council and District Administration Headquarters building. Other contributions extended to the construction of social and public infrastructure includes school like St. Henry’s College Kitovu, hospitals like Mengo and Adjumani, Nakasongola Airbase and Entebbe International Airport. 1970- 1989 From the 70’s to 1989 NHCC was dormant and did

not carry out any significant development due to the political turmoil the country was going through. 1989-2005 In 1989, NHCC aggressively embarked on increasing the housing stock in the country as well as rehabilitation of various properties, which were run down during the various wars in the 1970s and early 1980s. The growth that has taken place in the last 18 years is unprecedented and is attributed to the Movement government, which among other things has continuously provided a conducive environment for real estate development. Currently, the Company had completed and sold housing units in the following projects: • Mpumude Housing Estate - 20 affordable units • Bukoto Housing Estate - 110 houses ( 50

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maisonettes, 35 bungalows and 25 shell houses) Ntinda Housing estate - 79 houses ( 25 bungalows and 54 shell houses) Lubowa 108 Housing project - 86 shell houses in Lubowa Naalya Housing project - 610 houses ( 340 low cost housing units, 55 exclusive shell houses, 215 pride shell houses ) Mbuya Housing Estate - 8 executive flats Namungoona Housing Estate 1 - 144 low cost condominium flats Naklasero Housing Esate - 44 Flats Kololo Housing Estate - 80 Affordable flats Lubowa Regina 1 - 37 executive Bungalows & single storied houses Wandegeya Housing Estate - 136 condominium flats



b) Upcountry NHCC built several upcountry housing projects in the following towns: Arua, Entebbe, Gulu, Hoima, Kabale, Jinja, Lira, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Moyo, Soroti and Tororo.

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The Company’s mandate is to increase the housing stock in the country, rehabilitate the housing industry and encourage Ugandans to own homes in well planned environments. In 2009 the company rebranded and was given a new brand name known as National Housing with a new logo created.

Kyambogo Estate - 8 executive Bungalows Sunderland – Mbuya Apts - 6 Apartments Sunset Apartments - Kiwatule - 268 Condominium flats]

Ongoing And Future Activities 2012 The company is active on four sites currently namely Lubowa Regina II (22), Namungoona IV (285), Bugoloobi Prefab (112) and Naalya Pride (220). The planned projects include, Luthuli Rise Apartments (40), Kiwana Apartments (32), Lubowa 80 Estate (920), Mbarara Housing Estate (120), Mututndwe mixed Estate (100) and Bukerere Mixed Estate (2,000) Other Activities 1. NHCC participated in preparation of the Condominium property bill, which was passed by Parliament in 2001. Under the Condominium Property Act 2001, NHCC has offered over 1000 of the condominium flats in Kololo, Nakasero, Mbuya and Bugolobi. 2. The Modernization of Crested Towers Building was a major accomplishment within these past 7 years. The magnificent building offers 30 floors of office space,



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auxiliary blocks for retail outlets and ample parking space. The property enjoys 100% occupancy. In preparation for the renovation of Crested Towers, the Company constructed and relocated to its new head office at plot 5, 7th Street Industrial area. The company joined the contracting market in a bid to expand services to districts beyond Kampala. The company has constructed numerous projects within the last 2 years including: Wakiso District Planning Unit Wakiso Directorate of Health Services Block and Council Chambers Laboratory and Library at Busuubizi Secondary School Laboratory and Library at Ibanda Teachers Training School Laboratory and Library at Kibuli Demonstration School Office Block extension at Kajjansi Mbarara University Laboratories and Lecture rooms Renovation of various buildings at Kampiringisa Children Rehabilitation Centre


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Associations • NHCCL is currently into association with banking institutions for mortgage facilitation for its customers like Stanbic Bank, Housing Finance Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and many others. • National Housing also partners with a variety of companies in the construction fraternity can trust..


