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Virtually every major store chain and fast food franchise is beating a path to Africa spurring a demand for quality retail space
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Cover Picture The cover picture shows the dancing fountain at the Mall of Arabia in Egypt which is the largest mall in Africa measuring 2.87million square feet of retail space.
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Uganda: Dan Nsalasata,Bill Collins Musaazi
Africa goes shopping
South Africa: Manoko Thosago, Happy Mokoena Shepherd Mthethwa, Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng, Nqobile Ndlovu
The mall experience
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As Africa’s middle class continues to grow no one can deny the fact that their taste for the good life is growing and fueling the demand for a richer and more diverse living experience. Electronics to brand name clothing and accessories to fine dining and all things imported are beginning to surpass the more basicexpectations of life. 90 percent of Africa’s population is below 45 and half of those are below 15 which means that the future is bright as far as new, impressionable shoppers is concerned. In addition to this only 30 percent of Africa do their shopping in malls and when this is compared to South Africa where the average is 60 percent the scope for growth is clearly evident. This fact has not been lost on global retailers and many are increasing their presence in Africa in a bid to ensure they have a place in this growing market. The result has been a demand for A-grade retail space in Africa’s major capital cities and satellite towns. The trend has also moved from simple shopping centres to large malls that offer a broad range of shopping and entertainment that is slowly edging out the smaller mom and pop stores. As the competition to attract foot traffic to new malls has increased, developers are moving towards constructing ever larger establishments covering over 50, 000 square metresinitially that offer eating, shopping, entertainment and living experiences with some promising to phase construction over time to reach mega mall proportions of over 100,000 square metres of retail space.The construction industry is busy providing for this new phenomena and when you look around there remains a huge scope for development across Africa as the malls effect moves from South Africa and Egypt to other countries in eastern, central and western Africa.
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Rosatom to officially begin constructing first nuclear power plant
US to fund the construction of an oil pipeline
Construction of Inga 3 hydroelectric project gets new impetus
commence the construction of
The Kenyan oil industry is set to receive a financial boost of US$1.3bn from the American Government as they have expressed interest in funding the construction of an oil pipeline in Kenya that will link the northern oil fields to Lamu. The US$ 2.3bn development is a positive and tremendous project as South Sudan and Ethiopia will be linked up
The DRC government now hopes to launch the construction of long-delayed Inga 3 hydroelectric
the first nuclear power plant after
to the Lamu port. The US Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Robert Godec
signing an agreement. In the
confirmed the reports and said that US$ 1.3bn will be provided by his
contract signed, the construction
government and help accelerate the oil pipeline in Kenya. The US is
country’s prime minister has
of the power plant will begin
also keen on making the project a reality as they had pledged to export
early 2016. According to the press
oil and provide Kenyan citizens with cheap electricity that is on high
Ponyo told the media in London
demand. Energy Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Alfred Keter was pleased
on the sidelines of an African
with the news and said that the remaining funds will be sourced
from the Export-Import Bank. “Commercially viable oil reserves
London that the construction of
were discovered in 2012 but to date nothing has come out of it which
Inga 3 hydroelectric project in
release given by the company the construction of the nuclear power plant will commence in the first quarter of 2016. “The plan will be actualized after the contract for the construction of the power plant is signed and this will be a great achievement to
makes Kenyans wonder what happened. We are confident that the Power Afrika initiative will help us realise our pledge to Kenyans,” said newly appointed Energy Cabinet Secretary Alfred Keter.
Egypt as the construction will be
be built with the use of Russian technologies and further steps to develop nuclear infrastructure in Egypt. It also provides for the NPP’s supply with nuclear fuel, commitments of operation,
the selection process to decide who will be the main players in
Corp.; Posco and Daewoo Corp. of South Korea in partnership
equipped with four 1,200 MW
Egyptian nuclear power plant to
and that the government was in
Gorges Corp. and Sinohydro
power station in El Dabaa to be
and outline the parameters of the
DRC is in very advanced stages
on construction of a nuclear
agreed on will cost $25 billion
Grand Inga from three groups
reactors. The project that was
it would choose a developer for
Russia and Egypt signed an intergovernmental
Congo’s government has said
Egypt” the release said. early
can start by early 2017, the
the first ever done by Russia in In
project in DRC and hopes work
Construction of Ruzizi III Hydropower plant gets AfDB funding
The construction of Ruzizi III hydropower plant which is a 147MW plant on the Ruzizi River has received US$ 138m funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. The funds will cater for the construction of a river dam between DRC and Rwanda on Ruzizi River and also for the erection of a 147MW power plant and
Group Inc.; and Actividades de Construccion Servicios SA, based in Madrid, and Spain’s Eurofinsa SA. The project, to be built along the river Congo, would be an expansion of two existing Inga hydroelectric dams, making it potentially the world’s largest hydropower site. The $12
distribution station that will serve three countries namely; Rwanda,
billion project will produce about
DRC and Burundi. This initiative will assist the countries in meeting
4,800 megawatts and represent
The document prescribes how
their immense energy needs by providing reliable and affordable
the first phase of the larger Grand
to handle spent nuclear fuel;
electric power. The hydropower plant is anticipated to increase
train the nuclear power plant’s
access to electricity by 300% in the named countries and thereby
contributing to the sustainable socio-economic transformation of the
repairs of the power units.
improve its rules and regulations in the nuclear power industry and
Moscow and Cairo also signed an agreement for granting a state export credit for the NPP’s construction. 6
region. Henceforth, as a regional project, the electricity generated will also feed into the East African Power Pool (EAPP). “At least US$139m will be borne by the AfDB’s public sector window and US$50m by the private sector window,” said a statement from AfDB. Implementation of the project will be carried out at a total cost of US$ 625m.
complex that would span the Congo river and produce as much as 50,000 megawatts of power when complete, according to the World Bank. The government had originally hoped to start construction by October 2015, but the selection process has faced delays. February 2016
Tema Port expansion project to kick off this year
Feasibility studies begin for construction of new airport
Ghana’s Tema Port expansion project is expected to kick off any time this year, Marketing and Public Relations Manager Paul Asare Ansah, has announced. The US$1.5bn project will start off with phase I which will take about 3 years to complete. Upon completion, the port will handle thrice its current traffic of about one million Twentyfoot Equivalent Units (TEUs). He further revealed that the construction will expand the capacity of the port to handle even 3.5 million TEUs, far in excess of the projections that have been made. In June 2015, the Meridian Ports Services and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) signed a US$1.5bn to boost the efficiency of the port and make it more competitive. Since its first construction in 1962, Tema Port has had a 1.4km quay for 4 container berths with 16m draft and a 3.85km breakwater within a dredged port access channel, 19m deep and 250m wide to accommodate larger vessels. The project will also include a railway terminal for the movement of containers by rail to and from the port. The Accra-Tema Motorway will as well be expanded into a six-lane expressway with service lanes on either side to accommodate the traffic that will come along with the Ghana’s Tema Port expansion. Seven bids were opened by the GPHA, a couple of years ago from corporate entities and joint-venture companies, including a Ghanaian company, which expressed its interest to partner the GPHA for the Port expansion.
state corporation AVIC International to conduct feasibility studies at
The Zambian Airports Corporation (NAC) has contracted Chinese the site already set aside for the construction of a modern international airport in Zambia. The manager for Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport Joseph Mumbi, said the studies set to be carried out for a period of 21 days is aimed at establishing the suitability of aviation operations in Ndola where the airport will be constructed. “We have engaged AVIC international to carry out feasibility studies in readiness for the construction works expected to start in March next year. The demographic survey is also progressing well and so far only 14 days are remaining for a full report to be ready,” he said. The modern airport would be built in Chichele area near the NdolaKitwe dual carriageway. Mr Mumbi said the airport would have
Construction work at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport to resume 2016
Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Nigeria is expected to resume in 2016. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the chairman of the Senate adhoc committee on Aviation has announced. The second runway of the airport will be in the budget list of 2016, as part of the recommended projects. Besides being in the budget list, the project is also expected to be
modern facilities that would meet international standards. Over 700
completed as scheduled with no
families would be moved to pave the way for the construction of the
further delays. According to the
international airport in Zambia, but those with documents would be
Committee Chairman, further
compensated. However, those who would be found without proper
recommendation will be made
documents will not be compensated.
concerning the airport project
Construction of top notch expressway launched Ethiopian Roads Authority has begun the construction of what it says will be a major expressway which, upon completion in five years, will help ease traffic that has been forecast for the next 21 years. The country says in 21 years time the population would have increased significantly and that there was need to boost roads in urban areas. The construction of an expressway in Ethiopia has been in the pipeline for years. The Modjo-Hawassa Expressway in Ethiopia will have a million new trees flanking it on both sides. Prime Minister Hailemraim Desalegn has already presided over the official launch of construction of the first four phases from Modjo to Meki, The entire project is estimated to cost US$700m. China Railway Engineering Corporation was awarded the contract to construct the expressway. CREC was the largest construction company in the world in 2012, according to 2014 data compiled by Fortune Global 500. The African Development Bank (AfDB) will also help in financing the project. Techniplan International Consulting, an Italian Engineering firm, designed the full length of the expressway and reviewed by EthioInfra Engineering Plc, a local company.
