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I&M Bank New Headquarters 8-storey ultra-modern building

Modernizing Kitchen Worktops Inertial Navigation Technology New Toyota Kenya Showroom

MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR Francis Makari EDITOR - in - CHIEF Dennis Ayemba COUNTRY EDITORS Uganda Uganda -- Betty Betty Nabakooza Nabakooza Nigeria Nigeria -- Boladale Boladale Ademiju Ademiju South Africa Jimmy South Africa - Jimmy Swira Swira WRITERS WRITERS YvonneAndiva, Andiva,Dorcas PatrickKang'ereha, Mulyungi, Yvonne Pascal Musungu, Pascal Musungu, Anita Anita Anyango, Anyango WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGN WEB &Margaret GRAPHIC DESIGN Atieno Arnold Oduor Sales and Marketing Manager Sales Ken andOkore Marketing Faith Mburu ADVERTISING ADVERTISING Kenya: William Mutama, Lilian Khavosa, Kenya: William Mutama, Lilian Khavosa, Fredrick Otieno Joyce Ndamaiyu, Wendy Kinya

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In this issue we look at the I&M Bank New Headquarters in Nairobi Kenya; functionality, vis a vis design.

South Africa: Thuli Nkosi, Winnie SentSouth Africa: Rachel Molapo, Winnie abire, Angeline Ntobeng, Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng, Uganda: Uganda: Nobert Nobert Turiyo, Turiyo, Selina Selina Salumah Salumah Namuli Namuli Botswana: Botswana: Dickson Dickson Manyudza, Manyudza, Gerald Gerald Mazikana Mazikana Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Haimanot Haimanot Tesfaye, Tesfaye, Ruth Ruth Girma Girma Tanzania: Tanzania: Tom Tom Kiage Kiage


Malawi: Malawi: Anderson Anderson Fumulani Fumulani Ghana: Ghana: Samuel Samuel Hinneh, Hinneh, Caleb Caleb Donne Donne Hadjah Zambia: Susan Kandeke Zimbabwe: Chiedza Chimombe Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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COVER STORY: I&M Bank new headquaters


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Kitchen: Choosing quarts to modernize your kitchen worktop


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Transmission Poles: Lattice-type towers - for power transmission and distribution project


Project: Africa's first carbon neutral factory for electronic components

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Editor's Comment


Disruptive technology can be a game-changer in the construction industry this year

The character that quartz adds to a basic kitchen, in addition to its longevity, makes it an option worth considering for worktops.

The adoption of new technologies and different ways of working is not always a seamless transition and can be disruptive. But the cross-over point is approaching, where data-analytic programming will become second nature and working alongside various robotic systems will become the new normal.

14 Underground Piping Inertial Navigation based solutions are an accurate and valuable addition to the array of mapping technologies available today.


Project: Toyota Kenya in a US $ 3.5M showroom and service centre


Profile: Exciting projects by canaan developers


Profile: Franki defies challenges to meet landmark project’s tight programme


Profile: Major complex for regional centre for mapping of resources for development (RCMRD) nears completion


Project: Triad interiors: spaces that tell our stories

Email: Kenya Agent Northwest Ventures Ltd P.O. Box 16414 - 00100 G.P.O Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 2679808 Email:, Nigeria Agent Rahma Associates B23/24, Aishetu Emoewa Plaza, 196, Iju Water Works Road, Ifako Ijaye Lga,Agege, Lagos. Email:

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Currently, technology is having an unprecedented impact on the construction industry. From robots to connected job sites. Looking ahead to 2020, these inherently disruptive technologies have the potential to provide the efficiency, productivity, and safety breakthroughs the industry has sought for decades. The labor cost components of a building project often ranges from 30% ‐ 50% from total overall cost. In some situations, it can goes as high as 60% from total costs. Robots are beginning to enter construction sites from autonomous rovers that can increase the efficiency and quality of site inspections to mechanical arms that can automate highly repetitive tasks like brick-laying. Automation of construction sites could significantly improve productivity while reducing the labor cost by nearly 50%. Drones are also set to become increasingly common in construction projects. From performing inspections that would be dangerous for workers to surveying vast areas of land in just a few minutes, the continued rise of drones could considerably improve safety and productivity in construction.

