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Construction Tenders In Africa Check them out.

Personality Ayoola Onajide




Project Management and Arbitration in Construction






Amarch Consultants


Hybury Development Projects on Schedule


Infrastructure Repair and Rehabilitation


MooiMgeni Water Transfer Scheme-Phase 2


Brooklyn Mall


Dihlabeng Mall


Fork Lifts

Concrete Batching Plants

Energy Efficient Roofing Systems

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

PROJECTS Triad at 50

Fivestar Meadows

Pieternaritzburg Mediclinic


Showground Close Project Completed



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

The Site Board Africa Union at 50

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

Recently, the African Union (AU) celebrated 50 years since its establishment. Some may remember that it was previously known

WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa Frankline May Moses Ngunjiri

as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which was founded in May 1963 with arguably a single goal of the liberation of the African people and the sixties did see a period of decolonization

ADVERTISING Kenya William Mutama, Fred Okoth, Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Trizah Njoroge

that promised a period of peace and development however, the seventies saw a period of military backed coups and proxy wars between the US and the Soviet Union while regional conflicts

South Africa: Christine Tamukedde, Manoko Thosago, Prince Moyo Tabitha Muthoni,Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng, Nqobile Ndlovu

created cracks hopes of unification. Fast forward to the 21st century and the economic crisis has

Uganda: Penny Komugisha, Betty Nabakooza

spawned a new player in the African arena in the form of a growing

Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana

Chinese influence amid the waning influence of the previous colonial powers. The new AU Headquarters building financed and

Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye

built by the Chinese is a stalk reminder of this shift.

Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Samuel Hinneh

In the building and construction industry, the Chinese have become

Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda

an all too common player in Sub-Saharan Africa. Credit has to be

Rwanda: Collison Lore

given to them for fast pacing development projects. This issue’s cover story is just one example of the phenomenal work that they

Nigeria: Seni Bello

are achieving, one wonders where the large European construction

China:Weng Jie

firms disappeared to.

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July 2013

August 2013

Prefabricated buildings Looking at the lower cost of constructing modular offices and homes

Concrete Vibrators We look at concrete vibrators which play an important part in consolidating freshly poured concrete.

Generators Getting the right generator to provide reliable standby power supply.

Partitions Get to know the trends in design, development and installation of demountable office partitions.

September 2013

November 2013

Security Keeping unwanted guest out and our valuables in. We take a look at the emerging trends in locks including access control systems.

Wind Power Wind power provides only about 1% of global energy needs but with breakthroughs in technology this inexhaustible supply is set to revolutionise the world

Wet Services In this issue we look at submersible pumps that find use in boreholes, drainage, sewage pumping, general industrial pumping and slurry pumping.

Building Automation We take a look at today’s building automation systems that monitor and control environments in buildings for the safety and comfort of occupants

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Ethiopian Airlines Four –star Hotel Underway Ethiopian Airlines is conducting fresh negotiations with international companies for the design, construction, vendor finance and management of the four star hotel it intends to develop. An official from the facility planning section, under the Alliances & Corporate Strategic Planning Department said Ethiopian Airlines could settle on a company within 15 days, if all requested documents are submitted by the bidding companies and that they have been given the direction to expedite the process as soon as possible. Around 10 companies from South Africa, China and the United States were selectively invited in December 2012. Ethiopian opened bid offers for the project on February 28, 2013. The airline declined to disclose the number and names of companies that it is currently negotiating with, but reliable external sources indicate that at least two Chinese companies are involved in current negotiations. The airline has been attempting to find a partner to build and manage the international standard hotel it plans to erect on 40,000m2 of land across from the Millennium Hall, on the newly revamped African Avenue, since 2009.

Ethiopian Airlines has been attempting to find a partner to build and manage the international standard hotel it plans to erect on 40,000m2 of land across from the Millennium Hall since 2009.


AVIC Engineering Company to Construct Kunzvi Dam The Zimbabwe Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese company for the construction of the Kunzvi Dam.The construction of Kunzvi Dam is expected to take at least three years. Speaking at the handover of US$6 million from Switzerland that is part of the Rural Water and Sanitation Programme in Harare, Water Resources Development and Management Minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo said the project would need at least US$445 million to be completed. He said they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the AVIC Engineering Company in China for the construction of the Dam. Minister Sipepa Nkomo said the Kunzvi Dam project would also include a 50-kilometre piping to Harare. The Kunzvi Dam project is expected to ease perennial water woes experienced in Harare. Meanwhile, Minister Sipepa Nkomo hailed the Rural Water and Sanitation Programme saying it would restore the right to water for rural people. The US$60 million Rural Water and Sanitation Programme is targeted at the rehabilitation and construction of water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in rural areas.

The construction of Kunzvi Dam is expected to take at least three years.The project would also include a 50-kilometre piping to Harare and it is expected to ease perennial water woes experienced in Harare.


Government Finalizes plans to Construct a Satellite City The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities has welcomed a decision by the government to construct a satellite city near Karuma town along the Kampala- Gulu Highway. Vivian Lyazi the Principal Public Relation officer at the ministry said that if the plan for the city is completed it will support the development of tourism. Lyazi said having a city near a national park like the Murchison falls will solve the problem of poor infrastructure and accommodation and it will attract many business people and tourists. Lyazi warned that although the city is going to offer great importance to the tourism sector, those behind it should not degrade the environment around the park because this will affect the wildlife. The Director of Tourism at the Uganda Wildlife Authority Mr. Angena Raymond said that the city if completed will help in lowering the cost of accommodation in parks. According to the plan of the proposed city, it will have a modern airstrip where light planes can land and modern hotels for accommodation. Many other recreation centers for leisure and entertainments will be set up.

According to the plan of the proposed city, it will have a modern airstrip where light planes can land and modern hotels for accommodation. Many other recreation centers for leisure and entertainments will be set up.

June 2013




Government - World Bank to Build US$1.5billion Road Projects In a move geared at fast-tracking the construction of four multibillion road projects under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), the Ugandan government has sourced technical support from the World Bank. As a result, the finance ministry has allowed the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to engage the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank to be its transaction advisor for the expressway projects. Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) director of planning says that in a meeting held recently, IFC agreed, in principle, to support UNRA’s preparation for PPP projects. Trademark East Africa is also going to provide oversight support to UNRA in the management of PPP preparation, procurement and implementation. The director says that all these arrangements will be tied-up in three months and they will be good to go.

In what will comprise the most expensive cluster of road projects in Uganda’s history, the government plans to follow-up construction of the US$476million In what will comprise the most expensive cluster of road projects in Uganda’s Kampala- Entebbe expressway, launched by President Yoweri Museveni in history, the government plans to follow-up construction of the US$476million November 2012, with four other projects valued at about Ush3.983 trillions Kampala- Entebbe expressway with four other projects valued at about (US$1.5billion). Ush3.983 trillions (US$1.5billion).


Tibaijuka Tough On Building Developers Developers of high rise buildings in Tanzania including state owned National Housing Corporation (NHC) have been put on notice to respect construction regulations or risk having their structures demolished as a second substandard 15 floors building in Dar es Salaam is condemned to demolition. The Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Professor Anna Tibaijuka, said in Dar es Salaam that NHC and its partner Raza Hussein Ladha should immediately demolish the second tower which was constructed by Lucky Construction Limited. She said the nation is tired of mourning and now it's time to take action. The building to be demolished was given a permit for ten floors but the developer ignored the limitation and went on to construct 15 floors. Prof. Tibaijuka has put developers countrywide on notice saying construction rules are being violated at will.

She said Dar es Salaam which has the largest number of high rise buildings under construction will soon be audited by the ministry's engineers and any The Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Professor Anna Tibaijuka has ordered the demolition of a 15 storey building developer found to have contravened permits will be ordered to demolish that had a permit for 10 floors. their structures.


Construction works for New Morocco Port Launched

HM King Mohammed VI has launched works to build the new port of Safi (340 south of Rabat), a strategic project that will reinforce national maritime transport infrastructure. The mega project, which will be implemented in three phases, is part of the national ports strategy which aims to enhance Morocco's comparative advantages, strengthen the Kingdom's economic attractiveness. It will also enable Morocco to have a market share in international maritime trade between the Mediterranean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and set up efficient ports as driving forces for regional development and key players in the positioning of Morocco as a logistics platform. Located 15 km south of Safi, the future port is intended to support the energy sector and the chemical industry in the region and contribute to the development of the transport of large bulk relating to energy and mineral industry. The mega project, which will be implemented in three phases, is part of the national ports strategy which aims to enhance Morocco's comparative advantages, strengthen the Kingdom's economic attractiveness.


The 4 billion dirham (US$469million) phase of the port is due for completion in 2017. June 2013


Maxwell Systems™ ProContractorMX™ version 2.7 Max well Systems, Inc., a leading provider of complete construction business management software solutions, has released Maxwell Systems™ ProContractorMX™ version 2.7, which offers valuable new capabilities to construction companies of varying size and discipline across the industry. With the 2.7 version, the awardwinning construction management software solution delivers a new safety manager module, and new tools to increase takeoff speed and accuracy, comply with OSHA safety regulations, easily manage equipment maintenance, simplify processes, and eliminate redundancies. "Job site safety, project profitability, and simplified workflow are among the top concerns of every construction business owner," said Jim Flynn, President & CEO of Maxwell Systems. "We continually improve our solutions to help contractors operate more successfully, efficiently, and in accordance to their changing business needs.

621F and 721F Wheel Loader Waste Handling Models Case Construction Equipment has announced its 621F and 721F wheel loader Waste Handling models, with factory-installed protective guards in 16 key coverage areas, a mid-mounted cooling module that provides special cooling and advanced air filtration components for working in concentrated dust and debris-filled environments, and heavy duty axles that support solid tires. The 621F and 721F Waste Handlers are engineered for resilience in harsh environments, helping scrap recycling centers to maximize uptime by protecting their machines from costly failures. Case developed an unobtrusive factory-born waste handling package because our scrap customers want an OEM solution purpose-built just for their jobs,” says Rob Marringa, brand marketing manager, Case Construction Equipment.

Sage’s New Microsoft® SQL Server®-based version New Sage Estimating Solution makes it faster and easier to create and manage estimates. Sage North America, a provider of business management software and services to more than three million small and midsized businesses in Canada and the United States, today announced a new Microsoft® SQL Server®based version of its market-leading Sage Timberline Estimating with enhanced productivity features, making it faster and easier to create and manage estimates. The new Sage Timberline Estimating product provides a smarter and more automated way to estimate. Working as a stand-alone product or in tandem with Sage business management software such as Sage Timberline Office, Sage Timberline Estimating eliminates redundant data entry and error-prone processes, helping projects run efficiently from initial estimate to project completion.

Systemates, Inc. Rolls Out Projectsmate Version 10.2 Systemates, Inc. recently announced the rollout of Projectmates version 10.2, which offers more functionality and enhancements to help cut project costs, streamline project functions and allow easy customization to address specific project needs. Systemates, Inc. has been a leading provider of capital project management software since 1997. With its newest version of Projectmates, Systemates continues to add features designed to provide project owners with tools to keep project budgets in sync with cost commitments. As a result of Projectmates’ award-winning, easy-to-use interface, customers find adapting to Projectmates as easy as using Gmail, Word or Excel. While other companies try to offer project management software that work with smaller numbers of projects and users, Projectmates has proven its place in enterprise software with its ability to serve many Fortune 500 companies and the largest hospitals and universities in the U.S. June 2013



Association of Liberia Construction Contractors The President-elect of the Association of Liberia Construction Contractors (ALCC) has sent out an appeal to the Government of Liberia to help in building the capacity of the ALCC. Though Mr. Foday Kamara did not state as to how he wants the Government of Liberia to help build the potential of members of the association, he reminded the Government that the ALCC and the Government are partners in rebuilding Liberia. Mr. Kamara made the appeal at the headquarters of the Association of Liberia Construction Contractors hours after he was announced as President-elect of the institution by the chairman of the Election Commission of the ALCC. He noted that the reconstruction of Liberia cannot be done without Liberians, pointing out that engineers of the Association made up what he called 'big segment of the rebuilding process of Liberia".