of the second runway and the construction equipment to be used. Regarding the maintenance, it will be conducted on both minor and major one. The senate
the need to intervene with the project
favor of the aviation industry. The planning of the airport has been developed in phases without serious interruptions to operations. Currently, phase 1 and the presidential wing of the airport has been developed while construction work on phase 2 which is ongoing. Phase 1 is made up of the cargo terminal, which at the moment is being used as the domestic terminal, the control tower, air traffic control, and the runway. The presidential wing comprises of the Presidential Hanger, guest chalet
Lounge fully developed and a taxiway linking the runway. 7
Ethiopia Construction of US$ 94m stadium to commence soon The Ethiopian government has signed a US$ 94m agreement that will see the commencement of the construction of a 60,000 seat modern national stadium that will enable the country host the Olympic Games in the future. Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Redwan Hussien confirmed the reports and said that the sports sector is fully committed to the project and that it will be carried out within 900 days by the Chinese State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). “We as the sports ministry are fully supportive to this mega project and we anticipate that it will enable us host the Olympic Games in future,” Mr. Hussein said. He further said that the Chinese company was selected based on its quality service and its experiences in similar projects in other countries. The stadium will be enormous as it will have the capacity to have parking for about 10,000 cars at a time and the upper part of the stadium will have a fiber glass structure. This is not the only stadium that is set to change Ethiopia’s look; Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Makalle, Nekemte, Assosa, Woldia, Dire Dawa and Gambella are among the stadiums which have already began hosting national and international tournaments. According to the Public Relations Ministry, various sports academies and facilities are also under construction and much focus is also given to the construction of sports training centers and academies in GTP II. CSCEC is one of the most integrated construction and real estate conglomerates in China. 8
Kenya Davis & Shirtliff creates Kenya’s first interactive water playpark at Garden City Mall
Rwanda Nobelia Tower construction project accorded Green Star The proposed 19-storey Nobelia Tower construction project in Rwanda has been awarded a 6-Star Green Star building rating by the Green Building Council of Rwanda. This comes after the
"The combination of slides, rides, and dancing fountains is a recent phenomena that has been developed at, so far, fewer than 20 children's playgrounds worldwide, but has been shown to be a source of huge entertainment and children's delight," said Alec Davis, CEO of Davis & ShirtliffEast Africa's leading supplier of water and energy equipment. The new fountain water play park is part of a three acre site at the Garden City Mall with play areas for children. The water spurts in an orchestrated sequence erupting at different heights, seeing children chase across the area as the pop-out jets shoot higher and higher before it all goes momentarily quiet, and then the fountains begin to bubble over again. “Thewater park area has also been equipped with state of the art water toys, water jets, cascade water features and a water play area with soft flooring to prevent kids from slipping and getting injuries,” said Davis & Shirtliff Pools Manager Stephen Muhia. The water from the park is circulated througha Dayliff water treatment system to the water jets, which fire the water through various nozzles into the air and it is then collected and send back to the pump room, where it is filtered, treated and pumped afresh to the water play area.
Plans to construct a million houses to curb shortage
completion of the final design of the planned 11,469m2 building, making it the first Rwandabased development to achieve the highest certification in green building standards. The project owner, WSP Parsons
firm was currently lobbying for funding to proceed with construction. “We are very proud of the 6-Star rating achievement. At the beginning of the project, the owner’s brief was to produce a design that would set the bar for green buildings in the country and we have certainly done this,” said Eloshan Naicker, Green by
Egypt plans to construct a million houses for the poor and low income
Design sustainability consultant.
earners to curb the current housing shortage being witnessed in the
country. According to Egyptian housing minister Mustafa Madbouly
Building Council, Rwanda said
the mega project is expected to cost almost US$20 billion over the next five years in order to ease a crunch that has seen slums and unlicensed buildings spread since the 2011 revolt. In Egypt the current
that the building would be a model for future sustainable
population stands at about 90 million and the government officials
have projected the population to exceed 120 million by the year 2050.
commencement of the project,
Currently many Egyptians live in sprawling slums and the country is
the Green Building Council of
struggling to build enough houses for the poorest in society. So many people live in a network of tombs in Cairo that the area has become known as the City of the Dead. Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly
Rwanda was still at its infancy therefore a local context report
in a statement said that the country needs to construct about 500,000-
had to be initiated in a bid to
600,000 new homes a year to keep up with demand, 70 percent of
establish the groundwork for the
which should be aimed at the poor. The social housing project will
Green Star and put in place the
see 200,000 new homes built each year, meeting over half the annual
right standards for the climate
demand for cheap housing.
and environment in Rwanda. February 2016
Ethiopian Airlines to construct the proposed four star Hotel
Kwikspace boosts construction of affordable housing
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe gets help from Eskom to curb power shortage
Ethiopian Airlines which is the
South African power utility firm
country's flag carrier is set to
Eskom has continued to provide
commence on the construction
Zimbabwe with electricity in the
of a four star hotel, this is after
wake of acute shortage facing the
it conducted negotiations with
country. Reduced water capacity
international companies for the
brought about by falling water
levels at Zimbabwe’s Kariba
finance and management. The mega project which will be constructed by China National Aero-Technology International Engineering
designed and supervised by a
local firm, Sileshi Consultant and international and Molen Associates, a Hong Kong-based company will be developed and handed over in 720 days. “We
the project and hand it over in the next 720 days,” said the Chinese Company responsible for the construction.The four Star hotel will be built on 40,000sqm of land located in front of Millennium Hall, Africa Avenue on Bole Road. The project that has been uncertain for long has finally broken earth for construction. The last phase bid floated almost three years ago in February 2013, attracted companies from China, South Africa and the United States. China National Aero-technology International
Corporation is a large stateowned enterprise affiliated to Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC, a Fortune 500 company). Their main business covers international engineering contracting,
estate development, domestic engineering, trade and labor services.
Kwikspace Modular Buildings is boosting affordable housing in Mozambique after heavy rains and major flooding left areas of Mozambique in a devastated state last year. Major infrastructure such as roads, bridges and rail networks were damaged. In addition, significant damage to the powerline leading to a well-known minerals mine occurred, leaving it in a situation where it had to rely on diesel generators and product inventory to counteract the negative effect of the resultant power cuts. Now, as the repair of infrastructure is carried out, South African-based company, Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace), who further has two factories and a strong presence in Mozambique, has played a supporting role to the progress of this project, through the provision of prefabricated buildings ordered by Conco. A company responsible for electrical power distribution system construction, Conco required four prefabricated units for various purposes at a remote location on the mine site, where it is contracted to install new overhead power towers. Comments Nick Alexander, Director of Business Development for Kwikspace Modular Buildings in Africa: “The conditions were tough; bridges we needed to cross had been washed away and roads were impassable."
Orascom Construction clinches power construction deal
Orascom Construction Limited is now set to construct two power plants in Egypt after signing contracts to convert two power plants, in Assiut and West Damietta, from simple cycle to combined cycle. According to the reports from the Ministry of Electricity Orascom Construction stands to earn a reported $420m in the deal. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Electricity Mohamed El-Yamani stated that OC’s contract is with the Egyptian Armed Forces and will be carried out by the company. The contract will see an increase of power production by about 505 to reach 2250MW as currently Assiut power plant produces 100MW while West Damietta’s capacity factor is 500 MW. This comes barely after the Ministry of Electricity launched its long term plan to increase the power production in the country. Orascom Manager of Investors Relations Hesham El-Halaby said the construction of the plants began in mid-December 2014 and was finalised in the third quarter of 2015. The company said: “both plants will be completed on an EPC [engineering, procurement and Construction] + Finance basis whereby OC helps arrange a competitive financing package.
dam has lead to load-shedding in the South African. The decision by Eskom to help Zimbabwe emerge from a near power crisis initially raised eyebrows, but Eskom moved with speed to quell fears that the deal with the country was fishy. The deal with Eskom to provide immediate power relief to the country has broken a long spell in which the country experienced prolonged load-shedding during the last quarter of last year. This comes at a time when China has reportedly come to the aid of the ailing energy sector in the country by agreeing to release US$1.2billion for the refurbishment and expansion of Zimbabwe’s Hwange Thermal Power Station. According to the Sunday Mail, a state-run newspaper, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the release of the funds and the loan now awaits a formal approval by Zimbabwe’s Parliament. The power deal coincides with further reduction of water levels at Zimbabwe’s main power source, the Kariba dam. The Zimbabwean power crisis, attributed to declining water levels in the Kariba Dam, has worst hit industry, farmers and domestic consumers in
without electricity for more than 18 hours a day. 9
Martin Littlemore, Biwater Regional Manager, pictured with representatives of Camwater post-signing.
