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Seaport systems in developing countries increasingly reflect inter-port competition on an international basis and a global trend towards port concentration. This, is among the key findings of an analysis of port development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) issued by PwC recently that was developed in response to the challenges facing ports in Africa highlighting controversies that are pulling the projects behind. Leasing out land earmarked for construction or upgrade of ports to overseeing of the projects themselves are just two among many other controversies facing port development in Africa. These issues have led to a slowdown in the progress of the projects, to the extent of some of the projects being put on hold altogether. It has become evident that governments need to adopt greater clarity and transparency when it comes to Involvement and regulation of port activities.As a pre-requisite for a greater number of success stories to be recorded. It is an issue that has to be given utmost priority for the sake of Africa’s development. Investment funds that go into port developments must be channeled appropriately to ensure financial sustainability and economic growth for all the involved countries.
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A.B.E. expands dustless range with new ﬂoor screed a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has expanded its range of dustless cementitious products with the launch of a dustless version of abe. dur ,the company’s popular nonmetallic high-strength floor screed.
Aluprof to invest in last-mile factory in Kenya Aluprof S.A , a Netherlands-based aluminum products maker is set to invest US $2m in a showroom and last-mile factory in Kenya. Market development manager Henry Kago said the showroom to be located in Mombasa Road, Nairobi will also host a training hub for local technicians as well as machines for customizing products for individual customers. “Aluprof has local partners that have been selling products in Kenya and our presence seeks to bolster their presence across East and central Africa enabling them to win more contracts,” he said. Major contract for construction and installation of facades The Netherlands firm has since clinched a major contract for construction and installation of facades for the upcoming 70-floor twin Pinnacle Towers that will house the 40-floor Hilton Upper Hill hotel as well as luxurious studios, apartments and penthouses currently being sold off-plan. Mr Kago, a computer engineer in Building Information Management, said Aluprof will also use the new offices to expand consultancy services across east and Central Africa on façade construction, which is a niche market for them.
a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. abe.dur is now for the first time available in a dustless format, and also in a singlepack formulation (hence the “S” in the product’s name) which eliminates the need for mixing the product with ordinary Portland cement (OPC) and therefore the possibility that the use of sub-standard OPC will negatively affect the screed’s performance.
Auxquimia supplies aquaﬁlm-arn ﬁreﬁghting foam concentrate for kaombo project. Launched in April 2014, Kaombo is the first project on the ultradeepwater offshore, located off the Angolan coast. Its estimated 660-million-barrel reserves span a distinct system of reservoirs at water depths reaching 1,950 m. A Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons, and for the storage of oil.
Peter Jones, a.b.e.’s National Sales Manager-Flooring; says the new product, abe.dur S – Dustless, is a blend of exceptionally hard, high wearing natural aggregates, shrinkage-compensated cement – free from any metallic material – ideal to produce a durable granolithic type of floor.
A FPSO vessel is designed to receive hydrocarbons produced by itself or from nearby platforms or subsea template, process them, and store oil until it can be offloaded onto a tanker or, less frequently, transported through a pipeline.
Suitable for both interior and outdoor flooring “abe.dur S Dustless is suitable for both interior and outdoor flooring surfaces that experience heavy wear and operate in very wet or dry situations.
About AUXQUIMIA AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.
Voltalia signs its ﬁrst 50MW power plant sale contract in Kenya Voltalia an international player in renewable energies announces it has signed a power sale contract for a 50MW solar power plant in Kenya. The 50 MW solar power plant project is located in Kopere (Nandi county), about 300 km North-West of Nairobi. Initiated by
The solar plant will contribute to reach the Kenyan government target of achieving universal electricity access by 2020. 4
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Martifer Solar, the development of the project has been finalized by joint teams. Voltalia will leverage the expertise of its teams based in Portugal for both the construction and operation of the plant. “This new project confirms our ambitions in Africa, a sun rich continent where a significant part of the population still has no or poor access to electricity. The project also underlines the benefits of Martifer Solar’s acquisition in order to reach our 2020 targets” says Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia. The Kopere project The Kopere project benefits from a 20-year electricity sale contract signed with Kenya Power and Lightning Company (KPLC), the Kenyan electric power utility. It will be effective from the commissioning of the solar power plant.
Located at the border of the Nandi and Kisumu counties, the solar plant benefits from an optimal solar irradiation level. It will contribute to reach the Kenyan government target of achieving universal electricity access by 2020 (vs. 70% in 2017). It will also positively impact the social and economic environment of the Nandi County. Following the announcement of the Group’s first solar plant in Africa in October 2017, this new win highlights Voltalia’s strong ambitions on the continent. About Voltalia (www.voltalia.com) Voltalia is an international player in the renewable energy sector. The Company produces and sells electricity generated from wind, solar, hydro and biomass power plants.
NSE and AISA to revive Nigeria’s Ajaokuta Steel Company The Nigerian Society Of Engineers, NSE together with African Iron and Steel Association, AISA are working with the National assembly to create a set of laws to establish a responsive and protective ecosystem for the steel sector in bid to revive Ajaokuta Steel Company.
SEDA-E to introduce new standards for small scale solar home system Solar Energy Development Association Ethiopia, SEDA-E seeks to propose new national standards for the small scale solar home system with a primary aim of regulating imported items. Most of the solar technologies used in Ethiopia are reported to be imported from Asian countries and a report by the World Bank Group magnifies that about 60% of the solar technology products in Ethiopia’s market are poor quality or sub-standard products. According to Dereje Walelgn, president of SEDA-E, the new standard can ensure quality, as the market has been flooded with sub-standard products.
The associations, have expressed confidence over the full take off of the Ajaokuta Steel Company, assuring that everything about the project will soon be resolved and that there was no cause for alarm as the company was on a sure path of revival. “We are advocating for the establishments of a Steel Development Authority, just like we had in the 70s. The rationale behind this is to promote the separation of powers which are presently mumbled up in the Ministry of Solid minerals. In essence, the Steel Authority shall oversee the operations and productivity of the steel sector; while the ministry shall serve as regulators for pricing, policy formulations and others”, said Natasha Akpoti, a lawyer and social reformer. “I have no doubt the resuscitation of Ajaokuta’s steel complex for the good of Nigeria will be a dream come true”,she added.
The standard was drafted with a joint effort by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Electricity, Ethiopia MoWIE, Standards Agency and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change with the initiation to drafting the standard coming from the MoWIE that requested the Standard Agency to prepare the standard in November 2016. “We believe the standard will increase the use of renewable energy in the country and encourage the private sector to involve in the business,” said Frehiwot Kebede, state minister of MoWIE.
ACEK to review dam’s regulatory requirement in 30 days Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya, ACEK has formed a task force to inspect and establish whether all dam regulatory requirements were met during construction of the solar dam in the Nakuru County. The action followed the loss of 47 lives after the collapse of the Dam on May 10 due to heavy rains leaving hundreds of people homeless. “There was clear evidence the earth wall of the dam had started failing much earlier yet no attempt was made to rectify the situation,” said Eng Charles Akinyele Akindayomi. The Water and Sanitation ministry, which gazetted the task force, said it will assess operations and regulations on the safety and general status of dams in the country. The association will work hand in hand with Samuel Alimia from Ministry of Water and
60% of solar technology products in Ethipoia's market are poor quality or substandard products.
Sanitation who will chair the team, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, Water
NSE seek private sector’s participation in housing delivery
Resources Authority and Kenya
The Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE has expressed their concern
and regulatory frameworks for
over the inability of the private sector to drive housing delivery in
Metrological Department team to review policies as well as legal planning, design, construction,
the country, instead, governments both at the federal and state levels
operation and decommissioning of
taking the lead, a situation considered inappropriate.
dams in Kenya.
NSE President, Mr Kunle Mokuolu, has called on the Federal and State governments to provide proper framework that would ensure better housing delivery for Nigerians. Reservations in the housing sector Mokuolu, while assessing infrastructure growth under Buhari’s administration in the last three years, scored the government high on road and power infrastructure, but expressed reservations about the housing sector. www.constructionreviewonline.com
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Modern Airports Africa Conference 2018
Tanzania Oil, Gas and Mining Expo 2018
Cape Construction Expo 2018
Modernizing African airports through enhanced operations, security and private funding opportunities
Tanzania’s new-found gas reserves are valued at an estimated US $20 billion. Many look at these prospects with optimism, as this revenue may help Tanzania achieve its goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2025.
The demand for middle and high-income housing continues to intensify, while Cape Town’s urban concentration policies are driving the provinces ‘minibuilding boom’.
Air traffic demand in Africa is forecasted to grow by 7-8% each year on average over the next 20 years, doubling in size each decade. However, with the current capacity constraints, financing gaps and security issues, airport authorities and government are actively seeking solutions in a bid to become the hub of choice for the continent. With this in mind, we are pleased to organize the Modern Airports Africa Conference where countries across Africa who are actively working on regional airport projects will come together.
