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Lighting Up Africa

Regional politics a big hindrance for port development in Africa

One thing remains constant when it comes to selecting the right light solution; that is, an appreciation of creativity, innovation within the bounds of cost effectiveness and energy savings.

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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 ( 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.

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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

Association Partners

- 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).


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.

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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

within budgets.

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

Avoid reworks

construction firms.

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

firm’s reputation. Preventing reworks is the

the project

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

construction sites.

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-

the onset

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 contractors’ 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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of building product requirements for the construction project. Such a development in relationships continues even in tight industry phases.

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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

“future proof”.

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


other projects.

What are the new technologies with regards to

How have they been received in Africa?

building automation?

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

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 building’s services are not functional. When installing a building management system and especially when retrofitting , it’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

potential downtime.

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 region’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.

Some ports will eventually emerge as major hubs based on the degree of shipping liner connectivity and the size of the hinterland.

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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


Nigeria and Ghana.





The need to shift focus

Bagamoyo Port


US $11bn

Set to be the largest port in Africa handling 20 million containers per year.

Lamu Port



It will incorporate 21 berths. When fully operational, the port will handle 20 million TEUs

Lekki Deep seaport Port


US $1.5bn

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


US $1.5bn

The project will triple Tema Port’s current traffic of about 1 million TEUS.

Mombasa port expansion (Phase 2)


US $347m

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

come standard with AREP excitation whereas

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High project productivity through LED ‘tower power’ from Rand-Air

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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Louwrens Erasmus, General Manager of Rand-Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Copco

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Fleet of state-of-the-art mobile lighting towers incorporated in mining and construction

Rand-Air’s Response To Industry

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.

they have.

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,

fuel- efficient.

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

Fuel Efficiency

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

on site at all times,” Erasmus concludes.

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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

LED Lighting

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

quick buck.

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

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.

1. 2.


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.

the continent.

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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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

Outdoor lighting

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

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Tinted Glass: Certain additions to the glass

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annealing the molten glass and is clear and

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it blue, etc.


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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

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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

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Float Glass

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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”.

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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

coloured glass”.

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, ASE’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

façade construction companies, installers and contractors for exterior and interior finishing

"More people are also

of buildings.

moving from steel to

On trends in glass, he observes that there is

aluminium windows due

a movement towards bigger glass panels,

to the latter’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.

Contact us for further information: Tel: 254 724 255723 or 254 733 411208 P.O Box 30781-00100 Nairobi, Kenya. Headquarters: Mombasa Road. Nairobi, Kenya

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Manufacturers of high quality Roller Shutters and Aluminium Ladders 45 Busia Rd, off Enterprise Rd, Nairobi. Email:

Call us on 0722 205 595

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:


Quality Work is our Priority

Crystal Aluminium Works Limited

Tel: 0720 504444, 0737 936580 Email: Web:

Supply of aluminium profiles, aluminium fittings and all types of glass Powder coating, glass lamination, double glazing and glass toughening services “We undertake aluminium site projects. We have a qualified and well trained team with 10 years experience to satisfy your choice, quality and provide best possible service.” 28

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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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Artist impression of the complex

P.O. Box 605-00100 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 386 0904-5, +254 20 230 0284-7; +254 729 381360; +254 736 230 287; +254 771 403784-6. Email:

Electrical & Mechanical Consulting Engineers

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

Project timelines


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

children’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,


We are proud to be associated with Cytonn Investments on the Riverrun Project 3rd Floor, Pension Towers, Loita Street, P.O. Box 58624 - 00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: + 254 20 2213744, 254 20 2251505, 254 20 2213990 254 720 523850 Email: Web:

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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

Ideal Applications

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,

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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 Kenya’s busiest airport

earmarked to house the various roads agencies

– 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

“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: Website:

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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

parking slots.

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

Tel: 020-4445240/65 Mobile: 0733 894951, 0722 892554 Email:

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


KENYA HEADQUARTERS 45 Amboseli Road, Lavington P. O. Box 54584–00200 NAIROBI Tel: 020 8045668 Mobile: 0700 450612 Web: Email: KISUMU BRANCH Sifa House, First Floor P. O. Box 1587-40100 Kisumu Tel: 057 2523709/10 RWANDA Kimhurura, Stone Road P. O. Box 5289, KIGALI, Rwanda Email: Tel: +250 788 507144/5 38

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riad Architect’s professionalism,

provide hands-on direction to all the projects

commitment and reliability in the

in the office ensuring the highest quality of

architectural profession have seen

design and project management.

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

its belt.