Water treatment firm Biwater awarded US $152m contract in Cameroon
ater treatment firm Biwater has signed a US $152m contract with the Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (Camwater) to refurbish and extend water supply infrastructure to address acute ongoing potable water shortages. Included in the project scope, is the design, build/refurbishment and extension of potable water production, storage and distribution infrastructure across 14 locations in Central and Southern Cameroon. In conjunction with the project, Biwater will also be delivering a water asset management (WAM) programme, which will include training and skills transfer, to improve network efficiencies and project sustainability. Commenting on the contract award, Giles Jackson, Biwater Regional Director for Africa, said, “We are delighted to share news of this contract award in a new and important market ahead of the New Year. This turnkey project will see both urban and rural areas across Cameroon benefit from network enhancements, plant refurbishments and the construction of new water infrastructure.” An Export Credit financial package is being arranged by Biwater to cover the entire project, subject to the necessary due diligence. Biwater provides large-scale water and wastewater solutions for clients across the world. Since its inception in 1968, Biwater has gained recognition for its innovative approaches aimed at overcoming the world’s most pressing water-related challenges. Throughout its history, the company has grown to meet the demands of many waterstressed countries and their burgeoning populations. It has a successful record of accomplishment, having completed over 25,000 projects in over 90 countries – financing, consulting, process engineering, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining and owning water facilities – in both rural and urban environments. Biwater, through its Group and acquired companies, have been involved in over 300 water infrastructure and construction projects within the African continent over a period of 80 years, with the first regional project being recorded in Egypt in 1932. Since this time, Biwater have been bringing the benefits of water infrastructure solutions and project finance to countries right across Africa, gaining an unparalleled track record. 10
Ghana's leading steel manufacturer undergoes massive restructuring
Murray &Roberts subsidiary buys Merit Consultants International
Leading steel manufacturer in Ghana has announced that it was undergoing what it said is ‘a historic restructuring’ aimed at ensuring that the firm stays ahead amid stiff competition. The Western Steel and Forging Limited, the first indigenous steel manufacturer in Ghana, is currently undertaking a major restructuring. The new strategic vision is meant to transform and modernize its operations. According to Mr. Bhupen Achavya, the General Manager, Operations and Projects, the company is being overhauled in line with the changing trends and to meet the international standards. Mr. Achavya further revealed that various heavy machines have already been shipped into the country such as Continuous Casting Machines (CCMs).
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Siemens clinches six substations construction deal
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Siemens and El Sewedy Electric T&D are expected to construct six state of the art substations in Egypt after signing a contract with
Transmission Company (EETC) . The project which is located at El Minia, El Beheira, Qalubia, Assiut
substations will transmit power generated by the new Siemensbuilt power plants in Beni Suef and Burullus into Egypt’s power
Canada Inc. has completed the acquisition of Merit Consultants International, construction
services group. Merit which has worked with clients in the mining and resource industry worldwide
and construction management services,
participating in projects in the USA, Canada, Australia, China, Turkey,
New Guinea, Chile, Guyana, Myanmar, Peru and Portugal. Merit’s head office is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Jay Collins will continue as President of Merit. “We have known Jay and his team for many years and recognise Merit has a great record in the industry. As project management is a core competency in our business, advancing this area with access to Merit’s specialised project management skills. We are fully committed to the West Coast mining industry and our presence there will help us better support our current and future clients.” Said Roy Slack, President of Cementation. This acquisition establishes a Canadian West Coast presence for Cementation to provide further access and support to the mining industry
grid. In the contract signed the
in the region. This transaction
German based Siemens will
provides Merit with a depth
be able to design, supply and
of engineering and technical
commission the new substations
support and their clients with the
option of additional services. February 2016
Women engineers in Kenya urged to embrace technology and innovation
African Road Maintenance Funds Association gets a new president
Women engineers in Kenya have been challenged to embrace technology and innovation instead of striving to compete with their male counterparts. Speaking during an event organized by the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) women chapter in Nairobi to sensitize women engineers on their role, Chairperson Eng. Rosemary Kung’u said women in the profession should be creative and at ease in adopting technology to boost their skills. “As women engineers we should be in the forefront in regards to using computer aided engineering software in a bid to stay relevant in the current fast changing world,” She said. urging women engineers to register massively as members of the Institution of Women Engineers, Eng. Kung’u said their strength relied on their numbers. “Together we stand divided we fall,” she cautioned. She urged women engineers from all over the country to come out and enjoy their profession despite all the responsibilities that surrounds them especially at family level. The event sponsored by the Kenya Roads Board and Safaricom Foundation was aimed at gauging the level of awareness on the current technology trends among women engineers in Kenya.
president following the expiry of Lusaka’s Benedict Tembo two-year
African Road Maintenance Funds Association has appointed a new term. National Road Fund Agency chief executive officer Anthony Mwanaumo handed over the presidency to Ethiopian Road Fund manager Rashid Mohammed who was elected unopposed during the annual general meeting that took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) capital city. Joining Mr Mohammed in the new executive are Mr Siandou Fofana, the director-general of the Ivory Coast as first vice-president who replaces Fulgeny Bamaros Lobota of the DRC and Atanga Bikote, the chief executive officer of the Cameroon Road Fund as second vice-president. Until their election Mr Mohammed was focal group chairperson for East Africa, Mr Siandou was the focal group chairperson for West Africa. Julius Juma from Zimbabwe who is chairperson of the Southern African focal group was elected auditor, taking over from Franklin Awuku of Ghana.
Nigerian Society of Engineers wants infrastructure masterplan implemented The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has urged the governments at all levels to partner with the private sector on the development of capacity of institutions and personnel for a sustainable implementation of the proposed 30 year master plan tagged National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP). The association has commended the Federal Government for the initiative to develop the master plan expected to tackle the infrastructural deficit and create millions of jobs for the Nigeria’s crowded population. The association has also urged professional bodies, regulatory bodies, academia and the industry to foster functional linkages in order to acquire and deploy technology to support the implementation of NIIMP. However, the
Egypt's EFCBC to partner with Moroccan contracting firms Egyptian Federation for Construction and Building Contractors (EFCBC) is now set to partner with other specialized construction firms from Morocco so that they can push the growing sector in the two countries. Speaking during a special meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Housing and Urban Policy, Nabil Benabdallah EFCBC Chairman Hassan Abdel Aziz said they are looking into strengthening the current relationship the two countries are having and that will be simply achieved through the bilateral cooperation that the two countries will agree on. The chairman added that the Egyptian entrepreneurs are in to see that they establish long lasting partnerships between construction companies in Egypt and Morocco, in order to implement large projects in Africa. Africa’s construction industry is on the rise and partnership between the countries in Africa is a key step to ensure that we support each other since the African market is promising and has a lot of job opportunities into which a powerful Egyptian-Moroccan partnership could enter instead of foreign firms,” added Hassan Abdel Aziz. The Moroccan partner Benabdallah stressed the importance of deepening the partnership between Egyptian and Moroccan firms, adding that the partnerships will help both countries’ companies get international projects.
regulatory bodies for tertiary education has been requested to partner with professional bodies to review the curricular for the various academic programmes in polytechnics, universities, technical centers Rosemary Kung'u chairperson Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) women chapter
and vocational institutions to generating the right mix of skilled manpower to execute the different programmes and projects under NIIMP.
Putzmeister updates its BSA 2109& 2110 Concrete Pumps
Gulfex launches specialty powder coating for unique architectural demands Gulf Extrusions (Gulfex), a leading manufacturer of extruded
Remote Control for Cat D Series Loaders launched
Putzmeister America, Inc. (Putzmeister) has announced updates to its BSA 2109 and 2110 Trailer-Mounted Concrete Pumps that will improve easeof-use and allow increased parts commonality among other Putzmeister products. The new generation pumps now feature a one-piece of C-frame, instead of two, in order to increase the ground clearance. Its supporting legs are bolted, instead of welded, to allow quick and easy parts replacement. Previously, the steel and the new aluminum hydraulic suction filter matches the BSF line, which results in increased parts compatibility. However, the filler neck for the diesel tank on both the BSA 2109 and 2110 models has been moved to allow easy access. The manual lube pump is now mounted on the hopper itself, for convenient operation. The two machines have also received new paintwork to align with the look of Putzmeister’s Thom-Katt® Trailer Pumps. According to Rico Heinz, Putzmeister Director of Engineering, the improvements are aimed at helping to make the operation and service of the pumps as easy as possible for the users. He further added that, the changes bring the company one step closer to its goal of reengineering the complete large line trailer pump product line to fulfill the Tier4 final emission standard.
aluminium products has launched ‘Safaa’ a new range of specialty
At a year-end press briefing held
powder coating specifically developed for the unique architectural demands during the Big 5 International Building and Construction Show, in Dubai, UAE. The product comes with a wide range of design and colour choices for architects, contractors, engineers, and property owners. Besides the launching of the Safaa powder coating, the company has as well unveiled a new software for the optimization of estimated time of completion and structural calculation, The new solution will help in reducing production and estimation time by 50% as well as preparing structural and u-value calculations. However, the software will as well showcase solutions that meet and even exceed performance criteria for fire safety and acoustics in building envelopes, while noise reduction is an increasing priority for buildings, fire safety solutions ensure a safer built environment. The company also conducts Professional Development (CPD)-certified workshop on ‘Fire Safety in Facades’, as well as organizing a live demonstration of the best practices in façade installation, accessory and firefighting equipment during its participation at the show.