Robert Barnes


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Lubrication Engineers SA partners with Umuzi Engineers

Harun Ayub (L), Mabati Rolling Mills CEO, Andrew Heycott and Meru MP, Hon Abdul Rahim cut a ribbon to open the first pre-engineered building solution in Meru,Kenya.

Kenya’s construction industry set for growth with uptake of the Pre-Engineered Building Solutions Kenya’s construction industry is projected to grow, as a result of increasing demand for pre-engineered building solutions that reduce construction time and cost. The pre-engineered building solutions have revolutionized the construction industry by meeting the demand for innovative, costeffective, and fast-paced construction of modern infrastructure. Mabati Rolling Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Heycott said that the growing awareness of green buildings and the demand for single-story buildings are projected to drive the growth of the pre-engineered buildings market. “With a projected growth in the pre-engineered buildings market, we have introduced SAFBUILD to cater for consumers seeking cost-effective and environmental friendly solutions.We are exploring significant investments in SAFBUILD as an upgrade to the local steel PEBs rather than their replacement,” said Heycott SAFBUILD is targeting investors keen in single pre-engineered building spaces such as factories, warehouses, storage facilities, and industrial plants.

Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa has partnered with Umuzi Engineers to tap the potential in new markets. Colin Ford, Managing Director at LE South Africa, says that Umuzi Engineers will operate as an independent contractor to LE South Africa, supplying its quality lubricants into clients in eSwatini and South Africa.

Genesal Energy consolidates its growth for 2020 Genesal Energy is consolidating its growth in order to tackle a 2020 full of projects in Spain and in the demanding international market. The company has expanded its headquarters by 3,000 square meters in order to increase its production capacity.

It also continues its international expansion in strategic sectors Menzi Ntshingila, Director at Umuzi and countries with personalized customer service as well as services Engineers, explains that he initially like the Technical Assistance Service approached LE South Africa as part of another venture. He was hoping to use Genesal Energy is present in different industries that include: some of the company’s space to store Power plants, electric substations, and process recycled materials. He was DPCs, hospitals, airports, food and also interested in solutions for handling telecommunication; thanks to the waste materials onsite, and LE South versatility and high specialization of Africa happened to be in the process its equipment. of creating an “oil-eating” clean-up kit With more than 25 years’ experience (OSE II). (this year the Galician company celebrates its anniversary) and with “We realised synergies existed and branch offices in Mexico and Peru, through that conversation, we started to the company is heading towards explore the potential of a relationship. 2020 with constant and controlled The lubrication industry was unfamiliar growth and with its mind on a new to me, but I realised the potential it offers year full of projects. and the value of the products and services Genesal Energy’s objective is to Lubrication Engineers provides. I saw continue growing internationally an opportunity to build a partnership. with a presence in new markets Umuzi Engineers is a solutions-based like the Asian giant Taiwan; and company that aims to help businesses also nationally, by increasing reduce operating costs over the long its production capacity with new installations adding up to term. Better lubrication solutions are one 3,300 square meters at its central way of doing this, he adds. headquarters in Bergondo (province of A Coruña).

Hansgrohe transforms the hotel shower into an oasis of well-being Showering is wellness: hansgrohe ensures relaxation and provides a short break from the hectic pace and stress of work-related travel. In this way, an ideal day can begin with a refreshing rain shower and can end with a relaxing wellness shower.

Hansgrohe bathroom setup


According to Director of Sales, Global Projects at the Hansgrohe Group, Jay Phillips, Hansgrohe taps and showers bring together functionality, comfort and design; this combination makes them ideally suited for first-time user hotel guests. “In developing new products, our main focus is always on customer experience, performance and easeof-use: because a great shower experience is key to making a guest’s hotel stay a success. In fact, the shower is one of the most important amenities in a hotel room,” explains Phillips. Especially for business travellers, it is important to feel at least as comfortable in their hotel room as they would at home. Whether the goal is to get a fresh start to a new day, or to relax after a busy day, guests expect a shower that is at least as good as, or even better than the one they have at home.

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More fun with water There are lots of ways of providing guests with a bathroom that is also a well-being space. The shower area should have both a fixed overhead shower and a flexible hand shower. This allows guests to select the type of shower best suited to their needs, and the hand shower makes it much easier for hotel staff to clean those hardto-reach places. The 15 different jet types that hansgrohe features in its portfolio offer guests even more options. To name just a few: the classic Rain shower for an invigorating morning shower; the RainAir spray, which washes away the stresses of everyday life; the concentrated Whirl spray for an intense massage-like effect, or the RainFlow shower cascade which brings the feel of a waterfall to the bathroom.


