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The aftermath of the Brexit vote
The tallest residential tower in the
The construction industry across the EU has been
country has raised the bar for when
vehemently opposed to the exit but now that the die is
it comes to the living standards for
cast the construction industry in Africa is waiting to see
Kenya's upwardly mobile resident.
what the implications for Africa will be. The news sent shockwaves around the world and everyone is waiting for the dust to settle in order to begin making sense of
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the implications that lie ahead. Perhaps one of the fundamental concerns is the loss of the British market in any EU trade agreements which is for some industries quite significant. There will be the need to begin charting out new trade agreements with
For DMJ Architects’ Simon Johnson, “Irresistible Jobs” Keep Him Going
Britain which could take months but more probably years. On the bright side however even the very exit of Britain from the EU still remains to be charted out
Arch. Simon Johnson shares his life
and this could take some years though many in the EU
and experiences as an architect in
would prefer a quick clean cut.
Kenya that spans several decades of valuable insights.
The perceived British protectionist stance could lead to reduced job opportunities for professionals in
the construction industry while the fears of a British recession could reduce trade and investment in Africa. On the whole however with the initial shock behind us, Africa remains optimistic that good business sense
Birkenmayer’s Brick and Block making technology
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PwC report hails private sector for availing power in rural
Construction of first Concentrating Solar Power plant on track
Completion of Menengai Geothermal power plant in July
The construction of Morocco’s first ever Concentrating Solar power plant in Morocco is currently on good progress and is expected to end on time. According to the Enerray officials who are in charge of the project they expect it to end on the time set . The project which is located in Ben Guerir, Ville Vert Mohammed VI, Green Energy Park site, 70 km from Marrakech was started one year ago and is expected to be completed in few Months time. Enneray won the tender published by IRESEN (Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et en Energie Nouvelles) related to the realization of a 1 MW Plant with unique and innovative features for the Country. The project is being financed by OCP (Office Chérifien des Phosphates), world’s leading producer of phosphate rock and derivatives, and is aimed at studying the productivity and reliability for a future application in its mines. Besides this Plant, Enerray has already installed a small PTC (Parabolic Trough Concentrator) with parabolic mirrors: this has been done for the solely purpose of analysis and research. CSPORC System is usually applied in industrial applications and processes in order to generate heat and electricity. CSPLFC technology coverts solar radiation into thermal energy thanks to a concentrator made of flat reflective surfaces (Fresnel Mirrors) which focus sun’s rays on a receiver (Receiver Tube), in which there’s a special fluid for heat storage (Thermovector Fluid – in this case Diathermic Oil). 6
The construction of Morocco’s first ever Concentrating Solar power plant in Morocco is currently making good progress and is expected to end on time. The project which is located in Ben Guerir, Ville Vert Mohammed VI, Green Energy Park site, 70 km from Marrakech was started one year ago and is expected to be completed in a few Months time. The project is being financed by OCP (Office Chérifien des Phosphates), world’s leading producer of phosphate rock and derivatives, and is aimed at studying the productivity and reliability for a future application in its mines. Besides this Plant, Enerray has already installed a small PTC (Parabolic Trough Concentrator) with parabolic mirrors: this has been done for the sole purpose of analysis and research. CSP-ORC System is usually applied in industrial applications and processes in order to generate heat and electricity. CSP-LFC technology coverts solar radiation into thermal energy thanks to a concentrator made of flat reflective surfaces (Fresnel Mirrors) which focus the sun’s rays on a receiver (Receiver Tube), in which there is a special fluid for heat storage (Thermovector Fluid – in this case Diathermic Oil).
Power plant in Kenya which is a US$500m project currently under construction is anticipated to be complete by July this year; this is according to the African Development
Group. AfDB’s Environment and Climate Manager Kurt Lonsway confirmed the news and said that the ongoing project is expected to cover the needs of over 500,000
300,000 small businesses and 1000GW for other businesses and
project which is located within the Eastern Sector of the African Rift Valley about 180km North West of Nairobi has a potential of producing up to 1600MW,” Mr. Lonsway said during the AfDB Annual Meetings on Climate Change and Energy being held in Zambia.
Ethiopia Major Italian firm wins bid to construct major power plant
He further pointed out that AfDB will assist in developing the steam field for generation capacity of up to 400MW
A major Italian construction firm, Salini Impregilo has said that it
in the first phase and that
has signed an agreement to construct a new hydroelectric power plant
in Ethiopia worth US$3b. The mega development project which is
a substantial increase in the
dubbed the Koysha dam will have an installed capacity of 2,200
provision of clean, reliable and
MW and will be constructed in the south of Ethiopia on the lower
affordable electricity to Kenyan
bank of the Gibe River. The project is composed of a 170 meter high
citizens. This is a very good
rolled compacted concrete (RCC) dam and the reservoir which has
initiative as it will assist in the
a volume of 6000 million cubic meters will have an annual power
curbing of close to 540,000 tons
generation capacity of 6,460GWh. This new contract agreement
of CO2 per annum. Easy access
between Ethiopia and the Italian firm barely comes after the country
to modern energy will help
secured a finance grant with an Italian credit, Servizi Assicuative del
improve health and education
Commerce Estero (SACE) firm that is set to finance the hydroelectric
opportunities, mainly for women
power project. In a recent session in parliament, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, while addressing MPs said that the country’s desire to tap into several rivers for power generation is part of a plan to boost manufacturing and industrialization in the country and transform its agrarian economy.
and girls. During the AfDB Annual Meeting, Kenya was highly commended as one of the few countries working hard to ensure renewable energy is applicable in its system. July 2016
Wadi Degla begins construction of Neopolis housing
Dangote to construct petrochemical plant
Century City Square gets modern look
Dangote Group has announced plans to construct a refinery and a
A brain-child of Rabie Property
petrochemical plant in Nigerian capital Lagos. The group will deliver
Group, Century City Square
what it termed as the solution to the country’s fuel crisis. However,
is part of the flagship project
the facilities are expected to be operational by late 2018. According
of the larger Century City
to Mr Dangote, Africa’s richest man the proposed facilities will have
development which is expanding
the potential to satisfy the country’s daily requirement of 445,000 to
which is on a 545 acres of land
550,000 barrels of fuel, with spare capacity to export. Construction
and retail industry of the area.