at the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center, Caterpillar and TORC Robotics announced the availability of the RemoteTask remote control system, designed for integration into 16 models of the Cat D Series skid steer, multi terrain and compact track loaders. The system enables operators to precisely control the machines, as well as more than 200 work tools, from outside the cab and from as far away as 1,000 ft. “We wanted to provide our customers a solution to get an operator out of a machine in
applications,” states Jeff Griffith, senior market professional for Caterpillar. “Not only that, but in applications where you need a better line of sight.” He cites trenching as an example. “On a skid steer, you operate a trencher in reverse. So why not have the operator outside the machine
BASF launches its HP+TM Wall System XR Series for construction industry The BASF Canada Inc., a Canada based company has launched its HP+TM Wall System XR Series product at the Construct Canada expo. The product is part of its commitment to provide innovative materials for the construction industry. The HP+ Wall System XR Series allows builders to use a system with improved structural integrity, reduced air leakage and superior thermal efficiency, while potentially reducing the amount of materials used in construction. The product can as well be used to construct walls that are no thicker than conventional walls, with seamless integration into conventional construction projects. The product has been described to save time and allows builders to remain consistently ahead of schedule. The
asks. The RemoteTask controls have virtually no lag in machine response time. “When I use the
instantaneous,” says Bob Shoop, product demonstrator/instructor for Caterpillar. “The feel and response mirror the operator controls of the machine itself. Remote controls I’ve tested previously often had a delayed response.”
new product also offers competitive edge for the construction professionals. According to BASF Canada Inc. Business Development Manager, Pierre Couture, Builder training is conducted directly on their site since a three-storey condominium building using the system has already been successfully implemented in multiple homes. The System has been designed to meet or exceed requirements for a nominal R-value of up to 45.8. 12
Construction contractors in Ghana awarded
The 5th PPPs in Emerging Markets Summit
under the theme-‘Celebrating Excellence
construction sector contributing about 12 per cent to Ghana’s GDP, organisers believe, the awards
companies to excel and break new boundaries. The awards would also serve as an incentive to other companies in the industry to improve on service delivery, professionalism,
Date: 22-284 February 2016 Venue: Dubai, UAE Website:www.kwppp.com.
The 5th PPPs in Emerging Markets Summit will be hosted on 22-24 February 2016 in Dubai, UAE and July in Bangkok, Thailand. The Theme: ‘Moving from theory to practice to achieve infrastructure goals’ – The conference series gives access to emerging markets from across Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe & the Middle East for a programme of capacity building and networking with Project Finance leaders across government agencies, investors, project sponsors, EPC’s and consultants. The programmes are interactive and based around panel discussions with Case Studies sharing expertise from global thought leaders. To date the PPPs in Emerging Markets Summit series has hosted over 700 Government participants allowing access to capacity building, sharing of expertise and investment directly to emerging markets, to register visit the official website: www.kwppp. com.
safety among others. Speaking at the event Akin Naphtal, CEO of InstinctWave, organisers of the Ghana Construction Awards said: ‘We warmly congratulate all those honoured today, we are very proud to be the pioneer of celebrating a vital industry like construction.’
Date: 10th May 2016 Venue: Gallagher Estate, Jo'burg, South Africa Contact: christine.barrow@ access-africa.org Website: www.access-africa.org Access Africa is an exclusive platform focused on providing essential information on the investment climate and opportunities in key economic sectors across Africa. Access Africa specializes in bridging the gap for governments, investors and industry players in Africa’s key economic growth sectors. The Captains of Construction projects builds on the foundation that has been laid at the first annual event and publication in 2015. The project is two-fold, comprising the Captains of Construction Leadership Forum and the Captains of Construction Leader’s Book.
- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors
- Architectural Association of Kenya
- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors
- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)
- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Institute of Engineers of Kenya
- Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya
- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia
- Association of Professional Societies of East - Kenya Property developers Association - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya
South Africa - ASAQS Surveying Profession
- Khuthaza ( Women for Housing) - Concrete Manufacturers Association
and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)
- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors
- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria
- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers
- Association of Professional Women
- The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)
- South African Council for the Quantity
- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects
Captains of Captains 2016
Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers - Architects Registration Council
Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region
- Ghana Institute of Surveyors
- Nigeria Society of Engineers
- Ghana Green Builders Association
- Nigeria Institute of Architects
- Master Builders South Africa
- Ghana Institute of Planners
- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans
- Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana
Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)
- Green Building council of SA - South African Property Owners Association
Institute of Surveyors of Uganda
Ethiopia - Association of Ethiopian Architects - Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers
Namibia Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia
Zambia - Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA) - Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC). 13
Current and Future Trends in Prefabrication and Modular Construction
Michel Dib Hanna Group General Manager Speed House Group, AJMAN, UAE
The prefabricated buildings are much more flexible and user friendly because they can be customized as per requirements. 14
ichel D Hanna, an MBA from Cass Business School, UK joined SPEED HOUSE GROUP, UAE in 2005. He has been working with clients and innovating client centric sales and marketing strategies ever since. Construction Review recently interviewed him on current and future trends inthe prefabrication and modular building industry: CR: How have construction projects evolved with the inclusion of prefabrication construction modules over the last two years? MDH: The concept of off-site construction followed by on-site installation is very popular as it offers temporary as well as permanent solutions alike. This concept has rapidly evolved because of its dynamism and versatile applications. The prefab concept is so dynamic that it caters to the needs of Oil & Gas, Power & Energy sectors on the one hand and Real Estate and Health Care Sectors on the other, just to name a few. The advantages of factory fabrication and regular quality inspection by well-trained professionals are some of the top reasons that has given a fillip to its evolution. Yes, it is true that architects and society in generalhave in the past viewed prefabricated buildings as insignificant structures. However, what has been noticed in the last 2-3 years is that architects are experimenting with modern designs and technical specifications in line with changing business scenarios. As there is a huge discussion about climate change taking place in every nook and corner across the globe, prefab industries have come up with green materials for eco-friendly finishes. The prefabricated buildings are much more flexible and user friendly because they can be customized as per requirements. You will be surprised to know that McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the hamburger franchise started use prefabricated units as outlets which remain open for 13 hours a day at a stretch. The days are upon us to see the prefab concept entering all the industries cutting across their industrial profiles and requirements.
CR: How is prefab and modular construction helping developers in project delivery within the stipulated timelines? MDH: Unlike conventional method of construction, prefab and modular construction requires more time in planning but less time in execution, that too; in better controlled working conditions. It allows the project engineers and managers to simultaneously monitor and get other activities executed at the project site for successful project delivery. If there is a systematic cooperation from the end-users, suppliers and material coordinators,
ensured 15%-35% faster as compared to the conventional method of on-site construction. CR: Prefabrication construction has seen a slow adaptation in the construction industry. What are drawbacks which deters large scale absorption of this construction method? MDH: It is true to say that the adoption of prefabricated buildings have been slower in the Middle East and Africa. Lets us talk about Asia Pacific, US and Europe where prefabricated houses play a very significant role. As per the industry report published in 2012, Asia Pacific tops the list with 49% of global market share valued US$90.1 billion. As for modular housing, as it is popularly known in the west; the size of the market in Europe is pegged at US$ 31.5 billion with Italy taking the lead with a market share 25.4%. The prefab market in North America stood at US$ 10.2 billion with the US accounting for the largest share with 75% stake. The Middle East is one of the smallest markets and only accounts for 3.25% of the global market. However, the situation is fast turning around because of the construction boom in the region. The major drawback deterring its mainstream absorption is perception. To read more and to comment on this story visit
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The mall experience Africa goes shopping
onstructing malls in Africa has become the newdarling for many global investors given Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
development is more lavish than the last as
the African market has begun to receive
they seek to meet the need for a growing
growing interest from European retailers
retail experience in Africa.
with South Africa being at the top of the
expanding middle class and its insatiable
Over the last decade the number of mega
list. CBRE is a global commercial real estate
appetite for the good life; from fine dining,
malls with retail space over 1.5 million
services and investment firm. The combined
to the thirst for anything imported including
square feet has increased more so in North
effect of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slowing economy and a
clothes, home appliances and groceries.
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growing middle class in Africa has made
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Africa 4 of which are in Egypt either under
constructing malls in Africa attractive but the
food franchise is beating a path to Africa
construction or recently completed. Mall of
shortcomings surrounding infrastructure has
spurring a demand for quality retail space.
