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MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes COUNTRY EDITORS Kenya - Francis Makari Uganda - Betty Katongole Nigeria - Boladale Ademiju South Africa - Newton Mthethwa WRITERS Jimmy Swira, Lindsay Wagner, Yvonne Andiva,Erick Mongare, Dorcas Kang'ereha


WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa Bonface Kimunyi

Buying used equipment

ADVERTISING Kenya William Mutama, Fred Okoth, Trizah Njoroge, Joseph Mwangi, Ken Okore, David Dondo

When buying used equipment the big questions generally rotate around how much will be saved in forgoing a new one.

South Africa: Thuli Nkosi, Happy Mokoena Shepherd Mthethwa, Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng, Nqobile Ndlovu Uganda: Dan Nsalasata,Bill Collins Musaazi

Cover Picture The cover picture shows a yard displaying second hand equipment for sale

Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye, Ruth Girma Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Samuel Hinneh Zambia: Susan Kandeke Zimbabwe: Chiedza Chimombe Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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Buying used equipment Avoiding the pitfalls

REGULARS Editor's Comment 3 Energy News 4 Commercial News 5 Infrastructure News 6 Association News 7 Corporate News 8 New Products 9 Events 10 Opinion - Prof. Paul Mwangi, the PS for Public Works at the Ministry 12 of Land, Housing & Urban Development., Kenya.

Used Machines: Buying used equipment 16 Management 22 Challenges faced by Project Managers in the construction industry Building Project: University of Nairobi Towers 32

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June 2016 Volume 27 No.6

Editor's Comment

UAP Tower soars 33 stories high into the Nairobi sky

Offgrid power for Africa

The UAP Old Mutual Tower is nearing completion in Nairobi and will redefine the Nairobi skyline with its iconic design

A recent report points out that even with the current efforts to provide electricity to local communities in Africa, by 2030 two thirds of the world’s population will still be without electricity. It appears that the reliance on national grids to reach the rural regions will not be able


to attain the goals so far set out principally due to the costs and the remoteness of some communities. According to a PWC report entitled “Electricity

Planning Systems Services

beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable

Four Decades of Creativity

power for all” the answer lies in developing off grid

Planning Systems Services Limited, better known simply as PLANNING, is one of the biggest names on the Kenyan architectural map. CR met up with the management to document their success over the past decade

power sources. The report points out that technological advances are turning common wisdom on its head. Solar technology costs are dropping dramatically and battery storage technology have evolved significantly. Policy needs


to reflect these advances and promote minigrids and

Atticspace Architects and Interior Designers 35 Building Long-term Partnerships is the Firm’s Secret

that can greatly facilitate this policy drive.

standalone systems that are bottom-up driven while not forgetting the contribution of mobile phone microloans

Gill Consult Marks 20 Years of Engineering Excellence Gill Consult is an electrical and mechanical engineering firm based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ethiopia Office Haymi Advertising Services 22 Mazoria, Genet Bldg 4th Flr P.O. Box 1316 - 1110 Addis Ababa Tel: +251 118 955 855, Cell: +251 930 099 152 Email: Ghana Office Image Consortium 1st Floor, TheEcobank Building, Tesano. Tel: 233(0)30 223 2728 Fax: 233(0)24 882 8286 Email: Kenya Office


Robert Barnes

Northwest Ventures Ltd P.O. Box 16414 - 00100 G.P.O Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 2679809 I 2679808, 2091305 Email: Nigeria Office Rahma Associates B23/24, Aishetu Emoewa Plaza, 196, Iju Water Works Road, Ifako Ijaye Lga,Agege, Lagos. Tel: 234-1-7347860 Email: Rwanda Office Kolline & Hemed Inc., B.P. 3328, Kigali, Rwanda

Tel: +250 03 748106 E-mail: Website: Zambia Office Dayflex Limited, 4th. Floor Tazara House Dedan Kimathi Road, Lusaka, Zambia. Tel: +260 211 230 529 / +260 977 756 663 Email:, dayflex06@gmail. com



South Africa

South Africa

Chinese firm to construct 700MW coal power plant

Airports Company South Africa unveils Kimberley Airport solar power plant

SADC to commission 3,000MW of new power in 2016

The Volta River Authority (VRA) in Ghana has proposed the construction of a 700MW coal power plant in Ghana. The project is expected to begin by April next year. Shenzhen Energy Group Co. Ltd. (SEC), a Chinese based power company will cooperate with the VRA to execute the coal plant project. According to Ben A. Sackey, Manager, Environment and Social Impact-VRA, the project’s kick off will depend on getting a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency. Besides the authority is working closely with the EPA to ensure that all the stringent environment requirements are met. The coal plant will be sited in the coastal town of Aboano in the Ekumfi district of the Central Region. On completion the coal plant project is expected to augment the current generation capacity in order to boost the country's largest power producer diversify its power generation portfolio to meet the growing energy demand in the country. The China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) will provide about US$1.5bn long-term loan for the construction of the two 350MW coal-fired plants to meet future power demand in Ghana. The 350MW of power, represents the first phase of developing the two coal plants by the power producer, as it seeks to strengthen the country’s base load and forestall any future shortage of power. Besides, the existing plants are currently due for mandatory maintenance. Given that the power demand is expected to rise in the country, the plant will be further expanded in the future.

US$876000 solar power plant at Kimberley Airport as part of ACSA’s


Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Friday unveiled a wider plan to install solar farms at all its six regional airports. The construction of the Kimberley Airport plant started in September last year and was finished in April. Speaking during the official launch of the plant, the Minister for Transport Dipuo Peters said that the plant was in line with government’s commitment to address South Africa’s energy pitfalls. “The diversification of the country’s energy matrix remains a key priority to ensure the sustainability of economic activity,” she said. The solar farm is made of 1620 photovoltaic panels and sits on 700sq metres of land within the precinct of the airport. The plant, which was previously using an 11 kV substation as its main source of power supply, had produced 141,870 kWh to date. “The plant will produce 927,000 kWh a year,” noted ACSA regional airports GM Jabulani Khambule at the event.


Bidco Africa to construct a 1.2MW solar plant Bidco Africa which is a manufacturer of edible oils, cooking fats, soaps, and detergents is planning to construct a 1.2MW solar plant in Thika, Africa in a bid to cut the energy costs in the region and shrink the company’s carbon footprint as emissions drop. Bidco Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Vimal Shah confirmed the news and said that the solar power project is a good development to work on, construction will commence in June this year with completion set for December. “We will start working on the development in June and take six months to complete, we have plenty of rooftop space available and this project can put our energy situation in our own hands at an affordable price, which is a fantastic position to be in,” Mr. Shah said. The solar plant which will be developed by Astonfield Solar is priced at between US$ 0.06 and US$ 0.07 per kilowatt hour (kWh) will be for Bidco’s exclusive use and at US$0.07 the solar plant’s electricity will be about the same price as geothermal energy and about three times cheaper than power generated from diesel. Bidco Africa now joins big companies like Centum Investment which is also constructing a 2MW solar plant that is intended to power its Two Rivers Development which is a real estate project in Nairobi.

The Southern Africa region plans to commission new power projects that are expected to add 3,059 megawatts of power this year as the region targets to ensure that it meets its energy requirements by 2020. According to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), which is coordinating the planning, generating and transmitting the electricity on behalf of the member state utilities, a big percentage of the new power this year will come from South Africa. A total of 1,624MW from three power generation projects will be commissioned in South Africa. Zambia will also contribute a significant amount of power and is expected to add 300MW to the regional power grid. Angola, which is not yet connected to the regional grid, is expected to contribute 780MW. Out of the new power generation projects scheduled for commissioning this year, only 2,269 MW will be added to the regional grid since the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is yet to be fully integrated in terms of energy trading. All SADC countries on the mainland, apart from Malawi, Angola and Tanzania, are interconnected through SAPP regional grid, enabling them to share surplus energy. The new generation capacity that is installed in any of the three countries is not accessible to the nine other members of SAPP – South Africa, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. June 2016




Constructing of major shopping mall in Abuja begins

Construction of Freedom Park Mall to light up Copperbelt

Nigeria has began construction of a new shopping mall in Abuja. The US$68m mall project is expected to open during the third quarter of 2017. The mall will be erected on an approximately 2,000 sq metre. The project has been developed by Novare Real Estate Africa.The project will be executed in phases and the first phase will lie on a 15, 278sq metres. According to Alhaji Mohammed Bello, the Nigerian Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), his administration will give all the support that is needed to make projects like Novare Gateway successful as they serve citizens, through creating employment opportunities and generate multiplier economic activities. In addition, the Novare Gateway mall project has joined forces with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce to execute the project by leveraging on local information, local content and local expertise. Jan van Zyl, the property development head for Novare Real Estate Africa described the project as the modern infrastructure and facilities perfectly designed and situated to meet the needs of the growing Abuja community. The latest PWC African Retail report reveals that, Abuja is set to experience a growth rate of 171% in terms of its population size up to 2030 – one of the highest figures on the continent. The centre is located on the main 10lane highway between Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the central business district. When the mall opens, Shoprite will be anchoring the mall.

The the construction of Freedom Park Mall in Kitwe’s Copperbelt Province has come with joy and a sense of pride to the local people. For some, the park brings back the memories of the criminal activities which used to take place at the site where many bodies of people believed to have been killed elsewhere, were dumped. But the launch of the construction of a modern shopping mall has brought joy to residents with most of them saying the project is long overdue. One trader recalled how she was almost raped at the site after the assailants dragged her into a nearby thicket. But alert police officers who were on patrol saved her. Construction of the US$29 million ultra modern Freedom Park Shopping Mall had stalled for over 10 years. The construction of the mall was first given to Kitwe Development Limited (KDL) but the company failed to put up any tangible structures.