in Future City, New Cairo is
work is underway at the refinery’s planned oceanfront location
Construction started in May
expected to be an investment
whereby pipes have been laid and a massive dredging operation
2014, with completion of the
worth US$1.6m. The executive
has as well commenced, though the outline of the refinery is yet to
Square scheduled for June this
added that the company began
emerge. The refinery has been designed such that it will be capable to
year. The area will comprise
carrying out the project after
produce 650,000 barrel-per-day. The refinery production is expected
among other things a 1200-
receiving a ministerial decree so
to transform the nation’s crude oil into gasoline to meet Nigeria's
seat conference centre as well
as 12 meeting rooms located
Company has kicked off the construction
housing project in Egypt CEO Maged Helmy has announced. According to Helmy the project
as to ensure construction of the housing units, according to the company’s plan and the schedule agreed upon with customers. He added that they are looking into
a 125-bedroom hotel; The Annex
Kampala Serena hotel secures US$ 8m to expand
made of 3 500sqm of offices
smoothly and the first phase ends
Kampala Serena hotel in Uganda previously known as Nile Hotel
International and Conference Centre is yet to be expanded as Serena
Helmy said that the Neopolis
Hotels secured US$ 8m for the course.Tourism Promotion Services
project is one of the company’s
Uganda Ltd, currently trading as Serena Hotels announced that
place a wager in the next phase, pointing out that the company
around a business class lounge;
ensuring the project continue
major projects, on which it will
they secured US$ 8m funding from the French development agency Proparco for expansion purposes which has been brought about by
occupying four floors above the conference centre; The Matrix, a mult-purpose building with three-storeys of offices, retail/ showrooms and 51 residential apartments occupying another three-storeys; The Apex which is eight storeys high is made up of
the growing demand for the services offered by the facility. The
7 900sqm of offices, restaurants,
hotel which has a capacity of 85 rooms was acquired by Serena
bistros and coffee shops as well
project will consist of houses
Hotels in February this year. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing
as a six-floor structured parking
that will be able to accommodate
Director of Serena Hotels confirmed the reports and said that the
building and basement parking
garage for 1 330 parking bays.
is targeting to achieve sales of about US$3.7b. The construction
hotel distinguishes themselves from their competitors through their
with varied sizes in addition to
contributions, good governance and skilled manpower among others.
commercial and entertainment
“Serena Hotels, safari lodges, camps and resorts differentiate
VIVID Architects, said that the
services, green areas, and the
themselves through their contribution to local economies, their
Century City Square would inject
Wadi Degla club. The project
good governance, through the training of skilled manpower and
new energy and life to the entire
also through their involvement of craft industries and the sensitive
Bridgeway precinct. In planning
conservation of the surrounding areas,” said Mr. Mohamed.
the development, Viotti and the
will be developed during four phases, and it is scheduled to deliver the first phase by 2020. Neopolis project snatched the prize of best real estate project under construction during 2015. Helmy noted that the company will focus in the next phase
team chose the Corobrik’s range of facebricks and pavers, because of their aesthetic qualities, as well as the economic benefits that are attached to them.The
on the construction of housing
units for middle-income and
facebrick was used as an accent
upper middle-income classes to
facebrick which exposed and
cover the growing demand in the
recessed panels, to highlight the
‘floating’ lighter brick facades.
Zambia Kenneth Kaunda Airport Construction work nears completion Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Zambia is set to have a new and modern terminal by October this year. This was announced by Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation recently. Zambia’s Works and Supply Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga told the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation that the terminal is part of the expansion program being undertaken at the Airport. Among the developments that are being undertaken include runways and auxiliary facilities around the airport such as hotels, shopping malls, a fire station and the rehabilitation of the already existing terminal which would be dedicated to handling domestic flights only. The minister said that the fire station was almost complete, stressing the government’s commitment to ensuring Zambians benefited from the infrastructure that is being put up. It was reported that the government is spending about $360-million on upgrades alone. Zambia has a total of four international airports, five airstrips and five secondary airfields that serve both domestic and international flights, and the main and biggest airport in Lusaka is the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Other smaller airports include Mfuwe and Livingstone, Ndola together with secondary airfields including Kitwe, Kasama, Chipata, Mongu, Mansa and Solwezi. Zambia has previously adopted the open sky policy together with the establishment of the current air cargo hub so as to connect with the Southern African region. 8
Tanzania First seven flyovers in Dar es Salaam to be constructed
Plans are currently underway to construct the first seven flyovers in Tanzanian Capital Dar es Salaam so as to ease traffic that is normally experienced in the area, the country’s Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa has said. Prof Mbarawa pointed out that the government is in discussion with a company from England by the name Mabey Bridge Company who will build the flyovers and if all goes as planned then construction of the flyovers will commence in December this year. The selected contractor is set to construct four flyovers that are designed to be used by pedestrians and three others that are meant for motor vehicles. He further explained that the construction of the flyovers is estimated to take three to six months for them to be complete and will be financed by the government of Tanzania. “Four flyovers to be used by pedestrians and three others that are meant for motor vehicles will be constructed and they are estimated to take three to six months for them to be complete,” Prof Mbarawa said. Reports reveal that Mwenge area is one of the places that have already been identified to have the motor vehicle flyovers; locations for the other flyovers are yet to be selected.
Nigeria State to construct three phase Diamond Split Underpass Kwara State plans to construct a three phase Diamond Split Underpass in Nigeria at the Geri Alimi roundabout in Ilorin the state capital. The move comes after State Executive Council approval to commence the proposed underpass project. According to Alhaji Aro Yahaya, Commissioner for Works and Transport, the project is expected to be completed within an 18 month period. Yahaya further revealed that, phase I of the project is expected to cost US$14.5m. However, the state is currently sourcing US$50.1m financial boost from the Bond Market to finance the proposed underpass project. On completion, the project will not only ease the heavy traffic, but it will as well be an engineering masterpiece besides beautifying the area. The council has also approved the dualisation of other federal roads such as the Ita Alamu-Michael Imoudu-Ganmo-Afon junction road and the Kulende-Oyun-Kwara State Polytechnic-Oke-Ose-UITH road.Kwara State is one of the 36 states that make up the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The state shares her boundaries with the Niger River at her North and the Republic of Benin at her west.
Uganda France pledges cash for Kampala - Jinja expressway The French government has pledged to contribute US$ 204m through its public bank and overseas development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) for the development of Kampala-Jinja Expressway in Uganda which is set to be constructed in 2017. The AFD’s country representative, Ms Virgnie Leroy confirmed the reports and said that they will work with the Ministry of Finance to find allocation for the money since the project is one of the interesting and exciting initiatives by the Ugandan government. “The project is one of the exciting undertakings by the government of Uganda and we are ready to offer them any help they need,” Ms Leroy said. The development project is estimated to cost US$ 238m and the funds from AFD will fit in on the side of government through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).The Kampala - Jinja Expressway which is projected to be 77km will start from Nakawa in Kampala and connect to Jinja Township and sections of the road will have four to eight lanes at various points. For instance, there will be six lanes between Bweyogerere and Lugazi and a dual carriage between Lugazi and Jinja. The construction of the Expressway will also go hand-in-hand with the building of the Kampala Southern Bypass which is an 18km road that will begin at Butabika on the eastern outskirts of Kampala and connect to the New KampalaJinja Expressway and finally end at Munyonyo the new EntebbeKampala Expressway which is under construction. July 2016
NIESV Nigeria introduces new regulations
Building contractors complete advanced training programme
Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) together with the Association of Estate Agents in conjunction with the government has introduced a regulation that will govern the agency aspect of the profession through its pet project in Nigeria. The regulations are targeting the infiltration of estate agency practice by quacks. According to Dr. Bolarinde Patunola, NIESV President, the estate agency has been an all-come affair over the years, and the regulations have become necessary as the incursion of other professionals, such as lawyers and accountants including other persons who are not necessarily trained to practice estate agency is creating negative perception about genuine professionals. Unqualified practitioners will be liable to arrest and prosecution by the state if they fail to comply with the regulations. “Estate agency is an important service, and should be practiced with full adherence to the code of conduct,” said Patunola. We have commenced the programme to control the estate agency in Nigeria with the establishment of the Association of Estate Agents in collaboration with Lagos State Government,” he added. The new programme will regulate estate agency and give room for practitioners in the new Association to acquire the training skills that will enable them to put them to practice.