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the undisputed largest mall in Africa while
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Africa will be as large as Asia in population
Morocco Mall in Morocco holds the second
and every major brand name worth speaking
spot slot at 2.7 million square feet. Size aside
of realizes this and is staking a claim in the
malls ranging about 300,000 square feet with
region. The flurry of developments of malls
about 50 stores are the more popular sized
South Africa remains the most attractive
in Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major capitals such as Cairo,
malls that have begun to dot every major city
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in Africa with some having plans for phased
wealth is more favorably distributed in the
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increase in size over time.
various cities as compared to other African
this trend is set to continue for the foreseeable
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countries where it is mainly concentrated in
future. Indeed the demand for shopping malls
grow in coming years. A recent study by
the capital city. Needless to say the more
has taken on a life of its own and each new
CBRE confirms these facts and shows that
sophisticated population and the improved
infrastructure in South Africa are added attractions. On the cards in South Africathe 1.4 million square foot Mall of Africa is nearing completion. Located in Midrand the mall is touted as the largest mall in Africa ever to be built in one phase. This is significant because in most cases malls are built in phases stretching over several years in order for investors to limit their exposure and begin to get a return in a shorter period. The mall will have four shopping courts inspired by different parts of the continent with its features intended to bring out the character of Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different climatic zones. Just as an indication of the demand, out of about 300 shops only about 10 remain to let out at the time of going to press and it appears by the time it opens at the end of April this year, the mall will be fully let out with a mix of both local and international brand names who have setup flagship stores. In response to South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s persistent water shortage the mall has installed a water treatment plant that recycles grey water for use to flush toilets and for irrigation. Water storage tanks are located in the basement parkade with a capacity of 540,000 square metres. The mall is described as boasting an abundance of natural lighting and high shop fronts
Nigeria Nigeria has also seen its own flurry of mall constructions with several currently under construction in Lagos, Abuja and Ibadan. Currently the one that holds the mantle of being the largest mall in Nigeria is the Ado Bayero Mall located in Kano, Northern Nigeria. The mall covers an area of 260,000 square feet and was completed in 2014. The mall has about 50 stores and parking for about 1000 vehicles. By most standards the mall is small though there are plans to build a second phase that will consist of a hotel and amusement park. Soon to take over the distinction of being the largest mall in the country is the Palms Mall. Currently the mall covers an area of 210,000 square feet but once the current extensions are completed the mall will have a total of 645,000square feet of lettable spacewith a 420,000 square feet multi-level parking lot making it the largest in the country. Egypt Despite the social upheavals in Egypt the country has also seen its share of mall developments in the recent past. Worth mentioning here are the Mall of Egypt and the Mall of Arabia both of which will boast over 1 million square feet and when
completed will range amongst the largest malls in Africa. The Mall of Egypt is a 1.7 million square feet mall being developed by Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Properties in Cairo. The US$800 million project will mirror the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and will feature international fashion and lifestyle retail brands, a ski park, a 17-screen cinema, a family entertainment centre and over 50 food and beverage outlets.MAF incidentallyhas exclusive rights on the giant French franchise Carrefour in the MENA region and Central Asia. The first phase of the Mall of Arabia opened in 2011, while the second phase is expected to open soon.The Mall of Arabia is touted as Egypt's biggest mall in terms of space and store numbers covering 2.69 million square feet. East Africa In Kenya East Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest mall is set to open soon. Two Rivers which will have 660.000 square feet of commercial space while not even half the size of the Mall of Africa or the two largest malls in Egypt will none-the-less set the bar higher for any future entrants in the East African region as developers keen on attracting foot traffic set out to outdo their predecessors. This mall it is said will feature the ubiquitous water feature
when it comes to malls but an exception is that it will have dolphins to boot. Other recently opened malls are the Garden City Mall, which is half the size of Two Rivers, the Waterfront and a number of smaller ones in satellite towns outside Nairobi. In Uganda Acacia Mall is arguably the largest mall in the country with a floor space of about 370,000 square feet. Interestingly enough according to studies done, in South Africa over 60 percent of shopping is done in malls compared to less than 30 percent on average in the rest of Africa and so the general thinking is that as both increase in the size of the middle class and the trend towards experiencing retail therapy continues to rise, the development of malls will continue with pressure being Two Rivers Mall, Kenya
exerted on developers to build ever larger and more exciting establishments in order to attract global brand names. It has become all about size and attractions and so incorporating amusement parks of one sort or another is par for the course along with boasting some kind of green star rating for use of renewable energy and recycling water.
Top 5 Malls in Africa Name: Mall of Arabia Country: Egypt GLA m2: 267,000 First opened: 2010 Mall of Arabia, Egypt
Name: Mall of Morocco Country: Morocco GLA m2: 250,000 First opened: 2011 Name: Gateway Theatre of Shopping Country: South Africa GLA m2: 220,000 First opened: 2001 Name: Sandton City Country: South Africa GLA m2: 215,000 First opened: 1973 Name: Cairo Festival City Country: Egypt GLA m2: 160,000
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uilding automation generally begins with control of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. For instance, the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is almost always controlled, including control of its various pieces of equipment such as: Chillers, Boilers, Air Handling Units, Roof-top Units (RTUs), Fan Coil Units (FCUs), Heat Pump Units (HPUs), Variable Air Volume boxes (VAVs). Lighting control is likewise, low-hanging fruit for optimizing building performance. Other systems that are often controlled or brought under a complete automation system include: Power monitoring, Security, Close circuit video (CCTV), Card and keypad access, Fire alarm system, elevators or escalators and plumbing and water monitoring. Building automation has come a long way since the 1960s when pneumatic control systems were being installed in buildings. Today most modern building automation systems depend on wireless connectivity to ease installation and allow fast modifications or expansion. However, there are a few trends influencing this sector. The wireless technology is beginning to replace traditionally wired BAS infrastructure. Thus far, however, the wireless technology is limited to sensor-type devices and suffers from issues including a lack of clear wireless standard, short battery life, and communication challenges through various types of building structures and materials. Other than that, the enterprise-level initiatives are making the communication protocol of the Building Automation less important and while it is quite common to replace a pneumatic control system with a direct digital control (DDC) system, pneumatic-to-DDC bridging strategies also exist. More controls are coming to the construction site, factory pre-mounted to equipment and hardware and software continues to be augmented by energy-related visuals. There has also been tremendous consolidation
Cost reduction Another trend suggested by Andreas Schneider, Chief Marketing Officer, EnOcean GmbH in Germany is, those sustainable wireless building automation systems which do not require maintenance or changing batteries will become state of the art for modern buildings, even for retrofit projects. These solutions offer the needed price/ performance ratio, flexibility, reliability and system sustainability that are required to meet governmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ambitious goals of significantly reduced energy consumption in buildings (newly constructed and existing ones). Rick Schuett, Chief Commercial Officer at Autani Corporation also suggests that the costs will continue to drop for hardware. More and more emphasis will be placed on the value of the software within the building controls and monitoring space. Those firms that have their own in-house software developers (such as Autani) will be able to move faster and stay ahead of client needs and expectations than companies that choose to outsource most of their software and hardware development. There are many trends that are especially important to the building automation market. Melinda Corley from indusoft in the US says that energy monitoring and metering is growing in importance, as the push toward sustainable buildings increases. Building automation systems will need to be able to incorporate cost-saving measures such as predicting and monitoring energy consumption, and predictive maintenance of equipment. Smart technologies will also become very important. Smart technologies can be used to measure facility occupancy and temperatures to better regulate cooling and heating, or can be used for building security and tracking the flow of people throughout a building. The Internet of things will allow smaller systems within a building, such as elevators and thermostats, to communicate with the building automation system for better efficiency. Technology shift Also emerging markets will see the huge benefits of implementing wireless technologies in buildings. Cornelius Berns from a German company, Thermokon Sensortechnik GmbH says that in a digital world, it is inalienable to disregard the technological shift from standard wired automation towards a digital automation based on RF-technology. Consumers want to have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;onecontrol-allâ&#x20AC;? solution from anywhere they are. To read more and to comment on this story visit
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Why turn to synthetic oils for your engine lubrication?
ubrication of moving parts in construction equipment relies on the knowledge and expertise of the operator or the maintenance team this is because without proper application of lubricants in the engine it would probably seize up and the inconvenience of downtime would become a reality.In Africa virtually all plant and equipment used in construction is subjected to extreme working environments in which dust, water and high temperatures are more the rule than the exception. This makes proper maintenance and care of the equipment all the more critical if you are to enjoy lower down time and increase the lifespan of the equipment. Replacement cost of equipment is high and so the savings to be obtained by postponing this event by ensuring proper maintenance cannot be casually overlooked. A proper oil and lubrication system for construction equipment is one of the sure fire ways to ensure that the machinery will run efficiently and this translates into savings in fuel consumption as well as maintenance costs, however even here using the right oil and lubricants can make the difference between extended useful life or a problematic working life for your machinery. Now that we agree that the right oils can provide substantial savings for plant operators then the first place to start when getting serious about your oils is to debunk the long held belief that all oils are made the same and work the same way no matter the manufacturer. This is because recent developments in the oil and lubricants industry has seen the emergence of specialised oils that are far more superior than conventional oils in ensuring your equipment remains well lubricated at all times.