Tanzania will soon enter the ranks of oil and gas producing countries. Tanzania’s mining sector has been playing an increasingly important role in the economy. Mining sector output, by value, grew by about 17% in 2003, and by 15% in 2002. From 1999 through 2003, substantial increases in gold production spurred growth in the country’s mining sector by around 15% annually. Tanzania International Mining & Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition 2018 is aimed at providing a venue for the industry as well as regulators to discuss various issues and challenges as well as to explore emerging opportunities and latest developments in East Africa’s Oil, Gas and Mining industry.
Join us at the Modern Airports Africa Conference, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 21-22 August 2018, where Director Generals and other key influencers from the region’s aviation authorities have already confirmed attendance.
Kenya - Architectural Association of Kenya - Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA) - Kenya Property developers Association
- Institution of Surveyors of Kenya
South Africa - ASAQS
- South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession
The Cape Construction Expo 2018 is the only event dedicated exclusively to the building and construction industry in the Western Cape and it presents a unique opportunity for product manufacturers and distributors as well as service providers to network with key buyers from the sector. The event will take place on 12-13th September 2018 at Sun Exhibit,Grand West,Cape Town.
Ethiopia - Association of Ethiopian Architects - Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers
- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)
- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia
- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria
- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers - The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)
Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers
- Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region
- Khuthaza ( Women for Housing)
- Architects Registration Council
- Concrete Manufacturers Association
- Ghana Institute of Surveyors
- Green Building council of SA
- Ghana Green Builders Association
- South African Property Owners Association
- Ghana Institute of Planners
- Master Builders South Africa
- Association of Building and Civil Engineering
- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans
Contractors of Ghana
Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)
- Nigeria Society of Engineers - Nigeria Institute of Architects
Institute of Surveyors of Uganda
Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) &
Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors
Uganda society of Architects
Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia
- Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA)
- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors
- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors 6
National government’s plan to spend more than US $75.1bn on infrastructure development will position the construction sector well for growth in 2018, to sustain growth and drive the urbanisation and semi-migration expansion in the Western Cape.
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- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)
- Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC). www.constructionreviewonline.com
InteliGen 200: ComAp’s Most Advanced Paralelling Generator Controller Building on the success of the best-selling InteliGen NT and InteliCompact NT controllers, ComAp unveils the InteliGen 200, a new parallel gen-set controller suitable for all standard parallel applications offering a new design, high flexibility and extendibility, whilst maintaining intuitive configuration, operation and compatibility with its predecessors. For over 25 years, ComAp has been leading the way in providing intelligent electronic control products and solutions for power generation and diesel/gas engines that are highly flexible, intuitive and scalable. In order to reflect the needs of our customers, we continue to expand and refine our product portfolio”, says Jiří Dunovský, Director of ComAp’s Industrial Power Generation division. “That is why we have developed a new generation of gen-set controller, the InteliGen 200, that represents a scalable solution bringing the best of state-of- theart technology to our customers in a way that reduces complexity and enables intuitive configuration and operation. Compatibility, flexibility and dependability With all basic functions predefined, customers can easily add and configure necessary PLC blocks themselves using the intuitive PLC editor.
Cat updates PL61 pipe-layer updates PL61 pipe-layer Caterpillar has introduced an updated version of its PL61 pipe-layer that the company says offers improved maneuverability, performance and has new safety features.. Powered by a Cat C4.4 ACERT Tier 4 Final engine delivering 130 horsepower, the PL61 provides 40,000 pounds of maximum load capacity in an easy to transport 128-inch width. On the new model, Cat has improved the machine’s steering for faster response allowing for increased maneuverability on the pipeline. The new pipe-layer also packs an improved fuel system which stands up better to lower quality fuel. A cold weather package is available on the machine, offering greater cab comfort and more reliable engine performance and starting in cold weather. The machine is available with either an open or closed ROPS cab. All Cat pipe-layers now feature a rear window exit and a quick drop release function for added safety. Cat is also offering an optional rear vision camera on the PL61 along with a load monitor indicator (LMI). The LMI is a mandatory attachment where required to meet regional regulations.
Dynapac introduces full range of Light Compaction equipment to Africa Dynapac Construction Equipment announces its extended product offering by introducing a full range of Light Compaction equipment. The range, including rammers, forward and reversible plates, walk behind and articulated utility rollers, will widen the Dynapac portfolio and offering to its customers. “It’s great to announce to our customers who were eagerly awaiting the introduction of Dynapac light equipment to the market”, says Seby Joseph, Marketing Manager Light Equipment. “Our new light compaction range is based on well-known and high quality technology, adding tremendous value to our customers”, he added. The global Dynapac sales and after-market sales network will fully support customers with technical service, training, parts and warranty support. Continued strategic investments will further strengthen the sales and support network as the Light Equipment will be available worldwide.
Deere intros new plate compactors for backhoes, compact excavators John Deere has introduced new plate compactors for backhoes and compact excavators which enable them to compact soil at high vibratory and impulse forces. The PC4, PC7 and PC10 each deliver 2,000 revolutions per minute at regulated flow and are geared toward trench, slope and excavation compaction. The compactors are designed with a large eccentric rotating weight positioned farther from the shaft, increasing impulse forces to 4,000 pounds on the PC4, 6,400 pounds on the PC7, and 8,000 pounds on the PC10. The weight’s positioning also leads to better compaction rates in compact granular soils, the company says.
To meet market demands, product introductions will begin during the second quarter of 2018 with focus given to the highest utilized models. The complete range will be available by the end of 2018. Dynapac is a leading supplier of high tech soil and asphalt rollers, pavers and milling equipment, committed to strengthen customer performance. Dynapac is represented worldwide via its own regional sales- and service offices, and also cooperates with an extensive and professional distribution network.
Deere placed the motor inside the compactors’ frame to protect it. The compactors feature oil-splash lubrication for the hydraulic motor bearings, and sealed eccentric bearings, which the company says provides maintenance-free operation. www.constructionreviewonline.com
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4 ways to make a construction project cost effective
verhead costs in a large scale
construction project are an unavoidable phenomenon and
Virtual Design Construction (VDC) on BIM platform mitigates risks and keeps projects
With the right software tools and correct
their repercussions on the final output are a
quantity takeoffs calculated from them,
serious concern to general contractors and
the contractors will be able to plan correct
budgets and win bids.
Reworks are most definitely costly and are
For more than a decade; Building Information
The more tailored a BIM ready model is to
Costly not only in financial terms but also in
Modeling (BIM) has been proactive and
the business needs; the more the opportunity
terms of creating friction between different
proved its worth in helping contractors bring
to save time and money on a project.
stakeholders and the contractor which
better avoided than dealt with on later stages.
down the costs even in projects of multiple complexities.
ultimately tends to damage a construction Identify risks and uncertainties early in
firmâ€™s reputation. Preventing reworks is the
most effective cost reduction solution.
In spite of bringing BIM on board, a constant
Not addressing emerging risks at the correct
scrutiny of planned spending capacity and
time, may lead to adverse implications at
Have an effective communication
actual spending is of crucial importance as it
the later stage of the project and eventually
ensures that the building is constructed within
affect the overall outcome. Thus, it is better
Large construction projects involve
budgets. There are key signs that show BIM
to weigh risks and uncertainties early
multidisciplinary participation of
implementation is correct and projects are on
enough and save a significant amount of
professionals and manual laborers. Their
a cost effective track. The four key points if
money originating from downtime on the
communication lines should be open and
followed positively will ensure that works are
transparent enough to take the right decisions
in sync with BIM plans.
required for efficient cost planning. However, at fundamental levels, uncertainties
Ensure the cost estimation is correct from
and risks are two different things.
Along with inter team communication; long-
Uncertainties pertain to events while risks are
term relationships between contractors and
Whenever any construction project breaks
fallouts of events from probability and are
suppliers prove advantageous when costs
ground, cost estimates are crucial to follow
dictated by statistical probability.
are at stake. This is a repetitive business
a planned budget ahead. Accuracy in these
generating element for suppliers who are
estimates will essentially avoid any budgets
Though both are different and have different
always up for price negotiations and also
fallout as the project progresses to further
implications, anticipating them through
adjust to contractorsâ€™ flexibility in terms
"Not addressing emerging risks at the correct time, may lead to adverse implications at the later stage of the project and eventually affect the overall outcome." 8
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Building automation for energy eﬃcient, sustainable, and friendly buildings The smart building is here. Discover the latest in building automation and management system innovation that make your buildings more energy eﬃcient, sustainable, and occupant friendly.
rom design, through integration to
devices, making the platform open, scalable and
commissioning, EcoStruxure™ Building
brings best-in-class engineering
efficiency to your building. Combined with their asset and energy performance services, to enable a lifetime efficiency of your building ensuring productivity and comfort for occupants.
