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February 2013 Volume 24 No. 1

Guest - Qs David M. Gaitho Chairman, the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya

Personality Prof. Chitra Weddikkara President, Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE), Chartered Architect /Chartered Quantity surveyor FRICS FAIQS FIQS FIA SL, Q Serve Pte ltd

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PICTORIAL National Contractors Conference Nairobi, Kenya 4th Public Private Partnership Africa (APPP 2012) Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Exhibition

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Cover Story Extension of gate A at Frankfurt airport


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Construction Tenders In Africa Check them out.

SUPPLEMENTS Crystalline concrete for waterproofing


Eco-Friendly Paint


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

PROJECTS The Watermark


Sigona Valley Developers


Crystal Project Management Ltd


Wastewater Management


Vapco Construction Company


Syldon and Partners Consulting Engineering


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Technological University of Kenya Readies for Expansion 34 Mowana and Morojwa Mews


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Time Change


The National Intergrated Power Project


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

The Site Board Corruption in construction

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

Corruption in a construction project is a debilitating phenomena that results in unnecessary white elephant projects, unreliable and sometimes outrightly dangerous projects and of course it comes with a steep price tag.

WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa O. Frankline May

Whether it is price fixing during tendering or revised pricing due to variations in government projects, the results are the same, a costly bill to the tax paying public. The fact that a professional body in South Africa has plans to do something about it is certainly a light in a long dark tunnel.

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Kenya Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Denis Ondeyo, Trizah Njoroge, Alvan Wamae South Africa: Christine Tamukedde, Manoko Thosago, Prince Moyo Tabitha Muthoni,Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng

Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is establishing an initial US$113,000 anticorruption fund which its plans to use in the coming months to take legal action against municipalities and private companies that it suspects of having acted illegally in the award, or securing of contracts.

Uganda: Penny Komugisha, Betty Nabakooza Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye

President Naren Bhojaram said the decision was taken as part of a broader business-integrity thrust being pursued by Cesa in an effort to “break the silence” on corrupt practices and place the construction and engineering sectors on a new ethical footing.

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

This is certainly something that should be emulated elsewhere in Africa. It will be interesting to see what happens next in the next few months.

Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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March 2013

April 2013

Wind turbines Wind power is plentiful, renewable and widely distributed. It is also the fastest growing renewable energy source in the world despite its higher capital requirements

Bathroom fittings Modernize and style your bathroom to suit your tastes with a wide choice of designs colors, functionality and materials available.

Fitted Kitchens Make the right choices in terms of layout, design, budget and supplier right from the onset.

Energy saving devices We look at new trends being developed that reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.

May 2013

June 2013

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

Construction Plant Concrete batching plants are widely used to produce various kinds of concrete in a controlled environment.

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

Consultancies Planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve optimal results is critical in a construction project.

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Konza City Launch Opens New Frontier for Investors


President Mwai Kibaki presided over a ground breaking ceremony of Konza City recently. Konza City will consist of facilities meant to attract business process outsourcing ventures. The Kenyan government wants to attract international technology companies to invest in the facilities, which will consist of a convention centre, a science park, hotels and shopping centres spread across a 5 000 acre site 60km south of Nairobi. The project is based on a private-public partnership financing model and will be carried out in four phases of five years each. Konza is to be built in four phases over a span of 20 years. Phase one is to be completed by 2017 at a cost of US$ 2.4 Billion (Shs. 209 Billion). Phase two will see the creation of an ICT park to attract multinationals and is expected to create an additional 39,000 jobs. The city is to offer tax and duty exemptions for investors with government catering for infrastructure cost. The first phase of the project has attracted 14 IT companies so far. The Kenyan government will provide infrastructure like roads and electricity for the project, while a developer will be tasked with building and selling premises to investors.

Mbutu Bridge Construction Starts

The project is based on a private-public partnership financing model and will be carried out in four phases of five years each.


Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, has launched the construction of Mbutu Bridge. The president has congratulated local contractors who have teamed up to construct the bridge located in Igunga district, Tabora region. However, he has urged the contractors to adhere to the required standards when building the bridge. 13 contractors have come together and formed 'Mbutu Bridge Joint Venture' under the supervision of 2 local consultants who have also formed a group known as PIDAEL Joint Venture. Construction of the 60-metre bridge comprises 7 small bridges with 15 metres length each. The project will also include construction of a 3-kilometre hump. Once the construction is completed, the bridge will link the region through Igunga with Shinyanga, Simuyu and Singida regions. The Chairman of Contractors Registration Board, Eng Consolata Ngimbwa said the bridge by local contractors is among government's plan to ensure local contractors and consulting engineers are empowered to embark on major projects in the country. Construction of the Bridge is set to be completed in eleven months. It is expected to cost over US$6.9 million and it is fully funded by the Tanzanian government.

Sun International opens Two New Hotels in Port Elizabeth

Construction of the Mbutu bridge is set to be completed in eleven months and it is expected to cost over US$6.9 million.

South Africa

Hotels and gaming group Sun International has opened two new hotels with an overall capacity of 420 rooms‚ strengthening its position in the key commercial and tourism markets in South Africa. The new 5-Star Boardwalk Hotel‚ Convention Centre and Spa opened in December 2012 along with the new Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World upgrade‚ an investment of some US$112.6 million (R1-billion). Styled after boardwalks made famous during the turn of the 20th century‚ the hotel is extremely well positioned in Port Elizabeth. It has 140 sea-facing rooms. Since opening‚ the Boardwalk Hotel has already enjoyed a 74% occupancy rate. Apart from leisure tourists to the region‚ it is designed to complement

The new 5-Star Boardwalk Hotel,an investment of some US$112.6 million, opened in December 2012.

the new 2‚000-person international conference centre built on the property. February 2013



Construction Works Commence on MatumboChama Road


Construction works on the US$75.7 million (KR399 million) 115 kilometre stretch of the Matumbo-Chama Road linking Northern, Muchinga and Eastern provinces has commenced. China Jiangxi Limited is undertaking the works which are part of the Link-Zambia 8000 Project. China Jiangxi was awarded the contract to construct a stretch of 115 kilometres from Matumbo junction in Chinsali District to the proposed Luangwa Bridge where another contractor would upgrade the road from the bridge to Chama District in Muchinga Province. Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Christopher Yaluma inspected part of the road works, where China Jiangxi had so far cleared more than 20 kilometres of the bush. Accompanied by RDA officials, Mr. Yaluma was impressed with the progress that had been recorded so far. Mr. Yaluma said he was glad that there has been quite a lot of progress since the last time he visited the site with President China Jiangxi Limited is undertaking the road works which are part of the Link-Zambia 8000 Project. Sata to officially launch the road project.

US$27 Million Ethiopia-Sudan Corridor Completed


The Ethiopian Road and Transport Authority has said that the construction of a highway linking Ethiopia with neighbouring Sudan has been completed and opened for traffic. RTA officials said the 100km-long corridor, stretching from Ethiopia's Asossa town to Kumruk will enhance trade relations as well as social ties between the two countries. The construction of the project was executed by a Chinese construction company at a cost of over US$27 million.The completion of the road has also facilitated trade exchanges and cooperation between Sudanese and Ethiopian communities living along the common border. Ethiopia, which is a landlocked country, has so far managed to construct a major highway that links it with five neighboring countries to boost trade relations and to get to access to the sea. With Eritrea having gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, it left the latter with no access to the sea. This was worsened after the two countries went to war in 1998-2000 that led to the closure of Ethiopia's access to Eritrean ports. Lack of access to the sea has left a strong impact on Ethiopia's economic, political, strategic interest and access to trade.

The 100km-long corridor, stretching from Ethiopia's Asossa town to Kumruk will enhance trade relations as well as social ties between the two countries.

ZRA Invites Bids for Construction of Batoka Hydropower Plant


The Zambezi River Authority has invited bids for the construction of a 1,600 megawatts hydro power plant at the Batoka Gorge, the authority. ZRA, a statutory body jointly owned by Zimbabwe and Zambia and responsible for the Zambezi River, said the contract would be awarded on a Built, Operate and Transfer basis. According to ZRA, expressions of interest are invited from interested companies or consortia with experience in developing hydro projects on a BOT. The proposed hydroelectric scheme is located on the Zambezi River, about 54km downstream of the Victoria Falls, across the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The project involves the construction of a dam and a hydropower plant on the Zambezi River. Some studies have shown that the project may cost between US$2.8 billion and US$3 billion. Once completed, the project will increase generation capacity and reduce reliance on electricity imports. 10

The proposed hydroelectric scheme is located on the Zambezi River, about 54km downstream of the Victoria Falls, across the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

February 2013

Chile's Tallest Building Nears Completion

South America

The skyline of Santiago, Chile has been altered by the tallest skyscraper in South America that casts a shadow two kilometres long. The 70-storey Gran Torre Costanera Centre, a giant that dwarfs the city's other skyscrapers, overwhelms the view of a city founded in 1541 by Spanish conquistadors and that remains proud of its colonial-era buildings. Workers have completed the top floor of the nearly $US1 billion ($A940,000) structure and in March, 2013 tenants are expected to start moving in.The 300-metre tall Gran Torre is not as tall as New York's Empire State Building (443 metres) and is less than half the size of the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa (828m). But it is significantly taller than the other regional giant, the Trump Ocean Club in Panama City (293m). A six-floor shopping mall has also risen next to the Gran Torre, and three other skyscrapers - two high-end hotels and an office building - are going up nearby. The Gran Torre was built to withstand earthquakes - Chile, located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is especially prone to powerful quakes. The building came through with flying colours in February 2010, surviving the Workers have completed the top floor of the nearly $US1 billion structure and 8.8-magnitude quake that devastated much of south-central Chile with no in March 2013 tenants are expected to start moving in. structural damage.