Synthetics are clearly superior in the extreme zone where temperatures, high loads or flammability are overriding factors. They also perform well in applications where needs are specific and complex. Synthetics are engineered to meet targeted performance benchmarks, and a synthetic formula can be engineered for almost every combination of properties used in industry. Lets take a look at what can be referred to as your normal oil. The more conventional oils that are popularly used in machinery today are produced from refined crude oil but even after the refining process, several compounds still remain such as oxygen, sulfur and nitrogen. These compounds cause oxidation and acidity particularly at high temperatures and even encourage the formation of sludge. You may not have known this but in addition to these problems the varying molecules in these lubricants have different shapes and these molecular irregularities means greater friction within the oil itself which reduces the oils efficiency and the overall efficiency of the machinery. Synthetic oils? Unlike conventional oils that are refined from crude oil, synthetic oils are engineered from chemical reactions in a controlled environment producing a product that consists of a blend of compounds that are uniformly consistent and therefore offer superior performance that translates to a greater life cycle value for the machinery owner. There are several advantages that synthetic oils have over the conventional oils. Firstly the purity of the synthetic oils coupled with the stronger bonds developed between molecules means that there is less risk of oxidation. This means that synthetic oils can perform better at higher temperatures. Compare this to conventional oils which because they contain impurities oxidation tends to occur at high temperatures which breaks down the oils integritycreating the need for more frequent oil changes. Secondly on the other end of the scale conventional oils are also compromised under low temperatures because of the presence of paraffin which reduces the fluidity of the oil. After a long cold night starting up a cold diesel engine to begin the work of the day is a time when greater engine wear and tear is likely to occur. This is because most of the engine oil has settled at the bottom and so it offers less lubrication for the moving parts. Since conventional oils tend to be less fluid after a cold night this characteristic leads to greater wear and tear on an engine since it takes longer for the oil to circulate throughout the engines parts February 2016
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from a cold start position. Synthetic oils work better here because they maintain their viscosity even at low temperatures which translates to better prevention of wear and tear for cold engine startups. Efficiency We have already lookedat the improved viscosity of synthetic oils owing to their uniform molecules as compared to conventional oils. In an engine this can be translated to greater efficiency as the oil is more fluid remaining so even at extreme temperatures on both ends of the scale. This means less frequent oil changes and lower running costs. In a world that is becoming ever more conscious of environmental pollution, it is worth noting that the purity of synthetic oils means that they contribute less to pollution of the environment by reducing harmful engine emissions. When engine temperatures rise too high it can cause the machine to explode or catch fire with thepossible resultant risk of fatalities but certainly serious damage to equipment. In some instances this can be caused by poor lubrication of the moving parts. Synthetic oils have a distinct advantage here because they have higher flash point meaning that the temperature at which they can ignite is much higher than that of conventional oils thus contributing positively to safety. To read more and to comment on this story visit
SE Controls’ smoke and natural ventilation for Pretoria’s new Agrivaal building
he new energy efficient Agrivaal building in Pretoria’s Tshwane Central Business District is using advanced natural ventilation and smoke control solutions from SE Controls Africa to maintain a comfortable indoor environment while improving safety by ensuring escape routes are smoke-free in the event of a fire. Designed by PKA Architects for the National Department of Public Works (DPW), the new 10-storey office blockintegrates with the original 75 year old Agrivaal building, a site of national heritage importance, with the final structure providing 21,650 square metres of rentable space, as well as a restaurant, coffee shops and545 underground car parking spaces. The new building incorporates a range of energy saving technologies as part of its design and construction, including recycled materials, water harvesting, energy efficient lighting and the use of natural ventilation, which enabled it to achieve a prestigious 4 Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa. SE Controls worked closely with the project’s fire and engineering consultants WSP Consulting Engineers from the initial concept stage, as well as ventilation contractors, Robertson Ventilation Industries, to develop the combined high level smoke and natural ventilation solution for the building. The system incorporates an NVLogiQ carbon dioxide sensor and environmental monitor fornatural ventilation, as well as a SHEVTEC smoke control panel and 10 SECO N 24 40 chain actuators, which automatically open and close the centre pivot windows in the atrium to vent stale air or smoke from the building.
In normal operation, NVLogiQ sensor monitors the temperature, carbon dioxide levels and relative humidity and signals the actuators to incrementally open or close the windows, if the parameters go beyond preset points. In the event of a fire, the SHEVTEC control panel takes a signal from the building’s fire and smoke alarm system, which overrides the natural ventilation system and triggers the actuators to fully open the window to vent smoke from the building. Further information on SE Controls’ products, solutions and projects can be obtained by visiting www.secontrols. co.za or calling +27 31 466 1857.
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Smoke Ventilation Systems are designed to facilitate the safe escape of occupants in the event of a fire. The automation of windows or vents for Smoke Ventilation is cost effective. By introducing automatic vents at high level that open upon detection of smoke, the smoke is allowed to escape to the atmosphere providing a clear escape route via increased visibility. SE Controls offers a comprehensive range of Smoke Heat and Exhaust ventilation systems suitable for any size and type of building.
Beglin Woods Architects Beglin Woods Architects opened for business in1992. David Beglin and Simon Woods had practiced separately for over 15 years in Kenya before that.
e started in a basement flat on Riverside Drive in 1992 having previously worked in various offices in Kenya, so we are actually celebrating over 40 years of practice as architects in Kenya. The celebration must be shared with our families, friends and colleagues who have patiently and supportively watched our progress. We look back in time, and into the future with equal interest. The work and work methodology of the past is now quite beyond belief in 2015. We recall the days that no office could afford a photocopier or printer and all originals went out in the afternoon and prints returned the next day. All letters were typed in triplicate with carbon paper and mistakes corrected in white-out. Computers were unheard of in offices, drawings were made in pencil or ink on tracing paper and lettered by stencil. Major projects were given one water colour illustration by an artist. That was often the first time we saw in 3 dimensions what our building looked like. We did our
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own sketches and made our own models, but we still produced dozens of well thought out, innovative and complex buildings in a year. Almost nothing was imported. Project Managers were unheard of. The architect designed, sourced and supervised most of the work. Now our staff look at old tracings and cannot believe how they were made. Looking back 400 years earlier, St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral was drawn on linen with a quill pen and 400 years earlier than that there were no drawings at all.
Offices, Kisumu Lake Naivasha Lodge The Future Now we look forward into a future that creates buildings with no distinction between walls and roofs, where nothing inhibits the imagination of the designer and where the entire world is the marketplace. A chair from France now sits on a rug from Bali in a Hotel room in USA, with a lock from Sweden and an air conditioner from Israel. Architects have always worked Internationally. Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew worked with Le Corbusier from 1947 on the new City of Chandigarh in India. Louis Khan built in India 45 years ago
and F. L. Wright built in Japan 20 years before that. Now the big
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Computers continue their existing and relentless pursuit of faster, smarter and more exciting ways of producing information, and of integrating the work of many consultants at the same time. Today a technician in Sweden can work on the same drawing as an architect in
Office, Riverside offices have branches in 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15 different countries, and building components come from all over the world. International standards are now being developed to ensure compatibility with building components and materials so that almost everything fits together. Large-scale manufacturers of building components, large contractors and architectural firms are already coming to Kenya and will combine to produce buildings of the same scale as those in Singapore, China, the Middle East and United States.
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Apartments, near The Junction Sydney, and the design can be sent to Vietnam for an illustration and to China for a model. Project management is becoming stricter, and monitoring of deadlines and deliverables is becoming more vigilant, frequently involving penalties. The Cities and Towns around Nairobi are joining in the race for development. Soon Kisumu, Mombasa, Nyeri, Nanyuki and Isiolo will have projects as large and expansive as Nairobi.
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Office Development, Riverside Drive Technology Architecture has always been a contributor and an ally to technological development, and the future of architecture will grow exponentially with the developments in technology and finance. Taller residential buildings have to proliferate to ease the pressure on land prices. More sophisticated and economical building techniques must evolve. Builders must embrace the 24 hour day and the 365 day year. There will be more specialist subcontractors.
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Sustainability Sustainability will be a huge issue in the future, but only if legislation assumes more responsibility. If a law were passed tomorrow to never cut down another tree until the current environment crisis was over, the world would survive. The industry would use post formed doors, laminated MDF and synthetic wood. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to find an excuse for destroying the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forests at the expense of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall health. We must all ensure that sustainable technology aides the planets survival rather than its destruction. February 2016
The Present Work Environment As a Practice, we have lived through these vast technological changes over the last 23 years, and we have had to evolve and develop our skills accordingly. Emails are now expected to be answered instantly, when years ago it was accepted it would take several days to expect an answer from a letter. The range of building products continues to grow at an exponential rate, and information on anything is available instantly on the Internet, without having to go to a library. Clients now rarely proceed with a project unless they see several optional photorealistic renders of their project, and unless they see fully worked out financial returns on their investments, together with an array of priced options for services, materials and finishes.
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Watermark Business Park It is therefore tempting for architects to copy and paste their more successful designs from one site to another, but we have endeavoured to develop different styles of architecture over the years, and whilst we have watched with some amusement other firms copy some of our buildings, we remain committed to developing our ideas and styles, so that our clients can remain confident that they are receiving unique and ground breaking building designs from our firm.
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UNON, Gigiri Looking Forward
We hope that the architects of the next generation will continue in innovative and exciting ways, and will continue contributing to making the world a better place for those who love being in it, and that the present issues of security and international conflict are temporary and will soon be gone.