The President-elect of the Association of Liberia Construction Contractors Mr. Foday Kamara has sent out an appeal to the Government of Liberia to help in building the capacity of the ALCC

The ALCC boss added that the reconstruction of Liberia cannot be done without Liberians and that it is their responsibility as contractors to contribute in rebuilding their lovely country. At the same time Mr. Kamara who was elected on white ballot called on the newly elected corps of officers of the ALCC to join him in the smooth operations of the organization.

2nd Annual African Infrastructure Projects Date: 18th – 20th September, 2013 Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa Contact: Ms. Esther Wong Email: Website: This conference will highlight the critical issues in African Infrastructure Projects, explore how this sector can grow in the context of an economic crisis and how to deliver more with less, thereby taking advantage of the unprecedented opportunities in this sector. It will offer insights on how the private and the public sectors can exchange knowledge, catalyse public-private alliances and concentrate efforts of regional strategic leaders, thereby assisting them to reach necessary targets. While the concept of urban development seems to be a simple solution to growing transport demands, the operation execution remains complicated in interoperable networks due to the unclear policy framework. Attend this event to meet our line-up of experienced speakers and to network with international experts from the industry.

4th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2013 Date: 20th -21st August, 2013 Venue: Serena Hotel, Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania Contact: Jose Carpio Email: Website: The 4th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2013 is the premier event focusing on Eastern and Central Africa's transportation infrastructure needs for roads, rails and ports. Inadequate infrastructure remains a major obstacle impeding the region from achieving its full economic growth potential. With East & Central Africa being seen as one of the fastest growing economic hubs, meeting the demand for key infrastructure has been identified as a leading priority and a challenge.There is a great opportunity for additional new projects and an urgent need to improve the reliability and efficiency of current infrastructure. Kenya, together with neighboring countries including South Sudan and Ethiopia, has launched a $25-billion infrastructure development plan that will effectively connect East African countries, as well as create a better bridge between East and West Africa. 12

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Kenya Re to Build ‘green’ Commercial Building


Kenya Re, Nairobi Stock Exchange listed insurer, has announced plans to build a KES1.5 billion (US$17.7million)commercial building in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area. The high-rise commercial building, that will sit on a 1.6-acre piece of land, will be fitted with smart technologies to manage consumption of energy and water. Kenya Re’s chief executive Jadiah Mwirania said the proposed building would provide enough capacity for people and vehicles, given the fact that the city centre is no longer an ideal location for most companies due to congestion. He said that a feasibility study for the project is to commence in the next few months, adding that tenders for design and construction of the building will be floated and awarded to the winning contractor soon after. The building, which is set to increase Kenya Re’s total lettable area of 568,292.08 square feet, will target corporate clientèle and multinational companies. It will be completed within two years. Other buildings owned by the The high-rise commercial building, that will sit on a 1.6-acre piece of land, firm include Anniversary Towers, Kenya Re Towers and Reinsurance Plaza in will be fitted with smart technologies to manage consumption of energy and water. Nairobi and Reinsurance Plaza in Kisumu.

Stanlib Set to Develop Malls in Simba Cement Hits Record Davis & Shirtliff Announce Nigeria, Kenya Solar Pumping Initiative Sales

The Chief Investment Officer of Stanlib Direct Property Investments, Amelia Beattie.

The Tanga Cement acting Chairman, Prof Samuel Wangwe.

Davis & Shirtliff and LORENTZ officials during the launch of Lorentz Solar Pumps at Nairobi.

Stanlib is planning to open its Stanlib Africa Direct Property Development Fund in May or June this year, as it seeks to capitalise on Africa's growing retail sector.

Tanga Cement marked a historic achievement in a single year after it managed to sell over one million tonnes of cement last year, pushing up its net profit by 52 per cent.

With the ever decreasing cost of solar photovoltaic modules and recent technology advances solar pumping is now moving from a niche to a mainstream solution for water supply in the region.

The chief investment officer of Stanlib Direct Property Investments, Amelia Beattie, said the fund would focus on new retail developments in Nigeria and Kenya, where there was still an under-supply of quality retail properties.

The Tanga-based cement firm said the sales volume grew up by 21 per cent to TZS257.92billion (US$158million) as a result of export sales that rose by 55 per cent last year, with pre-tax profit increasing to TZS55.93billion (US$34million) from TZS37.08billion (US$22.7million)

The fund was "going through regulatory processes at the moment", though it had US$50million in seed capital already committed to it. The fund had earmarked between six and eight developments in Nigeria and Kenya over eight years and would look to include South African retailers. Beattie said South African retail companies are key relationships that they hold and they work very closely with them in their expansion strategy adding that they would like to take them wherever Stanlib goes. Beattie further said Stanlib had selected various local partners for the developments, as they believe in the local partnership principle.

The Tanga Cement acting Chairman, Prof Samuel Wangwe, said the firm overcame the industry challenges - entry of new manufacturers and cheap imports - last year to achieve the milestone sales. The sales volume increase marks a significant milestone for Simba Cement, being the first time the company sold over one million tonnes of cement in one year, Prof. Wangwe said in a statement in Dar es Salaam. He said sales increment and reduction on maintenance costs was partly responsible for the 26 per cent increase in the company's gross profit for the year.

June 2013

Davis & Shirtliff, East Africa’s leading water equipment specialists, have been in the fore front of this technology since its introduction over thirty years ago and recently held a seminar for industry participants and NGO agencies to update them on recent developments.With over 50 participants the event was well supported and there was general agreement that the application of solar pumping is bound to grow. Davis & Shirtliff offer a wide range of solar pumps from Shurflo, its long term partner Grundfos and in a recent development, the company is now a distributor LORENTZ, a German solar pumping specialist who claims to be the world’s industry leader. LORENTZ complements the well-established hybrid Grundfos AC pumps with a range of high quality DC pumps that are designed for continuous operation in the most arduous conditions, the DC technology offering high efficiencies. Due to larger motor sizes higher flows and heads are available and LORENTZ also offers an AC solar up to 30kW in size. 13

Imports International (T) Ltd Its Curtains for SA's Cement and Ethiopia Gets New Authorised (IITL) 10th Anniversary Bobcat Dealer Concrete Institute

Mr Trushal Jethwa, the company’s Group Director making a speech during the 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Institute has left an indelible mark on the South African engineering, construction and building sectors.

My Wish Enterprise P.L.C. has been appointed as the new Authorised Dealer in Ethiopia for Bobcat compact equipment.

Imports International (T) Ltd(IITL) a leading importer of building and construction materials recently celebrated their 10th anniversary at their new building block in Dare s Salaam. During the same event, IITL launched their new showroom and 3,500m2 warehouse as they prepare to embark on an aggressive expansion plan that will see them open outlets in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Mr Trushal Jethwa, the company’s Group Director said their mission was to ensure that the region’s construction sector gets quality products that meet international standards.

After 75 years of serving the construction industry in South Africa, the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) closed down at the end of April this year following the resignation of the Institute’s main funding members: the SA cement producers. The Institute was a much revered organisation that has left an indelible mark on the South African engineering, construction and building sectors.

Doosan Construction Equipment has appointed My Wish Enterprise P.L.C., based in Addis Ababa, as the new Authorised Dealer in Ethiopia for Bobcat compact equipment. The appointment to represent Bobcat follows three successful years for My Wish Enterprise as the official dealer in Ethiopia for the Doosan Heavy range of equipment.

The Director called on the government agencies to intensify the fight against importation of fake construction materials that were hurting the country’s construction sector and economy as a whole. He added that the market today is flooded with fake construction materials that put users at risk and that the government should impose various quality control mechanisms and take tough action against importers of such products. He said that his company is working with various manufacturers of world class construction materials such as Saint Gobain, Donn, Jaqua, Montania and Tilcor, among others.

For the Institute, it has been 75 years of success and the justifiable earning of respect from the entire construction industry. In 1938, the South African cement industry decided to establish a body to promote the use of portland cement and concrete, in line with overseas moves where the Portland Cement Association had been started in 1916 in the USA and the Cement and Concrete Association in 1935 in the UK.

Husamudin Seifu, Managing Director of My Wish Enterprise, said they are very pleased to add Bobcat equipment to their existing Doosan Heavy representation. The Doosan and Bobcat teams based in Belgium and the Czech Republic provide strong professional support. My Wish service has already secured more than 10 customers who have placed orders, encouraging the enterprise to raise the sales forecasts for 2013.

Over the next 75 years, the new association was to operate under four names: the Concrete Association of South Africa, The Concrete Association, The Portland Cement Institute (in 1958), and finally, The Cement and Concrete Institute (1996).

Under the new Bobcat agreement, My Wish Enterprise is now responsible for marketing in Ethiopia the complete range of Bobcat equipment, which includes skid-steer, compact tracked and all wheel steer loaders; compact excavators; telescopic handlers; utility vehicles and a comprehensive selection of attachments for these machines.


South Africa

Association Partners Kenya

- Architectural Association of Kenya - Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA) - Kenya Property developers Association - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya


Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia


Institute of Surveyors of Uganda

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


- Ghana Institute of Engineers - Architects Registration Council - Ghana Institute of Surveyors - Ghana Green Builders Association - Ghana Institute of Planners



- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)


- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia 14

and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

- ASAQS - SAICE - South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession - Khuthaza ( Women for Housing) - Concrete Manufacturers Association - Green Building council of SA - South African Property Owners Association - Master Builders South Africa


- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region June 2013

16th BuildExpo Africa 2013 Date: 4 - 6 May, 2013 Venue: The K.I.C.C, Nairobi, Kenya

Guests are welcomed during the official opening ceremony

Mantrac Kenya’s Jacinta Mulwa, Ahmed Farouk and Rajjan Sharma with customers at their stand

Mantrac Kenya’s Jacinta Mulwa, Strategic Planning and Marketing Manager demonstrates to a customer

The CR exhibition stand at the Expo

One of the many foreign exhibitors at BuildExpo 2013

A visitor to the CR stand subscribes to receive the magazine’s digital edition

The China International Trade Fair for Sanitation, Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning show, Date: 8 - 10 April, 2013 Venue: Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Center

Business discussion at fairground.

Floor heating system.

Intelligent HVAC system.

Sino European HVAC Congress.

Tha hall of boilers and wall-hung boilers, heat pumps and solar energy.

The hall of sanitation.


Firdaous Oussidhoum Africa Union of Architects, Director International and External Relations Firdaous Oussidhoum began her studies in architecture in France and finished in the Barcelona School of Architecture. She has a master in Philosophy of Architecture, and then preparing a doctorate on the Topic: “Specificity and Contemporaneity”.

Firdaous Oussidhoum

After an enriching experience in the office of Cesar Portela in Spain, Firdaous Oussidhoum opened her Architecture and Urban Forms office in Tangier in 2001. In parallel, she continued studying a doctorate in Philosophy of Architecture in Lyon University. She was the Secretary general on Regional Council of Architects of Tangier (Morocco) from 2005 to 2008, Council member of National Council of Architects of Morocco from 2008 to2011 in charge of International Relations, Council member of International Union of Architects from 2008to 2014 and Assistant Secretary General of Africa Union of Architects 2008to 2011. Firdaous Oussidhoum became Director of International & External Relations in Africa Union of Architects in November 2011, a position she will be holding until 2014.