Abu Dhabi Sets Aside US$90bn for Major Projects


Abu Dhabi has announced that it will spend US$90 billion over the next five years on social infrastructure. In a statement issued by the Executive Council, the emirate said that a total of 12,500 housing units are being built via nine major projects. In addition, 34 schools and 10 kindergartens will also be built. Other infrastructure work currently being carried out in Abu Dhabi includes the Strategic Tunnel project and the 328-km Mafraq-Ghuweifat road connection. The Executive Council said in the statement that allocations intended for the emirate's economy, are in line with the Abu Dhabi government policy to diversify its economic resources and reduce dependence on oil and gas industry revenues. Therefore, the government has launched several initiatives aimed to improve the investment environment by offering incentives and facilities to investors. To that end, the emirate has developed a number of specialized economic zones covering different industrial and trade fields. These offer various exemptions to investors, as well as advanced infrastructure in terms of The government has launched several initiatives aimed to improve the transport and communication networks, making the emirate a springboard to investment environment by offering incentives and facilities to investors. other countries in the region.

China Railway Construction Wins US$ 2billion worth Contracts


Chinese state-owned contractor China Railway Construction has been awarded contracts worth US$ 2.2bn for railway electrification, railway construction and road building projects in China. The company won a contract to construct a 53 km section of the planned 362 km high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Zhengzhou and Xuzhou with a bid of US$ 572 million. The Zhengzhou to Xuzhou rail line is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. It also won another bid to install electrification systems for a section of Lanxin Railway in north-western China – a US$ 835 million contract that also included the reconstruction of Xining railway station and the construction of a second double line of rail track at Lanzhou pivot railway hub. In the roads sector, China Railway won a US$ 369 million contract for the construction of section B of the Maliuwan-Zhaotong section of Chongqing– Kunming Highway and US$ 402 million for the construction of section C of the Maliuwan-Zhaotong Section of Chongqing–Kunming Highway . February 2013

Chinese state-owned Contractor China Railway Construction has been awarded contracts worth US$ 2.2 billion for railway electrification, railway construction and road building projects in China.



MAC3 Portable Compressors New French manufacturer of hydraulic tools MAC3 has introduced its first range of portable compressors incorporating a design that allows them to be switched between skid-mounted and trailer mounted configuration in minutes. There are four compressors in the MSP range with working pressures of 7 bar and free air deliveries of between 2.2 and 3.2 m3/min. All have two air outlets, allowing the unit to power two tools at one time. MAC3, based Saint-Cyprien near St Etienne, was created in 2011 by a group of former ex-Sullair Europe employees, including former Sullair Europe managing director Christelle Linossier, who is now managing director of MAC3. The company started by producing hydraulic hammers and tools, but for the last year and a half has been developing the portable compressors, which are now being launched. Website:

MQ POWER Generator Selector Multiquip, a diverse manufacturer and supplier of world class quality products and solutions, is proud to announce the release of its first mobile consumer application (app) - MQ POWER Generator Selector - as part of its overall Mobilize MQ initiative. The MQ POWER Generator Selector app helps customers select the right MQ Power generator to meet their specific power needs. It eliminates the need for charts, calculations and guesswork, while providing quick and simple answers to complex generator sizing questions. The app is free to download and easy to use. “At Multiquip, we understand the power and convenience mobile applications bring to equipment users with the freedom to access valuable and helpful information anytime, anywhere,” said Michael Hanken, vice-president of IT, Multiquip. “Offering great service for the benefit of our industry is one of our core beliefs. We see Multiquip as the leader when it comes to power and construction industry mobile applications.” Website:

Komatsu D37-23, D39-23 Crawler Dozers Komatsu America Corp. has introduced its new line of D37-23 and D39-23 crawler dozers, developed using extensive customer input. Komatsu further refined the dozer design to meet EPA Tier IV Interim regulations using smart engine technology while maintaining the same high horsepower. The new dozers have increased productivity, and new operator-specific features, all bundled in a compact 89 or 105 hp (66 or 78 kW) package to push productivity and efficiency to new levels. Long track-on-ground standard (EX) and low ground pressure (PX) models are available to offer customers flotation and weight distribution options to best match their applications. Operating weights range from 18,386 to 21,363 lbs. (8,340 to 9,690 kg) depending on the configuration and model. At 2200 rpm, the new models push with a net 89 hp and 105 hp, respectively. Website:

Sany 550 ton Crawler Crane Crane manufacturer Sany America has launched its latest 550-ton crawler crane, the SCC8500. According to the manufacturer, the new crane is ideally suited for construction of wind energy towers, fossil fuel plants, nuclear facilities, petrochemical installations and a variety of infrastructure projects. The aim was to produce a machine that would fill a niche between existing machine sizes. “The 400-ton-class machines are too small to handle bigger nacelles in wind construction, and the 600-ton cranes require a back mast and luffing jib to make these lifts. The SCC8500 is the perfect solution,” said John Lanning, global director of research and development for Sany crawler cranes. The SCC8500 offers a full complement of attachments and options, including fixed jib, luffing jib and the Sany UltraLift package. The optional UltraLift package includes a second counterweight tray with hanging brackets and 36 upper sideblocks for 868,621 pounds (394 000 kg) of counterweight. The SCC8500 has 10 available configurations for main boom, fixed jib and luffing jib. Maximum main boom length is 354.3 ft (108 m) on the basic machine and 393.7 ft (121.1 m) with the UltraLift configuration. Website: 12

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Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), an umbrella body of property developers in the country, is set to introduce two new products by February that will put interest rates on borrowing to fund building projects at between 12 and 15 per cent. Speaking at a meeting of the association in Abuja, President of REDAN, Chief Olabode Afolayan, said this is for people with projects whose transaction cycle could be completed within a period of 24 months. He disclosed that another arrangement is being worked out with Infrastructure Bank that could bring lending rate to developers down to a single digit if all conditions are met. He also announced that Kenya-based Shelter Afrique is set to open shop in Abuja early next year and will make funds available for capacity training among developers. Meanwhile, the deadline imposed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on primary mortgage banks (PMBs) to recapitalise by the end of the first quarter of 2013 is causing real estate developers in the country sleepless nights. Afolayan said many of the PMBs are not likely to meet the target of US$15.9mn (N2.5 billion) for operating license within a state and US31.8mn (N5 billion) for those that want to operate nationwide, as against the current capital base of N100 million.

President of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, Chief Olabode Afolayan.

2nd Annual Urban & Housing Development

Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

15th - 17th February 2012 Southern Sun Cape Sun, Cape Town, South Africa Esther Wong

Urbanisation in most of Africa is moving at a very fast pace, especially south of the Sahara. Infrastructure and housing provisions, water & waste management, energy & other utilities supply shortages, traffic congestion, environmental health problems, limited green spaces, extreme poverty, social security and public safety problems place many burdens on people.

A vision of this scale can only be achieved by

With a consistent influx of people into African cities, there is a need for a central focus on sustainability, urban planning, regeneration, slum rehabilitation and low-income housing provision. This Urban & Housing Development large scale event will be a one-stop platform that will encapsulate cutting-edge issues, strategic solutions, investment strategies and pertinent case studies in urban planning, infrastructure and housing development.

Urban and Housing Development large scale event an

implementing your ideas and experiences into action; so whether you are a driver or enabler towards urban and housing projects, you will find this highly anticipated excellent platform to network, exchange ideas, seek business opportunities and to tap into the experience of key industry leaders.

5th Africa CemenTrade Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

26th - 27th Feb, 2013 Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Ms Grace Oh

Cement consumption in the East African region is driven by rising middle income and various infrastructure and housing projects. It is estimated that cement consumption in the region has been growing at close to 14% over the last decade and will continue to grow at 8%, with capacities reaching 14.4 m ton by 2017. CMT's 5th Africa Cementrade Summit is THE event NOT to be missed! Key industry professionals will be addressing burning issues of interest to all who want to gain a share in the booming Africa market! Hon. H.E Dr. Abdallah O.Kigoda, Minister of Industry & trade in Tanzania will be delivering the opening address, Tanzania Portland Cement will be provide updates on the development in Tanzania, Dangote Cement will share their plans and challenges in growing their cement business, Baobab Advisory aims to equipped investors with know-how to get ahead in an increasingly competitive cement industry. February 2013

Ocean Shipping Consultants will provide forecast on the global cement/clinker trade and dry bulk shipping outlook, Cimenfort, Derba Midroc Cement, Asec Trading & Ethalion Ltd will speak on countries focused session on Angola, Ethiopia, Egypt, East & South Africarespectively, IFC to provide innovative project finance solutions, Aumund Group, BEUMER Maschinenfabrik & Gebr Pfeiffer will be sharing technical solutions for cement plant operations and BASF to update on development in cement additives in Africa and technology innovations. 13

West African Ceramic Ltd Terraforce wins CMA Award for WSP and GENIVAR – Stronger Together Factory Lauded “most sustainable installation”

NIA president, Arc. Ibrahim A. Haruna, said the team of Architects was quite impressed with what they saw.

Terraforce was awarded for the installation of retaining walls and Terracrete hard lawn pavers at Cavalli Stud Farm in the Western Cape.