The Department of Transport and Public Works
Contractor Development Programme in South Africa has facilitated 15 emerging building contractors in South Africa to complete its 24-month Siyenyuka advanced accredited training and mentoring programme.A ceremony to award
Industry Development Board (CIDB) rating scale.
the certificate was held in Stellenbosch on 26 May
A construction business with a higher CIDB rating
2016. The annual Siyenyuka programme is part of
can bid for larger and more complex contracts.
the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP),
Through Siyenyuka, businesses categorized as
and is offered freely to participants. Each year, it
Grade 3, 4 or 5 General Building (GB)/ Civil
adds value to the construction industry and plays a
Engineering (CE) enterprises have been mentored
crucial role in the growth of emerging contractors
to identify their specific needs of development.
in the Western Cape.
Targeted training has then been offered to
As a direct result of the Department’s
assist participants with legal and project-related
mentoring and training, several contractors have
processes, compliance and tendering processes
advanced to higher levels on the Construction
MANAGEMENT TIPS Top Tactics to solve Shortage of Skilled construction Workers in Africa In Africa there have been reports of shortage of skilled construction workers to spearhead various construction projects that have been ongoing and no doubt managers have been having sleepless nights trying to counter the problem. The recent recession saw many construction workers leaving the industry, and now with the retirement of the baby boomers, finding quality, skilled workers is an up-hill battle for many human resources professionals in our industry. Social media being one the strongest tool that is growing communication around the world having passion for it and using it will see you get off the hook of worker shortage. Get to know the kind of person you want and describe him in a tweet, facebook post and what we can all see is a positive response. Even if you employ a staffing firm to help recruit contractors and employees, there are ways social media can support those efforts by differentiating your company from others who are bidding for the same skilled workers you are. When considering replacing some of your workers in the construction industry you should highly ensure you get a better replacement than the current one you have. As an industry, best
practice we say if you are hiring 50 people or more per year then the recruiting process truly becomes a marketing process. So now, you must shift your focus to how to work with your marketing team on this joint recruiting effort that will solve your skilled worker shortage. This pretty much encompasses three things; As a manager you should ensure that you get tactical by utilizing the knowledge of the existing workers in improving the working force. I know many times there’s a hesitancy to be fully transparent because there’s a fear that the sheer number of candidates will drop. That may very well be true, but the quality of those candidates should increase, and the churn in the first three months should decrease, saving your organization thousands. Now that we all know the construction industry has the shortage of man power the best solution is trying to teach the existing workers to know what to do.
Sandvik Construction and Victoria Equipment management seal the deal.
New distributor for Sandvik Construction in Uganda Sandvik Construction is proud to announce that Victoria Equipment is its new distributor in Uganda. Victoria Equipment will not only be supplying a comprehensive range of Sandvik equipment, but will also be providing full aftermarket care, spare parts and dedicated customer service. Sandvik’s world leading ranges of construction equipment needs no introduction; but now customers throughout Uganda will be able to benefit from even greater levels of support through its new distributor, Victoria Equipment. This further enhances commitment to locally focused customer support, whilst at the same time enabling customers to benefit from dealing with a truly global company. Part of the GMACH Group of companies which was formed in 1960, Victoria Equipment is an established name in Uganda, with offices, workshops, service engineers located throughout the country.
ZPC commissions Kariba South Expansion Cranes1
Aggreko publishes rental power e-Guide for construction sites
The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) recently commissioned overhead travelling cranes in the powerhouse of the new 300 megawatt (MW) Kariba South Expansion plant which is under construction 130 metres in the belly of the Kariba South bank. Upon completion of the expansion, the Kariba South Power Station will add 300MW into the national grid. The US$533 million expansion project, that is inclusive of development costs to be met by ZPC, is being done by a Chinese firm, Sino Hydro. The project is scheduled for completion by 2018. According to information from the ZPC, the cranes were commissioned earlier on May 1 2016 and will have a cumulative operation capacity totaling to 500 tonnes, making it the biggest crane to ever to be installed.
Aggreko has published a new
Dangote Group to construct cement plant in Ghana
Construction National Accounts
Additionally, and when the situation requires it, the company will be
Dangote Group a multi-billion
able to call on round the clock support from Sandvik Construction’s
dollar company has revealed
regional offices in Africa. This will further enable customers to
plans of investing over US$100m
benefit from the specialized advice and assistance that has made Sandvik the world leading supplier of construction equipment.“The additional portfolio (of Sandvik equipment) will bring heavy duty
towards the construction of a new cement plant in the Western regional of Ghana by the end of 2016. The facility will be located
eGuide to The Challenges of Delivering Power,
factors for simplifying power rental and increasing efficiency of generation. The free eGuide from the rental power and temperature control specialist addresses key challenges facing construction
as how to meet variable power demands,
emissions, gain environmental compliance, manage generator security, and overcome space and access constraints. “With new environmental legislation and the complexities of working on sites in densely populated residential
and city centres, specifying site power is not straightforward,” said Ben Vincent, Aggreko’s Manager for Northern Europe. “This guide details the many factors that should be considered to achieve a compliant, efficient and fail-safe power supply, so that contractors can get on with delivering the project, without any distractions or interruptions.” Scalable
equipment and technical expertise closer to our end user as opposed
in Takoradi the region’s capital.
fuel-saving power options are
to flying in technicians from abroad.” Commented Mr. Sam Kibuuka
The cement plant project will be
explained, along with techniques
the Financial Director of General Machinery Group concerning the
the company’s second investment
for overcoming space constraints
dealership agreement with Sandvik. Mr. Sunday Sedrack, Sales
project since its entry in Ghana a
on small footprint urban sites.