World Trade Centre construction project nears completion The World trade Centre construction project in Nigeria which is being carried out by the Churchgate Group is on its completion stages. Vinay Mahtani, the Group Managing Director made the announcement during a meeting with estate valuers and agents in Abuja. He also revealed that the group is fully committed to the project and is optimistic to deliver phase I of the project by end of this year. According to him there has been a growing demand for quality real estate which is a combination of residential and commercial. Mr. Olusola Akinsola, an estate surveyor, spoke on behalf of other estate surveyors and valuer during the Abuja meeting expressing his satisfaction with the work level on the first phase of the WTC project. He further described the WTC project as one of its kind with great significance particularly for the real estate sector and the country’s economy at large. “Housing is no more about shelter,” said Akinsola. “It’s about employment, economic inclusiveness and multiplier effect on the local economy,” he added. Phase I of the project is currently at its final stages. The project involves construction of an AAA commercial tower that will accommodate businesses of all sizes and a residential tower that will offer luxury apartments with modern amenities.

June 2016


CONSTEC to construct 30,000 housing units

Egyptian joint stock firm CONSTEC has submitted a request to construct 30,000 housing units in the first phase of the proposed new administrative capital city, its managing director Talaat Fawzy has announced. Fawzy told the media that his company could efficiently carry out the housing units within a shortened time frame due to its considerable experience in developing housing projects. CONSTEC has officially represented its scheme to the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, awaiting its approval to commence works officially in the project. Egypt is planning to build a new administrative and business capital east of Cairo that will house five million people and feature a theme park “four times bigger than Disneyland”. The yet unnamed new capital city would relieve pressure on overcrowded Cairo, with its population of 18 million expected to double in coming decades. It will take from five to seven years to be constructed; to be located between Cairo and the Suez Canal region. According to Talaat they have already done and completed various project and they expect to win the project to add it into their portfolio. “We have vast experience in carrying out various project in Egypt and beyond and I am sure we will be able to complete the project in few months time once we get the contract with us” he added In the recent few months Egypt’s ambitious plan to construct a new city have got numerous from both local and international contractors and more funding from international community such as China. 5


Nigeria Chinese construction firm to upgrade Ajiwa Water Works Kaido Engineering, a Chinese construction firm has signed a US$12.6m contract with the Katsina State Government for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Ajiwa Water treatment plant in Nigeria. According to Salisu Dandume, the state Commissioner of Water Resources, the contract components included repairing of storage tanks, construction of the access road, laying of pipelines and replacement of the outdated equipment. However, the project is expected to be completed within a period of 18 months. On completion the project is expected to boost the state’s water supply with over 40million litres of water daily in line with the effort to solve the perennial water scarcity experienced in Katsina metropolis. Ajiwa water treatment plant, was constructed and commissioned in the 70’s, and was later neglected by the previous administrations despite serving the Katsina state capital and its environs. The Federal Government is expected to look into some of the challenges that are faced by the state water board and make it independent without interference by the state ministry of water resources. In fact, the board has already been reduced to a mere department under the state ministry of water resources and all its powers to execute its mandate had been pocketed by the ministry. On the other hand, the Association of Retired Civil Servants of the state Water Board has been handled the responsibility to come up with suggestions on how to move the board forward effectively. 6

Ethiopia Construction of Ethio-Kenya Road almost complete

The construction of Ethio-Kenya Road linking Kenya to Ethiopia is set to be completed soon; this is according to The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA). Regional Director for Eastern Africa Resource Centre of the African Development Bank Group, Mr. Gabriel Negatu confirmed the reports and said that the road which covers 121km of Merille-Marsabit and 122km of Turbi-Moyale will have a very significant impact in regional integration and hence boost trade for the benefit of Kenya and Ethiopia once it is complete. “Once the road is complete, it will have significant impact in regional integration and boost trade for the benefit of both Kenya and Ethiopia with the increase in traffic along the corridor and new trade opportunities in Ethiopia,” said Mr. Negatu. The road is currently being covered with a layer of tarmac chips to make it more durable; this is according to an engineer involved in the construction, The new corridor will further improve trade between the two countries, open up the Northern Kenya for more and better trade opportunities and also contribute to an increase in the volume of Ethiopian goods transiting through the Port of Mombasa at the Kenyan Coast.


Mono rail construction project in Nigeria gets boost from Japan, France The Mono rail construction project in Nigeria has received a major financial boost from Japan and France, The Lagos State Government has revealed.The rail is expected to link Marina, Ikoyi and Lekki. The project is expected to boost the state government’s effort to sustain its mega city status. Both countries have earmarked the funds following the previous achievements by the state government. However, the release of the fund will be determined by the results of a feasibility study, for JICA to commit the sum of US$1bn to the project if the result of the preliminary survey is validated by the feasibility study amongst other conditions. Detailed feasibility study has been commissioned on the monorail project to validate the initial survey. The state population has continued to rise exerting pressure to partner with other states governments in improving the living standard of the state residents. However, the government has secured US$100m loan from the French Government to upgrade slums in the state. The mono rail project will connect Marina to Victoria Island and Ikoyi.

Tanzania Budget to give construction of bridges top priority The 2016/17 Tanzanian budget will give construction of bridges and roads top priority, the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication has announced. The announcement was made by deputy minister, Engineer Edwin Ngonyani, while responding to supplementary questions from Ms Wanne Mchemba (Special Seats – CCM) and Mr Marwa Chacha (Serengeti – Chadema). Mr Chacha inquired if the government was going to rehabilitate road and bridge infrastructures that have been destroyed in the heavy rains that are currently pouring in the country, while Mchemba asked if the government had any plans to repair road sections destroyed by rains in the Tabora region. “The ongoing rains have destroyed a lot of road infrastructures in Tabora region to the point that they are not passable. is the government ready to repair those sections so that the public can use the roads?” Mchemba asked. She also wanted the minister to shed light on when construction of the Chaya-Tabora and UramboKauliya road will be completed. Eng Ngonyani responded by assuring the legislators that the government had received the requests and is working on them to ensure the infrastructures destroyed by ongoing rains are repaired. He also said that once the ministry’s budget gets endorsement, the challenges facing the public in the affected areas will be solved, adding that the 30 percent allocated to roads for every district council is not enough to cater for the rehabilitation works. June 2016


Architects Registration Council of Nigeria says most buildings illegal The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has revealed that most buildings in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been erected without being designed and approved by qualified architects. According to the council President, Umaru Aliyu, less than 10% of buildings in Abuja, the nation’s capital, are designed by qualified and registered architects, while the rest are the handiworks of quacks. The buildings include both completed and those which are still under construction have been approved without the design plan of a qualified and registered architect. There has been allegations of corrupt practices in the FCT, whereby a qualified architect submits his design and documents to the development control department for approval, and the client goes through the backdoor collecting the document without the knowledge of the architect. Nigeria building industry has remained the most bastardised, due to the activities of quacks. However, none of the collapsed buildings in the country have been attributed as the fault of a qualified and registered architect. According to the act establishing the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) only Nigerian citizens who are fully registered as architect are entitled for registration and practice of the profession in the country.

UNABCEC urges Ugandan to buy locally made products Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (UNABCEC) have requested the Ugandan government and its citizens to buy and consume locally made products and services so as to enhance the economic development of the country. Executive Director of Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), Mr. Gideon Badagawa said that for Uganda to achieve its vision for 2040 then there needs to be tremendous support for local industries through the provision of local markets for their products. “Until we support our own industry base, we shall not achieve the intended vision 2040,”Mr. Badagawa pointed out this during a visit to various members of PSFU in the Busoga Region. Mr. Badagawa was grateful to Mr. John Berry who is the General Manager Bujagali Energy for establishing the plant which has immensely contributed to competitiveness in the private sector in Uganda through power generation. Through the Bujagali Hydro Power project, a number of benefits have been realized including the 76% increase in GDP in the country and by eliminating load shedding, Bujagali has played a major part in increasing GDP growth from 3.4 to 6% during the project’s first year of operations.

Institute of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) blames National construction Authority for collapsed buildings

Kenyan surveyors have blamed county governments for failure to knock down buildings earmarked for demolition until they collapsed. The surveyors also pointed fingers at the National Construction Authority (NCA), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA),






developers for substandard buildings that have been collapsing with time. Speaking at their offices in Nairobi, the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) led by their Chairman Stephen Ambani said that the state organs had failed in their mandate to ensure that buildings constructed in the country were up to standard. Ambani said that county governments were primarily responsible for ensuring that buildings complied with standards, adding that no action was

Concrete Society of Southern Africa appoints first ever female president A member of the Concrete Society for many years, Hanlie Turner has held several voluntary positions in the organisation including Chairperson of the Inland Branch and, more recently, that of National Vice-President. Her new role as President of the CSSA will include heading up the Board of Directors and coordinating the work of the Society at national level. She will also be responsible for formulating the policy for the Society that will be implemented nationally. “This role will provide me with an opportunity to give back to an industry that I have been part of my entire life. I am excited about working with society members to find ways for players in the sector to rise above the challenges of a weak economy, a decline in civil construction confidence and crippling cement imports,” says Turner. During her two year term as president, Turner will take a four-tiered approach to move the organisation forward: by analysing everything critically; being open to and implementing change where necessary; developing an innovative value offering for members; and implementing necessary succession planning. Turner is the fourth employee from PPC Ltd and the only woman to be elected as president of the CSSA in the organisation’s history.

taken after condemned houses were earmarked for demolition. “The collapse of buildings highlights the systematic failure of the authorities to rein in the malpractices in the sector,” he said. He called upon the government to ensure that relevant qualified professionals were involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the buildings and that they were held liable in case of negligence.

June 2016



From left: Davis & Shirtliff CEO, Alec Davis (in white shirt), Christine Davis and Guest of Honor, Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, Dr Abbas Gullet, officially open the Dayliff Building as part of the compony’s 70th Anniversary celebrations. Looking on are D&S Managing Director David Gatende and key overseas suppliers.