The merger between WSP and GENIVAR has created a world-class professional services firm with combined revenues of $1.7 billion.

The Nigerian Institute of Architects, Abuja and Kogi State chapters jointly organised a study tour of West African Ceramic Ltd factory located in Ajaokuta recently.The architects, 50 from Abuja and 20 from Kogi undertook the tour to ascertain the quality of the product as claimed by the West African Ceramic team.

Once again, Cape Town based precast block manufacturer, TERRAFORCE, managed to take home a prestigious Trophy at the CMA AWARDS. The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) held the first Awards for Excellence presentation based on its new awards category format. The black-tie gala event included the CMA’s 40th anniversary celebrations and was staged at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg on November 3rd.

The merger between the two engineering and design consultancies, WSP Group PLC and GENIVAR Inc., has created a world-class professional services firm with combined revenues of $1.7 billion and approximately 14,500 employees, working in over 300 offices on every continent. The combination of WSP’s international spread and GENIVAR’s extensive business in Canada creates one of the strongest global presences in the industry, offering diversified services across many geographic regions, market segments and in the public and private sectors.

The President of the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Arc. Ibrahim A. Haruna, said the study is to build the confidence of Nigerian architects in Nigerian products manufactured to international standards. He added that the team of Architects was quite impressed with what they saw. Receiving them at the factory, the General Manager, West African Ceramic Ltd, Mr. Bhaskar Rao told them that the West African Ceramic Ltd factory is the third largest factory in Africa and that it produces Royal ceramics floor tiles, Royal Wall Tiles, VIT Porcelain Vitrified Tiles and Royal Roofing Tiles to international standard.

The judging of 2012 Awards competition took place in August when 77 entries were critically assessed by five judges at the CMA’s Midrand premises. Out of six Trophy winners Terraforce was awarded the ‘Sustainability’ trophy for the installation of retaining walls and Terracrete hard lawn pavers at Cavalli Stud Farm in the Western Cape. Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm was inspired by a family’s love of saddle horses, but also a passion for providing fresh energy, work opportunities and inspiration to current and future staff, as well the neighbouring communities.

Rao said the objective of West African Ceramic Ltd is to support the country's infrastructural and economic development, and to ensure it meets the country's requirement for tiles.

Alongside this passion runs a remarkable commitment to sustainability. Taco Voogt, CMA president and acting director, presented the awards.

Commenting on the merger, Mathieu du Plooy, managing director of WSP Africa, said the merger with GENIVAR further enhances their global position. Until operational and financial integration is completed, both firms will continue to operate under their respective brands.



South Africa

- 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

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- 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

The strong balance sheet of the combined entity will provide further resilience and a strong platform for growth, with enhanced ability to serve global clients and pursue large-scale projects.The merger will also increase the world-wide resource of skills, knowledge and experience available to local clients.

Association Partners

Namibia Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

Uganda Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


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

Ghana - 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

Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)


- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia 14

and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

Nigeria - 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 February 2013

National Contractors Conference Nairobi, Kenya

Date: 31st January 2013 Venue: Bomas Of Kenya, Nairobi

Investeq Capital staff respond to questions from contractors.

Contractors listen to Ministry of Public Works officials at the conference.

Contractors seek more information at the Construction Review stand.

Contractors visit the Kaluworks stand.

Foton display one of their dump trucks at the Nairobi Conference.

Tile and Carpet staff assist visitors at their stand.

4th Public Private Partnership Africa (APPP 2012)

Date:14th – 16th November 2012 Venue: Transcorp Hilton, Abuja - Nigeria

Delegates follow proceedings.

Guest speakers' arrival.

Delegates in the conference hall.

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Exhibition)

Date: 20th – 22nd September, 2012 Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center,Shanghai, China

Intelligent building system attracted visitors' attention.

The KNX booth.

Visitors show interest in security system on display.

Guest Qs David M. Gaitho Chairman, the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya Mr. David M. Gaitho had his early education at Starehe Boys Centre from Form One to Six. He later joined the University of Nairobi and graduated with Bachelors Degree in Building Economics. He sat for professional exams two years later and registered as a Quantity Surveyor in 1995. Gaitho has undergone further training in Arbitration/ Adjudication and Project Management. Qs David M. Gaitho

He has had a very fulfilling career as a Quantity Surveyor and has been involved in very challenging projects in all sectors of the Building Industry. He has also been involved in mentoring younger professionals and students. Construction Review had an interview with him and here is what he had to say. When were you elected as IQSK Chairman? I was elected as the Chairman of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya in May 2012. I had previously served in the Executive Committee since 2004 as Registrar, Hon. Secretary and Vice Chairman. What are some of the challenges you have faced and achievements? Being a voluntary Association, we have experienced the following challenges: Member apathy, Collection of Annual Subscription, Parallel association and Heavy workload for Council members. In the short time I have been in office, all the institute programmes have performed above expectations (i.e. Contractors Training, CPD Seminar and Golf Tournament).My most important projects for the year 2012 were the Enactment of QS Bill 2012 and getting a permanent home for the Secretariat.

The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) is a professional association founded in 1994 with the main objective of promoting the general advancement of the practice of Quantity Surveying profession. 16

When was IQSK formed, the reasons for forming it and its vision? The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) is a professional association founded in 1994 with the main objective of promoting the general advancement of the practice of Quantity Surveying profession. Other key objectives of IQSK are to advise the Government, Public bodies and other individuals on matters concerning Quantity Surveying; Quantity Surveyors education and practice in collaboration with tertiary educational Institution the Board of Registration; Publishing and distribution of Technical Journal and other papers connected to Quantity Surveying.

What have been the noteworthy milestones in the development of IQSK? The Institute has a membership of over 600 in various categories of fellow, corporate, licentiate, graduate, technical, students and visiting members. The Institute has grown fast from its humble beginning to become the leading association for Quantity Surveyors in Kenya. Some of the key milestones are:- Establishment of a fully fledged Secretariat at Kilimani area of Nairobi, Publishing of a highly respected Quarterly Journal “the Quantity Surveyor” since 1999, Recognition by the Government as an appointing body for institutions relevant to the construction industry, Structured Management team elected every two years backed by a fully fledged Secretariat. Participated in the revision of technical documents widely used in the construction industry i.e. Joint Building Council Building Contract and Standard Method of Measurements, International affiliation and representation to Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors (AAQS), International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) among others, Documented Strategic Plan and financial policy for guiding the management, Enactment of QS Bill 2012 and we are in the process of purchasing own office space in Kilimani area of Nairobi. The Institute runs about ten annual programmes which are very beneficial to members. These include: Continuous Professional Development Seminars (CPD), Contractors sensitization programme (CSP), Career talks for students and graduate members, Consistent Quarterly Qs Journal, Awards for Excellence at Universities, Annual Golf Tournament, Annual Dinner Dance, Council retreat , QS Merchandise and Bi- annual Qs Awareness week etc. What are the problems plaguing the Building and Construction industry/ profession? The building and construction industry is plagued with many problems like: Unfair competition among professional – fees undercutting, Unregulated players – anyone can become a Contractor, Unplanned construction/enforcement , Untrained/ undertrained “Consultants” “Quarks”, Optional use of professionals leading to stalled projects, collapse of buildings, unfit for use buildings etc.

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Personality Prof. Chitra Weddikkara President, Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE), Chartered Architect /Chartered Quantity surveyor FRICS FAIQS FIQS FIA SL, Q Serve Pte ltd

Prof. Chitra Weddikkara has the unique distinction of being a Chartered Architect, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager, and counts well over 30 years of experience in the design and the construction industry both in Sri Lanka and abroad. Her PhD is in Law from Murdoch University in Western Australia with emphasis Dispute resolution, her masters is in Project management and building studies while her Graduate education is in Architecture and Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics. Professional experience encompasses fields of Architecture, Quantity surveying, International construction Management Dispute resolution, Construction auditing, Loop hole Engineering Risk management value Management, Project management and Claims preparation and management and works also as an Arbitrator .

Secretary and overseas representative of the International Chapter of the Australian Institute Quantity Surveyors, Senior vice President of the Sri-Lanka Institute of Architects, Vice president of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri-Lanka (CCI) immediate Past President of the Institute of Quantity surveyors and Chairman/ Member of

Prof. Chitra Weddikkara

many technical and advisory committees in the construction industry and in the Government of Sri-Lanka. In the capacity of an independent Construction professional she counts well over 30 years of experience ranging from five star luxury hotels, luxury condominium units, factories, restaurants, housing schemes,

and semi luxury housing

schemes, sports complexes, warehouses and many projects of varying magnitude and nature.

Professional experience also encompasses working as a salaried Architect / Construction economist in both Private and Public sector organizations in Australia and Sri-Lanka Currently the Senior professor at the Department of Building Economics, former dean of the faculty of architecture at the University of Moratuwa, and Academic advisor to Colombo School of Construction Technology, Colombo Sri-Lanka.

Academic qualifications: Ph.D. in Dispute resolution College Law, Murdoch University Perth Western Australia, Master of Science Building Studies, Curtin University of Technology, WA , Bachelor of Applied Science in Quantity Surveying, Curtain University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Associate Diploma in Quantity Surveying Western Australian Institute of

She is the Principal Partner in Private practice in Sri-Lanka namely Q Serve Pte. Ltd in Qatar and India that carries out Quantity Surveying consultancies in cost Monitoring and Management of buildings, contract administration, construction audits, preparation and Assessment of insurance Claims, assessment/ preparation of due diligence reports on buildings, dispute Resolution and mediation.