Engineer at Victoria Equipment limited, added: “Victoria Equipment
few years back. The plant will be
The guide also introduces newer
constructed with its own power
generation plant. According to
silent hybrid power units, which
Tor Nygard, Dangote Ghana
minimise fuel consumption; and
Ltd is now able to provide service and deliver genuine Sandvik tools, parts and equipment at a very competitive price.”Of the appointment of Victoria Equipment, Kauko Juuri, Global Distributor Manager
Managing Director, the plant
particulate filtration units, which
Sandvik Construction states: “We are sure that the combination of
will be capable of producing over
dramatically reduce emissions
Sandvik equipment and global aftermarket support, together with
1.5million tonnes of cement in
from diesel generators. The use
the local knowledge and industry expertise of Victoria Equipment
line with the company’s strategy
of gas and biodiesel generators
will enable Sandvik customers throughout Uganda to benefit from a
to expand and meet the growing
is also explored, along with high
demand in Ghana and across
voltage distribution for larger
Alsina presents new modular hanging beam system Alsina presented its new Modular Hanging Beam system “Friendly Beams” at the 31st edition of Bauma construction fair. Alsina Formwork has developed the recoverable VCM (Modular Hanging Beam) system, the only formwork beams system that is 100% recoverable at 72 hours after concreting, designed specifically for shuttering hanging beams. This is a metal system with easy assembly that solves the problems arising from the use of timber and non-recoverable formwork beams, composed of elements made of reinforced steel frame and phenolic surface. With this new system, Alsina helps to achieve an orderly, safe and costeffective process when shuttering beams, since it is designed to reduce the time and improve the quality of the formwork and stripping of the beams. VCM is a light handling system (22 kg / m2) but also very strong considering the loading use it must support (25 kN / m2). On the other hand, it is a system that considers from the start the needed underpinning to make partial down-striking without affecting those props that accompany the structure until it reaches its resistance. This allows not only recovering the sides of the beams, but part of the funds, in addition to having consoles for emptying the structure, so the operator can work properly without bending or climbing, with proper ergonomics, comfortably and safely.
Komatsu launches PC360LCi-11 Intelligent Excavators Komatsu America Corp a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd has launched the PC360LCi-11 and PC490LCi-11 excavators which feature Intelligent Machine Control (IMC) technology. The excavators feature Intelligent Machine Control (IMC) technology that uses a “unique” sensor package, including stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders, an Inertial Measurement Unit sensor, and GNSS antennas. The machines utilize 3D design data loaded into the in-cab monitor to accurately display machine position relative to target grade. When the bucket reaches the target surface, automation kicks in to limit over excavation.The automated system includes a number of features, says Komatsu: Auto Grade Assist—As the operator moves the arm, the boom adjusts the bucket height automatically, tracing the target surface and minimizing digging too deep. Auto Stop Control—During boom and bucket operation, the work equipment automatically stops when the bucket edge reaches the design surface, thus minimizing design surface damage. Minimum Distance Control—–The machine controls the bucket by automatically selecting the point on the bucket closest to the target surface. If the machine is not facing a sloped surface at a right angle, it will still follow the target surface and minimize digging below it.
Badger Meter introduces new flow meter Badger Meter introduces new M7600
meter for concrete batching applications. Badger Meter has announced
an addition to its accurate, high-performance
family. The M7600 Flow Meter combines the most advanced electromagnetic flow metering technology, with a simple, yet robust
easy-to-use flow measurement solution for use in a wide range
applications. Badger’s M7600 electromagnetic
achieves an accuracy of ± 0.5% of rate for velocities greater than 1.64 ft/s and ± 0.008 ft/s for flow rates less than 1.64 ft/s with a repeatability of ± 0.1%. Its rugged design ensures exceptional
demanding environments. The meter features a non-intrusive
Award-Winning DataMaster available for Android devices Wagner Meters is proud to announce the DataMaster app is now available for Android users complementing the previously released iOS version. Contractors, flooring installers, and others who use relative humidity (RH) testing, either the Rapid RH® 4.0 EX (single use) or Rapid RH® 5.0 (reusable), can download the DataMaster™ app to help record and report the moisture condition of concrete floor slabs. Already recognized by industry leaders for innovation in the digital reporting of RH data, the original DataMaster™ was awarded Most Innovative Product, Industry Choice, at World of Concrete 2013 when first introduced three years ago. Wagner Meters transformed the DataMaster™ from wireless hardware to an Android application that provides an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for any Android-running device. The all-new DataMaster™ app is sure to be very popular for anyone testing moisture in concrete. It collects even more data than our earlier award-winning DataMaster™, and it does this with a smooth, clean interface. Now you’ll enjoy wireless, seamless flow of digital data from any Wagner Meters’ Rapid RH® sensor straight to your mobile device.
open flow tube that virtually eliminates pressure loss, and with no moving parts to impede the flow stream, maintenance is kept to a minimum — even in less than ideal fluid conditions. The new product is ideal for metering device used for cleaning or reclaiming water batching in ready mix, precast, prestress, and block plants, and requires minimal maintenance over a long operating period.
The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016
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In 2016 Totally Construction East Africa incorporates The African Cement and Concrete Summit presented by Totally Concrete East
2 – 4 Novemeber,2016.Backed by
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the spotlight and develop the construction industry. The event will also be the central meeting place for global manufacturers to network and do businesses at one place, at one time.
- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors
- Architectural Association of Kenya
- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors
- Construction Regulation Board (CRB) - Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects
- Institute of Engineers of Kenya
- Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya
- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia
- Association of Professional Societies of East
The Midwest’s Largest Construction World Expo is returning to Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Building Contractor’s Association (BCA) has partnered with locally owned Coliseum Productions to revive this show in February 2017. The show expects to draw a crowd of 6,000 people over the 22-23 and will be the temporary home to 250+ vendors. In 2011, the BCA Board of Directors shifted away from show production after 34 years of producing the Expo to allow for more focus on internal programs. Now, thanks to the efforts of BCA and their Young Professionals Committee and David Marquart of Coliseum Productions, the show is set to return to Fort Wayne. The new efforts promise that it will be bigger and better than ever before.