Davis & Shirtliff Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Pomp and Colour Davis & Shirtliff (D&S), East Africa’s largest supplier of water and energy related equipment, recently marked 70 years since the company was founded. The colourful event held at the company’s headquarters complex in Nairobi brought together hundreds of invited guests who included suppliers, service providers, clients and D&S staff. Guests, both local and foreign, were first taken on a tour of the premises and were introduced to the vast range of products the company supplies through its network of branches and subsidiaries

ABB Global Technology opens Tanzania centre

Biwater Presented with Leading Industry Awards

ABB Global Technology which is a leader in power and automation technologies has opened a service centre in Tanzania that is expected to serve Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda for the maintenance and rehabilitation of turbochargers in power plants. ABB Power and Productivity Country Managing Director, Mr. Michael Otonya verified the reports and said that ABB has been focusing on the manufacture of turbochargers and been operating in Tanzania since 1993. “Our companies have been operating in Tanzania since 1993 and has been focusing on manufacturing of turbochargers that control the voltage of power and increase efficiency of the machines in the transmission and generation of power from substations,” Mr. Otonya said.

In the top water industry awards

D& S engineers and technicians fielded questions from the visitors.

Siemens to add 14,400 MW to Egypt’s national grid

The tour was followed by presentations and speeches. Speaking at the


occasion, Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Dr Abbas Gullet, who


was the Chief Guest, lauded D&S efforts in the provision of water

aiming to add over 14,400 MW

especially in arid and semi-arid areas of the country.

to Egyptian's national grid by

in several Africa countries. They include all kinds of pumps, water treatment equipment, solar solutions and generators among others.

Outgoing Chief Executive, Alec Davis, took time to reflect on the company’s 70-year journey. Other speakers included incoming Chief Executive and current Managing Director Davis Gatende, GM Service David Bolo as well as representatives of longtime D&S suppliers Pedrollo, Grundfos and Davey. The celebrations at D&S Headquarters also included the official opening of a new building within the complex to accommodate the company’s ever growing needs. Since it was established in 1946 by Eddie Davis & Dick Shirtliff, D&S has enjoyed tremendous growth. The company




power is


May 2018 as they complete their ongoing power projects. According




officials the company is currently working on three projects that include one in Borolos, New Administrative Capital, and Beni Suef. The official added that the three projects will be completed by 2018 and all are expected to

now employs about 600 staff and its headquarters premises span

produce enough power to meet

10,000m2 with extensive warehousing, manufacturing, training

the needs of the over 45 million

and administrative facilities from where products are efficiently

population in Egypt.The power

distributed by the company’s own fleet of trucks. In Kenya alone,

will record an increase to the

the company boasts 27 branches. Regional subsidiaries are located in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and South Sudan while Ethiopia is served through a local partnership. 8

total grid's current capacity by

event of the year, Biwater were presented with a Distinction for Water Company of the Year, the main award category, during a ceremony held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The award recognised the Group’s success in delivering bespoke financial, engineering, technical and operational solutions across the globe. At the same event, Biwater was also recognised for delivering the impressive Stage 2A Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) on Stonecutters Island, Hong Kong. The project was shortlisted in the Wastewater Project of the Year Award category and was recognised with a Distinction during the Ceremony. The project was presented as a major industry achievement, showcasing the world’s largest sewage pumping station and sludge treatment facility. Felipe Calderón,



of Mexico and Chairman of the




presented and

Commission and








on their success in delivering large-scale



maximum impact in challenging jurisdictions. Commenting on this achievement, Sir Adrian White, Biwater Chairman, said, “We are extremely proud to be awarded Distinctions for both Water Company of the Year and Wastewater Project of the Year. These awards recognise our unique offering and approach to

50%. Furthermore, about 26%

supplying the world’s population

of electricity will be produced


through Siemens's products.

sanitation and reuse solutions.




June 2016


Hitachi launches new SCX3500-3 crawler crane

Samsung Electronics Introduces new Air Conditioners







Co., Ltd., (HSC) has launched the new SCX3500-3 crawler crane in the European market. The



lifting capacity hydraulic model features a more compact body, outstanding handling capabilities, and an advanced transportation and




SCX3500-3 not only offers a standard specification with a high-performance lifting capacity,

Samsung Electronics East Africa Limited, recently launched its new range of air conditioners to meet growing demand in energy efficient, less space consuming, and eco-friendly products in the property sphere. The country has in the past few years experienced a property boom with contractors taking advantage of the vertical space for more returns from commercial and residential commercialization leading to demand of single unit air conditioners and chillers as opposed to several units. Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Samsung E.A Ltd Vice President and Managing Director Mr. Hyung Jung Park said, ”Samsung is continuously innovating to meet the property market demands by offering unique cooling experiences, resource conservation and efficient recourse allocation with our new range of air conditioners and Chillers.” The new range, which are smart products, include the 360 Cassette air conditioning unit, DVM Chiller, next generation DVM S 30HP, and new side discharge VRF unit – the DVM S Eco 14HP to serve real estate which will continue being demanding hence the need for revolutionary, technology integrated products to meet the specific tastes and demands of a visually aware market.

but also a short-tail swing radius – available for the first time in the 350-tonne crawler crane class. When selected by the operator, this latest option ensures that the live mast never exceeds the rearend radius of the counterweight. This unique compact design allows the machine to be operated in confined spaces on such construction sites as


warehouses. The SCX3500-3’s versatility may be evidenced by its capacity to work from wide to small radius settings. Operations close to the crane are also easier during luffing jib tower crane jobs with the angle of the tower boom limited to 88° and tower jib to 74°.

Mr. Hyung Jung Park(R), Managing Director and Vice President Samsung East Africa Electronics East Africa takes Waweru Gathecha, President Architectural Association of Kenya through the features of the newly launched DVM s Eco AC System, as Nandakishore Nair (L) looks on.

Inntechgroup boosts construction industry in Africa with aircrete blocks production plants Inntechgroup company has launched aircrete blocks production lines with capacities from 20 to 500cu metres blocks per day. The plants perfectly suits needs of any client whether this be private housing, social housing, public buildings, commercial buildings, industrial buildings or even self-build. Aircrete blocks are eco-friendly, energy saving, economic building material. It is made of sand (or pulverised fuel ash), cement, aluminum powder and water. Aircrete is highly valued for its durability: it doesn’t burn, rot, cannot be attacked by pests such as termites or vermin. At the end of building’s life aircrete can be easily recycled and crushed down with other masonry materials and used in future applications. As professional designer and manufacturer we offer wide range of production lines: Mobile mould with bigger sizes: 2400×600 600 mm (0.86cu metres), Moulds are moved by hydraulic pusher, Strain-gauge weighing principle by pushing the button, Components pneumatically unloaded into the mixer, High-performance cutting device allows to manufacture aircrete blocks of any sizes.

June 2016

HAMM unveils compact climbers for earthworks HAMM has expanded its programme for earth-moving and has unveiled its two small H 5i and H 7i compactors for the first time at bauma. They are ideally suited for construction companies as well as for machine rental because they are extremely simple to operate and offer ergonomically optimised workplaces. On compaction jobs, they stand out for their remarkable climbing ability, very good driving characteristics and generous ground clearance. The two new innovations weigh in at 4.8 t (H 5i) and 6.3 t (H 7i) in the standard versions. Their concept thoroughly satisfies the criteria for small earth-moving compactors in every respect. The drive merits particular mention: the wheels are driven by wheel motors, enabling HAMM to dispense with a rear axle. Hydraulic anti-slip control ensures continuous traction. This special design feature forms the basis for the exceptionally good climbing ability and generous ground clearance of both models. The newly designed drive confers yet another advantage: the two compactors are remarkably short. This applies especially to the H 7i. Measuring approx. 4.40 m, it is the world’s shortest compactor in this weight class. Moreover, the combination with the 3-point centre pivot assembly and very short wheel base results in exceptional driving and handling characteristics.



South Africa to host Infrastructure Africa Business Forum

African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo- What to expect

Egypt Ports and Waterways 2016

The African Development Bank

“Undertaking Construction Projects in Zambia for Long-term Investment and an Expanding Economy”. The Zambia International Building, Construction and Interiors Exhibition (ZambiaBuild) returns following a very successful first edition in 2015. ZambiaBuild 2016, organised by ZPTE and AME Trade Ltd and supported by the National Council for Construction (NCC), Zambia Development Agency (ZDA), the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), is the leading and most significant event in the construction & building industries in Zambia. ZambiaBuild 2016 will be held at the New Government Complex Conference Centre, Lusaka, Zambia, from 23-24 June 2016. The event will include a tradeshow alongside a conference where the main theme is “Undertaking Construction Projects in Zambia for Long-term Investment and an Expanding Economy”. The ZambiaBuild 2016 programme offers, for all industry stakeholders in Zambia and the region, a platform from which to demonstrate project updates, products and/or services.

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Africa are in top gear with preparations to host the 2016 edition of the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum that will incorporate side event, the Africa Inclusive Infrastructure Forum. This year’s event will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre starting from June 9 to 10. The two-day event and exhibition is expected to attract the attendance of



prominent African infrastructure experts and business leaders to accelerate development in

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Authority, General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Arab Sea Ports Federation, Damietta Port Authority, River Transport Authority, Ministry of Transport, and more who will discuss the future of maritime transport and trade. Hear from H.E. Alaa Omar, Chairman of the General Authority for Investment plus key government officials




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- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Architectural Association of Kenya

- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Institute of Engineers of Kenya


- Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya

- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia

- Association of Professional Societies of East

Association Partners

- Kenya Property developers Association - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

Surveying Profession - Khuthaza ( Women for Housing) - Concrete Manufacturers Association

- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria

- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers

- Association of Professional Women

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Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers - Architects Registration Council

Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region

- Ghana Institute of Surveyors

- Nigeria Society of Engineers

- Ghana Green Builders Association

- Nigeria Institute of Architects

- Master Builders South Africa

- Ghana Institute of Planners

- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans


- Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana

Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)

- Green Building council of SA - South African Property Owners Association

Institute of Surveyors of Uganda

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- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

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Sub-standard Buildings in Kenya What is the action taken?