3rd Buildexpo Ethiopia, 2020 Addis Ababa The 3rd edition of Buildexpo Ethiopia is back at Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa from the 24th to 26th of February 2020, the one place to source new products, services and technology from around the world. The 3 day multi country international trade event brings to Ethiopia exhibitors from 22 countries. The main attractions this time around are the European and Asian Pavilions showcasing the latest products and innovations which are now being made available to the Ethiopian industries. Ethiopia in 2020 and beyond – Ethiopia is one of the world’s largest untapped markets and is the fastest growing economy in Africa today. With a population of over 100 million and an annual economic growth rate of 10% over the past 15 years, it presents a unique opportunity.

Totally Concrete Expo: 9-11th June 2020

The African Construction Awards

The 2020 Totally Concrete Expo will take place alongside the African Construction Expo, African Smart Cities Summit, African Construction Awards and WoodEX for Africa and is the only event in Africa dedicated to the concrete and cement industries.

The African Construction Awards, powered by the National African Federation for the Building Industry (NAFBI), recognises key players in the construction sector.

Supported by key associations, media and government representatives, the event is the perfect networking and knowledge sharing platform for professionals who operate in this sector.

The Awards incorporate the 6th annual Women in Construction Awards and highlight the year-round pursuit of excellence that is through the passion of leading professionals, entrepreneurs and rising stars working in the sector. Prestigious evening and gala dinner will be attended by 300 guests.

Join the biggest international, regional and local brands who will showcase their products and services, and network with the widest audience of concrete and cement specialists in Africa throughout the three-day expo in 2020.

Event: The African Construction Awards Date:10th June, 2020 Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

In addition to its strategic positioning as a long-haul transfer hub, Ethiopia is increasingly becoming an important destination for manufacturing. With the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) also in force, companies are looking at another opportunity at increasing exports to Africa.



- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

- Architectural Association of Kenya

- Association of Ethiopian Architects

- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya

- Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers

- Institute of Engineers of Kenya

- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia

- Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East

Association Partners

Africa APSEA)



- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria

- Kenya Property developers Association

- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers

- Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

- The Construction Industry Federation of

South Africa - ASAQS

Zimbabwe (Cifoz) - SAICE

- South African Council for the Quantity

Surveying Profession

and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers

- Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum

- Khuthaza ( Women for Housing)

- Architects Registration Council

- Concrete Manufacturers Association

- Ghana Institute of Surveyors

- Green Building council of SA

- Ghana Green Builders Association

- Nigeria Society of Engineers

- South African Property Owners Association

- Ghana Institute of Planners

- Nigeria Institute of Architects

- Master Builders South Africa

- Association of Building and Civil Engineering


Contractors of Ghana

- Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


- Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE)

- Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors

& Uganda society of Architects

Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia



- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Geologists Africa Region

- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)

Zambia - Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA) - Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC). Jan - Feb 2020 | CR





ne of the biggest challenges faced by project organizations is cost overrun, as statistics show that the larger the project, the higher the probability for overrun. There are often a number of reasons factoring in to this, although the majority of project budgets that experience overrun are due to poor planning, combined with a lack of visibility in cost and budget management. 1) Lack of proper planning when the project starts It’s common for projects start back to back, which often leads to project managers not properly preparing and planning for upcoming projects. For large projects in particular, the estimated costs could easily have been put together months or even years prior to the budget ending up on the project manager’s table, and the actual costs of some tasks may have changed. The project manager should take 1-2 weeks to process the budget and set realistic costs for accounts. This helps to anticipate potential budget threats early on, thus avoiding unwanted surprises down the road. Once analysis and planning is complete, the management team members and project manager should then go through the analysis together and set the goal for the project costs, including deciding on the bonus for the project manager when delivering has been completed as planned. 2) The budget is only partially managed For a number of organizations, the budget is only being partially managed. Sometimes there are only the list of items and sum of expenses. Needless to say, costs are impossible to accurately track when there are not even adequate links to the initial expenses list of materials, units and quantities that has been put together by the designer.