Kenya - Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya
and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)
- Kenya Property developers Association
- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors
- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria
- Institution of Surveyors of Kenya
- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers
- Association of Professional Women
- The Construction Industry Federation of
South Africa - ASAQS
- South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession - Khuthaza ( Women for Housing)
Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers
Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region
- Concrete Manufacturers Association
- Architects Registration Council
- Green Building council of SA
- Ghana Institute of Surveyors
- Nigeria Society of Engineers
- South African Property Owners Association
- 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
Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)
Contractors of Ghana
Institute of Surveyors of Uganda
Construction World Expo returns to Fort Wayne, US
Zambia - Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA)
Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors
- Association of Ethiopian Architects
Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia
- Association of Building and Civil Engineering
- Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers
Contractors (ABCEC). July 2016
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Why technical discussions are needed for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
T The Grand Renaissance Dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed with an estimated cost of US$4.8 billion
Most of the economic benefits from the GERD will be from hydropower generation, which is essentially a non-consumptive use of water. 14
he Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, or GERD, under construction on the Blue Nile near the EthiopianSudanese border, is now approximately 50% complete. Initial filling will start this year and will begin in earnest in 2017. The idea of a dam on the Nile in Ethiopia – and the threat this would pose for Egypt – has been on the minds of the people of the Nile basin for centuries. Ethiopia has long claimed a right to use Nile waters, but it was only in 2011 that Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, announced that Ethiopia would begin construction of a large dam on the Blue Nile, near its border with Sudan. The advantages of storing water in the Blue Nile gorge for hydropower generation and flood control have been recognised for decades. But until recently Ethiopia did not have the political or financial strength to pursue this economic development strategy. The GERD will have a height of 145m – compared with 110m for the Aswan High Dam in Egypt and 101m for the Three Gorges Dam in China. It will have nearly three times the installed hydropower generation capacity (6,000MW) of the Aswan High Dam (2,100MW), and will be the largest hydroelectric power facility in Africa. When the GERD is finished, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, as well as the other Nile riparian countries, will face a new situation in the management of a large international river. There will be two very large dams, the GERD and Egypt’s Aswan High Dam, on the same river, but in different countries. Both will be able to store a volume of water greater than the annual flow of the river at the site. And both will be in a river basin subject to severe droughts, and one in which future demands for water for irrigation far exceed the available water supply even in normal years. No agreement yet To date there is no agreement between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the filling policy for the GERD reservoir. Nor is
there agreement on the coordination of the operations of the GERD, the Aswan High Dam and dams in Sudan. Agreements on both issues are needed to achieve the full benefits of the GERD and to prevent significant harm to Egypt during periods of prolonged drought. Most of the economic benefits from the GERD will be from hydropower generation, which is essentially a non-consumptive use of water. After the GERD’s filling period – which could be five to 15 years, depending on the sequence of high and low flows that occur and the amount of water Ethiopia releases – it should be possible for Ethiopia to operate the GERD in such a way that Egypt suffers relatively little harm. Sudan will benefit because the GERD will smooth variations in the Nile flow. This will result in increased water availability during the low-flow summer months, more hydropower generation from Sudanese dams at Sennar, Roseires and Merowe, and reduced flood damages. But during a multiyear drought and during the filling of the GERD, Egypt and Sudan need confidence that water will be released from the GERD to meet their basic requirements and prevent significant harm. The hard work is just beginning On March 23 2015, the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed a Declaration of Principles in Khartoum. It moved their countries closer to cooperation on the sharing of Nile waters. Consensus was reached on ten general principles. This declaration was essentially a commitment to find common ground on what had become an increasingly acrimonious dispute over Ethiopia’s decision in 2011 to build the GERD. Dale Whittington, Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, City & Regional Planning - Chapel Hill To read more and to comment on this story visit
ONE-STOP STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Turnkey handiness Considering demands of modern day warehousing, the benefits of utilising a one-stop storage solutions are immense. From information gathered from some of the most accomplished suppliers in Africa, Construction Review, outlines some of the critical elements of turnkey one-stop solutions.
ne Stop racking and shelving options enable organisations to expand their current storage capabilities cost effectively. This entails one supplier undertaking development, manufacturing and installation of world class warehouse storage systems seamlessly with the expected quality standards. Standard solutions expected The following are the requisite one-stop storage solutions that organisations require from service providers. Pallet Racking Whatever the product, whatever the capacity, the design should be tailored to meet an appropriate storage solution. Shelving Light or heavy duty, new or used, wide range of the right storage solutions to suit home or business needs are produced. Cupboards, Lockers & Boxes Storage Cupboards to store away valuable and personal items are suitable for all types of businesses. Cantilever Racking Cantilever Racking is an ideal storage solution for long or odd shaped items like timber, long steel bars or pipe, with a wide scope of more products.
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Raised Storage Raised storage enables organisations to optimise their capacity they need by utilising existing unused space with raised storage. Storage Accessories Inevitably, where there movement of good involved there is always the high risk of an accident. Hence, there is the need for storage accessories and safety products to protect business and staff with rack protection. Three critical services Sadly, it is not uncommon for organisations to be left to their devices, after a product has been delivered. The following additional services from service providers are critical. i. Warehouse Safety Regular maintenance of all racking systems is a must to ensure safety. All racking should be checked at regularly. Through regular inspection, faulty or damaged components which should be replaced are easily identified. ii. Racking Inspections Racking inspections ensure the safety of the team and the structural integrity. Specifically, assistance should be rendered in complianc with a range of Occupational Health Safety requirements.
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iii. Design & Installation Understanding and meeting a client’s storage needs is vital. It is important to maximise the potential of the workspace and provide detailed designs as part of every job. Constant innovation As customers are becoming more cost and safety conscious and at the same time demand storage solutions that are efficient, patently, manufacturers have to rise to the occasion by constantly innovating to ensure that they are abreast of developments in their niche markets. July 2016
CONSULTATION, ENGINEERING & MACHINERY FOR THE PRECAST CONCRETE INDUSTRY
ONE-STOP BUILDING SUPPLIES
Building materials should be available on a construction site when required to ensure that a project's key objectives are addressed
From sourcing to after-sale courtesy Due to increasing demands in projects, contractors expect suppliers of building materials to offer more than delivering products after a transaction is concluded.
hese days it’s all the rage for many a supplier of building materials to profess to provide “onestop solutions”. But with tales of some organisations failing to live up to their pledges becoming one too many, increasing scepticism from end-users can be somewhat exonerated. While the term “one-stop solutions” is open to wide interpretation, if not abuse and misuse, in the findings of a recent survey of ten major suppliers of building products to medium-sized and large-scale construction projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Construction Review has noticed similar patterns in the way services or products are structured. This fact is evident, despite wide differentiation in the brands of products that are supplied. What one-stop entail Whereas the entails building materials supply chain might constitute many moving parts, it is universally accepted that “one-stop” solutions should constitute the following: Sourcing, Delivery, Financial Services, Instore services and of course Sales Support. i. Sourcing and delivery Consistently, the supplier has to bend over backward to ensure that all products that the client has ordered are sourced on time, are of
expected quality and the expected volumes (quantity). This is of utmost importance as failure to address particular customer needs, could have a bearing in the delivery of a project, with the possibility of causing the client to miss the delivery deadline. ii. Financial services Some suppliers go a mile further by providing solutions to enable their most trusted clients to purchase products flexibly. These range from credit terms after ample trust has been built between with the client to facilitating access to a loan from an accredited financial services provider. Doubtless, when the construction industry is feeling effects of a global economic recession, which has reduced operating capital of many clients, financial assistance, in whatever form from a service provider, proves handy.