Technology, Perth. Western Australia, Certificate

Work experience also encompasses working as the head of department /senior lecturer in the department of Building Economics in the Faculty of Architecture University of Moratuwa Sri-Lanka and as a senior lecturer in University of Western Sydney in New South Wales Australia, she is currently the president of Commonwealth Association of Surveyors and Land Economy, Chairperson of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Sri-Lanka (RICS) Non executive member of the RICS Constitutional board,

Professional memberships: Fellow member of the

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in Mediation

LEADR) Australia, Certificate in

International Construction Management, Sweden, Associate ship in Architecture , Western Australian Institute of technology, WA, Bachelor of Science in Built Environment & Part I Royal Institute of British Architects, University of Colombo, Sri-Lanka

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FAIQS), Fellow of the Institute of Architects Sri- Lanka (FIA) SL Sri-Lanka 1997, Fellow of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FIQS) SL Sri-Lanka 1998, Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRIQS) 1999, Mediator- LEADR' Centre for Commercial Mediation, Australia and Member of Institute of Project Mangers (SL).

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Extension of gate A at Frankfurt airport About 800 meters long, with a square area of 185,000 square meters and designed for up to six million passengers a year. On 10 October 2012, Fraport and Lufthansa started operations in the extension of gate A at Rhein-Main airport, Frankfurt, which has been designed and implemented by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The new A+ gate extends the areas used by Lufthansa at Terminal 1 and was required independently of the extension of the airport extension program, in order to be able to adequately serve the Airbus A380 and Boeing B747-8 wide-body aircraft. gmp’s commission included the new construction of the link between gates A and A+, also called the “root”, the baggage claim area A, the required conversions of existing structures in Terminal 1 as well as the new construction of gate A+. The design of this large project focused on three key areas: the conceptual integration of the new building into the existing ensemble while also creating an individual identity, complying with the new EU safety regulations for passenger handling, and creating a retail and lounge concept. Architectural concept of the “root” The “root”, the central marketplace with an extensive range of shops, restaurants and lounges, is located at the building interface between Terminal A and gate A+. Its glazed, cone-shaped opening allows daylight to reach the interior, opens the view towards the sky and creates vistas across the different levels of the marketplace. At the same time, passengers are able to see the apron and aeroplanes through a wide opening on the flight side. Individual, specialist retail and gastronomy concepts were tied into an over-arching design principle. Transparency and daylight combined with simple and natural materials generate a pleasant atmosphere. In this way the central marketplace forms a unique architectural space offering a pleasant environment for people to spend time in. Architectural concept for gate A+ Gate A+ extends towards the west following on from the “root”, with a width of about 26 meters and a length of over 600 meters. Owing to new

EU safety regulations which state that passengers arriving from non-Schengen states must be separated from departing passengers who have already been security screened, the gate had to be designed with four upper storeys. This means that gate A+ is higher than the existing buildings but nevertheless resonates with the existing design. This was achieved with the help of the design manual, which applies to the entire airport, and which was used by gmp architects to give gate A+ its identity in spite of the existing material specification. Materials such as natural stone, metal and wood were used in similar fashion to Terminal 1, which creates a flowing transition between the existing and new buildings. The further you progress, the more the materials are used in innovative ways; new variations and combinations result in the gate ultimately acquiring its own independent style. The construction grid was optimised to suit commercial considerations, and the large span meant that the designers were able to omit one row of columns which otherwise would have obstructed the space. Ancillary functions such as escape stairs, services ducts and sanitary facilities were located along the northern edge. This has created a completely open space flooded with daylight which provides clarity and easy orientation: passengers have a view of almost the entire length of the gate building, stretching over several hundred metres. This helps passengers with orientation and also makes it easier to gauge the distance to the boarding gate. Here too, passengers have an open view of the apron and aeroplanes. The lighting design supports the differentiation of spaces with architectural means. It is based on the juxtaposition of soft ceiling lighting as background illumination, and distinct functional areas with their own light quality. Light islands and zones for the counter and boarding gate areas, and the retail and gastronomy zones, result in a lively canvas within the large space context and give further support for the orientation of passengers.

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Facts and figures Competition 2006 - 1st prize Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Jürgen Hillmer Project Leaders Susanne Winter, Reiner Schröder Competition design team Klaus Lenz, Sebastian Flatau, Ingo Beckmann, Kai Beckmann, Markus Carlsen, Christian Dahle, Henning Fritsch, Ben Joscha Grope, Markus Helmin, Matthias Holtschmidt, Silke Jessen, Eduard Kaiser, Raimund Kinski, Prisca Marschner, Rouven Oberdieck Specialist engineers Structural design: Weber and Poll Consulting Engineers Fire safety: hhpberlin Mechanical and electrical services: Arup GmbH Transport planning: VSU Verkehr Städtebau Umweltschutz GmbH Client: Fraport AG Project start: January 2007 Construction period: 2007-2012 (conversion of existing area in Terminal 1 until August 2013) Other details Security control points 49 Retail and gastronomy units 62 with a total floor area of 12,000 square meters Lufthansa lounges 5 (First Class, Senator, Business) Doors approx. 2,300, of which about 800 safety doors Lifts 32 Moving walkways 31 Escalators 46 Lifting platforms 6 Parking spaces 280

Crystalline concrete for waterproofing List of contributors Triton Systems Lorraine Taylor KÖSTER BAUCHEMIE AG Jan Thomas Kettner MC-Bauchemie Müller GmbH & Co. KG Cheick Diallo Gaia S.R.L. Martina Camocino Xypex Chemical Corporation TPH Bausysteme GmbH Dagmar Viebahn Vandex International Ltd Frommenwiler Alois Tarmac Ltd Lorraine Hughes ADCOS NV Johan Devroe BAUMERK Waterproofing Systems Kerem BODUR Aviseal Waterproofing Technology John Fiorino Larsen Contracts Brian Power Cre-art UK Ltd Mark 20

By Yvonne Andiva The foundation and basement walls of any building are what keep the whole structure in place transferring dead loads and live loads into the ground. Weakening of the foundation is probably one of the most devastating things that can happen to a building next to fire or an earthquake. When crystalline waterproofing is applied to the concrete surface, either as a coating or as a dry-shake application or as admixture into the concrete to a fresh concrete slab, a process called chemical diffusion takes place. The theory behind diffusion is that a solution of high density will migrate through a solution of lower density until the two equalize. Thus, when concrete is saturated with water prior to applying crystalline waterproofing, a solution of low chemical density is also being applied. When crystalline waterproofing is applied to the concrete, a solution of high chemical density is created at the surface, triggering the process of chemical diffusion. The crystalline waterproofing chemicals must migrate through the water (the solution of low density) until the two solutions equalize. Advantages Instead of reducing the porosity of concrete, like water reducers, plasticizers, and super plasticizers, the crystalline formation engages the material filling and plugging the voids in concrete to become an integral and permanent part of the structure. Because these crystalline formations are within the concrete and are not exposed at the surface, they cannot be punctured or otherwise damaged like membranes or surface coatings. Crystalline waterproofing also offers protection against the effects of CO, CO2, SO2 and NO2, the gasses responsible for the corrosive phenomenon known as ‘carbonation.’ Crystalline technology

waterproofing is a proven technology use all over the world on millions of square meters of below ground concrete. CRISTALPROOF ADMIX ADCOS NV is a company based close to the port of Antwerp (Belgium) and is specialised in the research and development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, distribution and consulting of specialist construction chemicals and technological systems and solutions for building, civil engineering and the industry: concrete repair and reinforcement, waterproofing, industrial floorings and building maintenance. Cristalproof Admix is one of their products used in waterproofing. It is added to fresh concrete easily at the batch plant or directly into ready mix trucks and designed to enhance by effectively waterproofing the concrete and reducing the shrinkage cracks. This provides a cost effective solution to membrane systems while increasing concrete's durability. It is added to fresh concrete easily at the batch plant or directly into ready mix trucks.

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Apology In the June Issue of Construction Review last year we carried a feature on welding processes on page 26 and inadvertently attributed the story to Emmanuel Onsomu when in fact the article had been written by Mr John Montgomery of Terrain Plant Ltd., suppliers of generators and construction equipment for both domestic and industrial usage. While belated we take this opportunity to apologise for the error and regret any inconvenience or embarrassment this may have caused Mr John Montgomery or Terrain Plant Ltd. February 2013