Prof. Paul Mwangi, the Principal Secretary (PS) for Public Works at the Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development.

Buildings collapsing has not been a new thing in Africa and above all in Kenya where many lives have been lost as a result. 12

ollowing the incident of a building that collapsed in Huruma estate and many other cases of substandard buildings in Kenya, Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) sought the views of Prof. Paul Mwangi, the Principal Secretary (PS) for Public Works at the Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development. Below is the response from the PS. What exactly is the role of the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development (State Department of Public Works) in ensuring that buildings in Kenya are safe, healthy and functional? The Ministry has three State departments with the following mandates that incline to this matter: State Department of Land: Ensures developers have proof of ownership in form of Title deeds; Guides the process of physical planning upon which all development is set. State Department of Housing: Provides framework for housing provision, management and maintenance nationally. State Department of Public works: Sets standards & regulates the building industry through the: National Construction Authority (NCA) that regulates construction sites, as well as contractors and their labour, while improving their skills. The National Building Inspectorate (NBI) audits buildings for conformity with land registration, planning, zoning, building standards and structural soundness. The Board of Registration of Architects & Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS) that licenses Architects and Quantity surveyors. Kenya Building Research Centre (KBRC) the spearheads innovation and research in the industry.

The collapsed Huruma building should have been demolished immediately it was identified as being unsafe. Why didn’t this happen? Demolition of buildings must follow laid down procedures in order for the exercise to stay within the confines of the law. It is important that residents are served notice by the Nairobi County Government, to vacate any such residences and accorded ample time to leave within the context of the level of risk. This was done. Building owners are simultaneously also issued notice of the intended evacuation and demolition and given first option to demolish and salvage any materials they deem useful. It is only when they fail to comply that forced demolition is resorted to directly by the County Government working with the NBI and as has happened in the past assisted by the National Youth Service (NYS). Delays in compliance therefore can squarely be blamed on residents and developers. Where there is rapid compliance by residents, demolitions can be achieved real-time as the critical risk is the welfare of residents. Residents are advised to embrace government advice on their safety positively and respond positively and in haste for their own sakes. There are many buildings that are structurally unsound like the collapsed Huruma building. Has the Ministry carried out an audit to ascertain how many they are and where they are located? Are there plans for immediate evacuation and demolition of such buildings? In May of 2015, the NBI working in concert with the County Government and the June 2016

The rubble that remains of a six storey residential building that collapsed recently in Nairobi resulting in several fatalities.

NCA concluded an audit of 2,601 buildings in Nairobi. This exercise identified defective buildings in Huruma/ Kiamaiko (55). It proceeded on in December 2015 to identify more defective buildings in Umoja (28), Dagoretti (16), Zimmerman (29), Thome Estate & Marurui (9), Githurai 44 (16), Garden Estate, Mirema (1), Roysambu (11), Ngei Estate (2), Kahawa west (3), Riruta, Dagoretti, Waithaka and Ruthimitu & Uthiru (16). Starting this year the exercise moved on to Baba Dogo, and Nairobi South B. Currently, it is ongoing at Nairobi West. A total of 226 buildings have so far been found to be unsafe and are tagged for demolition but with a priori consensus of conclusive tests for structural soundness by the Materials Branch of the Ministry of Infrastructure releases. Notice of evacuation is issued by the Nairobi County Government as the audit progresses. Notice for demolition was also issued for all these faulty buildings and has recently been reinforced with follow up notices by the Nairobi County Government and the NBI jointly as witnessed in Huruma near the site of the collapsed structure last week. A good number of other buildings like the one that collapsed in Huruma have been erected illegally on Riparian land and all these really must be brought down. There are a considerable number of others that have taken up road reserves and land preserved for community facilities. These also ought to be removed. Demolition of unsafe buildings is a reactive and short term measure that may not be sustainable. What preventive measures have been put in place to ensure such buildings don’t come up in the first place? Strict adherence to the law by all citizens and close monitoring of compliance by the regulatory agencies is the only sustainable approach that will stem this tide June 2016

of impunity by developers of annexing public land and invading riparian land, while also churning out structurally unstable and hygienically unacceptable buildings. To this extent, the State Department of Public Works is seeking a multi-agency platform of all players in the industry that regulate construction for purposes of peer monitoring and synergizing a coherent united approach to address these challenges. Further we graduated over 120 planners, architects and engineers and health officers from 22 counties. These graduates were taken through an intensive training on Building Inspection and taken for a one day field work exercise in Zimmerman and Huruma. They will commence practical inspections in their respective counties on the 10th of May. From this group and another from the remaining 24 counties (Nairobi staff are already engaged in audits), we intended to develop a national audit report by the close of June so the nation is well guided. What role should residents associations play to support Government efforts towards ensuring that buildings are safe, healthy and functional? Residents are on the location where all abuses of zoning and building regulations are taking place. For this reason they are most strategically placed to detect the malpractice on the ground as it emerges and also pick out the culprits. They are the first line of defense to help stop the vice before it escalates to complete buildings. We have set out a programme to train residents nationwide so they can play this role effectively and therefore complement the work of the NBI and County governments. This training will be rolled out in the months of May and June 2016, starting off with a 4-day Training of Trainer (ToT) session in the Public Works Club in the next two weeks. 13

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frica’s construction industry continues to record exponential growth thanks to an upsurge in the growth of urban centers, infrastructure projects, and housing that has come as a result of a burgeoning economy in many African countries. Africa had 51 cities with more than a million inhabitants in 2010, and only Cairo with more than 10 million people but it is expected to have more than 100 cities of one million and above inhabitants and seven cities of more than 10 million come 2040. This trend has led to a steep rise in the demand for construction machinery and associated equipment. This rise in demand has translated into an exponential rise in the deand for used construction activity as contractors opt for what they perceive to be the cheaper option to purchasing new equipment. Availability From a blank page, buying new equipment may seemly be the obvious choice but in many circumstances, it is just not a practical reality. New equipment may not always be readily available in the local market and companies wishing to buy the machinery may be quoted lead times of six months or more-time that in most cases they do not have. On the other hand used equipment is available immediately and in many varieties to choose from. Additionally, a knowledgeable and skillful dealer can often locate equipment that is in close proximity to a buyer, which may help in sidestepping potential shipping costs. Africa in particular faces a number of challenges.


Sando T, Johnson, the Regional Executive Director in charge of Africa at Motter Equipment Inc, says the challenges facing the industry in Africa are huge amid pressing demands of plants and equipment. He cites poor access to funding, capital and credit as big challenges hindering access to equipment especially for new comers in the industry. He adds that Africa is at a disadvantage in terms of technological advancement as the right skills and expertise to operate and maintain equipment is lacking. They are therefore left to lie idle in most cases. He suggests that to help iron out the risks, a potential buyer should find and work with someone and a business entity that understands the customers’ product demand, the financial requirements and expectations, the nature of work and environment, the application and results expectated. Motter is a USbased company with an international touch with a 30 year market experience. Testing on-site Probably the greatest benefit associated with buying preused is the ability of a buyers engineers to inspect and examine a pre-owned machine first-hand while it is still installed and running at its original point of sale. This allows the potential new owner to have a better feel of the machine in terms of what the machine does, what parts it has and its overall condition. This luxury is rarely available for new equipment purchases. Depending on the nature and specifications of the machine, new equipment June 2016

Cashflows Financial risk and cash flow are subjects with high consideration whenever a company is considering to purchase. Used equipment allows small companies with small budgetary allocations the latitude to purchase "money making" machines at a substantially reduced investment hence reducing on the financial risk and strains on cash flow. Even bigger companies with bigger capital base can benefit by purchasing used equipment for projects and contracts that require expensive or specialized equipment. Additionally, companies that would exorbitantly spend fees for machines they will dispose ofin a year or two can maximize cash flow by purchasing the used one. Although some used machines may require modification, start-up costs and lead times can be less than costs and delays incurred from the purchase of a new machine. In buying used the dealers will attempt to locate purchasers for surplus equipment. Ideally, this increases the cash flow and creates floor space as soon as the project is complete. In regard to the dilemma of whether the machine will last," used equipment in most cases prove to have the same long and productive lifespan as a new machine. In fact, many used machines have the reputation of lasting for many years while still out-producing customers can only depend on either drawings or similar models of the machine that have yet to be manufactured, but not the specific and exact machine in question until it has been delivered. The buyer therefore lacks that chance to have a pre-purchase feel of the equipment. Inside info In evaluating the cost effectiveness of buying used equipment against new ones, the big questions generally rotates around how much will be saved in forgoing new ones for used ones and will "pre-owned" machinery last? In many circumstances, used equipment can save customers as much as half the price of new models, sometimes for machines that are practically brand new or else unused and still in their original conditions. Pre-owned machines can be handed down from companies that never took them out of the original packaging and include everything from fluid beds to capsule polishers. Part of the reason behind this is that used dealers are privy to information that competing manufacturers, packagers and suppliers may not be comfortable sharing with one another. In addition, sales representative for new equipment manufacturers may not be inclined to share information about a six-month-old machine they just finished installing. A used equipment dealer finds this equipment, including one- and two-year-old machines that will soon be disposed of due to changes in contracts. In the long-run, the insider knowledge and experience of a used equipment dealer could ultimately save the company a lot of money. June 2016


and calling for less maintenance compared to newer sophisticated machines. Buying online Despite the economic advantages associated with buying preused equipment, some business owners shy away from this money saving option. They fear the risk may outweigh the reward. Micheal Rohmeder, the Founder and CEO of Equippo acknowledges that the equipment business is rather too slow to move especially on the online platform. He says the online market platform is recording small transactions because of the risks that come with buying abroad and the bureaucratic process of importing. Equipo is a Swiss online startup that prides itself in giving African buyers direct access to inspected machines and trusted owners. The Equippo online marketplace has a "one-stop" approach - the online prices include direct shipping to many African ports, and every machine is available with an independent expert pre-shipment In many circumstances, used equipment can save customers as much as half inspection and 30 day money back guarantee. Common used the price of new models. equipment buying pitfalls can easily be avoided with a little of the buyer’s extra efforts. Here are some measures that can be undertaken to iron out the risk when buying used equipment at auctions, online, privately or via a dealer.