Henri Berthe , EcoBuilding VP Middle-East & Africa chez Schneider Electric
based maintenance across multiple sites to resolve up to 80 % of building issues remotely, which decreases downtimes and enables greater maintenance efficiency. This can decrease
buildings of all types or sizes, everywhere. You
unscheduled maintenance deployments by as
need innovative solutions to reduce energy costs,
much as 29 %, while reducing energy costs and
improve efficiency, meet sustainability goals and
service complaints by building occupants.
boost building value while keeping a productive
EcoStruxure Building is like a microscope that funnels information down to a single point,
Here is an interview with Henri Berthe,
enabling more efficient operations so that
EcoBuilding VP Middle-East & Africa chez
equipment runs as originally designed. And when
Schneider Electric on modern building
equipment runs at peak efficiency, energy use
automation technologies for African friendly
drops and frees up an organization’s resources for
What are the new technologies with regards to
How have they been received in Africa?
Much like the mobile phone revolution, African
Urbanisation can unlock economic growth if
countries have a unique opportunity to leap-
leveraged effectively, and Schneider Electric
frog their international peers. For Schneider
believes that smart cities are the only way to
Electric, Africa is more relevant than ever for our
deliver on this potential. But without smart
ambitions to be the undisputed leader in Smart
buildings, we cannot have smart cities. To make
Cities development. Our technology provides
smart cities a reality, we must design building
the foundation on which Smart Cities are built –
management systems that are flexible, and can
constantly connected, across all cities, industrial
adapt as needs evolve.
centers, and urban functions. We deliver
Schneider Electric is helping to make this a reality through our EcoStruxure Building
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to deliver advanced analytics and condition-
Energy costs are constantly growing, affecting
and comfortable environment for occupants.
EcoStruxure Building also features the ability
energy and digitize and automate urban centres sustainably.
solution. EcoStruxure Building features the latest
We have recently announced in our annual
technology in building automation, including
Innovation Summit Paris the next generation
an open, end-to-end IP architecture that enables
of EcoStruxure Building, which will be the
quick connectivity of IoT devices so that
industry’s first Open Innovation Platform of
solutions can be deployed faster. EcoStruxure
Buildings. What this means is that users of the
Building also facilitates collaboration between
platform can enhance and adapt the system to
building systems and third-party systems and
address future challenges. This system will allow www.constructionreviewonline.com
users to monitor and interact with different
Globally, power consumption will increase
What are the steps to consider with
functions of the building, which includes
by 60 % in the next 20 years, and close to
regards to building automation
tracking energy usage, overseeing access
60 % of that electricity is used in buildings.
control and instruction detection, as well
Efficiency here is key. And as policymakers,
accessing fire system data in the Cloud.
industry players and nonprofit organizations
Building automation in Africa is still at a very nascent phase of growth, but we look forward to deploying our EcoStruxure Building technologies throughout the more than 40
become increasingly committed to mitigating the effects of climate change, energy efficiency in our built environments is essential.
Delivering quality, efficiency and comfort is not possible if a buildingâ€™s services are not functional. When installing a building management system and especially when retrofitting , itâ€™s key to ensure there is no disruption to operations. It is important
markets across the continent in which we
Sometimes, it can be easy to forget that
to select and install a system that utilizes
buildings are complex systems, and there
wireless controllers and monitors, bypassing
are different needs in each country with
What are the factors to consider when selecting building automation?
multiple standards and regulations across municipalities. This is especially true in
High performance buildings start with
disparate markets across Africa. The key
understanding how each unique building
differentiator here for Schneider Electric is
functions and operates, and the needs of those
that we understand the subtle complexities
who will occupy that space. Of course, the
in each market and optimize our solutions
primary consideration here is to deliver a
accordingly. With the right approach and
comfortable, high-performance environment
design, along with the right data, these
while ensuring maximum energy efficiency.
solutions can increase energy efficiency from 15 to 30 %.
These systems are not only more costeffective and energy efficient; they do not require overhauling or gutting any existing wiring. These components also make a building management system more scalable and adaptable to future needs. It is a simple process to add new nodes, sensors, actuators and controllers to existing deployments, so you can start small and expand as requirements evolve.
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A CATALYST FOR GROWTH Africa's ports have made huge progress in recent years, with massive benefits being reaped through successful port management partnerships.
frican governments are
a notch higher with other continents include;
The Suez Canal Container Terminal in Egypt,
increasingly moving towards a
phase two Mombasa port expansion in Kenya
a first Egyptian port features 12 super post
build, operate, transfer (BOT)
which was secured at a cost of US $346m
Panamax cranes handling 700,000TEUs the
model of port development, assuming more
and is set to provide an additional capacity
quay wall extends to 1,200m and the terminal
of a landlord role and allowing international
of 450,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units
has an accommodation space for 47,500
port operators to shoulder the costs of
(TEUs).Tanzania has not been left behind
including 976 allocated reefer slots.
construction in exchange for profit in the
as construction of Bagamoyo port worth US
initial years of operation before they assume
$10bn is already underway.
There are also plans to construct a total of 21 berths at the proposed port of Lamu by 2030
Other developing projects include;
at a cost of US $5bn and upon completion
For the first time in its history, West Africa’s
construction of Lekki Deep Sea Port in
the port will be nearly ten times larger than
ports will be constructed and operated
Lagos,Nigeria expected to be finalized at a
the existing port of Mombasa.The berths will
utilizing the latest equipment, processes and
cost of US $1.5bn, and demand for containers
be able to handle crude oil carrier with dead
automation strategies, which will make them
is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.9%
weight tonnage of up to 200,00 tonnes and a
as competitive as any in the world. With
up to 2025,Walvis Bay port expansion in
capacity of 2m barrels of crude.
several multi-billion dollar projects already
Namibia will have a minimum capacity of
underway and more in the pipeline alongside
750,000 TEU’s per annum compared to
Ports effectiveness vs. competitiveness
few smaller development initiatives, Africa is
the current 350,000 TEU’s per annum and
Globally, ports are gateways for 80% of
well-positioned to carve out for itself a larger
lastly South Africa’s Durban port upgrade
merchandise trade by volume and 70%
share of the regional and wider shipping
and expansion which aims to increase the
by value. Investment in ports and their
capacity of the terminalto2.4-milliontwenty-
related transport infrastructure to advance
Some of the ongoing projects placing Africa
foot equivalent units (TEUs).
trade and promote overall economic development and growth is therefore vital
West Africa’s ports will be constructed and operated utilizing the latest equipment, processes and automation strategies.
particularly in emerging African economies that are currently under-served by modern transportation facilities. Port performance must be seen in the context of not only port infrastructure shortfalls, but also the fact that port performance has a direct impact on the efficiency and reliability of the entire transport network in which the port is just a node for the transfer of goods. Africa is endowed with vast resources and a growing population, a 25% improvement in port performance could increase GDP by 2%, demonstrating the close relationship between port effectiveness and trade competitiveness.
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High port logistics costs, poor reliability and low economies of scale in trade volumes have a negative impact on trade growth in Africa.
With growing congestion in many African ports, the continent runs the risk of sacrificing further growth through lack of investment in port terminal infrastructure. Access to effective ports, interconnecting infrastructure and efficient operations to cope with current demand and future growth, will lead to reduced costs and improved overall freight logistics efficiency and reliability , all of which are fundamental to the regionâ€™s future success. Trade competitiveness requires governments and key stakeholders to see ports as facilitators of trade and integrators in the logistics supply chain. Efficient ports can make countries and regions more competitive and thus improve their growth prospects. Globally, ports are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value.
The reliability and efficiency of each port terminal, including minimizing delay to shippers, is critical to enhancing future trade facilitation. Kenya and Tanzania is expected to a be a major transshipment hub on the East Coast of Africa, which will reduce freight costs in addition to contributing to the Belt and Road.-collection of interlinking trade deals and infrastructure projects. Port operations in Mombasa and Dar es Salaam are critical to increased throughput and evacuation of cargo. Investments in rail are seen as a major step towards contributing to improved performance. Developments in multimodal operations and master planning of the ports to keep up to date with increasing throughput, which in turn fuels economic growth are critical to efficiency.
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recognized as key tenets of these programs. This is exemplified by the number of active port development and expansion projects in
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Nigeria and Ghana.
The need to shift focus
Set to be the largest port in Africa handling 20 million containers per year.
It will incorporate 21 berths. When fully operational, the port will handle 20 million TEUs
Lekki Deep seaport Port
Set for completion in 2019, the port will have three container berths equipped to handle more than 1.8 million TEUs, one berth for dry bulk and two berths for liquid cargo.
Tema Port expansion project
The project will triple Tema Port’s current trafﬁc of about 1 million TEUS.
Mombasa port expansion (Phase 2)
Expected to provide an additional capacity of 450,000 TEUs.