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By Yvonne Andiva Whether it’s a renovation or a completely new building, the need for paint is more the rule than the exception and in today’s eco sensitive world, paint manufacturers have had to adapt and come up with more environmentally friendly paints to do the job or lose out. The eco-friendly paint market has grown and evolved and some can perform like premium conventional paints offering good coverage, vibrant colours, durability, and longevity but without harmful odours, chemicals, or added solvents. The main concern when it comes to paints is VOCs which stands for volatile organic compounds. These are gases that come from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors; this is due to lower ventilation in closed rooms. Due to environmental regulations and increasing consumer demand, paint companies have developed new house paints that emit little or no VOCs. This is achieved by using water as a base instead of traditional, petroleum-based oil solvents. A natural paint does not contain heavy metal or any VOCs. Natural paints and wood finishes are often composed of natural plant dyes, oils, and waxes. A number of environmentally conscious companies manufacture these products in all of the expected forms—paint, primer, finish, sealer, stain, wax, etc. but many consumers find the costs overwhelming. Clay paint is one of the most common natural paints—it is composed of earth-based minerals and uses mostly water as a solvent. If you enjoy an earthy, abode look for your home, a coat of organic clay paint may be a good choice for your green home remodelling project. Colours range from natural earth tones to an assortment of blue, white, and orange tints. Clay paints adhere readily to most surfaces found inside a house, requires only two coats like most standard paints, and also function as an effective odour-absorber. The downside is that these paints are usually more expensive than petroleum-based paint and do not

come in as wide a range of colours or textures. A reasonably inexpensive green alternative to traditional paint is lime wash. Limestone, a calcium-based mineral is combined with water to form a simple, natural paint that is the basis of all whitewashes. Lime wash can be used indoors or outdoors and forms a unique, glowing finish that comes in a variety of colours. Surfaces that take well to lime washing differ from traditional paint surfaces because lime wash actually sinks into its subsurface, leaving a coat of calcium crystals that wears off the surface over time and creates a characteristic antique look. Because of this, lime wash can only be used with porous materials such as brick, wood, plaster, and concrete—drywall and painted surfaces do not take lime wash effectively. Lime wash is applied in thin coats, several of which may be needed for a thorough paint job. Although 100% natural, limestone is corrosive to both eyes and skin, so wear gloves and goggles during application. The quality of natural paints is commonly criticized because, in times past, colours tended to fade and you could not wash the walls without a touch-up following close behind. Newer eco paints, especially some newer lime washes, are more durable, washable, and longer lasting than those that came before them—some are even used for the restoration and preservation of national monuments! Another time-tested natural paint is milk-based paint. Casein, a protein found in milk products, is separated from the milk and mixed with water, clay, and earth pigments to form a thick, ecofriendly paint. Casein paint is a form of tempera paint, a fast-drying egg-based paint that has been in use since the days of ancient Egypt. Today, it is purchased in a dry, powdered form. The powder must be mixed with water and then used immediately (usually within hours to days) to prevent the paint from clumping before it reaches its destination.

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The Watermark An Award Winning Project Kenya

Although African architects continue to produce magnificent buildings, it is not often that construction projects from the continent get recognized on the global arena for their excellence. And so it was refreshing and exciting when The International Property Awards, an organization that rewards outstanding property developments worldwide, announced that The Watermark Business Park in Karen, Nairobi, had been awarded the Best Office Development in Africa 2012. The development by Karen One Development Ltd, with Hass Consult as the development consultants, is the first ever Kenyan development to win in the office development category. In a gala ceremony held at the Royal Mirage Hotel

in Dubai, The Watermark Business Park beat two other Kenyan developments and a South African development also shortlisted in the same category. The Watermark Business Park is a signature park development in Karen, Nairobi, designed in a classical yet ecologically sensitive concept, with offices enveloping a spectacular landscaped park and water feature lending it expansive views and a serene environment. This development, offering a total of 180,000 sq.ft. of offices on 10.8 acres, is on course to set the benchmark for future development in this leafy suburb. The Place Strategically located at the junction of Langata Road and Ndege Road, the Watermark borrows from Karen’s greater setting while boasting

excellent frontage and visibility from Langata Road. The site is just a stone’s throw from Karen Hospital, Karen Golf & Country Club and Crossroads Shopping Centre. The Style The Watermark’s design concept is an embodiment of its natural setting and the 10.8 acres lends itself to a concentric arrangement of the two-storey blocks around a central water feature and park of 5.2 acres. Emphasis has been given to the style and general aesthetics of the buildings and to the complex as a whole, with careful consideration given to the natural characteristics of the land in the design process, rendering a nature-based park environment that is aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to work in. The Watermark emerges as not just an office park but a high quality environment, where the design, construction and quality of the environment creates a top-notch business community. The Space The office courts are skillfully designed to create a flexible module offering suites from 2,500 sq.ft to 26,500 sq.ft. on either ground or upper floor. All suites benefit from private kitchen and washrooms with provisions for executive toilets, and the interior suites further enjoy enclosed terraces set over the water. Other attractions include: • Flexible plans catering for a variety of uses • Higher floor to ceiling height on the ground floor allowing for seamless use of the space for showrooms • Fully IT compliant offices ready to receive tenant fit out interiors • Total of 500 carparks creating a generous car park ration of 3 cars per 1,000 sq.ft of lettable space. Of these, 265 carparks are covered and for exclusive use by tenants. The development will feature breathtaking landscaping features by the Nairobi based landscapers, Garden Art Ltd.


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

Project Team Architect Beglin Woods Architects Quantity Surveyor Construction Cost Ltd Mechanical & Electrical Engineer Loadline Engineering


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

Main Contractor The Details The exteriors at The Watermark will be a creative deployment of natural materials such as yellow stone, glass and aluminium to create an architecturally inspiring façade. Lobbies will be finished in high quality ceramic tiling as will kitchenettes and bathrooms.

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Great consideration has been given to the environment and natural resources with natural ventilation and lighting captured through keen attention to orientation and sun movements, water recycling generated from a sewer treatment system, rainwater harvesting and solar street lighting.

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Sigona Valley Developers Giving Kenyan Real Estate a New Face A group of four young Kenyan entrepreneurs have bet their fortunes on the lucrative real estate sector, creating a 30-home multi-million shilling development. Sigona Valley is an exclusive gated community located in a serene environment several miles west of the capital city, Nairobi. Twenty-eight-year old ICT graduate, Kimiti Wanjaria, 28 year-old quantity surveyor, Thomas Koigi, 30 year-old Ian Kahara (also an ICT graduate) and 37-year-old biochemist Johnson Waweru, launched Sigona Valley in March 2012, and have since sold more than 60 per cent of the homes, having raised secure non-bank, development finance to fund their project. The four are proprietors of Serene Valley Properties Limited, the company developing the property.


The youthful developers are working on the estate's infrastructure, and laying foundation for most of the units, which are expected to be complete in the last quarter of 2013. It has not been an easy road for these entrepreneurs. “We approached 12 different banks, mostly local, for funding, but they were more focused on our personal profiles and financial background and thus our ability to repay the loan if the project snarled.” said Mr. Kahara. They all declined. It

was then that the four approached Shelter Afrique for construction financing. Shelter Afrique is a Pan African Housing finance institution charged with promoting national development through funding private initiatives. “Shelter Afrique was majorly concerned with the fundamentals of the project, its viability and the selected consulting team,” said Mr. Kahara. The Pan African housing finance institution offered 60 percent of the project funding, an alternative source of funding that “cushioned” the young investors from the still prevailing high interest lending rates. “We then approached Hass Consult to model and manage the project on a pre-sale basis to raise ongoing funds from buyers’ deposits,” said Mr Kahara. The four graduates themselves provided the development land as their equity. The effort by the youthful developers to venture into the lucrative real estate sector shows that the latter, which has remained dominated by high net worth individuals and corporations, is now also offering opportunities to more youthful investors. At Sigona Valley, the young investors have priced the houses to attract the middle-income market

segment to an area with significant growth and capital appreciation potential. The development is offering 3 and 4 bedroom villas in three different house designs for between Sh12m and Sh16m, in a tranquil gated community set on four acres, a stone's throw from Waiyaki Way and 5km from Sigona Golf Club. Each of the 30 homes sits on approximately 1/10th of an acre with access to community facilities such as borehole water supply, solar hot water heating, waste water recycling and secured boundary walling. Project Team Architect :Kenneth Kilole Civil and Structural Engineers: EDCONS Kenya Limited Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Maiteri and Associates to do, Quanitity Surveyors: Shaque Associates Main Contractor: Yamini Builders

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Crystal Project Management Ltd of a project and producing reports detailing the cost, project schedule and quality of the projects as per the developer’s request.CPM does this as an independent and impartial party.

Within a span of less than three years, the firm has managed projects valued at over Ksh 1billion (US$ 11.6 million). CPM is run by two directors, Andrew Kigotho (Managing Director) and George Ngacha (Operations Director). The rest of the team includes an Associate Director, 3 Project coordinators and 2 supporting staff.

Feasibility Studies CPM also prepare studies for clients showcasing the development’s potential by assessing its strengths, weaknesses, competition and its anticipated returns to give an indication of its viability.

Services Offered by CPM Construction Management CPM monitors, coordinates and controls the project construction process on behalf of its clients to ensure that the project is completed within the constraints of time and cost. Project Management This involves close monitoring of the project from inception to completion with special emphasis on Time, Cost, Quality, Scope, Risk and Benefits of the project during its construction. Contract Management As Contract Administrators for the client, CPM ensures that the client’s resources are planned for and used appropriately. The company also tracks and monitors any changes to the contract and quantifies the effects of the change. Construction Audit Construction Audit involves carrying out analysis

Recent Projects CPM has handled many projects. Recent examples include: • Blue Waters Hotel – an 8-storey, 80-room hotel in Kisumu • Pacis Centre – a 5-storey office block for Pacis Insurance Company in Nairobi • TBM Plaza, a 9-storey office block for Transbusiness Machines Ltd in Nairobi According to CPM, although all these are unique in their own ways, Pacis Centre represents what the company strives to achieve. CPM was appointed as the Project Managers two months after construction had begun. The company found a team of consultants and contractors that were willing to work with it to achieve the objectives of the project. To tackle the initial delay, CPM embarked on an accelerated works program together with the contractors, reducing the risk posed by late

procurement of supplies by approving samples on time, controlling cost overrun by providing all information before decisions were made and obtaining timely approvals for all cost variations. The company worked closely with the client, who was impressed by its services and eventually appointed CPM to lead the project team, thereby giving the firm a free hand to determine the overall success of the project. CPM sets itself apart from its competitors by exclusively providing project management services. The team employs the latest systems in running projects. By studying how successful projects in the developed world are managed, the company customizes these findings for local use, enabling it to give its clients the best possible service. The firm is also continually undertaking research and development reveals that it has a few products in the pipeline. In the coming years, CPM would like to be the best Construction Project Management firm in the region. It hopes to open more offices in major towns throughout East Africa.