Challenges • Mortgage financing is not well developed in Uganda. This has tended to tie up capital in projects and slow down construction activities. Also the increases in the interest rates for mortgages affect the demand of our houses. • Inflation which leads to the increase of the cost of building materials. This results into high prices of our houses and affects sales and revenue of the company because not many people can afford such houses. • Service providers for public utilities including UEDCL, NWSC and local authorities have not readily provided electricity, water and sewage connections or roads to our estates. This increases the financial burden to the company and raises the selling price of the units • The slow processing of Condominium titles has affected the projected sales and in turn the Company cash flow. • Government indebtedness to NHCC is currently in the region of Ushs 8 Billion. This has hampered the implementation of Company programs. • Lack of mechanized construction technology for efficient and speedy delivery of units.


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Newly Constructed Reservoirs for Bulk Water Storage and Distribution Improvement to Mukono and Seeta Towns.

Reconstruction Of Uganda’s Economy The NWSC 40 Year Experience And Contribution Provision of safe water supply and sanitation services, their proper management and utilization, are necessary conditions for good health, and are vital for the welfare of society. It was in view of this that the Government of Uganda chose to focus on the water and sanitation sector as one of the core priority areas. Operating under the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), has been at the forefront of providing water supply and sewerage services in urban centres and towns under her jurisdiction. The Corporation’s contribution to this country’s economy can be partly attested in the growing customer base of which about 80% are domestic while the rest are industrial and commercial. As the Corporation celebrates 40 years of existance, and 25 years of the NRM governance, a 50

self reflection, focusing on her overall contribution to the country’s water sector, and in particular the current government is indeed invaluable. NWSC Profile, Vision, and Mission NWSC is a Public Utility Company whose mandate is to operate and provide water and sewerage services in areas entrusted to it on a sound commercial and viable basis. The NWSC operations have expanded from 3 towns in 1972 to the current 23 urban centres viz: Kampala, Mukono, Jinja, Lugazi, Entebbe/ Kajjansi, Tororo/Malaba, Iganga Mbale, Masaka, Mbarara, Gulu, Lira, Fort-Portal, Kasese, Kabale, Bushenyi/Ishaka, Soroti/Kaberamaido/Amuria, Arua, Hoima, Masindi, and Mubende. Over the years, the Corporation has implemented a number of performance enhancement programmes which have resulted into a turnaround in the performance of the Corporation.

With the vision of being One of the Leading Water Utilities in the World, NWSC’s Corporate Mission is to provide efficient and cost effective Water and Sewerage Services applying innovative managerial solutions to the delight of our Customers. Background NWSC was established in 1972 under a government decree, and charged with the delivery of water supply and sewerage services in the large urban centres of Uganda under her jurisdiction. At her inception, the Corporation operated in the three major towns of Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe. Despite the urgent need to instutionalise and operationalise water supply and sewerage services at the time, these efforts were hitched by the prevailing political and economic turmoil.. However with the advent of the NRM Government, there were deliberate efforts to improve water supply and sanitation services country wide. The August 2012


Laying of the Jinja Offshore Pipeline in progress.

Government of Uganda through Direcctorate of Water Development and the Corporation in the period 1986 to 1992 embarked on a massive infrastructure rehabilitation and system expansion programme. This saw the towns of Masaka, Tororo, Mbale and Mbarara rehabilitated and handed over to NWSC. In 1992, a new water treatment plant for Kampala, Ggaba II, was also constructed to increase water production for the growing city. Further to these infrastructure improvement interventions, the Government between 1992 and 1998 undertook an auxiliary water supply and sewerage system expansion programme inwhich the towns of Gulu, Lira, Fortportal, and Kasese were rehabilitated and handed over to NWSC for operation and management. In 1995, the Corporation was re-established under the National Water and Sewerage Statute, 1995, with the main objective of converting the Corporation into a commercialized venture. The statute was later enacted into the NWSC Act 2000. Following this, NWSC initiated internal reforms which saw the Corporation change its water supply service orientation from a technical to a commercial approach, with the aim of improving her financial sustainability. Despite the above investments and programmes,the Corporation

was still embroiled in a number of operational challenges. Faced with the risk of being privatised, NWSC in late 1990’s awoke to the need to improve her commercial viability. A two-tier process or business model was developed. The period that followed was characterised by the reform spirit in water sector that gave birth to the subsequent reform initiatives. Within the overall framework of the Corporate Plan and the Performance Contract with Government, a series of activities were implemented at operational level. Accomplishments Water Production: The Corporation currently produces about 78 million cubic meters of water per annum compared to 44 million cubic meters per annum in 1998. The increase in production has been as a result of the upgrading of the Ggaba I Water Treatment Plant, construction of the Ggaba II and III Water Treatment Plants in Kampala, rehabilitation and expasnsion of other water treatment plants. Water Sales: Over the 40 year period, the water sales have increased substantially to the current 52 million cubic meters, a growth of way over 100%. This significant improvement has been largely due to NWSC’s deliberate efforts in ensuring that customers have constant and reliable water supply services.