Initial forecasting information that has been carried out by the estimator is often missing, yet the end price is being put together based on this estimate. Such a lack of information makes it difficult or even impossible to see who is actually responsible for any errors on an accounting level. For example, if the designer has put together poor material estimates, the estimator does a poor job on estimating, or the project manager has negotiated a poor deal. Additionally, if budgets are only partially managed, relevant cost information for estimators becomes severely limited in terms of access. 3) Not using cost codes leads to lack of visibility and limited access to business intelligence It’s surprisingly common for project budgets to be coded differently throughout the same company. However, these cost codes should be seen as a common language to describe the projects, making each one trackable for stakeholders including the management team, auditors, estimators, project managers and project engineers. Using the same cost codes companywide is the key to accessing and using business intelligence in order to analyze article costs on a company level across multiple projects, access and use historical data such as contracted costs, evaluate the performance of team members, etc. 4) Jobs in budget are not divided into clear chronological phases In a number of instances, we have seen that project managers do not have well-structured budgets. There is simply a list of articles and their various costs. Such a budget does not provide a clear overview of how the project if progressing, if the initial stages of the job produced additional income or experienced overrun, or if later phases of the project must find other ways for planning and savings.

Any given budget should be structured in clear chronological phases. For example, all costs related to ground works should be under one category, foundation works under the next, etc. This means that when the foundation work phase ends and next stage of work begins, you’ll have a clear understanding of how the cost targets for the phase were met overall. 5) Only tracking the income vs. expenses In a number of organizations, the management team only follows whether or not the current project income exceeds the expenses. In such a case, the main goal for the project manager is to find possible ways for the income to grow higher than the expenses at every stage of the project. The strategy is to delay paying the subcontractor in every possible way and find ways to negotiate higher payments from the original customer. The problem here with only tracking income vs. expenses is that during the later phases of work, when the project is coming to the end and everything seems to be fine with the profit statement, the delayed costs start coming in. The result is that the apparent profit can easily turn into an unexpected loss within the very final project stages. 6) No real time control over costs on detail level Budgets that are managed on spreadsheets and in different cost codes with no tracking of set goals, and which are stored in separate folders in computers or over file sharing platforms, do not allow project costs to be controlled on an account level in real time. Being able to control job costs on an account level across projects allows project managers to immediately spot errors when they occur and take appropriate action. Being able to follow job costs in real time allows the assigning of project phases to fellow project managers. For example, if one project manager is away from work or cannot be reached for any reason, it’s still easy to track and understand previous actions in the project and follow up on them. In addition, management has full control over all projects and can spot errors when they occur in the budgets. Estimators can likewise access cost data across projects when budgets are managed properly, with estimated units and costs compared with expenses.

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ACCURATE STEEL MILLS LIMITED - EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY GUARANTEED. •Improved Quality Control due to the accuracy of each reinforcement bar produced. •Benchmark of quality for reinforcement and concrete works. •Ensures only the best products as it filters out manufacturers not able to meet correct standards. We are also very proud to announce that our enhancements of the factory will enable us to offer you a larger range of products in the market in 2020, with no fewer than 10 new products being introduced into our production range. Most notably, this includes: •Wire Rod Manufacture: we will provide the likes of British Reinforcement Concrete (BRC), Weld Mesh and Chain Link Fencing. •Section Mill Manufacture: we will be able to provide the likes of Angle irons, Channels,Beams and Sections.


he start of a new year brings new promise. New expectations, new hope, new developments. And we here at Accurate Steel Mills Limited believe in that too. That is why we remain committed to you through a number of new developments upcoming within the year. As a major manufacturer in the industry, we saw a number of key challenges that faced consumers in the market: •Lack of Liquidity: There was a large money shortage in the market which resulted in delayed payments for a lot of in-flight customer relationships and projects. The crunch began at the beginning of 2019, but continually eased during the course of the year and we expect it to continue to ease into 2020. •Surge in Market Prices: 2019 saw a major challenge for suppliers in the market, given that both demand and price of raw materials fell for 3 consecutive quarters in the year. Although it is still early, prices have rebounded sharply from the November 2019 levels, coupled with the production issues seen from both Korea (Mill Breakdown issues) and China (Coronavirus related delays) which we believe will sustain the price rise.