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Vapco Construction Company Building on Reliability, Quality and Novelty Mombasa-based Vapco Construction Company is one of the leading contractors in Kenya. With over 20 years experience, the company has amassed substantial resources and experience to undertake virtually any type of residential, commercial and industrial development. It is registered with the Ministry of Public Works under “Category A”. The company’s mission is to provide its customers with the highest quality construction services at fair, market competitive prices. Vapco was founded on 12th February 1990 to focus on the construction of commercial, industrial and residential developments using predominantly high performance building materials such as granite.


Services offered Vapco offers a comprehensive range of services for the building industry. These include: • Building and construction services • Supply and fixing of granite • Supply and installation of porcelain tiles • Supply and installation of Gallana tiles (Mazeras) • Woodwork (joinery work) • Steel fabrication

Work Philosophy Because development and budget concerns are important to Vapco, the company assigns a team of experts to every project from the earliest design and pre-construction phases through postconstruction clean up. The Vapco team creates distinctive design ideas and develops streamlined methods of construction that suit each project specifically. They provide clients with reliable and useful information throughout the construction process, ensuring well-informed decision making that ultimately enhances the quality of the final product.The direction the Vapco team provides is based on a thorough knowledge of the industry and the client’s specific needs. •

Vapco’s strategy is to stay ahead of competition by providing unparalleled services. The company’s three pillars of Reliability, Quality and Novelty enable it to offer services that are a step ahead of other players. The company brings advanced craftsmanship to every project regardless of size or complexity. Its successfully approach is based on aggressive subcontractor administration, precise cost control and low overheads.

Human Resources Vapco Construction believes in hiring talented people for their long-term potential, giving them the responsibility and authority to be effective team players. Having the full support of the company, Vapco employees consistently produce quality work that exceeds client objectives and creates future construction opportunities. Some Major Projects Undertaken Since Inception. Vapco Construction Company has undertaken numerous projects since inception. A few of these include: • 50 villas for Medina Palms at Watamu in the North Coast. These are luxury ocean front residences designed for the most sophisticated home owner and built to the highest possible standards. The design is a combination of Omani, Mughal and Swahili styles.

The company employs only skilled subcontractors who share its goal in creating a quality costcompetitive project.

This project has in the recent past been voted Best Development in Kenya at the African Residential Property Awards.


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14-storey residential building at Kizingo for Corniche Residence Ltd. These are luxury seafront residential apartments. Godowns for Tororo Cement in Tororo, Uganda 2 blocks, each 7-storey at Shanzu for Millview Apartments Ltd Extension of 6-storey commercial building for Combrok Ltd on Nyerere Avenue, Mombasa Office blocks for Southern Engineering Co. Ltd near Likono Ferry 6-storey deluxe apartments for Abdulhamid Parpia at Kizingo Sita Plaza shopping centre Cement factory silo at Tororo, Uganda for Mombasa Cement.

The Future The company intends to continue providing unmatched services to its clients. In the next few years, it hopes to emerge as one of the best construction companies in Africa.

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Syldon and Partners Consulting Engineers Ltd Introduction Syldon and Partners Consulting Engineers Ltd is a Kenya-based consultancy providing electrical and mechanical engineering as well as Information Technology services to the construction industry.

Management Under the leadership of Eng. Gordon Olando and his co-director Eng. Calleb Olali, Syldon & Partners aims at becoming a recognized brand in the engineering sector.

The firm handles residential, commercial and industrial projects. Established 13 years ago, Syldon and Partners has steadily grown and has undertaken an impressive portfolio of projects in Kenya and beyond.

It hopes to achieve this by understanding and converting a client’s brief into an engineering concept through innovative and cutting edge technologies. The two directors are seasoned engineers with many years of practice in engineering consultancy.

Scope of Services Syldon and Partners offers a comprehensive range of services that includes electrical installation, power transmission and distribution systems, power substations and mechanical installation. Other services are telecommunications structured cabling installation, security surveillance systems and access control. Geographical Scope The consultancy currently operates in Kenya, South Sudan and Rwanda and is making plans to have a presence in Tanzania as well.

Eng. Olando holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in the former U.S.S.R. In addition, he has Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBAFinance) from Maseno University in Kenya. Eng. Olali,holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of East Africa. (This is the university that was later split to form University of Nairobi, University of Dar es Salaam and Makerere University).

Human Resources In order to effectively serve its clients, Syldon and Partners has invested in qualified technical and support staff. The firm employs two Electrical Engineers, two Mechanical Engineers, one Associate Engineer in charge of power lines and another Associate Engineer responsible for substations. This team is backed by a team of dedicated support staff that includes an office manager, accountant and drivers. Projects Since inception, Syldon and Partners has handled numerous projects of varying magnitude and complexity. A few of these are: Aberdare Hills Golf Resort – Naivasha, Kenya This is a new luxury golf resort coming up in Naivasha, Kenya. The resort is touted as one of Africa's most prestigious and secluded properties. Apart from the 18 hole golf course, it will consist of a club house and a spa, five star hotel, 2 to 5 bedroom villas. Syldon and Partners are involved in provision of comprehensive services


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infrastructure including high and low voltage power distribution, telecommunications services, solar street lighting, centralized LPG system, CCTV, electric fence, vibration sensors, standby generator power supply and a wind farm of up to 50 MW. Toyota East Africa Service and Parts Centre – Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya In this outlet for Toyota, Syldon and Partners designed and supervised electrical, plumbing and drainage systems as well as air conditioning and access control systems. Upgrading of Toyota Service Centre,Uhuru Highway, Nairobi In this project, the firm designed and supervised electrical, plumbing and drainage as well as air conditioning and access control systems.

Other work involved the provision of a 33KV transmission overhead line to an entire agricultural area for borehole pumping and other requirements. Industry According to Managing Director Eng. Olando, there is a general expectation that the business climate in Kenya will improve with the coming of a devolved government. He also foresees the creation of more job opportunities. “The East Africa Community has also expanded, further opening up the job market”, says Eng. Olando. He praises the recent signing of a Mutual Recognition Agreement among professional bodies in East Africa but feels the respective East Africa governments must do more to sensitize their people to embrace the East Africa Community both in letter and spirit. On professionalism in the industry, Eng. Olando feels more needs to

be done to rein in quacks who masquerade as professionals. “In order to avert the various mishaps in the building industry, professional bodies should lobby for submission of electrical and mechanical services drawings to the Local Authorities as a mandatory requirement before one is allowed to commence construction”. Currently, local authorities pay more attention to architectural and structural drawings.Eng. Olando would also like to see the public sensitized on the need to use professionals as opposed to taking shortcuts that later turn out to be disastrous. Regarding professional fees charged by consultants, Eng. Olando notes that although the fees are now regulated by professional bodies, an element of enforcement needs to be put in place to ensure that fees are not the basis on which professionals are procured. “In this regard, the Public Procurement and Oversight Authority (PPOA) should revise the rules on competition based on financial proposals for public projects”, he suggests. Kenya

Rehabilitation of Parliament – Kigali, Rwanda Here, the firm undertook the review and design of a new mechanical ventilation system and a fire detection and suppression system. It also designed CCTV and access control system. In addition, it designed the sound control and broad casting system for both senate and house of deputies.

Kwale International Sugar Co. Ltd – Kwale,Kenya This is a new sugar factory with a cane crushing capacity of 3,500 tons per day with a cogeneration power plant of 20MW. Syldon and Partners undertook all electrical works for plant and non-plant buildings.

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Technical University of Kenya Readies for Expansion Kenya

Newly upgraded Kenya Polytechnic University College has embarked in a frenzy of expansion projects in order to provide adequate services to the ever-growing student population, which currently stands at more than 14,000. The institution, which was recently awarded a charter and is now known as the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) was previously a constituent college of the University of Nairobi. In keeping with its objective of making university education easily accessible, the Government of Kenya has been upgrading qualified colleges that previously offered Diplomas and Certificates to begin offering Degrees. TUK, located right in the middle of Nairobi city, is one of the best known institutions of higher learning in the country. Previously known as the Kenya Polytechnic, the university is strategically located on a major city centre road and next to the railway station making it easy to access for students, teaching and non-teaching staff. Unfortunately, the Main Campus is severely constrained in terms of land. The existing office, tuition and other buildings are low-rise, exposing the University to congestion possibilities. The fact that the university has two other campuses in suburban Nairobi has not helped. It will therefore come as a relief once two new buildings currently under construction are completed. The two blocks, R and S will rise 6 and 10 floors respectively and are expected to significantly ease space constraints and make teaching and learning more conducive as the university continues to grow. The new buildings will house lecture rooms, computer laboratories and architectural studios. 36

Leading the project team is Nairobi architect, Reuben Kabbau. Architect Kabbau, who is the Principal Partner at Dreams Architects, is an experienced consultant who has handled numerous projects both within and outside Kenya. He is also the Director of Facilities and Infrastructure at TUK. A graduate of Architecture from the University of Nairobi, Mr Kabbau has been instrumental in advancing the architectural discipline at TUK. He has been a course tutor and lecturer and held the position of Chairman, Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at the university between 2009 and 2011. Architect Kabbau honed his skills while working for well known architectural firms in Nairobi such as EMMS Architects, Planoconsult and Mazingara Systems before establishing Dreams Architects in 2003. Arch Kabbau says the University selected the proposals from Dreams Architect because they were the most practical. “The fact that I have been with the university meant that I understood exactly what the institution needed”, he explains. The buildings themselves are to be built to the highest professional standards. They are among the very first buildings to comply with the new building regulations in terms of disabled-friendly features. They will have ramps to enable wheelchair bound persons to easily access all floors. There will also be special toilets for the disabled. It is expected that Block R will be complete in the first quarter of this year while Block S will be ready for occupation next year. Initially, Block S was meant to be 7-storey high but this was later revised to 10 floors to maximize on space. Naturally, the change necessitated structural readjustments and budget revision.