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Office, Ngong Road We look forward to many more creative years to come, and must thank our clients, our staff, and our contractors and suppliers, for helping us make our dreams come true over the last 23 years. Sankara Hotel, Westlands
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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There is much to celebrate!â&#x20AC;?
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Terminal 1A Departures.
Kenya Airports undergo expansion and modernization
By Elijah Miano he development of airports has a direct impact on a country’s overall economic development due to the close correlation between movement of people and goods across boundaries and economic fortunes of a country. The quality of airport infrastructure can improve or dent a country’s international competitiveness and even affect the flow of foreign investment. It is this reality that has largely driven Kenya to undertake multi-million dollar projects to revamp and expand her main international gateway – the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – as well as other facilities around the country. Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is the state organization mandated with managing the country’s airports and isbehind the current program to expand and 34
modernize Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and re-position it on the aviation map as a key aviation hub in Africa. The expansion and modernization of JKIA has been designated as a flagship project in Vision 2030, Kenya's long term economic development blueprint. KAA is simultaneously undertaking improvements in other airports and airstrips in the country that fall within its mandate. JKIA The initial design capacity of JKIA was to serve about 2.5 million passengers per year but over the years, passenger volumes have shot up to over 6.5 million. The aircraft transport movement (ATM) has also increased to reach over 72,700 aircraft per year and is predicted to reach February 2016
A night view of Terminal 2.
over 195,000 aircraft per year by the year 2030. ATM is a term used to measure the capacity of an airport and refers to the number of arrivals and departures. The current cargo handling capacity is estimated at 252,000 tons having increased by over 50,000 tons over the last seven years alone. The number of flights handled at the airport has also increased by almost 45% in seven years. So far,the organization has completed JKIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terminal 1A Departures and Terminal 2. This has injected an additional annual capacity of 5 million passengers at the airport bringing the total annual capacity to 7.5 million passengers. The new terminal 1A arrivals, currently under development, is expected to be complete in early 2016 while an international arrivals terminal (Terminal 1E) is also in the works and is set to be operational early this year as well. This terminal will have a capacity of 2.5 million
passengers per annum. It has a total floor area of 6,200 square metres and will feature 18 Immigration counters, 6 Customs desks, 5 baggage reclaim belts and support offices for security, customs and immigration. Terminal 1E also houses departure lounges spanning 3,600 square metres. It will also have a Transfer Area for screening passengers arriving at this terminal. There will also be two airline lounges measuring 390 and 320 square metres as well as a bussing lounge. Other Projects Passenger Terminal Building in Lodwar In this project, the scope of works for the Terminal building included: â&#x20AC;˘ Construction of terminal building with an approximate floor area of 400m2 â&#x20AC;˘ Mechanical and Electrical works and associated
• • • •
IT and ISMS works Provision of 3 no. airline office and administrative offices 2 No. check-in counters Complete separation between departing and arriving passengers A lounge with a capacity to sit up to 57 passengers
The project commenced in January 2014 and is complete awaiting hand over.
Terminal 1A nears completion
Passenger Terminal Building at Isiolo Airport Phase 1 involved construction of a 1.4km long runway. This was completed and commissioned in Feb 2013 by H.E former president MwaiKibaki. Phase 2 works commenced in March 2013 and the scope includes: • Construction of a passenger terminal building of approximately 5600m2 floor area with a capacity of about 700 passengers an hour . The facility when complete will handle both international and domestic departures and arrivals.
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We congratulate Kenya Airports Authority on their Modernization of Kenya Airports
Construction of a car park able to handle at least 200 cars. Construction of an office block to house offices for airlines, KAA and other agencies. • Construction of a waste treatment plant to enable recycling of waste water for reuse like e.g. watering. Phase 2 is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Phase 3 Works for phase 3 started in November 2014 and the scope includes: • Construction of internal roads network at the airport and associated civil works • Construction of the main access road to the airport • Drainage works and associated mechanical and electrical works. • Expansion of the existing apron adjacent to the terminal building. Phase 3 is scheduled for completion by the end of the year to enable commissioning of the airport. The writer is a Corporate Affairs Officer at Kenya Airports Authority
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Apex Steel remains ahead due to Innovation and Leadership Market Apex Steel are the pioneers in the manufacture of deformed bars, BS: 4449, in Kenya. Through innovation and leadership, this company has transformed the construction and fabrication domain in Kenya. Traditionally, twisted bars were used in building construction projects. For the past three decades, twisted bars have been banned the world over due to their inconsistent quality. The new generation steel, called ‘deformed bars’, also known as ‘ribbed bars’ or ‘rebars,’ became the new global standard. In 2007, Apex Steel revolutionized the way steel is made in East Africa, and became the first local company
to manufacture steel to international standards. Apex Steel makes Grade 500+ Deformed Bars - BS: 4449 at its technologically advanced manufacturing unit at Athi River. Every metre of the deformed bars bears the trademark, ‘APEX TMX’ that’s how customers know they are getting the genuine best steel.
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Achievements Apex TMX - Kenya’s most trusted steel, is used in iconic projects. The prestigious Thika Superhighway was built entirely using Apex Steel. A few of the other major projects where Apex TMX steel has been used are Delta Towers, Hotel Sankara, Westgate Mall, Hotel Villa Rosa
Bypass, Northern Bypass, Sondu-Miriu Dam, Kwale Base Titanium and Tsavo Transmission Lines. Across the border in Uganda, the bridge over the River Nile, the bypass expansion in Kampala, was made using Apex Steel.
Engineering Africa... Over the last 40 years, Civicon Group Engineering has established itself as the regions leading Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Contracting ﬁrm in East and Central Africa. The company has a dynamic management team with over 30 engineers and technicians, a staff base of 2000, a large asset base of 5 fully equipped workshops across Eastern Africa and over 350 pieces of heavy equipment. The group also provides out-of gauge Logistics, Cranage and Erection services.
Mechanical Engineering: Greenﬁeld Titanium mine in Kenya. The scope included: Structural, Mechanical, Plate work and Piping (SMPP). Civil Engineering: Road construction, maintenance of 113 KM, Yei Juba Road, South Sudan. Logistics: Transport of brewery vessels, Uganda. Cranage & Erection: Development of Heavy Fuel Oil Power Plants across East Africa. Mining: Turnkey projects to develop Greenﬁeld Titanium Mine (Kenya) and Greenﬁeld Gold Mines (DRC). Oil and Gas: Building of well pads and associated infrastructure for leading Oil & Gas E&P companies. Demand for Engineering continues to grow, driven by: • Development of Power generation and transmission facilities in the region. • Investment by regional governments to develop new roads and maintain Existing ones. • Private sector’s Investment in oil storage facilities across the region and Exploration for oil and gas. Development of mining in the DRC and Tanzania
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Riviera Mall seeks to offer a different experience
n expanding middle class and a growing interest in investment opportunities in Kenya by foreign brands have continued to spur development of
high end malls in Kenya. So far, Nairobi has witnessed the biggest share of new shopping malls although the trend is rapidly catching on in other cities and even smaller towns across the entire country. In fact, Nairobi is slowly earning itself the title of “Mall Capital of East Africa”. Rosslyn Riviera Mall is one of the latest such developments in the peripheries of Nairobi. Set on a 4.5 acre piece of land in the affluent Rosslyn suburb, the development promises to be a major convenience for residents of nearby estates
including Runda, Nyari, Muthaiga and Ruaka. According to the developer, MrPeterGethi, the concept of Riviera Mall is neighbourhood convenience. “The idea was to move away from the ‘high octane’ malls and give the customer an opportunity to shop without the hassles of inadequate parking and associated inconveniences”. Mr Gethi says that proximity to the Ruaka River was meant to give shoppers an opportunity to unwind with nature in the well manicured and landscaped gardens. Projected to cost US$ 27 million, the mall is essentially a retail centre where retail units will be accommodated on lower and upper ground floors. However, the first floor will contain semi-retail units that can be converted into offices. Each tenant will be provided with a grey shell which they can then proceed to fit out and decorate as desired within the constraints of set standards. Design Aspects The Riviera Mall design emphasises on natural light via light wells using atriums. A ‘village square’ resembling a courtyard opens out to the skies giving customers a chance to sit and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. The floor plan is created with the customer in mind and provides clear visibility for the shops.All the mall-ways will make use of natural ventilation with cross ventilation occurring through
louvered panels in all the shops. To further save energy, LED lights will also be used throughout the building. All light control systems will be centrally located, allowing regulation of lighting depending on specific requirements. Automatic sensor switches will be used in all washrooms to reduce energy wastage. In addition, any mechanical and AC equipment will only be used where necessary. This equipment will be nonCFC (chlorofluorocarbons) based. This has been informed by the fact that the release of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from refrigeration equipment destroys ozone molecules in the atmosphere harming the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural shield from incoming ultraviolet radiation.Rain water harvesting is also a major feature in the overall design. biological waste water treatment system will be used to clean water to a non-potable standard for reuse. This will allow water recycling for use in toilets and irrigating the lawns.