•Economic Landscape: 2019 also saw the major global shift in focus on more ‘environmental’ production. The steel industry is a very difficult industry for this production method to manifest in, so we will look to see how the European and Asian counterparts tackle this issue in their production methods. Given the above challenges, we still see large growth prospects for the market, especially in 2020, and believe in the importance of our quality now more than ever. The Steel Mill focused much of its effort into ensuring that all of its products continue to remain the highest possible standard supplied to the market. Our in-house laboratory ensures that quality is never compromised and that you get what you pay for – a top quality product.

•High-Speed Tube Manufacture: we will have a much quicker and more accurate production of all tubes, piping and hollow sections. This upgrade to our existing services makes us able to serve a much larger portion of the market. Accurate Steel Mills continues to remain at your service – we will continue to update you during the year on our progress with each product. Please give us all your inquiries and continue to follow us in Construction Review Magazine or on our social media platforms. We are making more investments to continue to diversify our product range to bring you only the finest products under a single roof, so stay tuned for all that exciting information in the months to come!

Our Cut and Bend services on reinforcement steel has been performing consistently well in the market. All material supplied is accompanied by documentation proving testing results to affirm the quality of the product. The other benefits, listed below, explain why this really is the smarter choice. •Execution of works being much faster, with a reduced construction time. •Project cost saving through wastage reduction by 5-10%.

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Accurate Steel manufactures products to the highest of standards

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I&M Bank New Headquarters


&M Bank is one of the major commercial banks in Kenya offering a variety of financial products to individuals and corporate customers. The bank was founded in 1974 as Investments & Mortgages Limited, as a private company providing personalized financial services to business people in the Nairobi area. The firm converted to a commercial bank in 1996 and has continued to grow through a series of acquisitions and mergers. It offers some of the most competitive products in the banking sector. The bank also operates in Tanzania, Rwanda and Mauritius. This makes it one of the few Kenyan banks that have ventured out into the larger East Africa region and beyond. For a long time, the bank’s headquarters has been I&M Tower on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi’s Central Business District. But in recent years, many organizations have been moving out of the city centre as the city becomes increasingly congested and continues to experience unending traffic jam, limited parking and noise pollution. A majority of these organizations prefer to relocate to the suburbs of Upper Hill, Westlands, Parklands and along Mombasa Road. I&M Bank is one the entities that have elected to move the head office out of the CBD.

The new I&M Headquarters is located at the junction of 1st Parklands Avenue and Limuru Road in a serene area devoid of the CBD chaos. Their 8-storey ultra-modern premises was handed over to them by the project team in December 2019 after a three-year construction period. Project Data The building comprises eight floors, roof level and four basements with a total gross area of 33,874.21 m² broken down as follows:

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• Basement 3: 4139.16 sq. m Basement 3 comprises VRF chiller systems, seven stores, 102 parking spaces, two water tanks, three staircase extensions, ventilation shafts and two lift extensions. • Basement 2: 4072.49 sq. m

• Basement 4: 4128.50 sq. m Basement 4 consists of the following spaces: Mechanical stores and workshop, ventilation


shaft, staircase, 100 parking spaces, two water tanks with capacities 127.91 and 141.30 cubic meters respectively, water feature, machine room, water treatment and fire pump room as well as two lifts, three staircases and eight stores.

Basement 2 comprises the following: HVAC spaces, UPS room, DC Generator sets, six stores, 102 parking spaces, mechanical

• Level,02: 1917.44 sq. m This level comprises six office spaces, lifts and male and female utility rooms. • Level 03: 1941.56 sq.m Level 03 comprises the following: office spaces, male and female utility rooms and a double volume sky garden. • Level 04: 1737.55 sq. m This level contains office spaces, male and female utility rooms and a sky garden. • Level 05: 1751.08 sq. m Level 05 comprises office spaces as well as male and female utility rooms. • Level 06: 1941.44 sq. m service duct, mechanical room, three staircase extensions, ventilation shafts and two lift extensions. • Basement 1: 4083.77 sq. m This level comprises: spaces for the VRF units, spaces for the generator sets, fuel tanks, stabilizer units, low voltage cubicles, by pass switch room, spaces for two transformers, medium voltage, KPLC room, five stores, VIP lift, two lift extensions from basement 4, gas tank storage, refuse storage, 79 parking spaces, control room a swell as male and female washrooms, security room, four disabled parking spaces and bullions delivery. • Level 00: 4179.44 sq. m Level 00 consists of the SDL lobby, maintenance office, two public lifts, retail space, terraces, landscaped zones, fire escape staircase, security room, boom gate, loading zone, three office spaces, utility space, power and data ducts and water feature.