According to Architect Kabbau, no major hitches have faced the projects since commencement. The contractors are working hard to meet their obligations. He however notes that this being a government funded undertaking, disbursement of money is a bit rigid as it has to go through many channels which could slow down the work. Another challenge faced was the noise emanating from the construction sites. Being right in the heart of the campus, some work disrupted classes and the students requested that work be carried out only at night. Nevertheless, the architect is confident that in a relatively short time, the two buildings will be complete and significantly alleviate the current space challenges facing the rapidly growing institution. Project Team Block R Architect: Dreams Architects Quantity Surveyors : Ecospace Consultants Structural and Civil Engineers: Ochieng’ Abuodha & Associates Mechanical/Electrical Engineers: Mecoy Consultants Main Contractor: Tinfra Engineering Ltd Block S Architect: Dreams Architects Quantity Surveyors: Ecospace Consultants Structural and Civil Engineers: Ochieng’ Abuodha & Associates Mechanical/Electrical Engineers: Mecoy Consultants Main Contractor: Vee Vee Enterprises Ltd February 2013


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Mowana & Morojwa Mews Botswana

One of a Kind CBD Takes Form Though it was probably known by another name, the core concept of a Central Business District (CBD) in many thriving cities dates back to the 17th Century when merchants, farmers and consumers would gather in city centers to exchange, buy and sell goods. Through trade, the cities grew and improved their “market places” into the earlier version of the CBD.

CBD – lawyers, doctors, government officials and bureaucrats, entertainers, directors and financiers.

Since then, the CBD has evolved into a fixed location in the centre of a city characterized by high-rise buildings, no boundaries, high density, a lack of parking, transportation nodes, a large number of pedestrians on the street and generally a lot of activity during the daytime.

Even though this concept is one which is relatively new to Botswana, we have boldly embarked on the development of our own CBD at the very heart of the capital, Gaborone. Despite the current absence of skyscrapers, the CBD does have many other features which suggest it is just that – a Central Business District! The construction of “The Square” (Shopping Mall and Office Block) in the late 2000’s, was a breakthrough which spearheaded further developments as manifest by the emergence of more buildings – various office blocks, courts of law, restaurants and a hotel.

The CBD is essentially about perception. It is usually the "postcard image" one has of a particular city. It is a diverse region of the metropolitan area which merges residential, retail, commercial, entertainment, government, financial institutions, medical centers, and culture. The professional is often located in offices or institutions in the

As these new buildings are built, developers continuously strive to come up with better buildings than the older ones in terms of aesthetics and practicality. One such building which has recently been completed is the new Mowana & Morojwa Mews, which is one of the first buildings to be seen as one approaches the CBD from the South.

Mowana & Morojwa Mews was developed by a joint venture company, Wheki, which is a partnership between Time Projects and CC Projects. CC Projects were the landowners who required the expertise of the largest most successful private sector developers in Botswana, Time Projects, in order to develop the site to its full potential and to come up with a unique design for this highly visible plot. It is the second sectional title office development to be completed and occupied in the CBD, the first being Prime Plaza which was also developed by Time Projects. In an interview with Roy Mapharing, Project Manager at Time Projects, he explained that Sectional Title is a form of property ownership where the purchaser owns the “section” of his offices and has use of the common property such as the lobbies, ablutions and other areas outside his actual office suite. His parking bays are allocated to him and he would have exclusive use to these areas which could include storerooms, archives, parking bays and garages. The section title concept is new in Botswana and Morojwa and Mowana Mews are one of the first office developments to be sold under this type of title. The development design adapts well to the site and blends well into the surrounding environment and certainly catches one’s eye as you approach the CBD. As with all Time Projects developments, one of the areas that is of paramount importance is ample parking for occupants and visitors, to avoid the typical problem faced in most buildings in the CBD and in actual fact the whole of Gaborone.


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This was not only a smart way to increase the parking bays for the buildings, but also a cost reduction measure since it made extensive earthworks unnecessary. Another option to provide the additional parking required would have been to construct a basement but in order to reduce the cost to the purchasers, as basements are far more expensive than at grade parking, it was decided to give the purchasers the cost advantage of at grade parking. The first and taller of the two buildings is located closer to the Western Commercial Drive, inside the CBD and is a three-story structure. It is the new home to six companies, A R Edwards, Imara, Cell Connect, Praiseworthy, Norilsk Capital and Amalgamated Miners Union. The second building which is a two story building is a replica of the first building but only a story lower, the reason for this is so as to ensure that the parking ratio of 4.5 bays per 100m² was achieved, the second building had to be decreased in size. The owners in the second building are: SAIS, TechBulls, Merge Holdings, Centre for Applied Research, Moribame Matthews and D T Properties.

that have been designed to be user friendly for the physically challenged. While most of the offices are carpeted there are some owners who have used bamboo flooring or porcelain tiles on the floors and in some instances, bamboo doors to the offices and have finished off the offices with lovely colorful furniture to match. Greener is Better As with all new buildings in which Time Projects embarks, care has been taken to ensure that the Mews are as green as ever. Both buildings are north-south orientated so as to minimize the impact of the harsh sun and sun screening is provided on the north, west and east facades. All grey water and condensation from the airconditioners is collected and re-used for irrigation purposes, waterless urinals have been utilized in men’s bathrooms to save water and low volume flush toilets and infra-red sensor taps have been installed. Light sensors have been installed in the buildings in order to save power. That way if there is nobody present in a room, the lights will automatically switch off by themselves after a predetermined time, normally 20 minutes. Solar geysers have been used to provide hot water to buildings. As with all Time Projects developments, landscaping is a priority and the landscaping has been based on indigenous water wise planting. The name of the buildings, Mowana and Morojwa has even extended to the planting of these trees on the

property. “We have also gone the extra mile to ensure that there is always electricity, especially with unexpected power cuts, by installing a backup generator.” Roy added Design Philosophy The design concept here was to come up with a practical building. The rectangular site also influenced the concept with a mid-block road for smooth circulation of both vehicles and pedestrians. The development is enclosed on one side by the main road and an internal CBD avenue on the other. Both buildings have been used as buffers in that they have been intentionally placed as close to boundary of the site so as to eliminate the need for any fencing which is not permitted in the CBD. Looking at the final product, one can surely say that Time Projects has achieved what they set out to do which was to produce a building that not only they but also the owners of the office suites can be proud of. Project Team Developer: Wheki Project Manager: Time Projects Architect: Paul Munnik Architects Quantity Surveyor: MLC Quantity Surveyors Structural/ Civil Engineer: ADA Consulting Electrical/ Civil Engineer: A.R. Edwards Main Contractor: Red East Construction

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Brief Description The site comprises of two similar buildings of varying heights, which are arranged so that their entrances are facing each other with a mid-block road situated between them. They are both U-Shaped, with the inner part of the “U” being the entrance to each block. The buildings are slightly elevated so as to provide additional parking at ground level underneath the buildings.

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Alexander Forbes South Africa

State-of-the-Art Head Office in Sandton By Newton Mthethwa Alexander Forbes a leading provider of financial and risk services internationally has just completed the R1 billion (US$110 million) state-ofthe-art development in Sandton. The development spans 100,000m2 square metres of construction area with 37,500m2 metres constitute the rentable area. The new head office building replaces the old head office which was located on two buildings on Katherine Street and Rivonia road in Sandton.

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Staff facilities The development is meant to consolidate with better use of space for 2500 people, and this involved modernising work facilities and upgrading technology services. The development is essentially an office building but includes a wide variety of staff facilities entailing a 200 seater auditorium, crèche, a gym, smoking rooms, prayer rooms (Muslim and Interdenominational), a beauty parlour, health studio, with physiotherapist,

state-of-the-art AV meeting rooms, a multipurpose room, staff training rooms, a fully integrated caterers kitchen and canteen, coffee shop, bar, wine cellar and 6 parking levels. The 6 basement levels consist of 1,800 parking bays, 140 bicycle bays with shower facilities and preferred bays for car pooling and hybrids.The design warranted a flexible building hence the large floor plates, punctuated by two atria to maximise the natural daylight into the office spaces.

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The north-west orientation of the site also influenced the design with the powerful scallop elements designed to capture north and south light, while protecting the inhabitants from east and west light.The development is also designed to create a park like environment with the introduction of 6 metre high ficus Benjamina trees, sunken into the floor. In addition, a wide variety of natural materials were used including bamboo veneer and wafer thin slate stone to clad the organic pods.

Alexander Forbes a leading provider of financial and risk services internationally has just completed the R1 billion (US$110 million) state-of-the-art development in Sandton.