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Service Coverage: In 1998, the water service coverage in NWSC managed towns was about 47%. Resulting from the previous infrastructure improvement and comercialisation programmes, notably the new connection policy, the service coverage has since increased to the current 75%. In addition to the 23 towns gazetted as NWSC service areas, the Corporation also serves numerous other town centres and townships. Currently, the Utility serves about 2.5 million people countrywide with water services, against a targeted population of 3.2 million. Service to the Poor: NWSC since 2004 has undertaken a number of programmes like intensification of the network and establishment of public standposts and installation of yard taps in informal settlements . In addtion, 700 pre-paid water meters have been installed in Kampala, in the parishes of Kishenyi I & II, Ndeeba, Kawempe, Mengo and Kagugube. In the last four years, a total of 150 public and private shared sanitation facilities have also been constructed in the informal settlements of Kisenyi, Ndeeba, Kagugube and Kawempe, as part of NWSC’c corporate social responsibility. Sewerage Services/Sanitation: The Corporation has been able to expand its sewerage services by 51

Layout of the planned modern Nakivubo Waste Water Treatment Plant


an average of 310 sewer connections per annum. This has been facilitated by the implementation of a new sewerage connection policy. Financial Performance: NWSC has evidenced strong revenue growth with an average growth rate of 21% per annum from Ushs 19.5 billion in 1995 to Ushs 131 billion in 2011. Currently the Corporation is able to effectively cover all its operation and maintenance costs, depreciation or asset replacement, and also undertake minor investments External Services: The “turn around� experience has set NWSC apart as a model public utility in the water industry. Innovatively, an external services wing was set up, offering the Corporation a platform for sharing her experiences with sister utilities in Africa and across the world. Institutional/Organisational Development: The Corporation has undertaken a number of institutional reforms which have helped improve staff productivity and performance. Notable of these was the changing of the staff employment terms from permanent and pensionable to two year renewable contracts. One of the other key initiatives the Corporation has embraced over the years is the adoption of delegated management, amongst its operational Areas. This has given the Areas/Towns autonomy to efficiently execute their duties under management contracts supervised by the NWSC Head Office. Nwsc Future Ventures Kampala Sanitation Project:-phase I The project, which is being implemented within the framework of the Kampala Sanitation Masterplan, is aimed at addressing the sanitation needs of the growing Kampala city, The project entails;


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construction of Lubigi waste water treatment plan (already ongoing), construction of the Nakivubo waste water treatment plant and construction of the Kinawataka waste water treatment plant. Kampala Water Lake Victoria Watsan (KW-LVWATSAN) Project: This project is aimed at improving water supply services for the Greater Kampala over the next 20 to 30 years. It entails; rehabilitation of the Ggaba water treatment complex, construction of a new water treatment plant in Katosi, network rehabilitation/expansion and rationalization in Kampala city, among others. Water Development and Management Project (WDMP): The project which entails the rehabilitation and expansion of the Arua, Gulu, Bushenyi, and Mbale water supply and sewerage systems is being developed. A key component of this project is the Integrated Water Resources Management employing catchment based approach. Other Capital Development Projects: The Corporation has also embarked on the implementation of other capital development programmes like; Re-development of a new intake for the Soroti water works, Bwaise II Urban poor project, extension of water to Kazo in Masaka. Challenges Increased pollution of the raw water sources in most urban centres/municipalities; Currently, the Corporation is battling with increasing pollution of her water sources. This is aggravated by the changing climatic conditions and human activities. Huge Investment Deficit; In 2008, NWSC prepared a Strategic Investment Plan which showed that the Corporation needs to invest a minimum of Euros 480 million over