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

clients’ requirements.

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.

year 2017.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Interior design

“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

ARK CONSTRUCTION LTD P.O. Box 21073-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.Tel: 0721/0734 720975 Email: Website:

Building construction and associated civil works Metal and timber fabrication General renovation works


We are proud to be associated with TRIAD ARCHITECTS on |

their 55th Anniversary.


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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

Organization for Standardization) is one of

in partnership with Actis; and Olympic

three international standards dealing with

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.


P.O. Box 3713-00506, Nairobi, Kenya. � Tel: 020-2679822, 020-2316553 � Email:

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which has got many accolades due to its contribution to environmental sustainability. Uganda

• • •

Rwenzori House & Rwenzori Courts Kibimba Rice Mills International School of Uganda


• • • •

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

The Parliament Building

in their 55 years of practice, Triad Architects

Times Towers

has left its mark all over East Africa. Triad has been the architects for significant projects many of national importance and heritage of the East Africa Countries. Some of these projects include:

• • • • • •

Insurance Plaza Bank of Kigali Ministry of Finance Building Hillside Estate, Kabuga

Other countries

Nairobi National Museum Barclays Plaza Nairobi Business Park Communication Commission of Kenya

• • • •

World Bank Projects in South Sudan CARE Educational Project, Sudan Indian Embassy, Ethiopia United Riceland, India

Coca-Cola Regional Headquarters


• 24/7 service • Rebuild center • Best step loading • One source warranty • Cummins Full range 15 to 4000KVA We are proud to be associated with TRIAD ARCHITECTS LTD on their 55th Anniversary.

Distributed by: Cummins Car & General, Nairobi Cummins East Africa JV Tel: 0722209873 |

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We are proud to be associated with Triad Architects on their 55th Anniversary China Zhongxing Construction Company Limited Wanjohi House, Muchai Road, Ngong Road 2646-00202, Nairobi, Kenya |Tel: +254 20 2726929 / 2726939 / 2573927 ; +254 747 555666|

Triad Architects on their 55th Anniversary

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Extension to Seed Processing & Reception Laboratories at ICRAF

Design and build projects Office fit-outs Industrial building

Residential construction Reconstruction and refurbishment General maintenance works for our clients.

MISSION STATEMENT To provide high quality, cost-effective construction services on schedule by employing and supporting motivated, flexible and focused teams. We value the importance of our relationship and will continue to remain fair and true in our dealings with all employees, clients, vendors and partners. Our clients count on our dependability, drive and integrity. We take great pride in our accomplishments and build on them every day. VISION STATEMENT To be a leading company in providing exceptional and quality works in general construction and civil engineering services to all our clients within Kenya and across the borders.

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Laying of trunk sewage line for Safaricom Ltd

Industrial roofing

BBK JKIA Interior fit out with Triad

Our Products and Services • Building and civil

SERVICES: It is a large scale of capital, technical and managerial intensive enterprise, taking construction business as its foundation, investment and development as its focal point, and foreign oriented economy as its leading factor.

• Welding and Steel Fabrication

Engineering Contractors

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• Interior Decorations

• Aluminium Fabrication

• Accordion Pane

We are proud to be associated with Triad Architects on their 55th Anniversary! Railways Go-down, Opp. C.M.C, Bunyala Road, P.O Box 8721 - 00300,

Congratulations Triad Architects on your 55th Anniversary. We are proud to be associated with you.

NAIROBI. | Tel: 020 2034223, 20 3345660, 0774 892 920, 0722 892

China Wu Yi Co., Ltd. Nyangumi Road, off Lenana Road, Kilimani,

920, 0734 892 920 |Email: | Website:

Nairobi |P.O. Box 49282, 00100, GPO Nairobi |Tel: +254 753888555 |


We are Proud to be associated with TRIAD ARCHITECTS Celebration of 55 Years of Architectural Designs. Welcome to our new offices and showroom located at the Real Park Towers Ground Floor, Mezzanine and1st Floor on Bandari/Wajir Roads, Industrial Area, Nairobi. Contacts: +254 722 388 398/ 993/ 733 607 190 | Email:

We are proud to be associated Triad Architects on their 55th Anniversary. Longonot place, 1st floor, Kijabe Street, P.O. Box 43410 - 00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Pilot Line: 3340819. Tel:3340669/ 2226938/ 0722-201881/2 / 0734-699775/6, Fax:3313279. Web:

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Keeping you cool in summer


Reflects 97% of heat coming from the roof covering

Wind driven rain runs down the foil and out the eves

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