Her mission as an architect and consultant at a national and international level has the same constant coherence: opening and revealing the essence of culture and identity through a process of Theming. 16

Her mission as an architect and consultant at a national and international level has the same constant coherence: opening and revealing the essence of culture and identity through a process of Theming. Thus through a work on the field, combined with the projection of a future into the present, of a Mankind vision : architecture, urban restructuring, territorial diagnostic, stimulation of communities in South Africa, rehabilitation in China,... all these are occasions to a constant objective: improving Man’s conditions of life. In this perspective, the dynamics are being developed in the INICIA Foundation for the resources and competencies development, of which she is a founding member, and through the institutional activity, both national and international, as representative member of Africa in the UIA, and as Director of International & External Relations in AUA (Africa Union of Architects). Architecture for her is a transmission tool, an occasion of dialogue and communication to give a sense to the environmental space. Today, lecturer at an international level, she practises since 2010 as associated to the FEELL ARCHITECTURE Group, with the priority to take back man to the centre of the architectural question, creating


spaces full of senses and meaning, to improve the people feeling in their environment, creating spaces that have a dialogue with and openly designed for the user. Construction Review had an interview with her and below are the excerpts. When was the Africa Union Of Architects formed the reasons for forming it and its vision? Africa Union of Architects was created in 1981 with a goal of uniting the architectural bodies of the 39 member countries, to work in concert regardless of nationality, race, religion or doctrine for the overall development of Architecture in the continent. The main objective of the AUA is to preserve and document our Heritage while developing the Cultural and Architectural attributes essential for the fulfillment of our role in the well being of the environment, our immediate societies and humanity in general, while optimally utilizing our acquired professional expertise in creativity, technology and social responsibility for ethical services to the public, through the continued development of man, methods, materials and solutions that recognize the peculiarities of our different communities and circumstances. The African Union of Architects (AUA) is a Regional/Continental body of architects for Africa, having its Headquarters and registration in Lagos 1981, and revalidated as non-governmental organization in Abuja, Nigeria in 15 December 2011. What have been the noteworthy milestones in the development of the Union? The first goal of the Union was to help Africa to build peace and unite all its components. Peace, unification was still a major challenge, and AUA was aware that through the professionals, a different approach was possible to help the different countries to find solutions and paths of dialogue. These first stages of the Union were the most challenging, and thanks to the Trustees and PastPresidents of the Union, this has been possible. We went from a peace dynamic to a constructive dynamic.

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Ayoola Onajide Managing Partner/Director of ATO Architects Ltd Mr. Ayoola Onajide was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England in 1958. He returned to Nigeria with his parents in 1961 and went back to England in 1976. Having trained and worked in the United Kingdom, he returned to Nigeria in 1984. He went to International School, .U.I, Ibadan, Nigeria 1969 –to1976 and attained ‘O’ levels and Irwin Academy, Leicester, England 1977 to 1978‘A’ levels. He went to University Of Greenwich, United Kingdom and was awarded Diploma with Honours in Architecture 1982to 1984 Dip Arch (HONS), Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Architectural Studies – 1984 RIBA PART 3 – 1985. Mr. Ayoola Onajide holds a reputable Bachelor of Arts (HONS) Architecture 1978to 1982 BA (HONS) Arch from Manchester School of Architecture, United Kingdom. He is a registered Architect in Nigeria, UK and South Africa. His various experiences is brought to bear on a practice he established in 1988 to continue his personal commitment to practice Architecture at its highest level. He is the Managing Partner, Director of ATO Architects Ltd which he established in 1988 and in this capacity manages the practice of 27 architects. On various projects, Onajide either designs and coordinates or supervises the design of projects and interacts with clients to ensure the quality required is sustained. Originally established as a sole proprietorship, the company now has 2 other Directors, 2 Associates, 10 Project Architects, 12 Assistant Architects, a chartered Accountant, 6 non professional staff and 2 Quantity surveyors. Onajide was an active member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects. He has, at various times, served as Assistant Secretary of the Lagos chapter and Chairman of its publication committee. He has also served as Chairman and member of various committees of the Nigerian Institute of Architects national body. Ayo Onajide’s last assignment was the chairmanship of the NIA Building Design committee in 1997. He was the Honorary Treasurer of the ACAN up until 2012. He has been a Diocesan Architect of the Lagos Diocese of the Anglican Church of Nigeria since 1994 and has designed several Churches and a Seminary for the diocese of Lagos. Ayoola Onajide’s professional qualification includes:

Architect Registration Council of United Kingdom, DEC1985, Corporate Member Royal Institute of British Architects, JAN1986, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, 1988, South African Council for Architects, 1998, Corporate Member, Nigeria Institute of Architects 1988, Fellow Nigeria Institute of Architects 2005, Fellow Member and Institute of Directors- 2005. His professional architectural experience includes; Assistant Architect, Arup Associates, London – 1980 to81, Project Architect, Godwin & Hopwood - Lagos, 1984to86, Project Architect, James Cubitt & Partners - Lagos, 1986-88, Founder Principal, A.T. Onajide Architects Ltd, 1988 to Date.

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Onajide’s major client list includes; Anglican Church of Nigeria, American International School, Lagos, Bristow Helicopters Ltd, French Embassy, Corona School, FIRS, Grange School, Chevron, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank Ltd, First Bank Nigeria Plc, First City Merchant Bank, Ikoyi Club (1938), Mobil Producing Nigeria Ltd, Nigerian Conservation Foundation / WWF, Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, Shell Nigeria Exploration Company, Standard Chartered Bank Ltd, United Bank for Africa, MTN He has worked on major projects namely; Shell Housing Estate PH, Shell Housing Estate Abuja, Osubi/Warri Airport Terminal, Warri, Ilorin Airport Terminal Building Ilorin, Kwara State, Several Bank Offices for Diamond Bank in Nigeria and Benin Republic, UBA Branch Roll Out, Ecobank Branch Roll Out, First Bank – 2 Branches Prototype, Corona School Girls Hostel, 8 Floors Office Building Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Domestic Building in Johannesburg, SA, Centre of Excellence for CBN Ibadan, Enugu and Zaria, CBN Office and Supervision. He has recently won competitions on;French Embassy, MTN, FIRS 17 Floor Head Office Building, Abuja, New Dawn Baptist Church, Victoria Island, Lagos, Shell Master Plan, Lagos. Ayoola Onajide is a keen golfer, and trumpeter. He is also a member of the Ikoyi Club (1938), Polo Club and Motor Boat Clubs, Metropolitan club, Lagos.

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He has worked on major projects namely; Shell Housing Estate PH, Shell Housing Estate Abuja, Osubi/Warri Airport Terminal, Warri, Ilorin Airport Terminal Building Ilorin, Kwara State, Several Bank Offices for Diamond Bank in Nigeria and Benin Republic. 17

Nairobi - Thika Road Expansion A Superhighway to Posterity Due to the successful completion of the road, commuters are enjoying faster, reliable, comfortable and more affordable journeys By Emmanuel Onsomu The 50km, KES 35 billion (US$418million) Nairobi -Thika Superhighway, officially opened in November 2012 by former President Kibaki, will contribute greatly into transforming Kenya into a strong economic hub for the region and beyond. The transformation of the road into a super highway is one of Kenya’s first large-scale transportation infrastructure projects.

from Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo in Egyptone of the highest priorities in the NEPAD shortterm action plan. The highway had earlier been constructed to bitumen standard in the early 1970's and re-sealed with an overlay in the early 1990's.After rigorous feasibility and capacity studies, it was esteemed to be operating beyond capacity, carrying more than 60,000 vehicles per day.

The Government of Kenya through Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) embarked on a grand project to have the Nairobi to Thika road expanded from a four lane highway to an eight lane superhighway. The road, which is part of the classified international trunk road A2, originates in downtown Nairobi and extends to Moyale at the Ethiopian border. It is also an important link on the Great North Trans African highway -that traverses

Due to this stress on the road surface, its condition deteriorated rapidly, thus requiring rehabilitation and a redesign to factor the increased traffic along the route. The initial planning and diagnostic studies of the inadequacies of the road were done within the context of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Urban Transport Plan (NMUPT). The study was commissioned by the Government in 2004 with funding from Japan International Cooperation


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Agency (JICA). The findings highlighted the inadequate urban transportation infrastructure and system with particular mention of the extremely poor service level and shortage of capacity along the Nairobi-Thika corridor. The section that was earmarked for expansion serves traffic from the built up areas of Kiambu, Muthaiga, Kasarani and its environs, Kahawa and its environs, Pangani, Ngara,Thika, Juja, Muranga and beyond. FINANCIERS In 2007, the government solicited a financial assistance of the Tunis-based African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, who gave a nod following an appraisal of the project in the same year. Lot 1 and Lot 2 was jointly financed by an AfDB (African Development Bank) loan and grant, and the Government of Kenya. Lot 3 has been financed by EXIM Bank of China and the Government of Kenya. Objectives of the project The overall objectives of the project are to: Improve road transport services along the Nairobi-Thika corridor and enhance urban mobility by reducing traffic congestion,Enhance the accessibility, affordability and reliability of the transport infrastructure system to promote socio-economic development of the country, Contribute to the development of a sustainable urban public transit system for the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Improve land transport between Kenya and Ethiopia and contribute to regional integration, Promote private sector participation in the management, operation and financing of road infrastructure in Kenya. Implementation of the Project To accommodate the existing and future traffic, the highway was redesigned to include construction of additional lanes, and strengthening of existing carriageway, underpass and overpass in some sections and removal of intersections at several locations to be replaced by interchanges. The contract for its improvement was divided into three lots to heighten its implementation.

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Lot 1 comprise of three city arterial connector; Connector 1: Running from Museum Hill Interchange through Forest Road to Muthaiga. The works involved widening of Forest Road to six lanes from four lanes, widening of Museum Hill road to six lanes and provision of fly-over on Limuru Road. Connector 2: Runs from University way, through Pangani to end at Muthaiga. The works involved widening of University Way to eight lanes from six, constructing a four lane fly over across Globe Roundabout, widening of Murang’a Road to six lanes, an underpass, overpass and foot bridge at Pangani and an interchange to replace the Muthaiga roundabout. Connector 3: Haile Selassie Avenue - Race course road & Ring Road Ngara from Uhuru Highway to Pangani Interchange. Lot 2: The Muthaiga roundabout-Kenyatta University (KU) section was designed as a highspeed highway with limited access and exits. The improvements on this section included widening of carriageway to eight lanes- (between Muthaiga and Kasarani) and 6 lanes (from Kasarani to Kenyatta University). Lot 3: Starting from Kenyatta University-Thika. The works involved widening the carriageway to six lanes up to Juja and maintaining the existing provision of service roads, construction of a flyover at the Eastern Bypass and an underpass at Ruiru sports club. The project has also provides service roads intermittently, construction of underpasses at Kahawa and KU, provision of interchange at former GSU roundabout, flyovers at Kasarani and Githurai roundabouts, underpass at former Nakumatt Thika Road site and a subway at Survey of Kenya. The project has provided for 18 pedestrian crossings spread across the entire projects. The crossings are strategically located around highly


Project Team Employer Kenya National Highways Authority Project Engineer John Mwatu Supervising Consultant Consulting Engineering Services of India in conjunction with APEC Consultants Ltd. Chief Resident Engineer Eng. Hari Ramesh Contractors Lot1- China Wu Yi Lot 2- Sheng Li Lot 3- Sinohydro Corporation Signage China Pelican Maganate ventures


built areas where there is a lot of crossings by pedestrians crossing points have facilities to accommodate persons with disabilities. To enhance road safety, the project has installed gantry road signs, flexi beam guard rails, world class road markings and other road furniture. The project has employed the use of non-scrap value fiber for the road signs on a pilot basis. The public has been urged to desist from vandalizing these furniture. As part of initiative to go green, solar powered street lights have been installed on a pilot basis along Forest Road. Further, comprehensive landscaping has been carried out to make the road aesthetically appealing. The works were implemented in 3 three Contract Lots: Benefits of the Project The main beneficiaries are predominantly the people living along the route, especially commuters who work in secondary and tertiary sectors in the Central Business District. The majority of commuters use public transportation especially small minibuses (Matatus) which account for more than 30percent of traffic congestion in the city. Over 89,500 people residing in Kasarani, Kiambu and Thika are on wage employment and another 125,000 are in the informal sector the majority of whom have to commute to Nairobi. Other distinct groups of commuters are students, health patients, shoppers and traders (formal and informal).