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Buy from a reputable seller There is need to confirm you are dealing with a reputable and legitimate business when buying equipment from an auction house, dealer or company. Have a look at the company’ public records so as to have information of the company’s history and customer base. Online reviews on Google and facebook give unbiased customer reviews that can be pivotal when making crucial and urgent decision. Customer testimonials act as endorsements from other buyers who have already had a feel of what is offered by the seller. Ritchie Bros,offering both room and live online auction platforms, organizes huge heavy equipment auctions every year. Due to its wide global coverage, Richie Bros has over the years effectively acted as strategic partner for construction and mining businesses that are based on the African continent and beyond. Its site in Dubai (UAE) is a powerful international hub that attracts qualified buyers from over 70 countries. Besides the auctions Ritchie Bros. added services to make equipment exchange easier and more rewarding for buyers and sellers. With its Private Treaty service, for example, the company helps to find buyers for specialized industrial assets and negotiates the sale. The office in Dubai currently hosts a private sale that features ten unused Caterpillar 793D mining trucks among other high value items. With hundreds of thousands of international asset transactions every year, Ritchie Bros. has a unique position to establish asset valuations and consult on getting the most return on investment. These services are not exclusive to construction and mining businesses. Financial institutions, leasing companies and governments regularly partner with Ritchie Bros. as well. Conduct a background check Check out for the equipment’s serial number or pin to ascertain the right ownership. Subject them to police records to see if they have any theft records. Scandinavian & UK Machines, a major supplier of June 2016

used mobile concrete batching plants in Europe acknowledges that conducting background checks may be a hard task. This is because most of the business is conducted online hence the buyer has no physical contact with the supplier and the equipment on sale. Lack of enough information is also a major challenge that Scandinavian & UK Machines says may lead potential buyers to fall for unscrupulous companies or fall for sub-standard equipment. Ensure clear title

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Ensure you buy equipment that has been paid for in full to cover Doosan distributor for East Africa | To learn more visit: money borrowed from financing company or bank. The financing company or bank will be named on the title certificate if money is still owed. In case you buy an equipment that is not clear title, you may have forfeit ownership to the lending firm. Inspect before you buy Test and inspect the equipment before you make up your mind to buy. You can employ the services of a qualified mechanic or experienced operator to conduct both physical and functional inspection on your behalf. If buying online look for sites that have a wide range of equipment photos.Mrs. Musya Tumanyan, Senior Vice-President at Hoffman International, Inc, a US based company that supplies used equipment in the international market, shares her insights on

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the challenges encountered when buying used equipment. She says sometimes by the time the equipment and the offered price are evaluated and decision is made, that unit may no longer be on the market. Instead a new but more expensive unit may come up because the cheap units are the first to be sold. She advises potential buyers not to fall for the cheap price trap as this could be a sign of counterfeit. She adds that to avoid falling for rogue suppliers, one should take a close examination of the vendor background. AmeraMex Intl. is headquartered in Chico, Calif dealing in products built by Taylor Machine Works and Terex Heavy Equipment along with Specialty Sea Port Equipment, mining equipment and earth moving equipment. The company also carries out a large inventory of front-end loaders, scrapers, excavators, backhoes, rock trucks, container handlers, log loaders, trucks and trailers. Grant Gauthier, a director at the firm shares his insights on the challenges encountered when buying used equipments.

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He says lack of spare parts is a big challenge as many brands of the equipments are sold and used far from the manufacturer. He also identifies lack of field technical support as a major challenge associated with the use of pre-used equipment. Conclusively, old is gold, so they say. Making use of pre-used machineries could be more beneficial as opposed to going for the new ones. A buyer should however exhaustingly evaluate among other factors, the nature and scale of work, the working environment and requirements, the nature of workers available in terms of both quality and quantity. Cost implications involved could also be pivotal in determining the way to go. June 2016


Why the Competition is no Match for Apex Steel


ne Kenyan company is “steeling” a march on its rivals by continuously growing and expanding its operations in order to offer its customers a one stop shop for all their requirements. Apex Steel Limited has morphed from its beginnings as a supplier to also become a manufacturer in order to meet the needs of its clients in hardware, construction, fabrication and engineering industries. Traditionally, twisted bars were used in building construction projects. However globally twisted bars have been banned due to their inconsistency in quality. The new generation steel- namely Deformed Bars, also known as Ribbed Bars, are now being used all over the world. In Kenya Apex Steel was the pioneer in bringing to the industry deformed bars, manufacturing them locally but to international standards. Apex Steel was the first to introduce deformed bars, the first to be awarded a KEBS approval for compliance and then achieve a ‘Diamond Mark of Quality’ for conformity. The KEBS requirement in Kenya is for


the steel to have a tensile strength of Grade 460. The deformed bars being manufactured by Apex Steel are consistently of Grade 500+ (British Standards BS: 4449). The manufacture of this superior steel bar began in 2007. Through innovation, cutting edge technology and consistency, ‘APEX TMX’ has now become the leader in high quality construction and engineering. Apex Steel’s deformed bars are trademarked as ‘APEX TMX’ and every one meter of the deformed bar has this name inscribed on it. This offers immediate identification of the genuine product and buyers can be assured of the superior quality steel. With its proven track record in meeting the demands of steel for large multi-projects ongoing simultaneously, ‘APEX TMX’ deformed bars continue to be the preferred choice for most developers, contractors and architects for its consistency in quality. This has resulted in ‘Apex Steel’ being awarded the ‘Superbrand’ status. Apex Steel also manufactures Tubes, Rectangular; Square; Circular Hollow

sections; Furniture Tubes, Angles and Flat Z Purlins; T Sections; Zed Sections; Plastics and trades in 4,000 items including Beams. Aligned to its vision, Apex Steel provides sustainable solutions in Painting and Plastering efficiencies through Graco; Anti Rust Solutions through Zinga and Sanitary equipment through Grohe. As a major supplier of steel to the construction industry, Apex Steel has been involved in many major Kenyan projects. Amongst the iconic structures is Thika Superhighway which stands strong on Apex Steel’s construction steel bars. The Hotel Villa Rosa’s concrete is held together by the deformed bars manufactured by Apex Steel. And you swim with confidence at the Hotel Sankara because it’s ‘APEX TMX’ the high quality steel from Apex Steel is the assurance that the building is secure. In addition to Thika Superhighway, Villa Rosa Kempinski and the Sankara Hotel, Apex Steel has been used in several projects be it commercial, residential, infrastructural as well as in factories or industries.

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prompted an increased demand for project managers across the board. Complicated projects with low profit margins require greater restriction control and delivery within specific parameters – and who better to deliver on these requirements than a project manager? Franck adds that despite the increased demand for their services, projects managers are faced with a number of challenges in the market. “Tough competition in the market has caused certain professionals to offer discounts on their standard fees and use innovative methods to offer services to clients. As a result, we’re seeing a significant number of firms merging and pooling their resources, resulting in a contracted industry- there are less firms out there and consequently less

Challenges faced by Project Managers in the construction industry


Specialised skills of project managers are extremely valuable when it comes to managing and controlling the variables that will influence the timeous and cost effective delivery of the project. According to one of the specialized project management specialists at Vertias, today’s economy presents project managers with the ideal opportunity to tailor make their offerings and ensure that they provide a well packaged, client-centric service. “With financial institutions becoming increasingly risk averse, making mistakes is simply not financially viable, which is why it makes sense to bring in a project manager from the outset to ensure everything is done correctly, the first time,” he believes. In a tough economy, there is always the temptation to cut certain roles and functions in order to better meet the client’s budget. Franck warns that the temptation to exclude the project manager can have dire consequences. “The more complex the demands of the project and the tighter the profit margins, the more you will need someone at the helm to ensure these stringent demands are being met,” he points out. It is to the benefit of


jobs. This trend has also caused a reduction in the quality of services offered by certain players. By offering clients reduced fees in order to compete in this market, they are forced to skip essential steps in the process to save time and consequently money – which is ultimately to the detriment of the client,” says

clients that the project management industry has become more formalised in recent years. Traditionally, it would have been the architect who took on the role of project manager as part of his scope of work. However, as projects became more complex, a greater need for project managers with formal training became apparent. To this end, as a means of managing and regulating the industry, formal governing bodies such as the International Project Managers Association (IPMA), Project. Managers Institute (PMI) and Project Management South Africa have come into existence. In addition, all professional project managers are required to belong to the legislative body, the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPMP). “These bodies have been established to set a standard for the industry at a national and global level,” Franck comments. He is confident that the governing and legislative bodies, as well as the various tertiary qualifications available, will provide the industry with better qualified professionals. The state of the economy has

Franck, adding that fortunately the industry regulates itself and this type of firm rarely survives. Ultimately, Franck explains, the project manager needs to be ahead of every other member of the team, anticipating problems before they occur and finding viable solutions. “Quality control is another important aspect – a project manager will ensure all systems are in place: from the right contractors on the job to effectively communicating to the team so that every member understands the client’s expectations and delivers a quality end product. Moreover, the project manager is able to improve performance, manage risk and work innovatively, all the while earning greater returns for their clients,” he continues. For Franck, a project manager must live and breathe the project, thinking through every possible scenario, understanding the deliverables, anticipating what variables will affect them and having procedures in place to mitigate challenges.And for him this is the real reason buildings collapse – corruption. June 2016






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UAP soars high with 33 storey business complex Occupying a leading position as financial service provider, UAP Old Mutual Group has diversified into commercial property and amassed a portfolio of iconic projects notably the UAP-Old Mutual Towers.