Historically, many governments have focused on the revenues that can be extracted from ports as opposed to recognizing them as facilitators of trade and growth. Africa needs to shift its understanding of the role ports can play and step up investment in them to achieve its economic development goals. In particular, there should be more awareness of the greater economic benefits that effective and efficient ports can play. The business case for port expansion is often only defined once capacity is already constrained and thus many operate under severe pressure while investment decisions are being made. This continual lag, which often lasts years, reduces competiveness and takes no account of the resulting reduced trade impact on African economies. In contrast, China’s approach to port investment is instructive. China considers port investments on the benefits it receives from trade and thus regards ports as highly strategic investments in the national interest. High port logistics costs, poor reliability and low economies of scale in trade volumes have a negative impact on trade growth in Africa. According to PwC estimates, US $2.2bn per annum could be saved in costs if the average throughput at the major ports
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Sizing a Diesel Generator For its Application
izing a diesel generator is incredibly
when the motor is running, it’s not creating
up to what is required by the application.
important, and so often—especially in
enough load to keep the engine running well.
If they size it bigger than the generator set, the engine is not reaching its maximum
the rental market—we see contractors
sizing generators incorrectly, thinking they
What we are finding in some instances is
potential; it’s just running lightly loaded,
need more power than what is actually
people guessing the sizing and going for the
not building any heat or any load against it.
next size up. For example, a construction
Diesel engines run better when loaded, and it
contractor may go into a rental store thinking
is recommended to always keep the generator
Typically, the biggest issue when sizing a
they need a 30 kW (37.5 kVA) generator,
at 50 percent of maximum load or higher,with
diesel generator is motor starting. Motor
when a 20 kW (25 kVA) generator is actually
a minimum 30 percent load. 50 percent load
loads can be difficult to estimate because
better suited for their application. If the
is better, and, if the operator can manage
it takes a lot to start an electric motor.
rental store then only has a 50 kW (62.5
it,maintaining loads at the 70 percent range
Traditionally, generators are sized based on
kVA) generator available, but offers it at the
would be ideal, as the generator is working
the starting requirements of a motor. This
same price as a 30 kW (37.5 kVA) generator,
hard and producing plenty of heat, doing
often means it is oversized for the motor
there is further chance of oversizing. The
exactly what it should be doing.
running load. What we are finding with
pitfall of this is that the generator will not
the Tier 4 Interim and some of the latest
produce enough heat to work efficiently and
One recommendation that will allow users to
emission engines is that they really need heat
start the diesel generator with increased ease is to install a soft start or variable frequency
to work well. All diesel generators prefer to be running hard and be loaded heavier as
Generators are only going to create as
drive on the motor, which limits the starting,
opposed to carrying lighter loads. The trouble
much power as is required by the load,
or inrush current. There are machines that
with this is, by procuring a generator that is
so essentially, someone may have ample
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With lighting towers, poor quality or
experience, he accentuated the features of lighting towers which are
insuﬃcient lighting does not interrupt
Air’s extensive experience.
progress on a project
ontractors are under obligation from clients to ensure that projects are finished on time, in line with agreed specifications and within the allocated budget. Any
compromises would prove very costly. And to ensure that they work productively to meet deadline and targets, contractors are frequently compelled to work throughout the night, a task that requires failsafe
appropriate for various construction-related industries, based on Rand
What Makes Good Lighting Towers? Erasmus underscores four main features that are requisite in lighting towers for construction sites as durability, safety, fuel efficiency, and coverage.
Given that the lighting towers are frequently used in harsh environments, which are inherently challenging and potentially
hazardous, robustness and durability are vital.
Mobile lighting towers attached to generators are widely regarded as
the most convenient tools for the provision of sufficient lighting on construction sites and related areas. With lighting towers, poor quality or insufficient lighting does not interrupt progress on a project.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act calls for industries to invest in the best possible safety features, mobile lighting towers being no exception. And so, it should be standard for safety features to be
Nevertheless, it is always worthwhile for contractors to be acquainted with the quality of products that can best serve their specific onsite lighting needs, Louwrens Erasmus, General Manager of Rand-Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Copco, advises. Erasmus, who is passionate about the entire spectrum of rental equipment which Rand-Air offers including the latest state-of-theart compressors, generators and tower lighting technology, is keen to share relevant information about contemporary tower lighting technology for harsh, remote environments. Briefing Construction Review in an interview, based on Rand-Air’s extensive industry 16
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tower solutions - is our passion. We address
industry lighting towers to minimise the risk
customer requirements from conception
of any potential injuries or incidents.
Erasmus believes that Rand-Air’s mobile
of a respective solution to constant on-site
LED lighting tower sets tick all the boxes
presence post-delivery. We are well-resourced
in terms of the criteria of contemporary
with the latest technology and qualified
With power being one of the highest cost
demands within the construction sector. In
personnel to attend to issues that might crop
factors in the implementation of a project,
general, over and above the aforementioned
up on-site. In fact, we pride ourselves on
due to the rising costs of fuel (diesel
industry standard features, the company’s
doing quality checks on our entire lighting
and petrol), a lighting tower should help
flagship lighting towers - , including the
tower fleet every 21 days; and if required, on
contractors to reduce fuel consumption, while
QLB60, LTN 6L and HILIGHT V5, with fire
doing repairs within 2.5 hours - or the hire for
meeting the mobile lighting requirements
extinguishers and drip-trays for any spillages,
that day to our customer is free,” he asserts.
available in diesel and the QLTS4 which
Consequently, generators used should be
offers a solar option– - are very much the
With 10 branches across Southern Africa,
industry ‘gold standard’ in mobile lighting.
and 8 branches in South Africa, Rand-Air can
As such, these products are reputed for
reach and service customers countrywide.
their high fuel efficiency, innovative LED
For customers in neighbouring countries,
For optimal lighting coverage on site,
technology, easy mobility, excellent lighting
the company can deploy personnel or work
unquestionably, LED lights are the perfect
coverage and versatility.
through its associated Atlas Copco branches
Coverage and cost-of-ownership
option. Rand-Air’s 8 m lighting towers
with LED technology provide excellent
Rand-Air provides lighting towers for
light coverage at a fraction of the cost of
sectors spanning construction, mining,
conventional halogen bulbs.
petrochemical and the events industries,
With more multimillion dollar construction
to name a few. Erasmus emphasises that
projects being launched in SADC countries,
Halogen bulbs are prone to breaking due
the Rand-Air has managed to grow and
Rand-Air is eager to ensure that reliable
to the shock and vibrations experienced
retain a niche of clientele, and stand out
lighting becomes the least of contractors’
on construction sites, and they have to be
from the rest of the growing pack of light
worries as they embark on projects. “We are
replaced frequently. This costs a lot of money
tower providers through its high standards
ready and willing to address the immediate
in terms of replacement costs, as well as
of quality, safety and excellent customer
lighting requirements of construction projects
downtime for projects in progress.
service. “Exceeding customer expectations
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LIGHTING UP AFRICA
ffering lighting solutions has become a
CFL’s come in various hues that are more warm
specialized industry. Gone are the days
and appealing. The only hindrance is the cost but
when it was only about a switch and an
this is more than offset by the lifespan of the bulb
incandescent bulb with design limited to the light
which can be as much as 20 years.
fixture and shade. Today lighting solutions look at the desired mood a customer would like both
for indoors or outdoors given that it can enhance
The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s
task performance, improve the appearance of an
most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing
area, or have positive psychological effects on
lighting technologies. LED lighting has come
a long way and is evolving and improving at a drastic pace. The emerging industry has introduced
Whether it’s for commercial or industrial
a large number of new entrants, some participating
application, residential or sports facilities lighting
to provide quality lighting and others focusing on
comes in a myriad of options and a buyer can be
low grade items with sole objective of making a
overwhelmed by the choices presented to him. A
couple of things however remain constant and that is an appreciation of creativity, innovation and yet
According to Craig Smith of E Lighting in South
within the bounds of cost effectiveness and energy
Africa, luminous efficacy of LED has improved
exponentially, making it a reliable alternative form of lighting with far less drawbacks compared to
Energy savings had become a byline when talking
lighting of old.
about lighting and in some countries legislation has even been put in place to ensure it takes
“LED lighting manufactured correctly should
hold. The incandescent light bulb has been the
serve the end user with at least 50,000 hours of
hapless victim and is giving away to less energy
useful light. Improvements in this technology are
consuming alternatives. Compact fluorescent lights
leading to longer lifespans. However, consumers
otherwise known as CFL’s are arguably becoming
need to be aware this is not always the case.
the standard and with savings close to 80% over
Competition has become increasingly fierce in
an incandescent light bulb who can ignore it?
this developing market leading to the introduction of cheaper lower grade LED lighting which may
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Initially they were not very popular because of
at times only last a couple of months owing
the cold, sterile white light it produced but today’s
to cheaper substandard materials used in the www.constructionreviewonline.com
production of these items to please price sensitive consumers,” he
When it comes to indoor lighting, look and feel are the most important
considerations with the colour temperature of the light affecting the mood and atmosphere of a space. According to Andrew Winstone
Given recent LED technology improvements and the drive toward
of Energy-LED in South Africa, warm whites work well in lounges,
greater energy efficiency, the LED industry, including general
dining rooms etc whereas a cool white/ blue light is good for hospital
illumination from commercial refrigeration to outdoor area lighting;
environments. He further adds that, power costs can be high in Africa so
is experiencing explosive growth. Mr. Bryan Naidoo of Radiant
utilizing LED technology makes sense given that you can save between
Group (Pty) Limited in South Africa mentions that, as manufacturers
60-90% of the power usage.
expand their offerings or enter the market, it is important for consumers to choose reliable, long-life LED power supplies to
Moreover, as time goes manufacturers are coming up with ever more
achieve optimal lighting performance.
innovative solutions. For instance, ever improving lumens per watt, particularly around high watt Flood and Warehouse lighting. LED
Mr. BarisDiren of GreenGo in Turkey further mention that, when it
Group Robus in Ireland recently launched human centric lighting
comes to choosing your LED solution the following 5 basic factors
which basically mimics natural daylight in the workplace to increase
will help you make an informed decision:
performance in both offices and academic locations.