There are 2 public universities established along the road, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology (JKUAT) with several students who attend part-time programs, and who will greatly benefit from an efficient transportation system. Currently, due to the successful completion of the road, commuters are enjoying faster, reliable, comfortable and more affordable journeys’. The journey between the two towns that hitherto used to take 2to 3 hours can now be tacked in 30-45 minutes. The impact is also realized beyond the project route on the entire A2 as you travel towards Isiolo, Marsabit ,Moyale and into Ethiopia, being part of the multinational Great North Road. The project is also important for enhancing regional growth and integration. It also connects to the main Northern Corridor that runs from Mombasa-Uganda-DRC at the Museum Hill Interchange. In addition, the corridor doubles as one of the most important economic corridor and will have impetus on the growth of the country. As conceptualized in the feasibility and detailed engineering project report, lots of development in the form of Real Estate, industrial expansion, agricultural growth, learning institutions etc. are already being witnessed. The construction of access-control corridor has not only reduced road congestions remarkably but also reduced pollution resulting from vehicles fumes emissions.

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The architecture of the new building creates an advanced learning environment in which the latest technology adds value to a magnificent collection of over one million books. Project Scope Architecturally, the heart of the library is a spiralling atrium connecting all eight storeys, and as a dynamic vortex, this space contrasts the clean cut exterior profile. Furthermore, the building is designed to meet the highest sustainable standards, minimising long term running costs and energy use. The library has been certified BREEAM Excellent. Consisting of an irregular pattern of insulated panels and high performance glazing, the façade not only allows plenty of daylight to penetrate into the building but also offers a great view over the city of Aberdeen.

University of Aberdeen New Library The façade of the building shimmers during the day and glows softly at night, creating a luminous landmark – a beacon – for the city of Aberdeen. On September 24th 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain marked the official opening of the University of Aberdeen New Library in Scotland. The building, won in an architectural competition in 2005 by schmidt hammer lassen architects, is replacing the University’s former library from 1965 – the Queen Mother Library. The 15,500 m² new library, which provides a 21st century learning and research environment for students, university staff, visitors and the public, is a positive example of how architecture can make a difference. Since the building was put into service in September 2011, the statistics have shown a significant increase in the use of the library, and more than 700,000 visitors have entered the building on its first year of operation. “The University of Aberdeen New Library functions as a meeting place and a cultural centre for the students of the University as well as the Aberdeen community. The façade of the building shimmers during the day and glows softly at night, creating a luminous landmark – a beacon – for the city of Aberdeen,” said Morten Schmidt, Founding Partner of schmidt hammer lassen architects, and he continued: “The increase in visitors shows that the new library has affected the students’ 22

everyday behaviour. The students come to study in the new library and to be a part of the social community of the University.” The requirements in the competition brief were to create a magnificent academic library for science and research, which would at the same time be a meeting place engaging the local community. Chris Banks, University Librarian & Director, Library, Special Collections & Museums, University of Aberdeen, said: “The building is a bold and affirmative statement from the University. It says ‘We mean business’ and it also says ‘you are welcome here’. I love the way in which academics demonstrate their pride in the building: by bringing colleagues from other universities into it and also by bringing along members of their own families. I’m also delighted that the building has attracted so many more students to use the library and the way in which it provides for both social and formal meeting spaces. It has, for the first time, allowed us to truly showcase our very significant special collections.” The University of Aberdeen was established in 1495, and the University library holds one of the world’s greatest collections of books, some of which date back to the thirteenth century.

Anna , one of the many visitors who have visited the Library says” I admit that my first reaction to this building when I saw it on photos was that the cube doesn’t fit within its surroundings but sometimes photos can be misleading. She says the building looks brilliant, and when she entered it, she just watched the atrium above and it was amazing. “It is a lot about interaction in here, I think. You necessarily have to take the lift which opens an extraordinary view towards the city and once when you get to any of the floors you can either go to the private study areas provided or go near the atrium and let’s say you are on the top floor- you can even see people who are entering the building and what my fellow-traveler (who is not related to architecture) noticed is that safety is cleverly planned- because if you crazy enough and want to jump- you can’t fall to the very bottom but only 1-2 floors below- nice observation of him.

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Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects Client University of Aberdeen Area 15,500 m² Construction sum € 40 million excl. VAT Competition 2005, 1st prize in restricted international competition Status Construction period 2009 - 2011 Engineer Arup & Partners Ltd Quantity Surveyors Davis Langdon LLP Landscape Architect schmidt hammer lassen architects Interior schmidt hammer lassen design Press contact Ida Relsted Kærup June 2013

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2.86 billion (US$ 3billion). The characteristics that make Linde unique in world markets today are the two–pedal Hydrostatic Drive System. They have a wide variety of products and serve customers from delicate foodstuffs and medical supplies to extreme operating conditions such as brick fields; mines; smelting plants, with special heat resistant components fitted to these units; to the largest of our range of full container handlers. The electronic control of the hydrostatic and working hydraulic system optimizes driving based on the huge success of Linde’s renowned hydrostatic drives. (Less moving parts than a traditional transmission). This system is now used in the range of forklifts up to 16ton capacity, given optimum sensitivity and power in their operation thereby assuring controlled performances, less pallet damage; a definite saving on operational and maintenance costs, from just a touch of a lever away. Ergonomics offers a Linde product which is designed around the driver.

Forklifts By Torah Onyango Industrial forklifts are very useful on construction sites, as they can be used to transport heavy building materials over fairly long distances, across rough terrain. They combine the functions of a vehicle and a lifting tool. Forklifts can unload pallets of bricks, steel girders and other construction products from the delivery truck and carry them to parts of the construction site that are not accessible to other vehicles. Many haulage firms now carry truck-mounted forklifts with them, which can be quickly off-loaded and then used to remove the delivery from the trailer and transport the goods to the required location. In this issue we look at different stake holders that manufacture forklifts and the various types they have.


Linde Material Handling (Pty) Ltd Linde Material Handling GmbH, a company in the KION Group, is one of the leading global manufacturers of forklift trucks and warehouse technology devices, and is the market leader in Europe. It is also transparent and well established in South Africa in the Africa region. The company also offers expert advice to external customers for various applications, following many decades of experience in developing and producing electrical drive systems. As an internationally active company, they maintain production and assembly plants in all key regions worldwide, as well as a global sales and service network with representatives in more than 100 countries. In the 2011 financial year, Linde Material Handling employed around 13,800 members of staff and achieved sales of EUR

Depending on the application; with an engine running within the optimum range of rpm at all times, one is assured of long life and low maintenance costs, due to the elimination of conventional mechanical consumable parts. This is complimented by less downtime as it reduces the time to do the same job (on a twin pedal hydrostatic Linde Forklift) by up to 20 percent. New products include: 2, 5 – 3, 5 ton forklift now fitted with an oil cooled Deutz diesel engine, P30C and P50C – ride on compact tow tractors with 3ton and 5ton capacities, 386 Electric Forklift – 1,2 to 2,0ton; energy efficient truck using power and has the optional battery side change facility, Linde Load Control for more precise finger tip load handling, C90 – (supersedes the C80) can handle more than one container at a time and can stack 12 ft and 40 ft empty containers 7 high, CiTi One – Linde’s latest innovation which is an electric powered pallet jack. Features include coping with different surfaces; low noise level; multifunction display; traction system; energy (compact and interchangeable batteries);controls; braking and CAN-Bus communication and 387/388 –their latest 2,0 – 4,8ton electric range of forklifts.

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range of 1.5 to 8.0 tones. Clark also supports applications in warehousing technology through electrical equipment such as three-wheeled tow tractors, pedestrian stackers as well as reach trucks. Italcarrelli They are a world leader in the design and construction of forklifts and ancillary technologies to goods storage. Their main target is the supply of vanguard solutions and technologies advanced machines in order to improve handling and storage of goods within a company. Thanks to the high quality and reliability of their products, their trademark is a warranty to all their customers.

At the start of March, Linde Material Handling launched its new generation of Linde reach trucks, which encompasses models R14 to R20 for a load range of 1.4 to 2 tons. With their compact, maneuverable design, the new trucks enable an even more productive flow of goods into the warehouse, as a whole host of new technical solutions make the trucks more comfortable, more powerful, safer and easier to service. The considerably wider range of models for mast/ chassis/battery combinations and the optional features allow customer-specific solutions to be derived from series production. Clark Material Handling International As the inventor of the forklift truck, Clark has been operating since 2003 as Clark Material Handling International under the ownership of South Korean conglomerate Young An Hat Company (headquarters in Bucheon). The family enterprise, headed by Chairman Sung Hak Baik, has established sustainability as a guideline for business in all of its Group segments (clothing / telecommunications / automotive / hotel industry / materials handling) and has invested millions of

dollars on research in each business segment. Since inventing the first forklift truck, Clark have made a significant contribution towards the industrial development of the last century and have an outstanding product, an excellent reputation in the market and first class after sales support. The turnover of the Young An group in 2011 amounted to US$ 2.3 billion – of which around US$ 850 million was attributable to Clark, chaired by CEO Seung Soo Baik. Clark forklifts are renowned for high strength, high performance, simplicity, flexibility and low total cost of ownership. In a study and survey of 1,300 logistics experts by the US trade journal Modern Materials Handling, Clark came number one in the category price-performance ratio. Clark with its motto("Built to last") produced its 1,000,000th forklift back in 1997. Clark electric forklifts with innovative AC technology (48 V/80 V) cover load capacities from 1.25 to 5 tones. In the traditionally strong diesel and LPG forklift segment, Clark also serves a broad range of applications in the capacity

Their products include the Multi-directional sideloaders which are forklift trucks able of moving in any direction. Italcarrelli has specialized in the production of side-loaders of large capacity for special applications such as metallurgy and the handling of coils. The ability to change direction without having to rotate the load allows these forklift trucks to move quickly and easily in narrow spaces. After having inserted the forks under the material to be transported, it is possible to retract the mast within the chassis of the fork lift truck, thus reducing the overall dimensions of the machine during the transportation of the goods. They are available with load capacities ranging from 5 to 50 tons and battery powered versions or versions equipped with diesel and LPG engines. These machines are equipped with multi-function joystick that allows the operator a more simple and comfortable use. Also available are a wide range of special equipment to meet all needs and sensors to automate driving and handling of the material. Italcarrelli designs and produces also equipment for the handling of sheets under special conditions. For example, we produce hydraulic equipment able to pick up the glass, loose or packed, only by the sides and to rotate it by 90°.

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Project Management and Arbitration in Construction Compiled by Yvonne Andiva, Torah Onyango and Ann Kagumu There are many firms today who specialize in arbitration and in most cases their depth of experience in the industry has meant that their services often go beyond arbitration and into the field of project management as well. They are acutely aware of what it takes to complete a project successfully: sufficient plans and specifications, tight controls and procedures, timely responses to requests for clarification, rapid resolution of critical issues. To help protect an owner's interests in capital projects, they provide an independent, objective assessment of scheduling, cost, and quality issues before they become costly problems. Every construction project is at risk of generating conflicts leading to disputes due to the several factors involving either costs, deadlines or productivity.To smoothen over this risk, contracts often have dispute resolution clauses that outline how disagreements should be handled. In recent times, parties involved in a dispute have shied away from going to court in favor of arbitration because with arbitration the feeling is that it is faster, cheaper and most importantly construction arbitrators are often preferred over judges because they usually have technical knowledge of the construction industry. This technical knowledge helps them better understand

the rights and needs of the parties. We take a look at some of the firms and what exactly they offer. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP They offer one of the world’s premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices. Their international arbitration group has been involved in more than 650 proceedings in recent years. They have successfully represented clients in four of the largest institutional arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations to arise in the past decade. They also pride themselves on consistently achieving client’s objectives in less sizable cases, through efficient staffing and the use of in-house know-how and precedents. The firm’s international arbitration practice is headed by Gary Born, one of the world’s preeminent authorities in the field.