They expect suppliers to offer support that goes beyond delivery of products. Thus, when a product is faulty or any other anomaly surfaces after sales support within the terms and conditions of the guarantee, they expect the supplier to offer assistance religiously. Suppliers’ obligations Given the current economic circumstances, it is not surprising that customers (endusers) are more circumspect in procurement decisions they make than before, pressing the burden on suppliers to provide products of top-drawer quality. With the overabundance of building products from all over the world readily available to them, customers are faced with the challenge of selecting products that address their specific requirements. How does one tell a competent supplier from the numerous who conceitedly claim to be the
iii. In-store services As a standard, these days, clients expect a supplier to offer some add-on services inhouse. These could be product advisory services and processes like glass cutting and locksmith services, just to cite a few.
“best these has ever been”? What sets the imposter from the real deal? There is no question that suppliers who have built a track record of being consistent should be preferred and trusted to handle “one-stop solutions” requirements
iv. Sales support Clients highly value suppliers who are willing to forge a long lasting relationship with them.
consistently. Indeed, the quality of a project is determined by the quality of its building materials. July 2016
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Apex Steel and Green Building Steel Apex Steel manufacturers and supplies steel to BS 4449:2005 Grade 500+. Briefly. In addition to steel, Apex Steel are also manufactures angles, flats, zeds sections, tee sections and hollow sections. It also trades in beams, channels, MS Plates amongst other products including over 4000 items in general hardware, plastics and PVC.
Wastewater treatment solutions A new paradigm shift with sustainable wastewater treatment solutions for water resource management
ater is an integral part of our society today. This vital resource is used in the operations of many industrial processes, human consumption, and for food production to name just a few. The increasing demands for water for agricultural, drinking and industrial processes have put significant strain on global fresh water supplies as the world’s population continues to grow. In many parts of the world, the demand for water has exceeded the supplies of traditional water sources like ground water and surface water. In the United States, especially in the Southwest region including California, the high demands and short supply of water has forced water scarcity restrictions on both industry and residential water users. This situation is forcing serious discussions by private and governmental level agencies to develop strategies to incorporate alternative water sources while implementing more efficient ways to use and reuse water. It is apparent, sustainable solutions will be required to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce habitat degradation and provide for continued global population growth. Wastewater is becoming recognized as a significant water resource for
Piping & Plumbing ‘Hydroflo’ – is synonymous with quality and hence the preferred PPR choice for plumbing where quality is key. Also available is HDPE in an assortment of sizes. Apex Steel now represents the world’s largest pipe and piping solution manufacturer - Wavin (www.wavin.com). They offer a revolutionary change in the plumbing sector that has been in a dire need of one.
non potable applications worldwide.Large centralized waste water facilities often treat and discharge this valuable resource rather than recycling and reuse it due to the costs associated with transporting the treated water back to the originating source. This paradigm shift has led to discussion of the utilization of a decentralized waste water solution approach that can be sustainably implemented on a community level as well as in a commercial/industrial facility setting to capture, treat and reuse this water resource optimally. Decentralized system solutions play a pivotal role in an emerging “green, clean, smart” paradigm for water resource design and management. Genesis Water Technologies is on the leading edge of designing and providing these innovative solutions. Recycled water can satisfy many non potable water demands, as long as the water is adequately treated for the intended application. To read more and to comment on this story visit
Green Building 1. Leed The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has set a standard for sustainable building performance known as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes bestin-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects and manufacturing processes must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification through environmental categories: 2. Green Star The GBCSA developed Green Star SA, based on the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating system; provide the commercial property industry with an objective measurement of green buildings, in addition to recognizing and rewarding environmental leadership in the property industry.Kenya in its effort to transform the construction industry has established KGBS that is the body mandated to implement the Kenyan rating system that shall be referred to as Green Star South Africa-Kenya. (It is July 2016
Gouda Wind Farm is Africa’s first wind farm project in which concrete rather than steel was the primary construction material.
Knysna Waterfront. Signature Fan cobbles line the marina. After 17 years these cobbles are still beautiful.
Over 1 000m² of precast concrete panelling were used to clad a section of the external façade of No.1 Silo.
CMA Awards for Excellence 2016 The results of the CMA Awards for Excellence competition, announced at a gala dinner function in Johannesburg on April 23rd 2016 suggest that advances in precast concrete technology were significant influencers in this year’s judging process. This year’s five trophy winners were as
segments for the Gouda Wind Farm
project in the Western Cape.
panelling effectively demonstrates how,
Bosun – the Innovation trophy for
introducing the Castle Bottom Kerb.
concrete facades can be extremely attractive.
Commercial trophy for casting the precast concrete panelling for No. 1 Silo •
SmartStone – the Precast for Life trophy
Concrete panelling, manufactured by
at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.
for supplying Fan Cobble paving blocks
Concrete Units, was specified to dress
Shukuma Bricks – the Community
for the Waterfront at Knysna Quays
masonry cavity walls on the building’s two
project in Knysna.
service cores and to distinguish them from
concrete pavers for the paving of
the glazed façades of the building’s atrium
gravel roads in Walmer Township, Port
No. 1 Silo, V&A Waterfront, Cape
and office sections. Both textured and flat
panels were specified for aesthetic reasons
Over 1 000m² of precast concrete panelling
and to give different functions distinct
Excellence trophy for manufacturing
were used to clad a section of the external
identities. Incorporating numerous green-
façade of No.1 Silo, one of Africa’s most
design attributes, recycled waste and heat,
Walmer Township Paving Project
Castle Bottom Kerb vs Conventional Kerbs
the use of seawater in the cooling plant, and a roof garden, to name a few, No.1 Silo was one of only two buildings to have been awarded a six-star design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa when it was completed in 2013.
• Management of labour • Invoicing What were once dusty gravel roads were transformed into aesthetically pleasing and practical low-maintenance surfaces using 80mm interlock pavers manufactured by Shukuma Bricks.
The Gouda towers have a characteristic strength of 75MPa, which made for lighter concrete sections. Each completed tower comprises five 20m high tapered concrete sections and each section was assembled using the precast concrete segments manufactured by Concrete Units. The segments were joined in a vertical plane by inserting reinforcing and grout into the hollow chambers formed by the segments’ two opposing channels. Once assembled, the tower sections were lifted into position by crane and joined in a horizontal plane using starter bars, ducting and grouting. The flawless execution of this process required extremely accurate casting and very tight tolerances. A maximum of five segments was cast daily using five moulds. Mould sections were attached using laser technology and special jigs were used to ensure that the steel reinforcing was accurately positioned. Various inserts and sockets were cast into the concrete segments to facilitate the installation of mechanical and electrical equipment inside the towers.
COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT TROPHY WINNER Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape This Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality project formed part of the Triennial Premix Tender Works Packages. It involved upgrading roads in Walmer Township, and in addition to creating jobs, simultaneously provided local community members with an opportunity of learning valuable skills. In total 25 people were hired and they showed a tremendous willingness to learn the following skills: • Laying pavers, kerbs and channels • Pricing bill of quantities for future tenders • Measurement
Judges’ comments The depth of involvement by the community beyond mere employment ensured that valuable skills filtered down. TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE TROPHY WINNER Gouda Wind Farm, Gouda, Western Cape Gouda Wind Farm is Africa’s first wind farm project in which concrete rather than steel was the primary construction material. Forty six 100m towers were erected, each tower supporting a three-bladed turbine which weighs 170 tonnes. Gouda’s tower segments, 782 in all, were designed according to European structural concrete codes as opposed to the SANS code.
The tower segments were manufactured with self-compacting concrete. Without it, the project would have been much more complex, involving external vibration and more expensive moulds. The towers were designed to bend with the wind. This lateral movement is facilitated by the use of steel reinforcing inside the tower walls and additional strength was gained by linking six 90mm post- tensioned steel cables from the inner walls of the topmost tower sections to the concrete base of each tower. INNOVATION TROPHY WINNER Castle Bottom Kerb The Castle Bottom Kerb is patented (SA2012/09544), clear evidence of innovation. Prerequisites for a patent are that an invention should be novel and hold clear advantages over existing and similar products. Advantages of Castle Bottom Kerbs: 1. Cavities provide grip for installers making for much easier handling. 2. The cavities make the kerb much easier and quicker to install. In instances where unlevelled screed surfaces force installers to lift fill and relay conventional kerbs, Castle Bottom Kerbs are much easier to manoeuvre into place. 3. Because the Castle Bottom Kerb has more load points it sinks into the screed, providing much better adhesion in all directions. 4. The Castle Botton Kerb eliminates air pockets in the screed which could create weaknesses under the kerb after installation.
Judges’ comments An effective and cost-effective alternative to satisfy extreme technical demands, made this an impressive solution. PRECAST FOR LIFE TROPHY WINNER The Waterfront Knysna Quays, Western Cape A trip along the Garden Route is not complete without a visit to the famous Knysna Waterfront. Arguably one of the most popular leisure and shopping destinations in the region, boasting a superior marina, the waterfront offer various restaurants, boutiques and other speciality shops. This project was completed in October 1998. Signature Fan cobbles line the marina and offer an overflow area for the restaurants. After 17 years these cobbles are still beautiful and their installation pristine. Judges’ comments Has withstood the harsh climatic conditions and heavy pedestrian traffic. Apart from the Aesthetic Residential category all other categories posted two commendation winners each. The Aesthetic Commercial commendation winners were: SmartStone Midrand and Bosun, the former for supplying pavers and coping for the Thaba Moshate Hotel Casino and Convention resort in Limpopo, and the latter for providing drycast paving blocks for the courtyard of BMW’s head office refurbishment project in Midrand. C.E.L. Paving Products and Hydraform each won a Community Upliftment commendation. C.E.L. produced 6 400m² of paving for surfacing gravel roads
Walmer Township Paving Project
in Kassiesbaai/Arniston in the Western Cape, and Hydraform supplied concrete block making machines for the Radway Green Housing project in the same province. The
commendation winners were Concrete Units and Aveng Infraset. Concrete Units won the award for manufacturing precast concrete rock print panels for the Mouille Point Sea wall Project in Cape Town and Aveng Infraset for providing non-standard portal culverts for the Tweefontein Optimisation project in Mphumalanga.Concrete Units’ precast concrete expertise was rewarded a fourth time, in this instance an Innovation commendation award for the Gouda Wind farm towers for which it also won the Technical Excellence trophy. The other Innovation commendation award was won by Rocla for casting 128 precast concrete cabins for housing photovoltaic equipment in the Free State and Northern Cape.
New residential tower seeks to give clients a whole new experience Le’ Mac is a major Mixed-use developments complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi touted as the tallest residential tower in the country
ixed-use developments are not new phenomenon in Kenya but a new trend is gaining traction in commercial real estate in Nairobi. In its 2015 report, real estate firm Knight Frank pointed out that firms are increasingly moving offices to edge-of-central business district (CBD) locations. The report named Global Cities Report shows that this tendency is creating new office hubs, with homes and shops following suit. Normally, one high-rise building would have a mix of retail space on the lower floors, office space on the upper floors, and occasionally, some penthouses on the top-most floors. However, what we are witnessing nowadays are properly integrated developments, which are delivering commercial, residential and retail space in far bigger magnitudes. Perfect examples include: Two Rivers Mall, The Hub mall in Karen, Garden City among others. It is a concept that is commonplace in big cities like Dubai where a commercial complex has a mix of retail space, residential apartments, restaurants, offices and recreational space. This idea has been introduced in Nairobi, a market that is learning to embrace the opportunities that come with having offices in a largeformat retail environment. These mixed-use formats are designed as city hubs where people can live, work,
shop and play in the same location. A new mixed use commercial development that is nearing completion in Westlands neighbourhood of Kenyan capital Nairobi is a good example. Le’ mac Dabbed Le’ Mac, the Dubai styled piece de resistance project has been flaunted as the tallest residential tower in the country. Mavji Varsani the director of Mark Properties, the firm behind the project says that after hatching the plan to build Le’ mac, he flew his team to Dubai for inspiration. “We wanted to build something exceptional. The United Arab Emirates offers hundreds of brilliant architectural designs, which I wanted my team to tap into,” says Varsani who is currently based in the United Kingdom. Asked why he decided to build a mixed use development in Kenya, Varsani says,“We discovered a niche market in Kenya that was in need of luxury apartments, safe environment and a need to introduce into the Kenyan market top notch modern architectural designs.” The Le’ Mac is an ultra modern commercial and residential address, offering the finest features and workplace facilities in the commercial hub of East Africa, Nairobi. Located in the calm environs of Westlands, it offers tranquility and accessibility to do business at your own pleasure without normal business and communication 25
challenges. Modern lifestyle challenges have been considered in designing this unique concept. The 24 storey building whose construction kicked off in 2014 is slated for completion in 2017. The skyscraper is located off Waiyaki way next to the new Toyota showroom. The mixed use development targets high end buyers, middle and upper class Kenyans. The building has 4 floors of parking space on its basement. On the Le’Mac’s ground floor, there is a banking hall and cafe while floor 1-6 is ultra modern open-plan office space ideal for banks,
restaurants, showrooms, other offices. It offers office and retail space on the lower floors and residential apartments in the upper floors. Le’ Mac’s one and two bedroom high end duplexes, of up to 400 square metres, will sit in a tower that is topped by a 5-star rooftop restaurant with 360 degree views and one of the regions highest and close to the largest residential swimming pools. “The building is a new look for Nairobi, but echoes a future vision of the city. We hope that this trend will be emulated by young upcoming architects in the country, says Varsani adding that despite the high cost of constructing the building, prices for the apartments are affordable. Each apartment will have floor-to-ceiling windows, offering dramatic full glass views of the city, as well as a sense of space and light. Kitchens will come pre-installed with cookers, microwave oven, washing machine and tumble dryer, with tastefully decorated and furnished interiors and the latest trends in design and layouts, allowing optimum utilisation of space. Varsani predicts that with land space shrinking in Nairobi, mixed developments will be the trend. The imposing structure has 8 high speed lifts imported from top notch manufacturers in Korea and also has ramps for easy accessibility for physically challenged people. It is one of the few buildings in Nairobi to have a separate fireman’s lift. There will be a fibre-optic internet connectivity and full telephone exchange service on all floors. “When it comes to security we have left nothing to chance.There is provision of a 24hr CCTV surveillance, biometric recognition entry system and guards to ensure maximum security in and out of the building,” reveals Varsani. The design This is echoed by Sylvia Kasanga lead architect at Sycum Solutions a firm behind the design of the building. “The Le’Mac has 3 fire safety exits, fire fighting and protection system including sprinkler system,” she says. Additionally, the complex has standby backup generator and a front entrance water feature. Constructed on a small piece of land, Le’Mac offers the most efficient way of maximising land use in the densely populated Nairobi City. This trend is becoming common globally; since the developers are able to distribute land costs over a number of units thus bring down the cost per unit. Care has been taken with the upper floors to ensure they are sound and water proof. This has been achieved by using double glazed windows. Mark Properties are the developers of the project that has 192 apartments. Strategically located with easy accessibility, the building has a bore hole on site to ensure constant availability of water. With Large open-plan office accommodation, ample, secure and automated parking at basement, the building offers unique opportunity for business people and residents. The complex also has full telephone exchange service to all floors.