What color of light do you want? The color of light you choose will cultivate a certain atmosphere and alter the look of other
LEDs have evolved at a rapid pace over the last 10 years and
decorative items in the room
boundaries are being broken all the time. Mr. Shannon Mey of Sunfor
Do your lights need to be waterproof? All of our LED lights
Technologies in South Africa mentions that, advantages today of
are water resistant and some of our lights are fully submersible.
quality LEDS is that consumption and amperage is greatly reduced thus
Water resistance really is not a factor for cove lighting in
resulting in a 70–75% reduction in running costs. Longer life cycles and
a living room, but in wet areas like near kitchens and bars,
supplier/manufacturer warranties are now being witnessed throughout
waterproof lights may be the right choice.
Will your light source be visible? For cove, under cabinet, and display case lighting our discreet, low profile LED Light Strips
and LED Puck Lights are perfect solutions. How bright should your light be? The amount of lumens you want your LED light to provide is usually the first and easiest decision, but rather than just replacing your traditional incandescent light with the same product, consider whether the
amount of brightness it provides is appropriate for your needs. What is your light’s function? Beyond illuminating an area,
Create a conducive working environment with our range of lighting solutions. Whether it’s a big or small office project or factory, our range of office products will take your office space to the next level.
light cultivates an atmosphere, adds visual interest, and has to perform under certain conditions. Any outdoor LED lighting product you choose should be waterproof and able to withstand unexpected, inclement weather. With regards to light levels, a Relux analysis is highly
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recommended. As Mr. Bruce from LED Wise in South Africa mentions, to ensure the light levels are correct, the consumer should look at the lumen output and beam angle and ideally undertake a
1. LED ceiling light. 2. LED downlight. MAIN IMAGE: KR42E Fluorescent ceiling light.
Indoor Lighting When considering LED lighting for any application the first thing to always consider is using the right light for the application. According
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to Barry Tree from Econ LED in South Africa this will include the type of LED light you will use, the colour and the strength in terms
wattage, plus the quality. “Because LED is an electronic device a good heat sink in the African heat is a must and it will determine the
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serve as a CCTV device along with emitting
Degrees Celsius. “Correct Voltages must be
A luminaire is an electrical device used to
lighting,” he adds.
supplied, Africa’s power input is 220-240 volts. Material used for this outdoor products
create artificial light by use of an electric lamp. All light fixtures have a fixture body
Therefore, Jana Bosá of OMS from Slovakia
should be more robust and not have a
and a light socket to hold the lamp and allow
mentions that, luminaires are a really
colourdiscolouration after weather conditions,
for its replacement. Fixtures may also have a
important part of the building, rooms or
and also from a design aspect there should be
switch to control the light, either attached to
cities. So it is really important to find good
able to cover or well insulated connection to
the lamp body or attached to the power cable.
products with a high warranty and with
electricity,” he adds.
Permanent light fixtures, such as dining room
really good functionalities which can set up
chandeliers, may use a wall switch to turn
an effective lighting and even to bring new
Despite the increase in the uptake of LED as
them on and off; as such, these fixtures may
added values as increase of positive emotions
a lighting solution in Africa, there are huge
have no switch on the fixture itself.
or speed up of working processes.
challenges when it comes to international imports vs the local manufactured products.
According to Simon Hallenslev of
According to Alex Cremer of Reeflite
Normasym in Denmark, LED technology
When it comes to LED outdoor lighting, Mr.
in South Africa, the market accepts the
is constantly moving and developing, but
Trevor from LEDz in South Africa mentions
‘cheap’ imports over quality, without truly
the most exciting new technologies are the
that, basically, the LED lighting of choice
understanding the consequence of such
effective use of solar panels and IoT (Internet
must be water and corrosion proof.
decisions. When the product then fails, the technology tends to receive a mislead
of Things). “Solar panels have been a long time coming, in terms of fully utilizing the
Nevertheless, according to RakeshVassanjee
reputation that the LED technology is not
sun and converting it to bright and high
of Opple in South Africa, most importantly,
reliable. “We have seen this happening
quality lighting. The IoT essentially means
see if the product is rated and tested for
over the last 10 years in the SA market and
having LED luminaires connected to the
Outdoor use. It must be either IP65 rating
this trend will continue in the rest of the
Internet and each other so they can either
or higher, meaning can handle outdoor
continent, until consumers are educated to
optimize the time they are turned on, or even
weather temperatures. e.g. PF:0.95 & TA=45
better understand the technology,” he affirms.
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luminum is the third most abundant metal in the Earthâ€™s crust, and the third most
abundant element overall. Aluminum is popular because it is lightweight, strong, resistant to corrosion and durable. It is also ductile, malleable, and conductive and has no odour. Buildings made with aluminum are virtually maintenance free due to aluminumâ€™s resistance to corrosion. Aluminum is also thermally efficient, which keeps buildings warm in cold seasons and cool in hot seasons. Add the fact that aluminum has a pleasing finish and can be curved cut and welded to any desired shape and you get to understand why it allows modern architects unlimited freedom to create buildings that would be impossible to make from wood, plastic, or steel. Aluminium is widely used together with
aluminium and glass in construction shop fronts, glass blocks, railing partitions, etc.
magical properties but since then glass has come a long way. It is one of the most versatile
Tinted Glass: Certain additions to the glass
and oldest materials in the building industry.
batch mix can add color to the clear glass Types of Glass
without compromising its strength. Iron oxide
Float Glass: Float glass is also called soda
is added to give glass a green tint; sulfur in
lime glass or clear glass. This is produced by
different concentrations can make the glass
in an aesthetically appealing final product.
annealing the molten glass and is clear and
yellow, red or black. Copper sulphate can turn
flat. Its modulus of rupture is 5000-6000 psi.
it blue, etc.
It is available in standard thickness ranging
glass in modern construction projects especially on doors, windows, partitions and curtain walls. The combination results
Glass has been a fascinating material to humankind since it was first made in about 500 BC. At first it wasthought to possess
from 2mm to 20mm. and has weight range in
Toughened Glass: This type of glass is
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tempered, may have distortions and low
can cause glare. It is used in making canopies,
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pieces at modulus of rupture of 3600 psi. Hence it is used in making fire resistant doors etc. They are available in same weight and
Glass blocks: Hollow glass wall blocks are manufactured as two
thickness range as float glass.
separate halves and, while the glass is still molten, the two pieces are pressed together and annealed. The resulting glass blocks will have
Laminated Glass: This type of glass is made by sandwiching glass
a partial vacuum at the hollow center. Glass bricks provide visual
panels within a protective layer. It is heavier than normal glass and
obscuration while admitting light
may cause optical distortions as well. It is tough and protects from UV radiation (99%) and insulates sound by 50%. Used in glass
Choosing the Right Glass
facades, aquariums, bridges, staircases, floor slabs, etc.
Accounting for up to 90% of the thermal performance of windows and doors, glass is the most influential factor in determining window and
Shatterproof glass: By adding a polyvinyl butyral layer, shatter
door energy efficiency. Not all glass products are created equal and itâ€™s
proof glass is made. This type of glass does not from sharp edged pieces even when broken. Used in skylight, window, flooring, etc Extra clean glass: This type of glass is hydrophilic i.e. The water moves over them without leaving any marks and photocatylitic i.e. they are covered with Nanoparticles that attack and break dirt making it easier to clean and maintain. Double Glazed Units: These are made by providing air gap between two glass panes in order to reduce the heat loss and gain. Normal glass can cause immense amount of heat gain and upto 30%of loss of heat of air conditioning energy. Green, energy efficient glass can reduce this impact. Chromatic glass: This type of glass can control daylight and transparency effectively. These glass are available in three forms- photochromatic (light sensitive lamination on glass), thermochromatic (heat sensitive lamination on glass) and electrochromatic (light sensitive glass the transparency of which can be controlled by electricity switch.) It can be used in meeting rooms and ICUs. Glass wool: Glass wool is a thermal insulation that consists of intertwined and flexible glass fibers, which causes it to "package" air, and consequently make good insulating materials. Glass wool can be used as filler or insulators in buildings, also for soundproofing.