he commercial property sector in Kenya has attracted corporate institutions mainly financial providers offering them with an opportunity to invest. With the volatile financial markets, the property sector is emerging to be a preferred choice of investment to most corporate organizations. Among the companies that have already invested billions of shillings into the property sector is UAP Old Mutual. The leading diversified financial services provider has in the past engaged in commercial property development, but its move to construct an iconic 33 storey complex in Upper Hill area dubbed UAP Old Mutual Tower has put the firm in its own league. The UAP Old Mutual Tower which is nearing completion is a Grade A office development with top notch quality and durable granite finishes in addition to ample parking space of over 800 cars. For safety, the building has fire detection and alarm Warning Systems. This Coupled with a fireman’s Lift and a Sprinkler System, fire outbreak can be tackled easily. To ensure constant supply of water, the complex has water storage tanks with a capacity of 72,000 litres each. A bore hole has been sunk onsite and a water treatment machine constructed to treat water. Building Management System and its control ensures the windows of the tower are clean at all times. The building, currently the tallest in Nairobi, has special green features incorporated into its design. The building will use LED & energy saving fittings to


enhance low consumption of energy. The building has also a synchronized two 900 KVA standby Diesel generators to ensure constant power supply in the complex. Features inside include infra-red urinal sensors and water-saving cisterns. A spacious shared boardroom at the 30th floor gives an amazing scenic view of the entire Nairobi central business district. At the top of the building, distinct lighting has been installed to make it recognizable at night. Upon completion, the entire building will have colourful lights that will be beautiful to behold especially at night. James Gitoho the architect behind the design of the building reveals that the 133m high building is set to stand the test of time. The Triad architect quips that without air conditioning the building has favourable temperature. “A lot of work has gone into the construction of the building. It is our sincere hope that tenants will find it suitable and tailor-made for their business needs,” says the architect who is also behind the Times Tower design. Commenting on the building, Patricia Kiwanuka who is the group managing director for asset management and property at UAP Old Mutual says that the piece de resistance complex is now ready for letting. “It is a complex that has been designed for businesses,” says Patricia who adds that offices for large organizations can be hosted in one block. This, she reckons, can enormously reduce cost of operation of such companies. “We will also move our offices June 2016

to the UAP Old Mutual Tower. This shows how we are confident about the building and its capacity,” discloses Patricia. Already, high end tenants have shown interest in occupying the building. One such tenant is AMS group. Ronal Samani who is the corporate development director at AMS Group says that traditionally, the firm has occupied iconic building in their several locations around the world. The UAP-Old Mutual Tower, he says, fits the standard of Regus a subsidiary of AMS group that will be housed in the building. It follows the announcement by Knight Frank that it had commenced leasing floors and parking spaces at the 33 storey UAP Old Mutual

such as Union Tower, Equity Centre and Old Mutual building. But it is not in Kenya where UAP Old Mutual has invested in commercial property. The firm has erected EquatoriaTower in South Sudanese capital Juba that has defined the skyline of the city. The 15 storey development houses government offices, diplomats and other top notch businesses. A joint venture between UAP Insurance South Sudan and the Central Equatoria State, the ultra-modern grade A office block in Juba is located 1km from the Central Business District in the Hai Neem area-a strategic location for organizations that wish to operate in a productive and professional

Towers. Although Upper Hill has emerged as Kenya’s financial hub, infrastructure in the area especially roads is wanting. Andrew Salmon a representative from Upperhill District Association says talks with Kenya Urban Roads Authority are in top gear to ensure the area is well connected with roads. But the challenge did not deter the construction of the UAP Old Mutual Towers. For Patricia, commercial property sector provides the firm opportunity to invest client’s money. The venture also helps to cushion them against unfavourable financial times. UAP Group is not a new entrant in the commercial property sector. The firm which began investing in the sector in 1930 is behind several notable buildings in Nairobi

business environment. The building has also an aerobic sewerage treatment system for the recycling of water waste for landscape irrigation. Other notable components of the building includes Rain water harvesting system Low flush toilets, treatment and recycling of water, Borehole sunk on site, Pressurized water systems and Waste management system. The building also uses Building Management System and an Elevator Management System to monitor and control energy consumption.To complement the commercial development in Juba UAP Group has constructed UAP Heights Apartment which is a high class residential apartment offering secure and superior accommodation in Juba, South Sudan.

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The firm has also spread its wings to Uganda where it has developed a breath taking office block. UAP Nakawa Business Park is an iconic grade A office development in Kampala that offers modern planning of bespoke office accommodation. Spread over four blocks of 8-storeys each, incorporating quality landscaping and modern infrastructure, the Business Park defines new standards for office developments in Uganda. With approximately 23, 000 square meters of prime office space, UAP Nakawa Business Park architecture is a modern transformative experience of corporate office, designed with maximum flexibility to meet occupier requirements. The Business Park is located at the junction of Jinja Road and Port Bell Road, 3Km to the Central Business District in Nakawa, a strategic location for multinational corporates and organisations desiring to operate in a productive business environment. Like the UAP Tower in Nairobi, Safety and health has been prioritised with provision of defined fire escape routes, modern fire fighting equipment and emergency alarm system, sprinkler systems and disability access and facilities provisions. “UAP Holding is firmly established as the Kenya’s market leader in financial services, but we have long harboured ambitions of being equally dominant in the commercial property market,” reveals Patricia. In its bid to diversify and maintain its position at the top of the industry, UAP Holdings has recently made some significant strategic moves to expand and enhance its offering to the market. For instance, it merged with leading UK financial services group Old Mutual. The group then aqcuired a stake in leading microfinance institution Faulu Kenya.

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AP Tower is a premium office development set to shape Nairobi’s Skyline as it becomes the highest reaching building in the city of Nairobi. The development

comprises of Grade A modern offices of superior finishes and facilities. UAP Tower is located in Upper Hill, an area earmarked for the new Nairobi financial hub, away from the congested Central Business District, but with close proximity (at 1 KM) to the City Centre. The ‘Tower on the Hill’s’ location and size gives it prominent unobstructed visibility of Nairobi, with panoramic views


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of the City and its environs. UAP Tower is “Taking Business a Notch Higher” for visionary companies and organisations. The building incorporates features and amenities that enhance the occupancy of business organisation, through cost effective and convenient services. Development Features And Amenities: Security and safety • Security has been prioritised, systems of international standards have been provided, integrating access control systems, CCTV surveillance, main entrance booms, parking management and 24 hour security services. • Safety has been prioritised with provision of defined fire escape routes, modern fire fighting equipment, emergency alarm system and sprinkler systems. Cost efficiency • Open plan office spaces that allow efficient and flexible planning of work spaces. • Cross ventilation and natural lighting that present a pleasant fresh working environment and reduces cost of consumption of energy through less reliance on air conditioning and artificial lighting. • Double glazed tinted windows to minimise heat gain and noise pollution. • LED lighting and motion sensors in common areas for reduced energy consumption. • Green concepts integrated in the building designs for efficient performance of the building. Convenience & ambience • Ample parking spaces, with a generous tenant parking ratio and reserved parking for visitors, with a friendly parking management system. • Easy access via both public and private transport from the Nairobi CBD and major business addresses Provision for convenience retail services including banking halls, convenient shop and modern onsite cafe Roof surface with magnificent view, designed for executive boardrooms and entertainment facilities;

First class facilities • 2 - 900KVA synchronised back-up generators. • 8 High speed passengers lifts; • Disability access and facilities provisions. • Provision of ICT and fibre backbone infrastructure. • Provision for private washrooms for executive offices; Premium finishes: • Magnificent double volume entrance foyer, interior cladding with marble and featuring a living wall. • Illuminate concierge desk with central digital building directory. • Premier finishes on lift lobbies,


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ocated within the university’s main campus precinct and right at the core of Nairobi’s CBD, the University of Nairobi Tower is an epitome of refined architectural skills and the quest to address the increased demand for university education against limited surface space at the already crowded university premises. With several universities in the country swinging between increased demand for university education against limited capacity, this structure will be a great relief to the university’s already strained infrastructure by accommodating the increasing academic activities and administrative services. The Tower which is also a flagship project of the ambitious Vision 2030,will thus provide the much-needed teaching space and also assert and affirm the university’s position as the hub of architectural thought, innovation and champion towards the provision of environmentally friendly-solutions. Standing 21 floors above the ground, the tower is one of its kinds; the tallest owned and located within a university premise in East and Central Africa. A blue print of Waweru and Associate Co, this landmark building is sandwiched between the Gandhi Building and Education Building, adjacent to the Norfolk Fairmont Hotel and the Kenya National Theatre. The building will house the Vice-Chancellor’s Suite, Council Meeting Room, the Senate Boardroom, one lecture theater of 500 people, four lecture theatres of 300 persons and several lecture theaters to accommodate at least 60 persons. The building will also have a floor for the Graduate School as well as a floor for the Graduate School of Business. The state-of-the-art tower also has a helipad-


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a precedent for a Kenyan university and can accommodate a seven seater passenger helicopter. The university’s vision behind the development of this iconic structure is to have an ecologically sustainable building with world class aesthetics and environmental design considerations. The building was designed to meet stringent carbon foot print criteria achieving close to 100 per cent carbon neutrality. The new structure meets the indicated spatial requirements and demonstrates leadership in the development of a holistic green environment and strives to attain the highest green rating standards globally. It also demonstrates a new approach to workplace design and creates a model for others to learn world-class acoustic treatment. The building will also enhance the quality of outdoor space and the balance between indoor and outdoor spaces. The University of Nairobi Towers is an inspiring and attractive showcase of “green” buildings and once realized, the final facility will attain signature status in all aspects of cuttingedge architecture. President Uhuru Kenyatta during a ceremony to lay a foundation stone for the structure commended the building’s design for embracing the concept of green building. ‘This building, fashioned along the 7 concept of green buildings is a fine example of architecture that we should embrace in the 21st century building. This project dovetails very well into my government emphasis on greening the environment and I urge other sectors contemplating putting up new structures to borrow a leaf from the University to ensure that the country attains high green ratings in our projects,’ said the president. The president commended the

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university’s effort of supplementing the government’s effort to offer wholistic and affordable education to all Kenyans through internal resource mobilization. In an article posted on the universities website, the architect, Gathecha Waweru, a partner at Waweru and Associate Co says the University of Nairobi Towers, is a bold, innovative, sustainable building, which draws from the University’s Great Court’s strong architectural character, fits into Nairobi’s urban context, harnesses its tropical location to design advantage, as it unapologetically explores, formal, material and technological innovations of the future. The North-South oriented tower, and the podium upon which it sits is conceived as a green building, incorporating natural ventilation, day lighting, room acoustic design, rainwater harvesting, and greywater recycling, passive ventilation design for good indoor air quality. The building’s podium, through design, creates harmony with the existing scale and character of the Gandhi Memorial Library Building, and the Education Building, and becomes the thoroughfare through which the Great Court will be accessed, expounds Architect Waweru. The project is funded mainly from funds generated internally and through donations.




philanthropist Manu Chandaria contributed US$1.2 million. Owing to the generous contribution, the building will be named the Manu Chandaria, University of Nairobi Towers and will also have the Manu Chandaria Theatre for Performing Arts.