Skylights The development’s architectural design boast skylights made up of 12 giant like cones. They are 8.4 metres in diameter, floating above the atrium space like giant clouds, while the forms continue outside of the offshutter concrete roof. The scallops clad in Rheinzink, were constructed from a concrete structure which generated the form, clad in a timber substructure with vertical standing seam. The bathrooms were conceived as open spaces with minimal hindrance and articulated with a calm interior, since the central ablution core is required to cater for the floor plates of 4500m2, which is fairly large and requires a high number of bathroom facilities. The vanities are constructed from a Corian steel framed structure which was generated in Revit, hung from the black porcelain tiled wall.

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Atrium The architectural features of the atrium entail the off-shutter concrete columns which are 8.5 metre high, raked and moulded in a single cast. In addition, specialised formwork that was generated in Rivet and structures, was exported in AutoCAD format and given to the subcontractor for construction, while the sizes were specified by the engineer and then sculpted by the architects and it included two types, a Y-shaped branch supporting the cantilevered walkaway and one that simply supporting. The development also entails water features in the atria such as reflecting black ponds, clad in 5mm porcelain tile, whilst the steel bridge links and roof structure is wishbone shaped in a plan to link the north and south blocks across the atrium. They Span 22 metres and are suspended off the roof trusses with 16 mm diameter solid steel rods. In addition, the building includes glazing covering approximately 22,000m2, which is an integral part of the Green Star calculations. The building has been accorded a 4 star Green Star Rating on its design. Construction commenced in February 2011 and was completed by the end of 2012.

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Founded in 2005, with showrooms in Johannesburg & Cape Town, Inspiration Office is one of the leading office furniture suppliers in South Africa. Richard Andrews, Managing Director, explains the Inspiration Office approach: “Every client is different in respect to the nature of their work, their brand, culture and values. Unlike many of our competitors offering a “one-size-fitsall” catalogue approach, we cater to each client individually”. Studies show that a well-designed and healthy office environment can increase performance by up to 36 percent. A paradigm shift needs to take place where furniture is seen as a strategic asset rather than a necessary evil. This is a monetary investment for a return on efficiency of an organisation’s most valuable asset – their workforce. “The key to designing offices today lies in the flexibility of the space”, says Andrews. “With a diverse workforce (gender, age, ethnic

background etc.) you will never design an office that caters for everyone’s personalities! Therefore a flexible space is vital. A way to attain this flexibility is through the choice of furniture.” In an environment with ever-increasing price consciousness, it is vital that a piece of furniture can do more than one task. For example, a pedestal with a fitted cushion doubles as a visitor seat, offering flexibility for quick collaboration while providing personal storage. Furniture can be used to provide balance in a work environment by creating different zones. “Increasingly, organisations are looking at benching solutions, allowing for reduction in footprint and costs of individual workstations” explains Andrews. “In this environment, workers can work alone or in teams. By adding demountable screens, a degree of acoustic & visual privacy is provided without cutting a worker

Integration of technology in the office is key. Wireless technology allows workers to access files and information almost anywhere. This means workers who prefer to work in the vibrant and noisy canteen type set up can do so with the same efficiency as those opting to work in a private office environment. Studies show that 70 percent of ideas are generated when people collaborate. A work environment must therefore create a collaborative experience. This can be achieved through functional furniture tools including interactive solutions (allowing multiple users to share knowledge and information off PC’s simultaneously) and breakout furniture creating an inspiring space for collaboration. Inspiration Office is proud to be involved in the empowerment of local enterprises and has been appointed as the distributor of the revolutionary Game ChangerTM furniture range by Angel Shack. Clients can now be offered an internationally designed, locally manufactured product range that is versatile, easily reconfigurable and balances the need to work in teams and alone. This range has been well received throughout Africa as well as in Europe. Andrews explains: “In Angel Shack we are proudly associated with a company leading the way in the transformation of workplaces and work spaces in our modern society. This VOC free furniture range (Game ChangerTM) is changing the way people work and do business. We are very excited about this - work will never be the same!” Inspiration Office is delighted to have recently finished the installation of furniture in the new Alexander Forbes head office at 115 West Street. This was an installation of in excess of 2,250 workstations and other systems furniture. The furniture chosen was manufactured by Steelcase. To contact Richard or the Inspiration Office team directly, please email or call (011) 268 0636.


February 2013

The National Integrated Power Project


The National Integrated Power Project [NIPP] consists of government funded power projects in the generation, transmission and distribution sectors of Nigeria’s power industry geared at speedily stabilizing and significantly increasing power supply in the country over a four-year period. Launched in 2005, the NIPP is crucial to government’s long-term power reform program. Approximately US$8 billion has been invested in the projects by the three tiers of government. NIPP is managed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), using private sector-oriented internationally accepted best business practices while a steering council headed by the Vice President of the Federation doubles as the Board of Directors. Several experienced contractors have been brought in on the project. Scope NIPP currently consists of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of: • 10 new gas-fired power plants in the Niger Delta oil producing region with a combined installed capacity of 4,774MWe. The initial design of the project was expanded from 7 to 10 power plants. • Gas pipelines, gas metering and regulating stations grouped into 7 lots for the delivery of natural gas to the power plants. • 125 high voltage transmission network projects for evacuation of electricity from the new power plants and the reinforcement of various segments of the national grid network to increase its capacity to wheel 10,000MW of electricity around Nigeria at 330kV and 132kV voltage levels. The transmission EPC projects are grouped into 29 lots. • Provision and integration of grid-wide telecommunication and teleprotection infrastructure. 46

250 electricity distribution network projects at 11kV and 33kV voltage levels with injection substations and HVDS transformers. These projects are grouped into 43 lots spread over every state of the Federation.

Project Status Generation The power plants with their attendant capacities are: • Calabar Power Station (561MW) 5 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 112.5MW site rating. • Egbema Power Station (338MW) 3 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 112.75MW site rating. • Ihovbor Power Station (451MW) 4 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 112.75MW site rating. • Gbarain Power Station (225MW) 2 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 112.5MW site rating. • Sapele Power Station (451MW) 4 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 112.75MW site rating. • Omoku Power Station (250MW) 2 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 115MW ISO rating. • Alaoji Combined Cycle Power Station (1074MW) 4 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 126MW site rating in combined cycle operation with 2 Nos. GE steam turbines each capable of 286MW with supplementary firing of the HRSGs. • Olorunsogo Combined Cycle Power Station (750MW) 4 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 125MW ISO rating in combined cycle operation with 2 Nos. Harbin steam turbines each of 125MW rating. • Omotosho Power Station (500MW) 4 Nos. GE Frame 9E gas turbines, each of 125MW ISO rating. • Geregu Power Station (434MW) 3 Nos.

Siemens SGT5-2000E gas turbines, each of 144.7MW site rating. Some of the power stations have been completed with the rest at over 80 per cent completion. Electricity generation has been increased to around 4,200MW with the NIPP plants currently generating 1,115MW. NDPHC Managing Director, Mr. James Olotu, assures that but for the inadequate supply of natural gas to fire the thermal stations, the plants are capable of generating 1,652MW, and 5,500MW when completed. Transmission Most of the transmission network projects are still under construction. However, 16 projects in 6 lots [in Kwara State, Ibadan and Abuja] have been completed. Projects required for power evacuation from Olorunsogo, Omotosho, Sapele and Alaoji (partially) have also been completed. The major constraint to progress is the protracted process of acquiring the necessary Right of Way for the approximately 3,000-kilometer routes for the new 330kV and 132kV transmission lines, especially in the densely populated and built up areas. Distribution Thirty-five distribution projects in fifteen lots [in Abuja, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Lagos, Oyo, Kaduna and Plateau States] have been completed while others are under construction. A target of 14,000MW of power generation for the national grid has been fixed for December 2013. Of this, NIPP is expected to steadily generate 4,775MW. February 2013

XIG was established in 2004 to cater for the way the Internet has changed traditional transacting and will shape the future of currently successful businesses. XIG bridges the gap in the marketplace by offering specialized infrastructure services for Optic Fibre, Data, PBX, VoIP and Internet Development as a full turnkey solution. At XIG, we provide more than just equipment - we develop entire business solutions to suit your unique needs. Our commitment to our clients extends beyond initial development to full support and maintenance on all our projects, establishing lasting relationships through excellent service. Our intention is to continually expand our borders, extending from our head office in Johannesburg around South Africa with branches in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape and new offices in Cape Town, Polokwane and Bloemfontein. Our staff compliment over the last five years has included 85 permanent employees and over a thousand labourers who have benefitted from our skills development programme. In the past year XIG went through an exciting process of rebranding, and we look forward to taking on 2012 in our new image!

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To be a leading BEE player with a competitive edge in the corporate world, offering a range of quality products and solutions, and to be a key provider of highly skilled consultants with local and international partners. To deliver world-class tailored solutions and services to our clients. To maintain high levels of competency under good business ethics.To build a competitive, profitable and focused IT business. To honour commitments and strive for client satisfaction. To provide highly skilled professionals who will meet the client's needs. To create growth opportunities for our associates and value for our shareholders.??To supply leading products combined with outstanding service and value for money.? We respect all individuals and organisations. We commit to consistent quality service that will exceed client expectations.? ? We value inclusion, diversity and free exchange of ideas. We encourage innovation and an entrepreneurial culture.? We commit to maintaining and nurturing special relationships with our clients, employees and associates.

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