the next 15 years if it is to cope with the growing population and increasing water supply and sanitation challenges. This however cannot be financed from the current tariff which is not full cost recovery. High costs of production; The turbulent macroeconomic variations i.e inflation and exchange rate changes, coupled with the increasing electricity costs, have continued to increase the input costs. Poor structural planning of the urban centers and the undefined supply area; The lack of proper structural plans in most urban centres has made it difficult for NWSC to properly plan its intensification and expansion programmes Conclusion As the Corporation reflects on her 40 years of existence and strides made during the period of 25 years NRM goverance, the pledge to continue improving services for the betterment of the livelihoods and the promotion of economic growth in Uganda is indeed profound. Ongoing programmes like expansion and rationalisation of the transmission and distribution networks in Kampala and other towns, construction of Lubigi, Nakivubo, and Kinawataka waste water treatment plants in Kampala and new sewerage systems for Arua and Bushenyi, shall be strengthened. As the Corporation strives to fulfil her mandate, it is indeed obligatory that customers pay their bills on time, report any leaks and bursts promptly, and notify the Utility of any illegal use.

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Honouring the Best In the Business The annual SAPOA conference wrapped up in Durban recently, recognising some of the most noteworthy construction developments in the industry today. South Africa

Showcasing the SA property industry’s impact on the world stage, One & Only The Palm, Dubai, clinched top honours at SAPOA’s (South African Property Owners Association) Awards for Innovative Excellence in Property Development, sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance.

“The winners showcase excellence in design and innovation. They reflect the constant revolution needed to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s needs, in SA and globally,” says Neil Gopal, CEO of SAPOA.

This year, SAPOA presented a dozen awards to outstanding property developments. It announced the award winners at the 44th annual SAPOA International Property Convention & Exhibition at the Durban International Convention Centre. “The winners showcase excellence in design and innovation. They reflect the constant revolution needed to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s needs, in SA and globally,” says Neil Gopal, CEO of SAPOA. The ultra-luxury One & Only The Palm boutique resort development, owned by Kerzner International, is a collaboration of South African consultants working in the international arena.

DSA Architects International and Mirage Mille led the design and construction as principal architects and development/project managers respectively. WSP and CKR were the consulting engineers and MLC Quantity Surveyors were the cost consultants. The design package was produced and co-ordinated in Joburg. Winning the retail development category is the 75,000m2 Mall of the North, jointly owned and developed by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment, Moolman Group and Resilient Property Income Fund. This superregional shopping centre, which opened in April 2012, was designed by MDS Architecture with strong reference to its context in Polokwane, Limpopo. Earning top spot in the industrial development category is Ellerines Cape Town, owned and developed by Growthpoint Properties Limited and designed by Loudon Perry Anderson Architects. The innovative project created Ellerines’ new

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Taking winning position in the office development category is SANRAL’s new 4 Star Green Star design rated (Office-v1), AAA-grade corporate head office in Pretoria. Owned and developed by SANRAL, this energy-efficient building is designed by Activate Architecture.

in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal is owned by Methodist Church of Southern Africa and developed by RPP Developments and Bridgeport Properties. Boogertman + Partners Architects designed the seminary.

Sandton City Shopping Centre, owned by Liberty Properties, clinched top honours in the retail refurbishment category with MDS Architecture, MMA Architects, RTKL appointed for the centre’s phase-one positioning project. The development comprises refurbishing the existing mall and an addition of 30,000m2 of retail space.

The social impact development category winner is The Soweto Theatre, the first professional performing arts venue developed in a former township. Owned and developed by the City of Joburg Property Company, Afritects designed this arts and culture landmark in the Jubulani CBD precinct. Earning top spot in the Innovative Property Solutions Category is the Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre, which makes its own electricity and supplies excess electricity to its neighbour.

25 Wellington Road in Parktown, Johannesburg, scooped the award for office refurbishment. Designed by Paragon Architects, and developed by Alchemy Property Investment Trust, the project transformed an inefficiently designed 1980s office block into a modern call centre for tenant Cell C.

The building is the international hub for developing innovation, monitoring, and experimentation within the Vodafone Group worldwide. It’s the first 6-Star Green Star SA accredited building in SA. Owned and developed by Vodacom & Vodafone Group, it is designed by GLH Architects.