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC). They are also handling; Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (“CRCICA”) and UNCITRAL rules; they also have extensive experience with more specialized forms of institutional arbitration and ad hoc arbitrations. Their lawyers are or were recently involved in arbitrations seated in the United States (various situses), London, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, Rome, Cairo, Brussels, Amsterdam, The Hague, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Frankfurt, Munich, and Berlin.

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Mr. Born was awarded the inaugural “Advocate of the Year” prize by Global Arbitration Review (based on views of peers and leading arbitrators) and was also recently voted the “World’s Best International Litigator” in a survey of in-house counsel an practitioners. Their practice covers virtually all forms of international arbitration. Their lawyers are presently handling disputes under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA),

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Concrete Batching Plants Compiled by Torah Onyango, Yvonne Andiva and Ann Kagumu Project completion times are getting ever shorter and just as in every aspect of the construction project, greater expectations are being placed on the need for faster production of high quality concrete. To meet this challenge today’s batching plants offer greater consistency in the mix of ingredients thus assuring a higher quality of concrete in this high takes environment. The plants are a complexity of mechanical parts ranging from cement batchers, aggregate batchers, conveyors, radial stackers, aggregate bins, cement bins, heaters, chillers, cement silos, batch plant control and dust collectors. With

such a wide array of equipment, it follows then that in addition to consistency the need to select machinery that has lower maintenance costs and downtime is paramount. At the centre of the batching plant is the mixer and here too there are choices each of which has various advantages. In order to get the best of the lot, one has to turn to the experts who in most cases offer complete turnkey batch plant installations from site layout and design, foundations and electrical wiring to mechanical expertise, complete enclosures and landscaping. This single sourcing takes the headache and heartache out of installing an efficient productive and cost effective batching plant.

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CEMEN TECH Cemen Tech, the largest and most recognized manufacturer of volumetric concrete batch plants, have an African distributor Tooltek International Ltd which has a greater presence in the East African market. They manufacture portable concrete batch plants with material capacities from 1.5 cubic meters up to 10+ cubic meters, capable of producing concrete at rates up to 68 cubic meters per hour. Cemen Tech mixers can produce all of today’s unique concrete mix designs and crucially for this market, the mixers can deliver completely fresh concrete anywhere, at any time and in the exact amount that is required – no wastage.


where a lack of ready mix or batch plants can compromise concrete quality. With the huge demand for concrete to supply the regional development boom the potential for portable batch plants is incredible.Cemen Tech’s mobility, flexibility and simplicity provides contractors with an ideal solution in supplying fresh concrete to a wide range of sites in urban and rural areas for all construction, civil engineering, mining and energy projects throughout East Africa. Anywhere you need good fresh concrete – a Cemen Tech product will deliver you the perfect solution.

As regional growth expands beyond the traditional urban centers through increased Oil & Gas exploration, mining and de-centralization, access to Batching Plants and fresh concrete is an ever increasing challenge throughout East Africa. Even the most mobile batching plant requires some setup to assemble or de-assemble whilst a Volumetric Mixer is a completely portable batching plant. Furthermore, as the core ingredients of concrete are kept in separate compartments until required then mixed on the attached auger, the integrity of the concrete mix is at no point comprised. A Cemen Tech machine can provide any concrete strength and mix type you want. They have done all kinds of strength tests with the US Authorities and Engineers – 7 Day, 28 Day, Slump Test, and the results are openly available which will illustrate the almost unbeatable quality of a volumetric mix. This offers plenty in a market

REXCON LLC RexCon LLC is a manufacturer of central and transit mix, portable or stationary concrete batch plants, concrete mixers, and batch automation controls. They can offer integrated and automated concrete production systems including water chilling/ heating, ice production and delivery, generator sets, environmental dust collection and recycling, erection assistance, aggregate material handling systems, and custom engineering services. Their flagship concrete plant, the Model S, is the mobile batch plant of choice for the majority of airport and highway paving applications in the United States due to its portability, high production capacity of up to 600 cubic yards per hour (~450 cubic meters), quick erection times, and durability. Their recently designed Mobile 12 SE offers a self-supporting frame and self-erecting cement silo that makes it ultra portable and capable of erection and tear down within an hour without the need for a foundation. Their reintroduced Mobile 5 is a portable plant that can be setup with only a front-end loader.

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Triad at 50 Service to the Nation Nairobi-based Triad Architects is this year marking 50 years since its inception. Construction Review sought the perspectives of the firm’s partners and staff against the backdrop of this major milestone. In Kenya today, and by extension the East Africa region, many prominent buildings bear the signature of Triad Architects. From the historic Parliament Buildings, the skyscraper Times Towers, the modern Barclays Plaza to the National Museum and futuristic Coca Cola East and Central Africa headquarters among many others, the common denominator is Triad Architects. “We are a firm that stands out in architectural practice,” says Julius Kibwage, a Partner at Triad Architects. Listening to the story of Triad Architects, there is no doubt the firm has made a significant contribution in shaping the Kenyan building landscape and also in the evolution of the architectural practice from the nervous pre-independence environment to the confident post-independence era in the modern state of Kenya. Here is a firm that has had three generations of architects in a period spanning five decades. 34

Indeed many practices that were established in pre-independence Kenya, be it law, engineering or architectural, have long since folded and are now forgotten, but Triad Architects remains as a testament in preparing for succession and managing transition to guarantee stability and continuity. The two founders, Amyas Connell and Graham McCullough, had a vision of a firm that would outlive individuals in its journey to becoming a leader in architecture, design and development in Africa. “The two founders must be proud of Triad because we have contributed greatly to the development of Kenya. We have produced good buildings and behaved responsibly and professionally to our clients,” states Timothy Vaulkhard, a Senior Partner. Vaulkhard was part of the second generation of partners at Triad and was fortunate to have been tutored by the founders, who he describes as exceptionally distinguished architects. “Amyas was a giant in the architectural world and an innovative designer,

whilst Graham was focused on professionalism,” he states. Indeed Graham was the founder of the Professional Centre, which was built in the early 1970s to provide a focal point for various professionals in the country. He also held the first registration certificate of the Architectural Association of Kenya. Formative Years Amyas and Graham not only founded Triad, whose name is derived from its origin from the original concept of a multi-disciplinary practice, being an amalgamation of three different building professional, architecture, engineering and quantity surveying, they also laid the foundation that would define Triad over the years. Amyas Connell, who came to East Africa shortly after the end of the Second World War, an acknowledged radical of the International Modern Movement and member of the acclaimed practice of Connell Ward Lucas, was the genius who designed the iconic Parliament Building that is June 2013


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today a landmark in Nairobi. Apart from being the seat of law making in Kenya, the building is historically significant as it acts as a reminder of Kenya’s historical connection. “Parliament is a signature building for Triad,” notes Kibwage, adding that other buildings that were designed by Amyas include the Attorney General Chambers and the Aga Khan Hospital, which saw him awarded with the RIBA Bronze medal. Graham designed such notable buildings as the Kenya Science Teachers College and some of the earliest game lodges in Kenya. Both Amyas and Graham have since passed away. While the buildings they designed will forever bear their mark, it was their desire to ensure that Triad outlived them that defines their legacy. According to Vaulkhard, the two founders effectively groomed the second generation of architects that would assume the mantle of leadership of Triad. Vaulkhard, who joined Triad in 1973, was among the partners that included David Bristow. The first decade of Triad’s existence was a difficult period because it coincided with the first ten years of independence when confidence in the new country was growing slowly and new commissions were scarce. Competition from new and dynamic Kenyan indigenous firms also presented a challenge. Somehow, Triad managed to survive this period. When Vaulkhard and the other second generation partners assumed control, they realized that for the firm to survive Triad needed to embrace change.

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“We realized we needed to change the practice by meeting the aspirations of the emerging Kenya professional cadre,” he recalls. As a result of the change process, Triad partnered with Daniel Mutiso. “Triad, which had been fundamentally a European practice, became a Kenyan practice,” he states, adding the move profoundly altered the future of the firm. Buildings that bear the mark of the second generation of architects at Triad are the Longonot Place and Norfolk Towers. Daniel Mutiso has since passed away and Bristow retired in the 1990s. Third Generation Like Amyas and Graham, the second generation also trained and groomed young and dynamic architects who are today running the firm. James Gitoho, Julius Kibwage and Charles Ndungu now run the firm, with Tim Vaulkhard as a consultant. The firm currently consists of forty five staff, sixteen of whom are architects, with seven technicians and two project managers while the others are support staff in IT, accounts and office administration. “The directors provide hands-on direction to all the projects to ensure the highest of design and management,” explains Kibwage, who joined the firm in 1987 and became partner in 1998. He adds that as a leading architectural firm for half a century, Triad has remained true to its mission of providing innovative and creative solutions in architecture, interiors and graphic design, project

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management and development that meets clients’ needs. The firm is driven by the core values of excellence, professionalism, teamwork, integrity, innovation and creativity and caring about the environment. “In recognition of the ever growing complexity of the design and procurement of buildings, we constantly review all our systems to ensure the delivery of good quality, well designed buildings to our clients, within budget and on programme.” The commitment to professionalism and the impact it has had on the growth of Triad from a small practice to a leading architectural firm in East and Central Africa is well projected by the number and calibre of projects it has been involved in. Since its establishment, Triad had undertaken more than 3,000 projects, the majority of which are architectural masterpieces. Among the buildings that Triad has designed are Corner House, Loita House, National Museums of Kenya, Moi University Margaret Thatcher Library, Nairobi Business Park, Rwenzori House and Court in Kampala, World Agroforestry Centre, British Council Nairobi, CCK Headquarters, Longonot Place, UAP Tower and Bank of Kigali among many others. In some of the projects, such as the Coca-Cola Headquarters, British Council, UAP Towers, Triad partnered with foreign firms due to their complexities and sensitivity particularly on security features. “The partnerships are extremely 35


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valuable in building the profile of the firm and in skills transfer. When undertaking complex projects like airports and hospitals among others we benefit by associating with foreign firms,” says Kibwage. Triad is a reflection of Kenya’s development since the country attained independence in 1963.


“We are a mirror of the development of Kenya,” he observes. Today, Triad is among the few architectural practices in the country that are ISO certified. “The quality of our service which is assured by ISO makes us a potent force in the building industry”, adds Kibwage.

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Industry Perspectives Triad is a leading architectural practice, and has been at the forefront in promoting and supporting the development of the architectural profession in particular and the building and construction industry in the country in general. Triad is a member of both AAK and the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS) from where it participates in programmes aimed at growing the profession. Its partners have served as senior office bearers in the professional bodies and in other philanthropic organization. Triad is also involved the development of the profession by offering young

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graduates attachment and pupillage opportunities. “We are involved in the training of young architects and building capacity in the profession,” states Kibwage, adding that the industry suffers from lack of quality professionals with experience. Triad adheres to the highest standards of professionalism; it operates in an industry that has varying standards. Triad’s success over the years reflects on the standards that it has maintained for its clients, ensuring buildings that are well designed, constructed safely and honestly delivered. The Kenya building industry has a variable reputation. Kibwage feels that the problems in the industry emanate from a shortage

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The authority, whose objective is to streamline the building and construction industry, is mandated to ensure all contractors are registered and operate in a regulated environment. Looking back over the last 50 years, Triad has contributed greatly

to the development of Kenya and the profession. Its alumni have set up many thriving architectural practices throughout the region, benefiting from their experience in Triad. Whilst Triad’s public face in the built environment is reflected in many commercial buildings, the unsung contribution often lies at the end of a rough track where one of Triads myriad of development projects might be found. Triad, along with the profession, faces an exciting future as Kenya’s economy grows rapidly and the country attracts foreign investors with exacting requirements and expectations. Triad has positioned itself strategically to serve this dynamic market.