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Atticspace Architects and Interior Designers Building Long-term Partnerships is the Firm’s Secret


enya boasts some of the greatest minds in the architectural industry across the African continent. Developers and others who require

architectural services are therefore spoilt for choice

years ago, the firm is a melting pot of talent and experience that brings together the energies of those seasoned in the industry, the newly initiated and those still receiving training.

when it comes to appointing consultants. So how do all

“We strive to build long-term partnerships with our

the competing practices manage to secure a slice of the

clients by delivering year on year productivity benefits and

construction pie? It all comes down to the quality of a

maximizing customer profitability,” states the firm in its

firm’s service and how it relates to its clients.

vision. “We are sensitive to customer concerns and ensure

No matter the size of the practice, if clients form the

absolute confidentiality and privacy of any information

perception that the firm is unreliable despite having every

that is given to us.”

other desirable quality, work may not be forthcoming.

Atticspace advises individuals, property owners and

This is the philosophy that guides Atticspace Architects

developers, community groups, local authorities and

and Interior Designers, a studio based in Nairobi, Kenya.

commercial organizations on the design and construction

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the spaces which surround them in towns and cities. Its services also include Project Feasibility and Planning; Site investigation; Design Formulation and Draughting, Specifications and Tender Documents Preparation; Calling and Review of Tenders; Construction Supervision/ Contract Administration and Overall Project Management.



Lenana Court, off Lenana Road, P.O.Box 8589-00100, Nairobi. Tel: +254-20-8008648, Off: + 254 733121877 Email:, Website:


• Consulting Quantity Surveying Services • Project Management • Construction Management Services • Construction Contract Advice • Project Structuring • Assets and Strategy Planning

• Project Procurement Advisory Services, Cost Management, Value Engineering and Building Economics • Funds Advisory Services • Risk and Opportunity Management • Development Management Advisory Services in Public Private Partnerships

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To keep itself constantly challenged and adaptive to new ideas, the firm also researches old records and drawings, and tests new ideas and construction techniques. Arch Njihia, who is the Principal Architect at Atticspace, works with a team of qualified personnel to execute projects. The firm uses the latest software to facilitate seamless delivery of projects. These include ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Atlantis studio 5 and Microsoft Office/Project. Projects Since inception, the firm has undertaken many projects of different types for a number of clients.The firm has been the architectural studio of choice for Family Bank, a large indigenous bank in Kenya. Atticspace has for more than 10 years been the consultancy behind the bank’s countrywide expansion and branch alterations. The firm has also been appointed to spearhead a similar exercise for health facilities in Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western regions of Kenya. These projects include the Shoe4Africa hospital and The Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre (CCCDC), both in Eldoret. The Shoe4Africa hospital, sponsored by Toby Tanser of the New York based Shoe4Africa Foundation, is the only public paediatric hospital in the country while the CCCDC, based at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, is the first cancer centre outside Nairobi and was approved to house the next public Cancer Radiotherapy Equipment by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) because it achieved the required radiation shielding during the delicate construction of the radiotherapy bunkers. The project is sponsored by Indiana Institute for Global Health. Atticspace was also selected to design the Aflasafe Modular Plant at KARLO, Katumani in Machakos. The project was sponsored by IITA if Ibadan (Nigeria) and June 2016

USAID Kenya. The firm is especially proud of these projects due to their positive impact on the needy as well as the fact that they were completed on budget and within the anticipated time frame. The hospitals in particular are also iconic in Eldoret and the fact that the clients “were more interested in functional space as opposed to architectural expressionism� in the words of Arch. Njihia, makes them unique. Outside Kenya, Atticspace has handled projects in Rwanda and Southern Sudan and is currently engaged in Ibadan, Nigeria. On industry issues, Arch. Njihia is

optimistic of the business climate in Kenya and feels that well qualified and remunerated professionals should be tasked with managing issues of legislation across the counties. Government also needs to step in to improve infrastructure,





enable availability of affordable land. Like many other professionals, Arch Njihia is dismayed by the proliferation of quacks and supply of substandard materials. He also chides those who inflate construction costs especially in government tenders, saying they lack professionalism.


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Planning Systems Services Ltd Four Decades of Creativity Planning Systems Services Limited, better known simply as PLANNING, is one of the biggest names on the Kenyan architectural map. CR sought to understand from Management the journey the practice has travelled over the last four decades. Jim Archer - Founding Partner and Chairman

Trevor Andrews - Founding Partner and Director

Mumo Musuva - Managing Director



R: You are approaching your 40th Anniversary. Please sum up the highlights of PLANNING of your decorated architectural journey. PLANNING: PLANNING had humble beginnings! Our offices were a narrow balcony in a car repair workshop in the Industrial area! PLANNING had one client Starehe Boys Centre - as well as two excellent personal track records from years in Uganda. A major breakthrough was winning of the Lower Kabete Lakeview Housing Competition, with Nairobi Homes as clients. PLANNING’S appointment for phase I of Kayole low income housing, for Kenya Building Society, followed. Then came a request from the Government of Kenya for PLANNING to extend State Lodge Sagana in preparation for a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Starehe Boys Centre became an excellent introduction to Terry Childs of Braeburn Schools, with whom PLANNING has worked ever since. PLANNING then began to create work. The Australian High Commission on Riverside Drive emerged. Together with Quantity Surveyor John Marlee, PLANNING identified a dormant I.C.I.P.E. site for development. Barclays Bank provided construction finance; it worked out well as did a similar arrangement with Williamson House on Nairobi Hill. PLANNING then received National Awards for Lakeview Estate and the Australian High Commission. Fedha Towers, Windsor Golf and Country Club Hotel and Lonrho House followed in quick succession – strongly contrasting styles of design; the

Victorian Windsor and the ultra-modern Lonrho. PLANNING developed the Pamoja Shell of Steel, a rapid building concept, resulting in their International Award in Berlin 2002. By then, PLANNING was conscious of the buildup of rubbish and neglect of Nairobi’s rivers. The Community Cooker and Nairobi INTERVENTION emerged as PLANNING’s concerned response. Both have won numerous National and International awards and funds, with iNTERVENTION and Kipande Road emerging at MIPIM as second equal in the world in their Major Projects Award in 2009. PLANNING continues to strive to deliver quality design on budget and on time. What is the difference between PLANNING of 2016 and PLANNING of 20-30 years ago? The great difference is of course, the entry of the computer and demise of soft lead pencil. Also the dominance of email and the digital age! (Not, the founding Partners contend, always to the advantage of the quality of the built product!). PLANNING’s early years had two Partners and two to three staff; now there are over 60 working at PLANNING House. The Practice holds 26 National and 19 International awards for excellence in architecture. The new generation of Directors is taking over from Jim Archer and Trevor Andrews – both of whom are very happy in their new support roles. Describe the changing landscape on the architectural sector and how PLANNING has adapted to June 2016

remain a choice consultancy for corporates, Government, institutions and private clients. PLANNING has adapted well to the shifts that have occurred in the global marketplace, and thus managed to remain very relevant to our clients. We have found that architecture today is highly influenced by a number of factors that have affected the wider global economy. These factors include the primacy of cutting edge design as an important branding element; the prevalence of information technology and related hardware as critical to work and life style; climate change as a driver towards lower energy use and building efficiency; and globalization that has exposed many people to the best the world has to offer thus setting a high standard for architects locally. We have adopted a rigorous approach to all these factors in our design process and project delivery, thus keeping the practice very attractive to our clients. As one of the leading practices in the region, please share your thoughts on architecture today in Kenya and the wider East African region. Architecture in East Africa today has been largely awakened and expanded by the newly realized popularity of real estate as an investment choice. What used to be sporadic development trends has now turned into a frenzy. This has been both a good thing and a bad thing as well. Good, because it has created many more opportunities for respectable architecture practices to deliver great projects. Bad because quacks and poor planners and semi sophisticated practices and clients have also jumped on the development bandwagon with little thought to the outcome of what they are doing other than just making money! We however see strong opportunities in the current environment to take not just our building stock, but also our cities and nations to another level. The last time the East African region saw such a great shift in development was likely in the decade following independence. During the recent AAK Duracoat Awards of Excellence in Architecture 2016 held on 18th February at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, PLANNING walked away with awards in

multiple categories. Please give us brief details about these projects and why you think they emerged winners. What do these awards mean to PLANNING? Out of the eighteen awards on offer, PLANNING received a total of nine project awards. We’re proud to say that we are way ahead of the pack, PLANNING received an award for every category submitted. Each project won for its strong design creativity, sensitive use of materials, especially locally available materials and sustainable response to the environment. The projects also displayed strong and very practical responses to local needs – most prominently the Pamoja Shell of Steel, the Community Cooker, and at the urban scale, the proposals for the rehabilitation of the Nairobi River. We are grateful to all our clients for giving us the opportunity to deliver quality projects and look forward to continuing our business relationship with existing and new clients who challenged us to go to the next level. The awards have also spurred us to continue to strive for excellence in the services we provide as Architects, Land Use Planners, and Project Managers. The projects awarded were as follows: The projects awarded were as follows: Winners • Best Educational Institution Project Braeburn Garden Estate • Best Health Care Project - Pamoja Shell of Steel • Best Urban Design / Town Planning Project - Nairobi Intervention • Best Commercial Building Project Kenya Commercial Bank Headquarters