Taking the winning title in the mixed-use developments category is The Pivot at Montecasino, owned and developed by Abland and designed by Nsika. The Pivot introduces a 200-room, 4-star Southern Sun Hotel, a 1,200m2 conference facility, 15,000 m2 offices, parking and some retail. Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary triumphed in the ‘other’ development group. The training centre for Methodist ministers

Aurecon Century City took the crown for the top overall green development. It is the first building in South Africa to earn a 5-Star Green Star SA – Office Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). It’s developed by Rabie Property Group and designed by MaC Architects. This year’s Transformation Award goes to Khayelitsha

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Ellerines Cape Town, owned and developed by Growthpoint Properties Limited.

Hospital. Part of the Presidential Urban Renewal Programme, the hospital will serve the community of Khayelitsha - the largest township in Cape Town and the third largest in South Africa. Owned by the Provisional Department of Public Works (PDPW) & Transport and built by Group Five Coastal, the hospital is designed by ACG Architects & Development Planners and Ngonyama Okpanum & Associate.

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Frank Berkeley, managing executive of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, is passionate about furthering excellence in property development.

“The awards highlight the world-class innovation and local relevance of property development. It is especially encouraging to note the geographical spread of winners which is a reflection of local activity of the commercial property market,” says Berkeley.SAPOA Awards Committee Chairman John Truter notes: “The awards encourage a built environment that works on all levels. We’re delighted at the continued enthusiastic response from the property sector. It displays the esteem in which they hold the awards”. The award winners were decided by a multidisciplinary expert panel of 16 independent

judges comprising leaders in their fields. The 2012 judges panel includes Hashim Bham – BTKM QS; Barend de Loor - Eris Property Group; Corne de Leeuw - Del QS; John Truter - WSP Group; Pieter Engelbrecht – Growthpoint Properties; Chris Lawrence - Chris Lawrence; Ken ReynoldsNedbank; Wessel van Dyk – Boogertman & Partners; Rudolf Nieman - JHI; Anthony Orelowitz - Paragon Architects; Sam Silwamba – Old Mutual Properties; Richard Cottrill – Abland; John Williamson - MDS Architects; Beata Kaleta – DSA Architects; Zinon Marinakos - DSA Architects and Craig Sutherland – Sutherland Engineers.

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The Soweto Theatre in the emerging Jabulani node.

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Centre Stage The visually and functionally iconic Soweto Theatre is designed to meet local needs and will be a welcome addition to the cultural landscape of Johannesburg. Since 2006, Jabulani has begun to flourish and claim its rightful place as Soweto’s central business district. Recently, there have been a number of significant developments in the city, including the R320million(US$38.8million) Jabulani Mall covering 40,000m2 and the 300 bed Jabulani Provincial Hospital. However, an integral aspect of the city is its arts and culture scene, which will now have a stronghold in the form of the new Soweto Theatre. The project, which proceeded on time and was completed within the agreed budget of R150million (US$18million), was handed over to the City of Johannesburg in April 2012. In October 2007 the Johannesburg Property Company issued a request for proposals for development and the tender was awarded to Jabulani Development Company, with a land availability agreement being entered into on 9 December, 2008. The brief for the Soweto Theatre was to base it on the design concept used at the Northern Stage in Newcastle and the Young Vic in London. These

theatres allow for high flexible uses, based on the “universal design” concept. In addition, the design needed to be “human centred, with core values of social and environmental responsibility”. The Soweto Theatre comprises three performing venues, the largest of which is a 430-seat venue with a fixed stage and tiered seating. It has a full orchestra pit, a bridge for a fly tower as well as wings. The other two venues comprise a 180-seater and 90-seater flat floor theatre respectively. There is a foyer outside the theatre which is a public space that can be used as an additional performance area, a social gathering area during intermission or simply as a pause area.

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workers’ strike and delays in the delivery of specialised equipment and finishes; the design of ducting for cables to outside television broadcast units, while retaining the integrity of fire doors and security concerns; making special arrangements to protect the theatre in the event of a fire, when the City’s upgrading plans for the water supply system were behind schedule; keeping the community informed of progress and meeting and exceeding empowerment targets; selecting local artists for internal finishes and artworks; and ensuring an iconic building that will be an inspiration for further development of the new CBD.