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vital to select the appropriate glass for specific purpose. Glass is more than a building material; it offers endless aesthetic and practical benefits. Dealers in Aluminium and Glass in Kenya Glass and Aluminium dealers can be found in most large urban centres
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Aluminium extrusions of high quality profiles Powder coating of aluminium profiles that withstand all weather conditions Anodisedaluminium profiles of high standard Wood grain application on aluminium profiles Curtain walling, structural glazing and ACP cladding works uPVC Doors and Windows Frameless glass facades, shop fronts and shower cubicles
Apart from being a manufacturer of powder coated aluminium profiles, Hebatullah Brothers Ltd also fabricates Deceunick (Belgium)
uPVC profiles and is a major contractor for glass and aluminium works. The company targets general consumers, home owners, architects, developers and contractors. In recent years, it has worked on several major projects both in Kenya and elsewhere in the region. The company has recently finished manufacturing and installing aluminium windows, curtain wall carved wood latticework used in Arab architecture) for FCB Mihrab Towers, an outstanding building on Lenana Road in Nairobi.Other buildingsthe company has been involved in include Panari Hotel, Sifa Towers, Safaricom headquarters, Kigali Towers, Goodman Towers, Crater Automobiles and 9 West among many others.
Laminated Safety Glass
and Mashrabiya (a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with
He says that as the pioneers in the fields of glass and aluminium, Hebatullah Brothers Limited is well leveraged and is able to supply the highest quality products at the most competitive prices. He decries what he terms as low quality aluminium and glass imports from other countries. “The government should encourage local manufacturers to make high quality products”, he suggests. On trends in the industry, he reveals that architects and developers are turning to newer materials and technologies. “Architects and developers have begun using solar glass and they require high quality work which we are striving to provide them with”. www.constructionreviewonline.com
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Mr Shabbir H. Hebatullah is the company’s Managing Director.
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Crystal Aluminium Works Limited This company is based in Nairobi. Established in 2008, it is involved in glass, aluminium and many types of fittings but is largely engaged in importation. Crystal Aluminium Works targets retailers, developers and general consumers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. According to Mr GhanshyamVekarya, a director, the company’s products are preferred due to their quality and affordability. My Vekarya notes that there has been an increase in demand for these products in recent years. He cites quality of work as one of the challenges that face businesses in this industry but adds that Crystal Aluminium Works itself has qualified
Glass is the most influential factor in determining window and door energy efficiency.
and experienced staff. Essajee Amijee Trading Ltd – The Glass Shop The Essajee Amijee Group has been operating in the glass business since 1906, first as a general glass merchant then diversifying into picture framing and automotive glass and most recently in project implementation. They are bulk importers of all glasses but do light processing inhouse. The company works with contractors and developers in the supply and installation of glass and glass related products for commercial and residential buildings. Some of the projects completed in Kenya include Kingfisher Nest, Landmark Suites, Monarch Hotel, DusitD2 Hotel and The Crescent. The company also supplies its products to Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Essajee Amijee is proud of its long experience in the industry. “All our glass and hardware is carefully procured and installed to the highest specification”, says Taha Mohamedali, a director. “We follow international standards of specification and installation”, adds Mohamedali who also reveals that his company is the only one that maintains a formal classification of antibandit glass. The director observes that lately, more people are preferring glass to other materials in their offices and residences “as it makes spaces 26
appear larger and allows for better lighting”.
The company targets general consumers,
More people are also moving from steel
developers and homeowners. Among the
to aluminium windows due to the latter’s
key projects it has worked on are Sameer
durability and ease of installation. “There
Park, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta
is also a growing preference for anti bandit
glass instead of the traditional grills”, he observes. Other trends include coloured
According to Joan Nafula who is a Projects
glass kitchen backsplashes and countertops.
Assistant in the company, Canon Aluminium
“Wardrobe cladding is also employing
is the preferred choice due to its affordable
prices and the high quality of products. The fact that one can get a wide range of
Mr Mohamedali says that among the
goods and services under one roof is another
challenges faced by the sector is that many
attribute that gives it an edge.
players do not know how to specify glass. “You find the wrong type of glass used
Joan notes that recent trends in the sector
in the wrong application.” He decries the
include decorative glasses and different
proliferation of substandard hardware in
finishes in Aluminium such as wood grain
the market that often fails advising that it
and matt. But she decries the proliferation
is better to work with known suppliers of
of cheap and low quality aluminium from
goods that come with warranty and manuals.
He also notes that due to a shortage of skilled artisans, installation in some cases
Dominion Engineering Works E.A.
is problematic. “Better training in glass
installation is needed,” he concludes.
Dominion Engineering Works has been manufacturing high quality roller shutters and
Canon Aluminium Fabricators Limited
a range of aluminium ladders in Kenya since
Canon Aluminium Fabricators Limited is a
1955. The company manufactures and sells
major player in the glass aluminium sector
its products to a variety of consumer markets
in Kenya and neighbouring countries. The
ranging from residential to large industries.
company manufactures laminated, toughened
Among the recent projects it has supplied
and double-glazed glass as well as a variety
are Tatu City and Cyton Amara Ridge. Lucy
of aluminium products. It is also a major
Muya, an administrator in the firm, says
importer of the same and undertakes contracts
Dominion is strong in the market due to its
on projects involving glass and aluminium.
long tradition in making roller shutters and its
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installed capacity to produce the same. She
ASE Europe N.V.
the company represents in East Africa.
cautions on cheap low quality imports and
ASE Europe N.V. was established in 1956
The Belgian company has already supplied
calls for better enforcement of standards.
and is active in overseas export of a wide
glass and construction materials to several
range of architectural glass and building
major projects in Africa including Britam
Modern Casements Limited
materials. Within the glass product range the
Tower, Le Mac, Two Rivers, Goodman
Modern Casements Limited (MCL) is
company supplies high performance solar
Tower, Skypark Tower, Kenya National
well known for aluminium profiles and
control and low-glass for facades for high rise
Library, Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital
accessories. Established in 1996, the Nairobi-
buildings (such as Planibel, Stopsol, Sunergy,
in Tanzania, Lotigo project Uganda, RDB in
based company serves mainly developers
Stopray) as well a decorative glass for interior
Rwanda and many more.
and general consumers in Kenya. According
finishing of buildings (such as Lacobel,
to General Manager Leon John, MCL takes
Matelac, Matelux, Mirox). ASE Europe
Staf van Turnhout, ASEâ€™s Commercial
pride in the quality of its products and
N.V. works closely with leading global
Manager, says ASE Europe provides
the ability to meet its obligations on time.
manufacturers such as AGC, Reynaers, AMF
a complete range of quality products,
He says glass and aluminium uptake has
Knauf, Equitone Fibre Cement, all of whom
competitive pricing and excellent services for
increased over the last few years. Jito Glass Jito Glasswork is a Nairobi based company with a reputation for delivering high quality products and workmanship. The firm, whose products and services include openable glass roofs, glass products and partitions, counts on its reliability, affordable prices and efficiency to attract its clientele that comprises
faĂ§ade construction companies, installers and contractors for exterior and interior finishing
"More people are also
moving from steel to
On trends in glass, he observes that there is
aluminium windows due
a movement towards bigger glass panels,
to the latterâ€™s durability
protection and energy saving.
higher light transmissions, but still good solar
and ease of installation."
developers and general consumers.
Canon Aluminium Fabricators Ltd. Manufacturer of all types of processed glass, toughened glass, toughened curved glass, bullet proof glass, laminated glass, UPVC doors and windows, aluminium partitions systems, aluminium curtain walling system, aluminium windows and doors and all types of aluminium & UPVC extrusion sections. Established in 1988 Canon Aluminium Fabricators has grown to become the largest Aluminium, UPVC and glass manufacturer in East Africa. At CAF, we take pride in the "Best in Class" customer service that we deliver to each and every one of our valued customers on a daily basis.
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SETTO GLASS CONTRACTORS Mepalux Plaza, River Road, opp. Mini Price Bata Shop. P.O. Box 79434 Nairobi-Kenya. Tel: 020-2251688, 0705040096, 0754290005 Mobile: +254 721 290005. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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RiverRun Estates by Cytonn
PROJECT TEAM Developer: Cytonn Real Estate Architect: Aspera and AUD Quantity Surveyor: Turner and Townsend Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Norkun Intakes Civil and Structural Engineers: Frame Consultants
RiverRun has over 400 town houses and villas and over 600 apartment units. The retail space is over 2500 sqm.
iverRun Estates is a master-planned
hence the move by Cytonn Investments to
development to be undertaken
develop River Run Estates.