Level 06 consists of office spaces, male and female utility rooms. • Level 07: 1917.93 sq. m This level comprises office spaces, male and female utility rooms. • Level 08: 1917.81 sq.m Level 08 comprises the following: staff /canteen area, customer entertainment area, spaces for VRF units, dining area as well as male and female utility spaces. • Roof structure-113.00 sq. m The roof design consists of photo voltaic cells incorporated in an S-shaped steel frame.

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Features As mentioned above, the building features a photovoltaic solar roof that lights the building while at the same time generates a considerable amount of solar energy which is utilized within the building. The building’s design incorporates two sky gardens on levels 03 and 04 and utilizes a heatabsorbing glass façade. Services The developer has provided for a borehole, three standby generators, five card-accessed lifts, a service lift and a VIP lift. The building is fully secured with CCTV, under vehicle surveillance system, turnstiles and a masonry wall at the back. The developer has worked with a highly experienced project team comprising consultants with local and international experience as well as renowned contractors, suppliers and service providers. Project Team Client: I&M Realty Project Manager: Betts Townsend (Pty) Ltd. Architects: Planning Systems Services Ltd. Quantity Surveyors: Ecost Development Africa Wet Services Engineers: LDK Africa Ltd. Electrical Engineers: LDK Africa Ltd. Mechanical Engineers: LDK Africa Ltd. Structural/Civil Engineers: Mangat, I.B. Patel & Partners Façade Engineer: Sutherland Engineers Health & Safety Consultant: Green Key Enviromental Solutions Ltd. Interior Designer: Planning Interiors Ltd. Main Contractor: Laxmanbhai Construction Ltd Plumbing & Wet Services Subcontractor: Central Plumbing International Ltd. Electrical Services Subcontractor: Mehta Electricals Ltd. HVAC Services Subcontractor: Northstar Cooling System Documentary Subcontractor: Jengoz Ltd. Lift Subcontractor: Schindler


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osroc is a division of the worldwide JMH group, employing 1900 people through 17 manufacturing and 2 trading companies in Africa, Europe , the gulf and middle east,india,South Asia and China. Established in 2016, Fosroc Kenya LTD offers world class, locally produced solutions for virtually any project. The company produces liquid, powder and resin in Nairobi, Kenya. Fosroc Kenya is the company with the widest range of locally manufactured products in the construction chemicals sector. The Kenyan plant allows the company to offer high quality technical support, from both the experienced local team and via its network of experts internationally. The fully fledged laboratory allows for formulation of admixture through the large technical team It also enables the company to manufacture products based on the design specification hence being able to serve quite a wide market range including Uganda , Tanzania and Rwanda.


Moreover, Fosroc’s tailored constructive solutions are developed combining an extensive range of products with expertise and experience to meet the needs of the construction industry. The company’s range of solutions include: cement additives and grinding aids, concrete admixtures, waterproofing systems, performance grouts, concrete repair systems, sealants, protective coatings and industrial flooring systems.

approach the company for its knowledge and service as well as reputable products, and many see the company as an extension of their team.

Fosroc has close working partnerships with international contractors, specifiers and operators, with a strong emphasis on aftersales service. Fosroc Kenya is continuously training professionals responsible for construction projects and partners who promote the application of Fosroc solutions to ensure smooth delivery their projects. Its products help customers to maximize the use of locally available materials and to achieve productivity gains on site, whilst meeting safety standards and the demands of new construction and operational techniques. Customers

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Car park: Nitoflor FC150 coating




odernizing your outdated kitchen worktops is a tedious task. The nimiety of materials, colours, and designs makes this task an all the more intricate job. Concrete, granite, stainless steel, wood- With a pool of options to choose from, how does one decide which is the most suitable one? One preferable choice happens to be Quartz. This trending kitchen countertop choice withstands all possible flails. From unintended spills to accidental scratches, quartz is a resistant worktop material. Unlike conventional options, quartz does not crack. In addition, quartz mimics the appearance of natural stone, and this makes it a

desirable choice. They are easily maintainable, and cleaning them does not involve any sweat. Since it is a non-porous material, it promotes health and hygiene by being microbe-resistant.