While the project did present a number of challenges, both the targets set for in-service training and the use of local labour were exceeded. The target to be spent on local labour was R15 million and the actual amount spent to date on local labour is in excess of R20 million.

The successful addressing of the challenges and the completion of the project on time and within budget is attributable to the highly experienced and competent project team and the excellent working relationship with the client.

A number of challenges were faced during the project. These challenges included: • keeping the project on schedule despite supplier disruptions which included a steel

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property owned by the Johannesburg Property Company. Calgro’s partner on this is black owned company, Inkanyeli Projects. This contract included the Theatre as well as the construction of 4199 residential units.

Redevelopment in Soweto The Soweto Theatre in the heart of Soweto has garnered a lot of national attention over the past year or so. The R150million (US$18million) theatre has been hailed for its unique architecture and for its potential to boost tourism in this area.

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This iconic theatre is however only the start of a massive development that is transforming the Jabulani CBD into a vibrant node. Less publicised is the completion of the Jabulani Mall, adjacent to the theatre, as well as the Jabulani Hostels and the housing development currently underway around these two buildings. Niche developer involved Niche property developer Calgro M3 recently began construction of the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) project with its partner, Urban Dawn. The R117 million redevelopment of the first phase of the Jabulani Hostels in Soweto started delivering on its undertakings to stakeholders at the start of 2010. The formal sod-turning function, attended by MEC of Housing and Local Government Kgaugelo Lekgoro, MP Bonkosi Dlamini and City of Johannesburg’s Sheila Mahlangu as well as the Hostel’s leadership and residents, was held at the end of August 2010. Calgro is partnering with Gauteng Province in the project and Nedbank Property Finance: Affordable Housing division provided bridging finance for construction over the next two years. Calgro CEO Ben Pierre Malherbe says the Jabulani Hostels project is another milestone en route to

becoming the public sector’s preferred partner in the ‘Breaking New Ground’ (BNG) policy on integrated housing developments. “The Jabulani Hostels project is in line with our strategy of urban regeneration leveraging our strong relationships with provincial and local government as well as the banks.” Work on the project commenced in September 2010, while completion of the first phase of 500 units is scheduled for 2012. Centrally located near the Jabulani Mall and adjacent to the Jabulani CBD development (developed by Calgro and black empowerment partner Inkanyeli Projects), the Hostels are situated in a fast-growing urban node. The first phase of re-development will comprise 500 units, 80percent of which will be BNG housing (formerly referred to as RDP housing) with the balance being rental units subsidised by government. As for the project team, Calgro M3 has provided a complete solution for the clients. From quantity surveying to construction to marketing, Calgro has provided the services. CBD developing Another development underway is the Jabulani CBD which is taking place on 21 hectares of

Development funding is provided by Standard Bank which has approved around R193 million (US$ 23.5million) for the development so far. The cost of the entire development is in the region of R1.35 billion (US$160 million) and includes the construction of the Jabulani Hospital. Calgro M3 marketing director, Charl Cornelissen tells Construction Review that the company has learned one valuable lesson in developing this property. “We experienced a number of setbacks relating to snags in the building process and financing and property zoning issues. Nevertheless we needed to continually get the units ready and sell them, ensuring customer satisfaction along the way,” he says. He adds that the experience has also taught the team a number of lessons going forward. “We actively review units for quality before clients are invited to do a pre inspection. We aim to make sure that the units are near to perfect before we invite clients for a final inspection. Our snags are getting fewer as a result and we are moving faster and faster with greater efficiency,”Cornelissen adds. “We started to see the benefit of dividing the development into smaller and smaller packages of four or five blocks at a time. It required a lot of coordination but the result was that we were constantly moving units instead of the stop-start method that we had been employing up to that stage. It means that the revenue stream is at least constant if not big at any given time,” he points out. Calgro M3 is also utilising the lessons it has learned at another project in Cape Town with similar dimensions. Project team Calgro M3 main contractor, developer, quantity surveyor. Inkanyeli Projects construction partner, Jabulani CBD Urban Dawn partner, Jabulani Hostels


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