Villas are 4-bedroom (all ensuite) and have a plinth area of 250 sqm. Other features include
on a 100-acre parcel located in
Ruiru, Kiambu County approximately 7
Unique features include water theme park,
an entry hallway with guest cloak room; a
Km from the Thika Superhighway and 1.5
riverfront promenade, jogging paths.
large family room/TV room; large sitting
km off Kiambu-Kamiti road. The Ksh. 15 billion lifestyle development falls within the precincts of both Tatu City and Migaa Golf Course. It is yet another magnificent master planned development by Cytonn Real Estate comprising villas, apartments, a school, a hotel, retail center, club house and a reclaimed dam for recreational facilities. There are over 400 town houses and villas and over 600 apartment units. The retail space is over 2500 sqm. The infrastructural developments and facilities in Ruiru have enhanced its ambience among them good transport network, social amenities, eateries and schools presented Ruiru as an ideal real estate investment target 30
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We are proud to be associated with Cytonn Real Estate on the RiverRun Project and dining area; study room and a spacious
common areas and water storage tanks.
kitchen with separate pantry and a kitchen
The host of amenities include a retail centre
About 29% of the land will be used for
yard. The houses have an expansive balcony
characterized by convenient stores, business
landscaping and water will be recycled for
on the ground floor and first floor.
centre, clinics, hotels and a school, riverfront
promenade, water theme park and a boat The DSQ is ensuite and is located adjacent to
the kitchen. Each unit has a garden and two cabro paved parking spaces.
The project commenced in June 2017. It is There will also be a clubhouse that will
expected that phase 1 of the project will be
be designed to be self-contained with
complete in Quarter 4 2020. Investors can
amenities such as meeting rooms, fine dining
either pay cash, by instalment or through
Town houses, also 4bedroom, have a
restaurants, roof top lounge, sports bar,
plinth area of 190 sqm and each sits on
gymnasium, swimming pool, leisure deck and
approximately 1/8 of an acre. Two bedrooms
covered cabanas, floodlit multipurpose court,
If paying by cash, one will pay an initial
are ensuite while the other two share an
childrenâ€™s play area, 5 clubhouse cottages,
deposit of 10% and the 90% balance within
enclosed bathroom. The rest of the features
a hiking trail a 1.8km uninterrupted jogging
90 days; if paying by instalment, the investor
closely mirror those of the villas.
track and a helipad.
shall pay a deposit of 10%, 80% is staggered throughout the construction period and 10%
on completion; if paying through a mortgage,
There will be 2 and 3-bedroom apartment
As is now common with most high end
investor shall pay a 10% deposit and 90% on
units set on landscaped gardens. Residents
developments, Riverrun will feature
will enjoy swimming pools, swings and
boreholes, perimeter wall, CCTV, ICT
shaded jogging paths.
infrastructure, bio-digester, internal streets,
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BRIDGING THE GAP IN BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Bridge in Madagascar built using Mabey Compact 200TM
Martin Venter, an expert from Pretoria-based ECM Technologies, recommends that public entities in Africa should look no further than pre-engineered, modular steel panel systems for a convenient, alternative approach to time-consuming and costly conventional bridge construction. ECM Technologies is the accredited provider of the proprietary MabeyTM preengineered, modular bridging systems in Southern Africa.
n Africa, the need for infrastructure is
in Southern Africa. Mabey has designed,
so urgent that the conventional concrete
manufactured and delivered superior bridging
What makes the modular design perfect for
method of bridge construction takes so
to more than 140 countries.
bridge construction is that they have fully-
long to implement that people are deprived
interchangeable and relocatable components.
of a basic service that can transform their
Venter shares with Construction Review
Also, pinned and bolted together, modular
lives. As an alternative, pre-engineered
how the construction sector can benefit
solutions can be configured for a wide range
bridge construction has been utilised in
from pre-engineered modular steel panels
of applications, urban or rural.
projects in many countries worldwide, with
and how ECM Technologies is committed
overwhelming success. So, why isn’t pre-
to bridging the gap between urgent demand
engineered bridge construction deployed on
and supply in pre-engineered, modular steel
The Mabey™ modular steel bridges are ideal
the continent on a large scale?
bridge construction solutions. Relating to
for clientele such as governments (National,
benefits, he underlines convenience and cost
Provincial or Local), NGOs, global energy,
effectiveness and adaptability.
mining companies and major construction
Martin Venter, an expert from Pretoria-based
companies, for temporary and permanent use
ECM Technologies, believes that with the rising costs of implementing projects through
Beneﬁts To Industry
in remote and challenging locations.
conventional means of construction, together
with the urgency which facilities are needed,
Easy to assemble, pre-engineered, modular
They can be used in the following fields: rural
time is ripe for African countries to embrace
steel panel construction eliminates the
and urban bridging, permanent or temporary
pre-engineered, modular bridge construction.
complexity experienced with conventional
bridging , emergency disaster relief, main
Duly, ECM Technologies is raising awareness
methods of bridge construction. The
highways, construction site access and
about pre-designed modular steel panel
technology eliminates labour costs associated
temporary haul roads, vehicular or pedestrian
bridging solutions as an alternative building
with conventional methods. A further benefit
bridges, flyovers, military bridging , pipe
method in South Africa and neighbouring
of using Mabey modular bridges is that
support bridging and floating/pontoon
countries. ECM Technologies is the
the construction can be done by unskilled
Convenience and cost effectiveness
accredited provider of proprietary Mabey
workers that can be drawn from the local
pre-engineered, modular bridging systems
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After-sales liaison and advice, including guidance on maintenance
Most importantly, if bridges are damaged, ECM Technologies recommends plans for repair, arranges and manages delivery of any components needed for refurbishment or replacement. Prospects for growth ECM Technologies has been very busy building the Mabey Compact 200TM brand in South Africa and neighbouring countries. Lurio Bridge in Mozambique built using Mabey Compact 200TM
Venter is confident about the success of Mabey™ modular bridges in the delivery of quality, cost effective bridge infrastructure within a significantly shorter time. “We
Bringing modular to africa
which is central in ensuring that bridges remain
There are a number of modular bridges
in useful service for the maximum possible
available in the market. Nevertheless,
municipalities and consulting engineers
Compact200™ as the main differentiating
In a nutshell, the scope of support that the
ready to install our very first Compact
factor. “Clientele can use MabeyTM with
company offers spans the following areas:
200™ rural bridging system. We have just
infrastructure as well, this revolutionises the
Venter regards the integrity of the Mabey
confidence knowing that they are using a credible product with a proven global track record,” he points out, that Mabey is the world leader in modular bridging solutions.
Initial deployment and relocation support Site services, installation and logistics expertise Training and project support
have been working closely with local over the past few months and we are getting
introduced modular abutments for bridging way that modular infrastructure is being built in that it completely eliminates the need for concrete on site.” said Martin Venter.
ECM Technologies team of engineering specialists can advise on the best MabeyTM solution for a client’s specific need. The company brings vast expertise in project development, consultancy, emergency response and installation. Driven by unique ethos ECM Technologies does not just provide a reliable product - the company ensures that it sticks out from the rest through excelling in quality and after-sales support. Quality and after-sale support Quality of the modular steel components is of paramount importance, as they support vehicles and heavy mobile equipment. Furthermore, inevitably, bridges suffer wear and tear over their lifetime. For this reason, ECM offers extensive through-life support, www.constructionreviewonline.com
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PROJECT TEAM Architects & Project Managers: Edon Consultants International Ltd. Civil & Structural Engineers: CAS Consultants Ltd. Quantity Surveyors: Songa Ogoda and Associates Ltd. Mechanical and Electrical Environmental and Social Impact Assessors: E-Cue Associates Ltd Main Contractor: China National AeroTechnology International Engineering Corporation (CATIC)/AVIC
The project must be implemented in line with strict conditions set out by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)
ome projects are complex by their
include all the stations of the Standard
very nature. Indeed, designing and
Gauge Railway, KenGen Parking Silo, Stima
implementing a building project
Sacco and Rosslyn Garden among others.
within a busy airport and in close proximity to the flight path of landing aircraft can be
Due to extensive experience in executing
a challenging job considering the numerous
projects of varying magnitude, Edon was
limitations and strict regulations that must be
upbeat on the Barabara Plaza project, more
adhered to in order to guarantee security and
so considering that it brought together
different players in the same sector with different ideas and also the fact that it was
But when Edon Consultants International
being executed in a security sensitive area
Limited won the tender to design and oversee
(the building is nearly directly under the path
the construction of Barabara Plaza, a building
of planes landing at Kenyaâ€™s busiest airport
earmarked to house the various roads agencies
â€“ Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
in Kenya, it saw an opportunity to reaffirm
its standing as a leading architectural firm. Instead of being intimidated by the scope of the project and the challenges it posed, Edon set out on a mission to deliver an icon. Edon, which was established in 1982 by veteran Kenyan Architect Jerry Ndong, has proved to be one of the leading architectural and project management firms in the country. The firm has a rich history of designing and overseeing key projects, a few of which
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Arch Richard Nakhulo speaks to CR against the background of ongoing works www.constructionreviewonline.com
“The project is located in a security sensitive
Despite these restrictions (which include
area where strict regulations must be
limitation on the height of the building to a
adhered to. This makes it challenging but
maximum of 20 meters, no reflective glasses,
also exciting to undertake,” says Richard
extreme care with solar panels, specific trees
Nakhulo, Architect at Edon Consultants.
for landscaping and security considerations),
He adds that being within airport precincts,
Edon went on to design an impressive building
the project must be implemented in line
that not only meets these conditions but also
with strict conditions set out by the Kenya
satisfies the needs of the seven roads agencies
Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), which
that will be housed within the complex.
coincidentally recently built its headquarters practically next door.