Triad is a leading architectural practice, and has been at the forefront in promoting and supporting the development of the architectural profession in particular and the building and construction industry in the country in general. Triad is a member of both AAK and the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS) from where it participates in programmes aimed at growing the profession.

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AMS Properties Ltd is one of the well known developers in the high-end property market in Kenya. The firm also undertakes project management and is behind some exclusive developments in the capital. Current projects that the developers have embarked on are One West Park, Five Star Gardens Phase I, Five Star Gardens Phase II, Ashton Court and Fortis Suites. Recently completed projects include the posh One Riverside Drive, Merlin Court, Olive Point Villas, Carlton Court, Kannan Villas and Chester Court. The expansive Five Star estate in Nairobi’s South

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Five Star Meadows consists of 31 units named Villa Rosa and 85 units named Villa Blanca.

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Amarch Consultants


Amarch consultants is a leading architectural firm in Nigeria, with a passion for design excellence. The firm has developed expertise over a period of over a decade of practice in Nigeria, and is one of the firms with across the border experience in Hotel and Leisure, Housing, Retail, Commercial, Institutional, Education, Medical and Industrial sectors. The creative team of the firm’s designers is driven by the continuous challenge to remain at the fore-front of innovative high quality design solutions. Arc. Obehi Iyamabo is the Principal Partner, whose business savvy, construction and technical background has helped him increase various business verticals to scale up the value chain. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and The Association of Consulting Architects


Nigerian (ACAN). Amarch Consultants is a firm of young but seasoned professionals, dedicated to providing unique design solution and excellent project management, based on strict professional ethics and integrity. Since inspection, the firm has offered architectural and building consultancy solutions by handling numerous projects of varying magnitude and transforming clients brief into realities where client’s physical, emotional and psychological needs are met. The practice is governed by a simple rule; the desire to build relationship with client and project teams based upon strict professional ethics and integrity. Their unique design solutions and management strategies have evolved as a reflection of their desire. Amongst projects undertaken by the firm include;

Award winning Grace Court A 74unit upper class estate in a 35,000 m2 land size dump site with a high water level and pit depths of up to 30meters. The housing units dubbed ‘Oasis in the Desert’ is made up of mixed housing types of masionette and terrace houses. It also has the accompaniment of a club house, gym, salon, shops, tennis court and 24 hrs electricity and security. Dove Court Located at Utako District in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the estate is a mix of semidetached, 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses complete with a club house, swimming pool, gymnasium, swimming pool, shops and services such as 24hrs electricity, water treatment plants, CCTV cameras amongst others. The estate is responsible for providing 70 families units with solutions to

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The Brook Luxury waterfront apartments in Ikoyi, Lagos. Located in high brow Banana Island in Ikoyi, Lagos.A combination of 24 terrace houses and penthouse apartments, which enjoy excellent views of the Lagos Lagoon. The apartments are fully furnished with fitted kitchens, walk in closets, whirlpool baths, amongst other features. A 300mm jogging trail, in combination with swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, gymnasium and clubhouse all located at the waterfront combined, to create a truly unique leisure and fitness theme. Boat owners would also enjoy access to the water through the jetty and slip-way, created to facilitate a truly wonderful living experience. Creek Haven An organic layout accommodating up to 750 families.The layout covers detailed allocation for residential, commercial, social, educational,

recreational and services. A deep understanding of local planning and zoning laws and the ability to provide innovation has resulted in the provision of total design solution in large land areas. This knowledge has been applied on a smaller scale in the design of this estate. Luxury Apartments, Ikoyi With the fast growing need for suitable accommodation and the constraint of adequate land acquisition within the metropolis, this apartment building was designed to meet these challenges by its vertical spread of the spaces and lavish use of spaces to meet the lifestyle of the city dweller. Residential Estate, AbijoResidential Estate located along Lagos- Epe way, which consist of 56 apartments designed to meet the growing demand for medium income earners. The Estate is equipped with a club house for social activities and recreation. Services and 24hrs maintenance office and facilities have also beeen provided. The firm is currently developing its office complex, THE CUBIT. Set to dramatically alter the skyline

of Osborne in its grandeur. The building is a unique blend of creativity and uncommon design ideas. It is designed to reflect the firm’s dreams of creating magnificent buildings from a thought to reality. In recognition for hard work, diligence and competence, Amarch Consultants over the years have received numerous awards from various organizations and institutions. These awards include but not limited to IBCA award for super chief executive.2010, CED (Construction and Engineer digest forum) outstanding professional service, award of excellence (architectural practice) 2011, Institute for government research and leadership technology (African Government and corporate leadership awards) award for leadership in the provision of Architecture 2011. “My buildings are like children to me. By the grace of God, they were created out of nothing: Nurturing them from thought to, maturity upon completion, I remain deeply interested in each of them for the rest of my life”.Obehi Iyamabo July 2009.

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Hybury Development Project on Schedule Port Shepstone is situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, one hour’s drive from Durban. It is the largest town on the KwaZulu-Natal(KZN) south coast and boasts exceptional properties in Port Shepstone. South Africa

Hybury Prop’s new housing development project is set to change Port Shepstone’s landmark and bring about a much needed increase in housing stock. Affordable and entry level –housing units in South Africa are in demand, and Hybury Prop is currently developing bank funded housing units ranging from R400,000(US$41,832) to R600,000 (US$62,747. The project is situated on two commercial sites of 1,000 m 2 each on a farmland which was no longer productive and has been rezoned to address the need for affordable housing units. The project developed in phases, will see the development of entry level housing units at a cost


of R80 million(US$8.3million), for phase one, with its main target being the civil servants in the Port Shepstone area of KZN. Phase two will consist of 450 housing units with commercial stand for small to media shops, while phase three will see the development of a shopping mall, private school, clinic or offices depending on the demand. The development which commenced with civils in 2012 and earmarked to take 9 months to complete is situated on a steep terrain, inland of Port Shepstone on the KZN South Coast. The development sitting on 40 hectares of land is being built in three phases; with phase one being built on 7.8 hectares of land and will entail 164 top structures to be completed in eighteen months. Hybury Prop appointed Environmental Solutions to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment study (EIA), to ensure that all conditions as

contained in the Record of Decision (RoD) are adhered to and also to ensure that all activities during civil phase are compliant. Minor challenges were encountered and these entailed heavy rains that caused soil wash and damage to partly constructed roads and sewer lines, shortage of electricity, and steep terrain. The project team came up with innovative ways to counter the challenges. The use of loffelstein retaining walls, installation of solar heating panels to heat water are some of the innovations applied by the developer to reduce electricity consumption. The development with an overall budget of approximately R280million (US$29.2million) enjoy unique scenic views, since it is located 5km from sea, with some of the houses overlooking the sea.

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Storage tanks Storage tanks are helpful in a number of residential and commercial situations. The tanks can be used to store various types of liquids or gases, making it possible to ensure there is always enough of the compound on hand. A Tank may be constructed of ferrous or nonferrous metals or alloys, reinforced concrete, wood, or filament-wound plastics, depending upon its use. Storage tanks are available in many shapes: vertical and horizontal cylindrical; open top and closed top; flat bottom, cone bottom, slope bottom and dish bottom. Large tanks tend to be vertical cylindrical, or to have rounded corners transition from vertical side wall to bottom profile, to easier withstand hydraulic hydrostatically induced pressure of contained liquid. Tanks resting on the ground have flat bottoms & colon; those supported on towers have either flat or curved bottoms. Standpipes, which are usually cylindrical shells of steel or reinforced concrete resting on the ground, are frequently of great height and comparatively small diameter. They are built to contain water for a distribution system, and height is required to maintain pressure in the system. Tanks for other liquids and for gases, where storage is more important than pressure, are generally lower and of greater diameter. Reservoirs can be covered, in which case they may be called covered or underground storage tanks or reservoirs. Covered water tanks are common in urban areas. A large storage tank is sometimes mounted on a lorry (truck) or on an articulated lorry trailer, which is then called a tanker. When buying a Storage Tank One of your first tasks is to identify how the storage tank will be utilized. Do you require water tanks for a manufacturing plant? Perhaps you are in need of large fuel tanks that will provide storage for gasoline, such as those found at gas stations or convenience stores. When home heating is the


goal, looking at the various types of natural gas tanks should be your focus. Once the purpose for the tank is determined, it is easy to concentrate your attention on what type of storage device you will need. The size of the storage tank is another key consideration. In general, models that are designed for home use tend to be smaller, while those employed at manufacturing sites will be larger. The idea is to determine how much of the stored fuel or water will be needed to operate for a reasonable period of time, such as a month. With the answer to this calculation in mind, it is easy to look for a storage tank that has the proper capacity. Before making your final purchase, however, make sure the size tank you have in mind will comply with any local laws or regulations. Along with type and size, you will need to consider the location for the storage tank. Do you envision the tank as setting above ground, like the propane tanks designed for use with private residences? Perhaps the storage tank will reside underground, such as those used to hold fuel for gas pumps. Of course, if you are purchasing a replacement tank, the answers to all these questions will be apparent, or at least be somewhat helpful in making your new selection. When the capacity of the current tank has proven to be sufficient, the task is likely to be finding a new model of the same size and function. However, if the current tank is not adequate for any reason, the data on the old tank will at least facilitate the task by ensuring you evaluate only storage tank options that are more efficient and have a higher holding capacity than your current

unit. In South Africa and the world over use of plastic products is growing, for instance plastic products such as plastic water tanks or a sturdy plastic drum, are ideal for storage almost every type of residential or industrial situation.Light and long-lasting, they’re also preferable to heavy steel drums, and are far easier to carry, transport and relocate. Water storage tanks are frequently used in South Africa for water conservation, enabling this precious resource to be stored and repurposed for a variety of applications, including irrigation, hydration and hygiene. There are also many other uses of plastic drums and containers, including: Dry food and grain storage; Animal feed storage; Safe storage of certain chemicals; Making and storing your own garden compost; Storing rubbish at camp sites, outdoor events or construction sites; As planters for produce with deep roots (gas Tanks). Plastic water tanks are lightweight and can often be moved (empty) by hand into position, which is an advantage on rough terrain. Steel tanks must be craned into position. Plastic water tanks come in green or black, which blends into the landscape/environment better, in addition to having UV-inhibitors in the material to fight sunlight. Plastic water tanks won’t rust over time and have to be replaced, which is one of its best advantages. (Keep in mind that galvanized steel tanks are generally not covered by warranty for rust.). If you are required to have in excess of 15,000 gallons of water and only have room for one tank; plastic water tanks generally are only made as big as 15,000 gallons.This advantage can be cancelled out if you have a lot of room on your property and can purchase more than one large tank.

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We are tanks JoJo Tanks is South Africa’s industry leader and foremost supplier of polyethylene tank liquid storage solutions including water, fertilizer, chemicals, sanitation and fuel applications up to 20 000Lt. The agricultural range offers applications for both commercial and domestic usage and the 6000Lt underground tank allows for an underground water storage system that permits maximum use of property, particularly on a tight commercial site. Our specialist rotomoulding manufacturing process guarantees quality, durability and appropriate wall thickness whilst our expertise ensures the development of customised rotomoulded solutions for a range of bespoke applications. JoJo tanks carry a 5-year guarantee, are available in various sizes and colours to suit every requirement and are certified fit for purpose by the Agre’ment Board of South Africa.