“The mixed use development is aimed at giving clients the best experience ever. It is a modern concept that has been inspired from buildings of similar caliber in Dubai,” Sylvia asserts.To counter the problem of power outages, the developer has installed a stateof-the-art solar system in addition to standby generators. Power stabilizers have also been put in place. The development also incorporates green features in it. For instance, after the basement, there is a green podium offering a serene environment for tenants and visitors. The project is being marketed by Hass Consult. While sales is ongoing, majority of the apartments have been sold. This is not the only project that Sycum Solutions is involved in. The architectural firm is involved in the design of low cost houses for low end buyers. They have been working in areas such as Thika, Syokimau and Athi River. In Makueni County, Sycum solutions have been involved in the construction of a university using low cost building blocks. The Lukenya University has been built using hydraform blocks. “The blocks have excellent thermo properties. In hot weather, the building is cool inside and vice versa,” says Sylvia who adds that she is proud to be associated with the Lukenya University. Coined in 2004, Sycum Solutions has emerged as a force to reckon with in architectural field in Kenya. The firm has been involved with big projects and smaller projects in equal measure. “We have already established a reputation for the large bespoke project like Le’ Mac so we will be securing more of these. But at the same time we will continue with smaller jobs as these are vital for continued growth of our business on a day to day basis. We intend to become leaders in what we do.”
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started drawing houses as a child and have remained fascinated by architecture ever since. Amya Cornwell was a family friend of my parents. He encouraged
At Triad, I joined Chris Carnell’s team to work in the
me to follow my interest that became a passion. After
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school, he gave me the chance to work as an intern at Triad
with the planners, Fulton airport and the highways
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Oxford. Whilst there, one of the tutors Pierce Fowell
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with their planners taught me a great deal about their commercial thinking on how to sell their products. England was in the throes of a depression so my wife and I decided to look for work elsewhere. Triad offered me a post in their office in Doha, Qatar, where I joined Triad Cico for two exciting years as project architect for the National Theatre, National Petroleum HQ and the Doha Club. Ahmed Cheika who ran the office also involved me with many of his Qatari clients including the Emir for whom we built a 400m2 extension to a villa for his new wife and son. After Doha, I moved back to Kenya to join Dalgliesh Marshall as the project architect working with Robert Marshall and Pat Hepple on the State Lodge Complex at Chamwino, Tanzania, for Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. The other project was the Benedictine Monastry, Ruaraka, where I worked with Kevin Craig McFeely who had been the City Planner for Nairobi before joining Dalgliesh Marshall. These two jobs kept me busy most of the time for the next three years. They were fascinating in that they gave me a good understanding of how Robert and Kevin thought about architecture. Their styles were very different but complimentary. Amongst other projects, I was asked to take on Kenindia House which Robert had designed but now moved to being submitted for approvals, tender and these to site with Laxmanbhai as the main contractors. It was at this time that I became a partner. We were then asked to design and oversee the construction of the Mombasa Intercontinental (hotel). This meant working with the Intercontinental team out of New York as well as the local team of consultants. In many ways this was perhaps the most complex job that I recall. It is a pity that the owners fell out and that Intercontinental gave up battling on how to run the place. Like a hospital, a hotel operates on many levels of technical and design requirements ensuring that guests feel truly pampered whilst the hotel runs efficiently. As (retired Kenyan President) Moi’s regime began to politicize Kenya’s economy, it became necessary to look for work elsewhere (we were not favoured by his people for obvious reasons). It was also my sad experience to have to take over the firm when Robert Marshall suffered a stroke. Kevin had been brutally murdered in 1985; George Wilson retired and became secretary of the Commonwealth Architects Association; Pat Hepple left for the UK and Isaac Mruttu had moved on to set up, Mruttu Salmann & Associates with Hameed Salmann. I worked with APDF and IFC as a consultant on a variety of projects in Ghana and the Gambia. There was also a client in the Gambia for whom we designed what was to be the Sheraton hotel there. We worked closely with the Sheraton team but the coup stopped the job. Similarly a hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal was stopped by the coup. The office had started offices in Botswana, Zambia and Qatar. Ian Marshall ran the Gaborone operation and I spent time helping him. I was instrumental in the closing of our Doha office. More recently my work has been back here July 2016
in Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania with projects ranging from Eden Square to a village for SOS in Mwanza. When I look at the variety of work we have handled, I am astounded by it all! Houses for the British Embassy in Addis Ababa; helping Lonrho to reopen their operations in Kampala; Finch Hatton Camp in Tsavo; three goes at the Aberdare County Club. All of it enjoyable and hopefully our clients have felt we gave them a professional service based on the dictates of the Royal Institute of British Architects guidelines. The firm has continued to be a medium sized operation with people coming and going but at its core remaining a good working team. This has been my enjoyment. We have worked together to produce elegant economic buildings that clients have found satisfying. I was married to Karen who sadly died of cancer in 2009. We have two children, Jasper and Catherine who are both married with children of their own. I am lucky to have found a new partner, Carla, to share my life with. I enjoy walking and swimming – having played polo when young I always found golf a bit of a bore. Traveling in Europe – Italy, France, and Denmark have given me great pleasure as I enjoy visiting historic buildings and towns. I also enjoy the food and wine! I don’t see myself retiring. It always seems that there is another job to do that is too exciting a challenge to say ‘no’ to.
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