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Facilities and Security The centre will have a modern state-of-the-art 24-hour security system. The bulk of the parking will be in the
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elements in secure surroundings. Key to the development is ample parking to ensure customer convenience is maintained from entry to exit. Lifts and escalators will be strategically provided in addition to access ramps on all levels to cater for the disabled. Back-up water and power will be availed by way of a borehole and stand-by generators respectively to allow for seamless operations. There will be a physical security barrier along the full perimeter of the premises coupled to prevent any unauthorized access. Accessing Riviera Mall Entry will be from an access road that is being constructed off Limuru Road to facilitate uninterrupted movement of traffic along the highway. This access will allow for through traffic from RundaKigwaru Estate, Karura bypass. Construction of the mall began in July 2014 and is expected to be complete mid this year.
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L-R, Bruno Pescheux, Arch. Daniel Manduku, Eng. James Mwangi and Eng. Reuben Kosgei are taken through a demonstration by Stella Ochola of Bamburi Concrete.
Bamburi Cement, Innovation at its best!
ew cost effective materials, energy conservation, design approaches, as well as advances in digital technology, are creating a wave of innovation within the construction industry. Bamburi Cement Ltd leads the way in continually looking to build on this innovation platform. Coming hot on the heels of the introduction of the first highest strength Grade cement in Kenya; Powercrete â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with 52.5 MPa strength, is the recent launch of the Bamburi Mobile Concrete Laboratory. Building on value creation In what is a first in the Kenyan construction industry, the Bamburi Mobile Concrete Laboratory is a service that has been provided as a value added service to its customers,
Eng. Reuben Kosgei (IEK Chairman), Bruno Pescheux (CEO) discuss the use of some of the apparatus inside the lab.
enabling them to conduct on-site testing to measure the consistency and workability of concrete, as well as offer solid technical advice at various construction sites across the country. This investment reaffirms Bamburi Cementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuous efforts to innovate, evolving from a building materials supplier to an all-round construction solutions provider. The Mobile Concrete laboratory, in which Bamburi Cement has invested over Kshs. 20 million, is fitted with state of the art equipment for conducting onsite tests. The laboratory offers flexibility and convenience to users who would otherwise have been forced to go to stationary concrete laboratories for tests. The mobile approach thus reaches out to a much greater geographical sphere with regard to far off sites that have limited or no access to concrete testing facilities. Building on quality standards The Bamburi Mobile Concrete Laboratory aims at ensuring that the quality of concrete and its constituent materials used at construction sites meet the specifications of standards stipulated by Kenya Bureau of Standards and requirements of the National Construction Authority which will ultimately result in overall improvement of construction and safety standards in the construction and building industry. The Mobile Concrete Lab will conduct the following tests among others at construction sites; February 2016
Aggregate analysis – flakiness Index, Particle size distribution • Testing of fresh concrete – workability, consistency and air content • Testing of hardened concrete – density, compression strength of concrete cubes and non destructive tests on in situ structures • Soil stabilization tests for road works – density measurements Customers will be able to know the quality and adequacy of their aggregates, sand and concrete mix designs. Users will additionally benefit from expert technical advice from Bamburi on concrete optimisation and best construction practices. Bamburi Cement advocates for the use of quality materials in construction for achievement of the best results. This new value added service to users of our products, is designed to provide quality testing and convenience to our customers. Building on Construction professionalism The latest innovation by Bamburi comes at a time when the country is experiencing rapid developments in the construction industry due to increased investment by government and private sector in infrastructure and housing. With this immense growth, there have been several challenges with building capacity and improving the level of professionalism in construction practices in Kenya. The construction sector in Kenya recorded a $235 million (Sh24.6 billion) loss in 2013 according to the National Construction Authority (NCA), which it blamed on low and poor quality workmanship. The Bamburi Mobile Concrete Laboratory augments Bamburi’s ongoing country wide initiative dubbed Builders Academy that has been offering free training to construction workers aimed at improving their skills, professionalism and safety in the building and construction industry. This is in line with its advocacy in improving construction and building standards in the country. Bamburi has trained over 200,000 masons over the last 13 years with an additional 1,600 masons trained across the country in 2015 alone.
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The Bamburi Concrete technical team give a practical demonstration of the slump test, one of the services that will be provided by the lab.
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Symbion Designing to change the skyline of Sub-Sahara Africa
By Nakisanze Segawa
Kenya and; Conscom in Gaborone Botswana. The various
Founded in 1980 in Kenya as a small company with the aim
offices of Symbion work together and individually,
of becoming the best architectural practice in the region,
sharing an accrued skill set acquired by professionals over
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the years. Originally a limited liability partnership, the
founded by Jon Anthony Cavanaugh, has grown to become
organisation was transformed into a company in 2008 and
one of the leading architectural practices in Sub-Sahara
today employs over 200 skilled employees spread across
Africa. Its growth over the years has seen the company
the four countries amongst which include architects,
expand to other African countries with clients that are
project managers, interior designers and technicians.
willing to adopt best practice in architecture and value in
With these qualified and skilled staff the company offers
building design and construction. Currently, the company
creativity, innovation and an understanding of their clients
has offices in Kampala, Uganda; Karen and Mombasa,
and thus offers them exceptional services.
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Church House, Kampala, Uganda
Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
Messages & profiles of Management
The managerial team comprises of twelve directors and
Symbionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s network of resources provides the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
six associates who are spread out in offices in the five
clients with access to and delivery of a vast range of
locations across the four countries all united with one
professional services which include urban design,
vision and offering the same quality performance.
architecture, project management, interior design and
Symbion has its head office in Keny where it started
of and in 1986 to 1995, the company delivered projects in Seychelles.
Relationship with Industry Stakeholders
In 1993 it opened its office in Uganda, 1994 in Tanzania
As a longstanding architectural practice, Symbion has
and in 1998 Symbion was established in Gaborone
encountered and worked with a number of key players in
Botswana where it acquired Conscom. This expansion
the construction field. To undertake and complete large
has enabled the company to deliver projects outside its
scale projects, teams of consultants are brought together
established five locations to other countries which include
including designers, engineers, surveyors, subcontractors
Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Sudan for the
and suppliers. Over time Symbion has engaged and
past 35 years.
consulted with specialists both locally and internationally
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which has enabled timely delivery and quality finished work. Maintaining good working relationships with various professionals has been a conscious effort on Symbion’s part- which inevitably provides a good reference point for future projects and potential business. Within the company, a group of proficient administrative, support staff, architects, project managers, interior designers and technicians collaborate in order to maximize the skills available. All technical staff undergo training and Continuing Professional Development; that in turn provides a competitive edge in terms of the use of new technologies, construction methods and general product knowledge. Success story Symbion advocates for sustainable architecture that is relevant to our society and contemporary era. The firm consistently pushes the boundaries of design and
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architecture which is to the benefit of the clients. A number of factors have contributed to the growth and sustenance: • Symbion aims to design with conviction, to the highest of standards, in a sustainable manner that provides both client and user with what they need, within a realistic budget and within a time scale agreeable to all. • Symbion works with the best consultants across the regions they operate in and where certain expertise is lacking collaborate with construction professionals alike across the globe. Together the firm strives for excellence and endeavours to achieve it, in their creativity, professionalism and ethical obligations. • Symbion is committed to a CSR policy that positively contributes to the local communities and environment of the respective countries, both ecologically and socially.
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Crest Apartments, Mombasa, Kenya
Manyara Serena Lodge, Tanzania
Challenges faced over the years Symbion has been privileged to work with knowledgeable, experienced and involved clients, but also on smaller scale projects with tight budgets. However that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped the company from experiencing some challenges. The company faces challenges related to availability of local skilled labour/ manufacturers and procurement of building materials. Some quality building materials cannot be procured in the local market and have to be imported. This sometimes delays delivery, and tends to be costly. Quality of workmanship is the biggest challenge in most projects. Some projects require specific expertise which can not be gotten within the locally available labour, which pushes the company to look outside its location and employ labour from outside the continent which can delay service delivery. To overcome these challenges, Symbion is able to identify required suppliers at the onset, and
develop a methodology inclusive of regular inspections and site supervision which strives to maintain an excellent standard of work produced and essentially the desired outcome once a project is complete.
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Mission, vision and way forward Symbion is dedicated to understanding the needs of clients, problem solving and delivering good architecture for the benefit of society. As a practice Symbion looks to inform the built environment in which it operates through considered yet innovative design, capturing both the poetry of the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imaginations and the desire to create something sublime. In doing so, Symbion strikes a balance between the ambitions of a project against the practicality and responsibilities of bringing it to fruition, assessing the issues involved and providing appropriate solutions. Symbion believes the power of architecture can shape the
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Commercial Development, Luthuli Avenue, Kampala, Uganda
communities, communal memories and communal ambitions beyond the dimensions of individual buildings. Symbion believes architecture creates an opportunity to make life better. Symbion Group has grown from strength to strength through the years and has expanded its operations to more than fourteen countries across the continent, with more markets now opening up to those willing to explore.
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