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Infrastructure Repair and Rehabilitation Reliable repair and rehabilitation solutions Drawing on its depth of experience and strong reputation in Europe, Freyssinet is perfectly positioned to provide dependable solutions for the growing need for repair and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure in Southern Africa. How does one balance long term infrastructure developments against short term funding considerations within the current economic climate? This is a decision facing construction stakeholders from clients through to contractors and the most effective approach is focusing on the relative merits of construction of new infrastructure versus repair and rehabilitation of existing assets. Unfortunately, for companies and organisations inundated with ‘wonder’ solutions from all corners of the world - thanks to globalisation - choosing the right service provider might be as complicated as tackling the problem itself. South Africa

Fortunately, at Freyssinet, as the world’s leading supplier of specialist construction solutions and products, construction firms in Southern Africa

have a tried and tested service provider offering a “one stop shop” of comprehensive solutions for both new build and repair and rehabilitation, tailormade to suit both their budget and infrastructure development plans. Drawing on the experience of implementing successful post tensioning solutions to both the civils and buildings industries, Freyssinet identified a need for repair and rehabilitation solutions to be provided as an all inclusive package from design, through specification, to installation on site. Having successfully established this expertise in Europe over the last decade, the company is in a position to offer this unique service to the construction market in Southern Africa.

Their bespoke product range 1. Versatile and Flexible Repair Options Freyssinet fully understands that customers need the convenience of a package of services. So, with a keen focus on establishing a reputation as a solutions provider, rather than merely a repairs contractor, they can offer a range of versatile and flexible repair options including: • Waterproofing and linings • Epoxy Coatings • Structural strengthening with advanced composite materials • Crack injection • Cathodic Protection Freyssinet recognizes that precision is central in meeting specific repair demands. For this reason,

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2. Post Tensioning Options With particular application to ‘new build’, along with a growing number of solutions to the repair market, Freyssinet offers a wide range of post tensioning options to both the civils and building industries, achieving greater spans, reduction in materials, improved construction programs, or a combination of all three. 3. Products for Failsafe Installation In response to the growing requirement to provide a guarantee on both materials and installation, Freyssinet has developed an expansive range of product solutions to be both supplied and installed by experienced in-house operational teams. It has customized a range of products for applications from small scale construction to large signature projects which include: • Kilcher slip joints • Elastomeric bearings • Mechanical pot bearings • Bridge expansion joints • Car parking expansion joints • High yield stress bar 4. Signature Structure Options To cater for the needs of clients wishing to create

a signature structure, Freyssinet offers a range of unique services including: • Stay cable structures • Heavy lifting solutions. Expanding project portfolio There is growing appreciation of the Freyssinet’s package of solutions amongst construction stakeholders within Southern Africa. Working with a wide range of clients, Freyssinet has offered solutions and products for the following selection of projects: • Gautrain Rapid Transit Rail Link • Greenpoint and Moses Madiba Football Stadiums • 7th Avenue Pedestrian Bridge • Nacala Corridor Project • Mining concessions across Southern Africa • Water retaining structures across Southern Africa Quality, safety and environmentally conscious Freyssinet ensures that in the provision of its repair and rehabilitation products it is quality, safety and environmentally conscious. With regard to quality, Freyssinet supplies and installs structural products that are in accordance with locally and internationally recognised quality standards. Coupled with an integrated management system in accordance with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2007 and OSHAS 18001:2008, a comprehensive package of solutions can be

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offered giving respective clients confidence in the overall quality of the workmanship and products offered. With safety as its main priority, Freyssinet strives as much as possible to ensure zero fatalities in all areas it operates. The award of OSHAS 18001 status illustrates its commitment. Above and beyond, conscious of the significance of conserving the environment, Freyssinet supplies services and products that are sustainable. Without doubt, there is no better demonstration its dedication than being granted ISO 14001 Certification. Positive growth potential Freyssinet is encouraged by positive prospects in future demand for its products, seeing a lucrative niche in the repair and rehabilitation market. What's more, the development of infrastructure and transport networks across Southern Africa, which is key to the future growth of the regional economy, is likely to require the supply and implementation of post tensioning solutions and structural products for which the company sees itself playing a pivotal role in this development.


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working in partnership with stakeholders, technical teams and product suppliers, it offers bespoke repair to achieve restoration of original structural strength and purpose, amendment of structural use or correction of construction mishaps.

BRICs, Mining and Construction and how South Africa measures up As part of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) collective, South Africa seems almost out of its league. As the world's 29th largest economy according to the IMF, South Africa ranks much lower than its BRICs counterparts – that being second place for China, seventh for Brazil, ninth for Russia and tenth for India. However the value of its mineral resources as well as its status as a gateway to Africa is a primary driver in the eagerness of other nations to partner with South Africa and a strong attraction for foreign investment. South Africa holds the majority of the world's platinum reserves, a considerable amount of other minerals and a developed infrastructure, making the country of key importance for many investors. This growing importance within Africa has led to the first ever globally recognised bauma Africa mining and construction material exhibition in South Africa in September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.The event provides an important platform for stakeholders within these industries to meet, connect and expand. Elaine Crewe, CEO of bauma Africa notes that according to Statistics South Africa, South Africa’s mining industry remains optimistic, stating that, “South Africa’s mining production figures made a strong comeback in January after December's slump, increasing 7.3 percent year on year and ending a four-month decline. Economists from South Africa's leading banks have commented that this was better than the predicted drop of 4.2 percent brought on by factors such as labour unrest in the sector, withthe main drivers behind this increase in production predominantly being diamonds and iron ore, increasing by 55 percent and 33.4 percent year on year respectively. On an overall scale,diamonds contributed 1percent to the overall mining increase and iron ore 4.8 percent as it makes up a larger chunk of the industry. However, economists have also mentioned that the recent volatility of gold has once again placed key places in the South African mining industry on the back foot with many expecting to post large losses in the future, and which may direct companies to review their operations and operating costs. “ The gold price plunged earlier this month losing up to US$100 dollars in one day leading to significant knock for gold miners around the globe. AngloGold Ashanti's shares fell by over 13 percent in a week, Harmony Gold fell by 18 percent in the same time and Sibanye Gold dropped by 20percent. “On the construction front, COFACE, a France72

based international credit insurer, has predicted that construction costs would rise by 7percent this year, which is effected by factors such as rising fuel and energy prices and GDP projections. Other factors such as labour unrest and skills shortages will no-doubt also have an impact on the sector, however this does not mean that there are not positive opportunities.” Mining and construction remain key areas of development for South Africa and the continent as a whole and it will be the results from just such events such as bauma Africa’s exhibition that will see companies finding viable solutions to developing a vibrant and strong future for the industry. South Africa specifically is in a position to benefit and take advantage of these events as global demand rises,competing on price points and supply. “As a leading global trade show specific to the mining and construction industry, bauma Africa keeps an extremely close eye on what the key developments are within the industries globally”. In light of these developments, how does South Africa’s mining and construction sector measure up to thesedeveloping nations that form part of the BRICs group of nations? Construction The majority of construction in developing nations goes into infrastructure development, a crucial aspect of further growth.For countries like Brazil and South Africa, Ports, Railways and airports are crucial to being a successful exporter of natural resources.Brazil’s recent economic slowdown is a prime example of the importance of infrastructure, and one area where South Africa trumps one of its fellow BRICs nations. Brazil ranks 107th of the 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Report. This ranks it below all other BRICs nations and most other emerging countries. By way of comparison, only 5 percent of roads in Brazil are paved. Compare this to 50 percent in China and India and over 80 percent in Russia.Construction in Brazil is expected to ramp up for the two major upcoming sporting events, namely the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games. Russia on the other hand does not have the same infrastructure problems and will see growth in the construction industry and foreign investment based around the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 FIFA World Cup. India is expected to benefit from both external agency funding as well as public-private partnerships. Furthermore, India is expected to get US$1 trillion investment into infrastructure development between 2012

and 2017. Similarly, China will see growth in infrastructure construction through public-private partnerships and bilateral agencies. South Africa has seen its construction industry struggle after the 2010 Fifa World Cup, due in part to a lack of reliable projects. However the industry is expected to recover next year, with some improvement being visible by the third quarter of this year. This growth has gained momentum over the last two years and increased over the last few months. This has been due to local companies securing contracts at home and throughout Africa as well as the tendering process forgovernment's multi-billion rand infrastructure plan. The growth has been evident in the share prices of construction giants such as Group 5's share price from around R22.00 to over R 30.00 over recent months. Locally, provincial spending remained strong, predominantly for road and water projects. KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Free State have seen positive growth in capital expenditure and the national treasury quotes capital expenditure rising by 14.6 percent for the first quarter of the 2012/2013 financial year. Large constructors such as Eskom continued to spend on projects such as the Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power stations and Transnet remaineda large contributor to infrastructure development. South Africa's advanced infrastructure and expertise has also seen it become a major supplier for construction throughout the continent. Investors continue to spend with projects such as Gibe Dam III in Ethiopia, which when completed will be will be the highest in Africa at 243m with a reservoir capacity of 14km, the Mambilla hydroelectric power project in Nigeria, which will be the largest dam in Africa in terms of capacity, and the Sudan-Chad Railway Line. New projects will create significant opportunities for building material manufacturers and suppliers as new methods and modern equipment become paramount in keeping the industry competitive and profitable. Mining Mining has becomea global levellerfor BRICs nations. High overhead costs and stringent regulations have meant that western countries have struggled to keep up with countries such as Brazil and Chinawhich are also actively investing in Other BRICs nations such as South Africa’s mining sector.

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MooiMgeni Water Transfer Scheme-Phase 2 Improving Supply of Quality Water in the Kwazulu-Natal Province The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) through the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has funded the implementation of the MooiMgeni Water Transfer Scheme (MMWTS) in KwaZuluNatal to supply water to approximately five million people as well as the industrial sectors in the Durban and Pietermaritzburg regions, the economic hub of the province. The MMWTS Phase 2 entails the construction of the Spring Grove dam on the MooiMgeni river about 2km from Rosetta, the construction of a water transfer scheme to transfer water to Midmar dam, the realignment of access roads that will be inundated by the dam, the resettlement of people, graves and certain fauna and flora affected by the inundation of the land.

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The construction of the Spring Grove dam components entail a roller compacted concrete (RCC) dam with an earth embankment, three gauging weirs, and re-alignment of private access roads. When complete, the dam wall will be 37m high and 607m long with a spillway height of 37

m, spillway length of 70m and ogee crest spillway. The dam with a catchment area of 344 km2 will have a gross storage volume of 139.5 million m3 covering a water surface area of 1,022 ha at full supply. In addition, the firm yield of the dam will be 60 million m3 per annum while the outlet capacity will be 29.5m3 /s. As part the development, a new water transfer scheme will also be constructed to transfer water from the Spring Grove dam to the Mbofana River, a tributary of the Mgeni River upstream of the Midmar Dam. The new water transfer scheme will consist of a 5.8MW pump station, with a maximum pumping capacity of 4.5m3 per second constructed downstream of the dam on the right bank of the Mooi River. A rising main with a diameter of approximately 1,800 mm is being constructed from the Spring Grove Dam pump station to a new Break Pressure Tank at the watershed in Gowrie Village. The new 6km pipeline will cross the small holdings in Rosetta for the first 3 km before joining

the route of the existing Mearns pipeline and returning to the break pressure tank. A new break pressure tank with a sufficient capacity for both the MMTS 1 and 2 systems is being designed to blend in with the surrounding buildings in order to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the area.In addition, a new 900mm diameter gravity main will be constructed alongside the existing MMTS-1 pipeline. The pipeline is approximately 8 km long and will discharge at the existing outfall on the Mpofana River. The existing outfall works will be upgraded to accommodate theMMTS-2 system. In conjunction with the new MMTS-2 scheme, the original Mearnssystem is being refurbished. A team of specialists assessed the original Mearns pipeline and the mechanical and electrical equipment in the Mearns pump station and TCTA decided to proceed with the recommended refurbishments.