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First Runners Up Best Educational Institution Project Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa Best Concept/Ongoing Project Kipande Road Zone

KCB Building Upper Hill Nairobi

Lonrho House - Nairobi

Second Runner Up Best Residential Building Project Sultan Palace Beach Retreat Honourable Mentions Best Concept/Ongoing Project Community Cooker Best Commercial Building Project Imperial Health Sciences Building

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Describe the ethos at PLANNING that promotes creativity leading to this kind of recognition. PLANNING’s ethos is hinged on a strong design driven studio culture that combines aesthetic, ecological and technical thinking. PLANNING’s approach to architecture, land use and infrastructure planning is driven by the principle that the success of any project is driven by the understanding of the opportunities and constraints of the project site and the dynamics that drive local, regional and national micro and macroeconomics. Sultan Palace Kenya

PLANNING prides itself in its holistic approach to every project providing strategic thinking and design solutions, by balancing technical, operational and financial dimensions to achieve optimum design outcomes for the best possible value. We approach every project from its wider context. We look at the building and its site very carefully and ensure our designs preserve and respect the sites on which they are built. We often design around the trees, for example, to make every effort to preserve and enhance a site’s existing ecology.

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There has been management transition at PLANNING in recent years with fresh blood having been groomed to take the practice to the next level. What is the current management structure and how has this transition played out? Is the practice on course to achieve even more? PLANNING has indeed undertaken a leadership transition in the few years. We are grateful for the legacy and wisdom of our founders Jim Archer and Trevor Andrews, who continue to serve with us and mentor us. The practice is now led by a Board of Directors that includes Mumo Musuva as Managing Director aided by a team of five Directors and two Associate Directors. In addition to this team, PLANNING has two Associates, several architects, designers and technicians. We are very proud of the diversity within our office that includes a good number of accomplished female architects (in an industry that is traditionally male dominated), and staff representation from six different countries (of which four are outside Africa). Where do you see PLANNING in the next 10 years? We see Planning Systems Services Ltd continuing to

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grow and gain prominence locally and globally. We plan on sustaining and growing our reputation as the go to architects in the region. We also hope to work more frequently beyond Kenya. June 2016

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Gill Consult Marks 20 Years of Engineering Excellence Gill Consult is an electrical and mechanical engineering firm based in Nairobi, Kenya.


rom humble beginnings in December 1996, the firm has built a reputation as one of the most reliable services engineering consultancies in the country. This year, it will be marking two decades in the industry – no mean feat in a sector that is highly competitive and whose dynamics are constantly changing. The man behind Gill Consult is Eng. Gilbert Mwalimo, CEng FCIBSE, a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK). In an interview with CR a few years ago, Eng. Mwalimo explained that like most other start-ups, Gill Consult faced an arduous task in the formative days

Eng. Gilbert Mwalimo.


mainly because most large clients would find the firm too young and therefore possibly inexperienced to handle their projects. Fast forward to 2016 and Gill Consult is solidly entrenched in the engineering industry. Now with a team of five electrical engineers, two mechanical engineers and a technician, the firm is well leveraged to undertake projects of varying magnitude and complexity and has indeed done so over the last couple of years. A complete range of services Gill Consult provides the full range of services one would expect from a topnotch engineering practice. These fall under mechanical and electrical engineering. Mechanical Engineering The firm offers technical studies, design, supervision and preparation of specifications and contracts documents for development projects e.g. schools, hospitals, research institutes, multipurpose halls, cinemas, production and process factories, libraries and laboratories. It also designs operating and maintenance systems for various institutions like hospitals, international conference

centres, etc. The more common services provided cover the following: • Plumbing and drainage including sanitary fittings, hot and cold water supply systems • Fire protection equipment and sprinkler installations • Boilers and steam services • Incinerators • Refrigeration • Lift Equipment • Kitchen and Laundry Equipment • Gas Installation • Vacuum systems • Solar and wind energy • Air conditioning and ventilation • Conveyor systems • Dust Extraction Systems • Industrial and Laboratories services e.g. compressed air, fume cupboard etc. Electrical Engineering Gill Consult undertakes feasibility and technical studies, design, preparation of specifications, contract documents and supervision of construction for high-rise June 2016

office building complexes, schools, hospitals, factories and housing development projects.

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The services provided include: Building Management Systems High Voltage installations including transformer stations Generator installations, duty and stand by Automatic control systems Lifts, hoists and escalators installations Lighting installations Emergency and security lighting systems, battery and charger systems Hospital installations, operating theatres, X-ray protection, screened rooms Inter communication and public address systems Fire alarm systems Telephone and intercom installations Simultaneous translation equipment and installations Structured Cabling for Voice and Data MATV and Interactive TV Lightning protection Security systems e.g. IPCCTV, PIR, Access Control, Man Traps etc.

According to Eng. Mwalimo, Gill Consult, use of advanced information technology and certification by standardization bodies are two of the attributes that make the firm stand out in the competitive industry. Gill Consult

is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified organization. In its day to day operations, the firm uses Autodesk Building Design Suite, Premium, which is an advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) software that allows seamless exchange of design information between the consultants, clients and contractors and also facilitates the full 3D graphic presentation of projects. Major Projects Gill Consult has undertaken numerous projects over the last twenty years including outside Kenya. Some of the key jobs recently awarded to the firm in Kenya include the following multi-billion shilling projects: • Proposed Wrigley Gum Manufacturing Facility, Athi River, (Ksh 6 billion) • Proposed Mixed Use Development for Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme’s Mixed Use Development • (Ksh 3.4 billion) • Karibu Homes, Athi River - a multibillion shillings project • Phenom Park – a multi billion shillings project • Lavington Mall Others include projects for General Electric Company (GEC); United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON); Rockefeller Foundation; Oracle; VISA International and GlaxoSmithKline. Other clients include Aga Khan University; Ecobank Kenya Ltd;

National Bank of Kenya Ltd; The Nairobi Hospital (Cath Lab); The Nairobi Securities Exchange; All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi; Ministry of Housing; Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development; Kenya Industrial Estates and Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd. Outside Kenya, the firm has completed the following projects: • Rwanda Social Security Headquarters (Caisse Sociale Du Rwanda Headquarters) • Hotel Ihusi, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo • Shomi Apartments in Mwanza, Tanzania According to Eng. Mwalimo, during the 20 years Gill Consult has been in service, the most memorable moment was in 2003 when the firm submitted several proposals for various projects to the Ministry of Housing and won four of the key projects. These were: Ngara Civil Servants housing scheme Phase I (Ksh 300 million); Ngara Civil Servants housing scheme Phase II (Ksh 1.8 billion); Kibera Decanting Scheme (Slum Upgrading Project) – Ksh 650 million and Mavoko Sustainable Development Housing Scheme (Ksh 1 billion). Industry Perspectives Having practiced engineering in Kenya for three decades, Eng. Mwalimo observes that the profession faces certain challenges.


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Among them is lack of adequate skilled

He suggests that universities train Building

Other projects lack proper financing and thus

personnel. “Universities do not produce

Services Engineers. He also believes there

end up stalling, he says.

electrical and mechanical engineers with

should be structured training and thereafter

skills in Building Services Engineering”, he

licensing of qualified plumbers.


says. “If you hire a fresh graduate, you have

Eng. Mwalimo cites the high cost of land

Looking ahead, Eng. Mwalimo expects

to train them from scratch. Most engineering

as another problem that bedevils the industry.

to open offices in other countries of the

firms are small and do not have adequate

Prohibitive land prices make development

East African Community and beyond. By

training budgets to, say, train an engineer

expensive and ultimately unaffordable to end

providing excellent electrical and mechanical

for a minimum of three years.” Another

users. He also decries the tendency to launch

engineering solutions, he hopes to replicate

sector that, according to the engineer also

projects without proper feasibility studies,

the success Gill Consult has enjoyed in

suffers from a shortage of skill, is plumbing.

a factor that often leads to project failure.



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Ivory Consult...........................................43

Allied Utilities..........................................31

Kinde Engineering Works Ltd.................34

Amazon Consultants Ltd..........................37

Kirby Building.........................................47

AMB Catalogue.......................................34

Lightpack Services...................................45

Apex Steel..................................................1

Mabati Rolling Mill.................................11

Barker & Barton Kenya...........................30

Master Power......................................31/46

Car and General Motors...........................19

Mar & Mor Integrated..............................47

Chartered Engineering Services...............41

M&E Consulting Ltd...............................34

Construction Review Catalogue .............31

Motter Equipment Inc..............................17

Design Partnership Ltd............................41

Norkun Intakes.........................................30

Davis & Shirtliff......................................20

Northstar Cooling.....................................42

Davson & Ward.......................................33

Parbat Seyani Construction ltd.................42

Dawn Sanitary..........................................14

Ryce Motors.............................................28

E.A Cables...............................................29

Superfit Steelcon ltd.................................41

Ecost Development Africa.......................41

Strana Consultants ..................................40

FBC Building Society..............................25

Sahjanad Brothers ...................................46

Fittigh Fasteners Ltd................................37

Tile & Carpet.........................................IFC


Tripple nine..............................................28


Techpro Systems......................................30

HK Motors...............................................21

Zimaki Consult Lts..................................36

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