It is always a better choice to be aware of the factors that affect the cost calculation so that one knows what they are paying for.

The character that quartz adds to a basic kitchen, in addition to its longevity, makes it an option worth considering. Quartz is a moldable piece of material, and since it is formulated artificially by experts, the market is inundated with a variety of shades to choose from.


Thus, quartz can be created to complement any colour and design. Price Comparison Quartz might not be the cheapest amongst other availabilities, but it is an affordable kitchen top material.


Advantages worktops




The advantages of installing quartz worktops outweigh any other price factors. The average cost of quartz installation varies from 70 to 100 dollars per square foot. However, whether it will incline towards the upper or the lower limit depends upon the quality one wishes to buy. In the case of a standard-sized kitchen remodelling comprises edge fabrication, sink cutout, seam joining, as well as removing the old countertops. The cumulative cost usually ranges from three to four thousand dollars. 16

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Cost-affecting factors

Type preferences depend upon a person’s taste. The plus point with quartz is that it offers patterns like no other countertop material does. It is tailor-made based upon your likes.

Comparing prices of different suppliers is always a good idea before making a purchase. Online prices vary substantially from the offline market since it is less likely to involve gobetween. Installation: Installation operators charge different rates based on the hours of labour required. They might charge a few extra dollars if the layout is unique and needs trimming to fit around an electrical fixture or a similar architectural unit. Usually, the quoted cost does not include installation charges, and the complexity of the kitchen layout can cause a significant disturbance in the budgeting process. Quality:

Every countertop is not the same. Quartz countertops fall into three varieties- Low, Middle, and High. The price increases with the class, and so does the lifetime. The difference in price can be attributed to the resin used, the tools involved in the manufacturing process as well as the warranty of the material. Specifications and customization People these days want their homes to look the best and reflect their personalities & vibes. The edges, shape, and texture can be individualized, but these types of personalization significantly influence the price of worktops. Expertise of workers: Quartz is not a seamless material, and hence, it is available in the form of slabs. A skilled installer with sufficient experience installs quartz in a way where a minimal number of seams are visible. Thus, precision affects the budget and estimate. Quick Estimation and Budget Allocation Here is the quartz worktop price calculator to ease your work:

Space measurement: The first and foremost step involves accurately measuring the space that needs to be renovated. It is quite essential to convert these numbers into the desired unit (here, foot) to correctly estimate the quartz worktop cost. Addition:

Man-made alternatives cost significantly less than the natural occurrences. That is whyquartz worktops are reliable. Minimize cuts and knife actions Lay out the top in such a way that it comprises of lesser knife activity & manual work. This plan of action substantially cuts down the extra dollars attributed to labour.

Arrive at an overall total by adding the configuration space for all the subunits. Multiply the size of the area with the cost per foot, depending upon the quality and category of quartz you wish to install. Before proceeding with the purchase, one must be thorough with all the details and research extensively. Though standard costs are inevitable, yet there are several ways of saving on expenditure when remodeling the kitchen. Here are the three easy ones!

Most people pay additional costs without even realizing they have done so. Lack of knowledge and “buy now� specials trigger them to take the very first quoted offer. But, modernizing a home can be a lengthy and consuming task.

Go for solid colours:

As an expert may claim- One should be open to at least three different proposals before making up the mind to go for one. Believe it or not, comparison shopping is intrinsically beneficial.

It is better to choose plain & simple designs and shades that go with the cabinets and compartments. They not only cut down the additional costs but also add an elite look to your regular kitchen.

Therefore, cost comparison cannot be neglected. Majority of the family men get ripped off because they never consider getting another estimate (thanks to the new marketing strategies).

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afal Building systems Limited (SBS) is a 100% owned subsidiary of Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM).