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Brooklyn Mall Re - development Attracts International Brands Brooklyn Mall situated in Pretoria, co- owned by Growthpoint Properties Limited and Atterbury’s Abacus Property Holdings, is currently undergoing a major facelift to compliment the dynamic node in which it is located, to attract leading retail and to add international flavor in the mix. The multi-million rand development will see approximately 25,000 m2 being redeveloped, of which some 6,000m² is new Gross Lettable Area (GLA). The work to link the two properties began behind the scenes in 2011. The redevelopment of the mall is addressing the consumer needs, retail demand and thus attracting local and international retailers eager to expand their footprint and existing brands. The shops have been carefully selected to improve and balance the tenant mix. As Brooklyn Mall is enhanced, many of its popular stores are also upgrading to provide the latest ambience in shopping, while the interior is also being developed to make the mall easier to navigate. It provides easy shopper flows with visual appeal produced by bright high-ceilinged malls lined with soaring, sparkling modern shop-fronts. In addition, it introduces a soughtafter ‘figure 8’ mall, making sure customers are never far from any single point in the mall.

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FNB has also joined Brooklyn Mall with a super-modern new branch set to open on Level Three of the centre. In addition to the existing tenant mix, some of the new tenants coming on board include retail brands Pandora, Oaktree, The Space, Vienna Jewelers, Aldo and Nine West, Forever New, Food Lover’s Market, hence the Pretoria shoppers have welcomed these exciting new retail labels enthusiastically. Woolworths has opened Pretoria’s much anticipated flagship Country Road and Trenery stores, followed by Pringle, Poetry, Timberland, Sobert, a new look Frasers and Swedish brand Design of Europe. In addition, Platinum Group premium brands Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, Aca Joe, Vertigo and Urbanhave also opened. The project will have additional parking bays to enhance the shopping experience. The R200 million (US$21million)project being constructed in phases opened the first phase in August 2012 with final phase earmarked for completion by September 2013. Professional Team Client Growthpoint Properties Limited Developer Atterbury Property Developments Main Contractor Iguana Projects Architect IBSM Electrical Engineering RWP Mechanical Engineering Qmech Quantity Surveyors NorvalWentzel Steinberg Fire Consultants Specialised Fire Technology

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Dihlabeng Mall A One-Stop Shopping Paradise

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Investec Property, Tinstwalo Property Group and RPP Consortium have completed the construction of a magnificent regional shopping mall. Dihlabeng Mall is a new regional shopping centre located in Bethlehem, Free State Province near the Bethlehem Peermont Casino.

The development is anchored by high profile national tenants such as Standard Bank, Truworths, Woolworths and Checkers endeavoring to provide formalised shopping for the greater region growing and the expanding surrounding communities.

also been designed with contemporary elements

The shopping centre provides a convenient everyday shopping experience with easy access from the N5 and Paul Laesecke Avenue, the location has strong visibility, access and magnificent natural beauty, with views of the majestic Rooiberg Mountain.

In addition to the anchor stores, some of the high profile shops include Pick ‘n’ Pay, Foschini, Reggies, Game, Mr Price Group, Reggies, Game, Mr Price Group, PEP, Sheet Street and restaurant such as Panarobs, Fish & Chips, Wimpy, Spur, Mugg & Bean, as well as number of smaller regional and national tenants.

packers, cleaners and store managers to local

The new 27,000 m2 shopping centre is designed for a smooth flow of traffic, allowing its visitors to move through the mall with ease, and thus making the centre an ideal shopping environment for the whole family.

The architectural design of the mall encompasses a modern, warm environment created using a wide variety of natural building materials such as rock and sandstone. The fully air-conditioned mall has

that are in sync with the environment. The centre has brought in numerous economic and social benefits from the beginning of construction to date. The development has provided job opportunities for contractors, sub-contractors, shop assistants, residents. A second phase which is set to further increase the ground lettable area(GLA) by 10,000m2 is being considered and this was prompted by demand from retailers who are attracted by the facilities and location. The development with 1700 parking bays and a drop-off facility for taxis opened its doors to the public in April 2013.

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Pietermaritzburg Mediclinic Mediclinic Southern Africa representing the Southern African operations of Mediclinic International, the sixth largest private hospital group in the world, has approximately 7 130 beds in 52 multidisciplinary hospitals in South Africa and Namibia. The group embarked on a multi-million expansion of the Pietermaritzburg Mediclinic situated on 90 Payne Street, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZuluNatal. The hospital boasts of a wider catchment area in the Province, and it includes Kokstad, Matatiele, Richmond, Ixopo, Newcastle, Vryheid, the Drakensburg and the wider KZN Midlands. At approximately R170 million (US$17.3million) the expansion project which commenced construction

in July 2011 and earmarked for completion in the second quarter of 2013, will see the hospital adding about 90 new beds across a variety of medical disciplines. The expansion programme of the hospital with 140 beds at present, is set to alleviate the pressure of bed demand in Pietermaritzburg which is very acute, and estimated to be in the region of 50 per day.

10 daycare beds, a new neo-natal intensive care unit with four additional beds, 26 cardiac beds, the installation of a catheterization lab (for cardiac treatment), two additional theatres, a new pharmacy and emergency centre, a new kitchen and laundry, as well as a triple-storey parking deck with 360 parking bays.

The development is the single biggest investment in a project within the group’s portfolio of 52 hospitals in South Africa and the construction is taking place in the areas overlooking the Umsunduzi River and the Woodburn Rugby Stadium. The expansion programme will entail an additional 30 medical beds, 12 pediatric beds,

In addition, 16 specialist suites will be added and the hospital has brought in much needed benefits to the community. The hospital, which has a staff complement of 350, plans to employ 100 additional nursing staff and 20 additional support staff as a result of the expansion.

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Plascon provides the cure-all for Mediclinic’s paint needs As the prefered paint supplier to the Mediclinic Group, Plascon was appointed to assist in the upgrade of the Mediclinic in Pietermaritzburg in order to create additional capacity. Plascon’s signature Double Velvet – which has been South Africa’s leading paint brand for 40 years and Velvaglo brands were used for the hospital’s interiors while Plascon Wall & All was used on the exterior walls. Plascon is proud to be Mediclinic’s preferred supplier on a national basis for refurbishments and new development projects. This means that Plascon-quality paint and coatings are used on all 52 of Mediclinic’s multi-disciplinary hospitals, of which 49 are located in South Africa and three are in Namibia. As a preferred supplier, Plascon supports the hospital chain through its 360-degree Partnership


Pledge, which means that Mediclinic is provided with Quality Assurance and Product Guarantees. In addition, as one of Plascon’s valued corporate clients, Mediclinic is further supported by Plascon’s dedicated national representation, with a trained professional service team and distribution network in every region. Plascon has been in partnership with Mediclinic since May 2012. Over the last year, Plascon has been involved in a total of 12 major projects, with some developments still in the pipeline and others that are at various stages of completion. Key projects other than the new Pietermartizburg refurbishment include Medi-Clinic Sandton, Limpopo, Nelspruit, Welkom, Hoogland, Milnerton, and Panorama. Plascon looks forward to a long and healthy relationship with Mediclinic. As further advantage to hospital groups such as Mediclinic,

Plascon has now launched a new antibacterial paint which is ideal for hygiene sensitive areas. Providing an extra layer of protection against harmful bacteria on painted walls, Plascon Professional Hygiene Low Sheen creates cleaner and more hygienic interiors which alleviate the risks of cross-contamination, illness and infection in public buildings in order to create healthier living and working environments. Perfect for hospitals, clinics, doctors’ surgeries and public areas, among others, this highly effective anti-bacterial paint was formulated using Plascon’s BIODEFENCE silver technology. BIODEFENCE antimicrobial protection provides proven protection against harmful bacteria such as E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus (Staff infection) and does not wash or wear off during the lifetime of the paint.

June 2013

Showground Close Project Completed By the time you read this article, Gabz FM will be broadcasting from their new premises at the Fairgrounds area. Gabz FM moved into their new offices in January 2013 and started spreading “today’s hits and yesterday’s classics” from a temporary studio as the finishing touches to their new hi-tech state of the art studio were underway. The new home of Gabz FM, Showground Close, is surely a spectacular sight. Botswana

The Showground Close development was a joint achievement by means of partnership between Time Projects and Media Properties. Media Properties were the landowners who required the expertise of the most successful and reputable private sector developers in Botswana, Time Projects, in order to develop the plot to its full potential. The construction of this P27 million (US$3.1million) project was divided into two phases, as revealed by Mr. Lingani Pharo, Project Manager at Time Projects. The construction of both buildings commenced simultaneously in January 2012. The first of the buildings was completed in December 2012 with the second one following in April 2013. Brief Description The site comprises of two (2) three-storey buildings of varying sizes. The first and larger of the two buildings – also known as Building 1 - occupies 2200m2. It is located on the northern wing of the site with its entrance facing south, towards the second adjoining building. Building 1 was sold off under Sectional Title. Under this type of property ownership, the purchaser owns the “section” of his offices and has use of the common property such as the lobbies, ablutions and other areas outside his actual office suite. Parking bays are allocated to him and he would have exclusive use to these areas which could include storerooms, archives, parking bays and garages. The section title concept is new in Botswana. There are a total of 16 units within this building. Bloomington, Mokgweetsi 80

Mining, Sasko, BCPSA (Botswana Civil Service Pensioner’s Association), Analytica, and Barma Accountants are some of the proud owners of this building. These owners bought these office units with varying motives - some intend to move into their new offices, while others purchased them in order to rent them out. The second building (Building 2), which Media Properties decided to retain, is the new home of Gabz fm (on the second floor) and Symphony Medical Aid Scheme on the first floor. The structure is located on the south wing with parking spread on all sides of it. Its entrance is located on the west facing the gate and it sits on 1000 m2 . Each office suite has its own unique internal finishes, which have been specified by the occupants. The floors are tiled in a mixture of granite and full bodied porcelain tiles, granite stairs and A-grade toilets. On each floor there is an ablution for the disabled and an elevator, which also makes mobility easier for the physically challenged. Both buildings are linked to a standby generator to ensure that power outages do not interfere with business. Design Philosophy The development design adapts well to the site and blends well into the surrounding environment and certainly catches one’s eye as you approach. While Building 1 has a brown exterior coupled with other subtle and “earthy” colors to achieve this end, the prominence of the purple on the exterior of Building 2 (and within the Gabz fm offices) matches the radio station corporate colors, which is certainly a fitting and intentional feature. Client Brief The brief received from Media Properties was to develop a funky, functional and eye-catching building without wasting space and money. As one drives past view is of funky purple highlights on the building andthe modern sun screening to the large curtain walling, it becomes clear that this end has been successfully achieved. The interior

also backs this when one enters the building and notices the carefully articulated space management. Green Measures The new Time Projects signature is to go as green as possible. Most typical “green building” features have been included such as rainwater and air conditioning condensate harvesting for irrigating the landscaping, low volume flush toilets, on/off light sensors, the use of LED lights and correct sun screening to the east and west elevations to minimize heat intake. Outstanding Features Accessibility and circulation within the buildings are key features which, Lingani recons make this development exceptional. As with all Time Projects developments, one area that is deemed important is ample parking for occupants and visitors. The number of provided parking bays is more than what is required. Apart from the modern look and green measures which have been put in place, the new Gabz fm state of the art studio is certainly the special feature in this development. It is the first of its kind in Botswana. In a nutshell, “Showground Close offers A-Grade office with ample parking, which many other developers fail to achieve” as Lingani confidently put it. Project Team Project Manager Time Projects Architect Paul Munnik Architects Structural / Civil Engineer Bergstan Africa Quantity Surveyor MLC Quantity Surveyors Mechanical / Electrical Engineer A.R. Edwards Contractor Red East Construction June 2013

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