AVIC are the main contractors. The project
National Highways Authority (KeNHA),
is being funded by the World Bank and is
Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Kenya Roads Board (KRB) and Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK). The idea behind housing them under one roof was informed by the need to harmonize their activities and to address a myriad other challenges that they are facing in their current locations especially pertaining to
Arch Jerry Ndong, Founder Edon International (courtesy Buildesign)
Barabara Plaza sits on a nine-acre piece of land. China National Aero-Technology
complex. International Engineering Corporation/
The agencies to be housed here are Kenya
An artist's impression of a section of the
earmarked for completion before the end of this year. According to Nakhulo, the works consist of erection of a four-block, five-storey office complex with a gross floor area of 35,000 square metres consisting of lower ground floors, suspended floors, external works and associated engineering service works as well as a conference facility housing a 500-seater auditorium. “We have made the complex spacious enough to ensure that every agency
EDON CONSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL LTD. Architects, Project Managers & Design Builders Timau Plaza, 3rd Floor, Argwings Kodhek Road Tel: +254 20 3878345/387 Mobile: +254 712 347499 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.edoninternational.com
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is able to discharge its mandate without any
electricity and communication facilities. The
bearing in mind the limitations by KCAA
constraints,” he explains.
complex also comes with ample parking
and the fact that this is a building for mainly
that include open air public parking, open
engineers,” notes Nakhulo.
Apart from the four office blocks, the
air parking shaded from the sun and limited
complex comes with various common
concealed parking, all amounting to 550
facilities that include cafeteria, meeting
Although the team implementing the project has been working to deliver it on schedule
rooms, gym, aerobics, day care, clinic, prayer rooms, photocopy bureau among
Edon has put special focus on aesthetics to
and on budget, there is a likelihood of
many others. Being in the airport vicinity, the
ensure the complex, which can been seen
slight variations due to some challenges
project comes with intricate security features
clearly from Mombasa Road, stands out in
experienced. In particular, the team was
that include secure fencing for the entire
terms of architectural beauty. Apart from
affected by the prolonged electioneering
parcel of land, security lighting and video
the choice of colour, specifically the red
period in the country and a few adjustments
monitoring of the external spaces among
façade, the building has masonry walls and
on design particularly in the interior finishes.
glass curtain walls with the external works
“However, implementation has been fairly
comprising hard and soft landscaping.
good because we have a team working in
Other utilities of the complex include
“We have exploited non-reflective glass and
cohesion,” the architect concludes.
water supply, drainage, waste management,
other features to bring out the aesthetics
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CAS Consultants is a full-service consulting engineering firm that offers services in civil, structural, geotechnical, hydrology and hydraulics, topographical surveys, environmental assessments, contract management, construction supervision and research as well as development studies.
We are proud to be associated with KeNHA on the Barabara Plaza Project
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riad Architect’s professionalism,
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commitment and reliability in the
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them rise to the helm of the industry in the 55 years they have been in practice in Kenya and
According to Arch. Charles Ndung’u, one
greater East Africa Region. Founded in 1963
of the Directors, through their legacy that
by two British nationals, Amyas Connell and
centers on professional excellence and
Graham McCullough, the firm has placed
sustainability, Triad is known in the industry
its footprint in the profession with well over
as a reliable firm with a high level of integrity
4,000 successfully completed projects under
that runs through all aspects of its work and
interactions. Triad has established a very
Triad Firm is well resourced to provide specialized services to its every growing client base.
strong brand not only in Kenya but also the
quality, well designed buildings, to the
The company has evolved over the years
East African region, through their extensive
from a partnership run by foreign nationals,
portfolio which ranges from commercial,
to a Limited Liability Company, fully
institutional, residential, and social to
“We take pride in our team of industry
owned by Kenyans. This has been possible
hospitality projects.“We are synonymous
experienced, technically qualified and
through proactive succession planning that
with high quality projects, delivered on time
highly trained staff whose skills are core to
encourages young architects in the firm,
and within the allocated budget. We have also
the success of projects undertaken,” says
growing them not only as good architects but
invested heavily in Information Technology
Arch. Ndung’u. He further adds that, the
leaders in the firm and profession.
(IT) and constantly strive to improve and
unrivalled quality of their projects bears
develop new IT skills.” he affirms.
testimony to the qualification of the staff and
The company is currently run by 4 directors
guarantees quality of design, programming,
who are also the shareholders, with a
Moreover, in recognition of the ever growing
cost control and the effective management
technical support staff of over twenty
complexity of the design and procurement
of contacts. “We employ architects of the
professionals, based in Nairobi with associate
of buildings, the firm constantly reviews all
highest caliber and ensure that in-service
offices in Kampala and Kigali. The directors
its systems to ensure the delivery of good
training is used to develop skills of our
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interiors of high quality that are tastefully designed to international standards. This has led to the role of interior design becoming critical in almost all building projects” says Arch. Ndung’u. Today Triad is well resourced to provide this specialized service to its every growing client base. In the recent past Triad has designed interiors for large corporate organizations, institutions and private developers. This arm of the firm will continue to be strengthen over the In recognition of the ever growing complexity of the design and procurement of buildings, the firm constantly reviews all its systems to ensure the delivery of good quality, well designed buildings, to the clients’ requirements.
coming years. Triad Foundation Triad Architects founded the Triad
staff. Additionally, collaboration with other
interior design projects that have been
Foundation in year 2013 during their 50th
professionals in Kenya and overseas in the
delivered through their team of qualified
anniversary celebrations which fell in this
execution of various projects has ensured that
Interior Designers. To strengthen this service
year. It was set up to strengthen the work
our staff enjoy the experience and benefits of
and brand, Triad Interiors was established in
the firm had been doing as part of their
technology transfer,” he asserts.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“Interiors have become very specialized
less privileged members of the society
Over the years Triad has undertaken many
in the last decade with clients expecting
in improving their built infrastructure
The foundation’s main aim is to help the
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specifically in education, and health. The ultimate objection is to enhance the education and health services in these sectors. This is all done with sustainability in mind and with respect to the environment. “The foundation identifies needy institutions, and partners with them to not only provide our services at no cost but also to raise money to assist those institutions improve their infrastructure. Since its inception, we have done 6 projects and we are now on the seventh one. Last year, we went to Mathare slums and came across this school called Genesis Joy that was started by a gentleman who grew up there and is now a qualified teacher. While all the structures in the school are in a dire state, what struck us most what that the school did not have toilets! We decided we are going to partner with them to build toilets as our Triad Foundation project for year 2017. However, the project has now evolved to not only include new toilets but also the development of formal classes. We intend to put up a new classroom block for consisting of 9 classes and ablutions.” explains Arch. Ndung’u. The foundation raises funds by organizing golf tournaments every September at the Muthaiga Golf Club, to assist these schools.
Triad Foundation project has now evolved to not only include new toilets but also the development of formal classes in Genesis Joy in Mathare. Some of the other foundation projects
In March, 2018 the Foundation donated 6
include:- Muthaiga Primary School –
computers to the youth centre at St. Jerome
Refurbishment of 2No. Classrooms and
Centre in Kibra Slums.
toilets; Martin Luther Primary School refurbishment and equipping of the hearing
impaired class; The Kenya High School
Triad Architects was the first architectural
Chapel – Refurbishment of the Chapel;
practice to obtain ISO 9001 certification in
Murema Primary School - Design and
East Africa, in 2000. ISO 9001(International
Construction Supervision of the toilet block
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Primary School - Design and Construction
quality management in organizations that
Supervision of additional 15No. Classrooms,
can be used for quality assurance purposes.
in partnership with, Britam Tower LLP.
Over the years the Triad has undergone
The foundation has also undertaken work
recertifications and is now certified under the
at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Nairobi.
ISO 9001:2015 quality management system.
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Triad Directors provide hands on direction to all the projects ensuring the highest quality design and project management. Triads Projects
Having undertaken more than 4,000 projects
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• • • • • •
Insurance Plaza Bank of Kigali Ministry of Finance Building Hillside Estate, Kabuga
Nairobi National Museum Barclays Plaza Nairobi Business Park Communication Commission of Kenya
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CR July 2018 Issue Vol 29 No. 07 Africa's leading building and construction industry journal featuring news, views and construction projects...
Published on Jul 9, 2018
CR July 2018 Issue Vol 29 No. 07 Africa's leading building and construction industry journal featuring news, views and construction projects...