The building solution is a complete building system known as SAFBUILD, The SAFBUILD Pre-Engineered building system is ideal solution for warehouses, godowns, industrial and commercial buildings, chicken sheds, agricultural buildings and any kind of nonresidential buildings. The in-house developed design and engineering software known as SAFDESIGN engineers and details the buildings using an intuitive interface. The materials used are completely galvanized and portal frames, purlins and girts are all manufactured out of these materials. 18

SAFBUILD buildings were launched in Kenya on 25th July and currently SBS is executing many projects consisting of a warehouse at MERU ( Just handed over to the customer) , a pack House at Diani, 2 factory buildings at Nyeri and Thika, Maize milling plant at Busia, and Warehouse and Admn. Building for a MNC in Nairobi. Speed is the essence of construction these days, and SAFBUILD buildings are extremely fast to construct. They take less than 50% of the time as compared to the conventional building construction yet cost effective. SAFBUILD is engineered to standards surpassing the local codes of Kenya. SAFBUILD Uses HIGH tensile steel materials, thereby offering optimized solutions for all kind

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of building needs. The buildings are customized and can be delivered within 6-10 weeks for virtually all kind of uses. The roof and cladding, materials are ZINCAL and Colurplus brand in various profiles including concealed fixed methods.

SAFBUILD is the game changer in a competitive market scenario where customers are looking at getting their projects completed ON TIME. MRM has been in Kenya as a premier building solution provider for over 50 years.

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ver the last two decades, significant advances have been made in the quality and application of inertial navigation technology targeted at mapping underground pipe and duct assets. Inertial navigation technology can provide solutions on several levels. Utility owners may prescribe it to obtain accurate as-built data of existing and new built for their GIS platform. Likewise, Utility owners can use it as a due diligence tool to verify as-built accuracy of pipes and duct they acquire from third parties. Contractors, on the other hand, can use it to reduce installation risk by verifying the shape of an existing data duct prior to pulling in a power or data cable. Background Location! That’s the primary concern when it comes to underground infrastructure operations, maintenance and rehabilitation. Most pipeline operators are investing heavily in state-of-the20

art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to store network related data, including XYZ. However, the quality of XYZ data that will eventually populate the GIS platform is often inaccurate because of:

The main problem is often that there is no accuracy label attached to data stored in GIS platforms and as a result all data quality is reduced to the lowest common denominators. Low accuracy data significantly increases the risk of future damage.

1. Ageing or lack of information 2. Depth is often unknown. 3. Referenced to no longer existing aboveground landmarks. 4. The original data was non-digital. 5. A multitude of scales and coordinate systems used, making exchange of data very inefficient. 6. Inability to map infrastructure installed by means of Trenchless Technologies, such as river crossings, underneath buildings, etc. The risk is therefore high that costly GIS platforms become populated with inaccurate and low value XYZ data, yet the value of a GIS platform is directly related to the quality of the data contained in it.

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There are three efficient moments in a pipe’s life-cycle, at initial installation, during maintenance, or during rehabilitation. Obtaining accurate as-built date directly following initial installation is by far the easiest and thus most economical moment. The reason for this is that the pipe is accessible, segment lengths are reasonable, and the pipe is clean or empty of cables. However, reality is that accurate as-built requirements, particularly for trenchless installation (HDD, tunneling), typically lack from the specifications, so the as-built is often not more than the as-planned or ‘as-wished’. Introduction to Inertial Navigation Technology Inertial Navigation Probes typically contain a range of inertial sensors such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, and magnetometers. Traditionally, inertial navigation was developed for the airline, marine and defense industries, but today they can be found in applications such as GPS systems and Smart Phones. The object of an inertial navigation probe is to frequently measure the angular rate of change of its core axis (i.e. changes in Heading (azimuth), Pitch (inclination), and Roll. Distance is measured to give length to the resulting vector angles so that a 3-dimensional profile can be created.

Measurement accuracy is dependent on several factors. First and foremost, the quality of the probe and the data processing software. Second, the level to which the probe is aligned inside the pipe. The better the alignment, the more accurate the result. Using centralizing spacers is recommended to obtain optimal alignment, but not always operationally possible. For example, an aging waste water pipe tends to have many ill-fitting lateral connections and joints that may hinder the centralizers from passing smoothly. In those cases, it is operationally more efficient to run the probe along the invert of the pipe. Market Positioning Inertial Navigation based solutions are an accurate and valuable addition to the array of mapping technologies available today. True, they can only be used when an empty or water-logged pipe or duct is available, but within that segment they are by far the most effective technology. Most non-gyroscopic mapping systems require personnel to trace the path of a pipeline, using either a beacon system or ground-penetrating radar to map the utilities. However, none of these systems get the exact measurement of the pipe’s centerline. Moreover, beacon-based systems can measure to a limited depth and are highly susceptible to electromagnetic interference, rendering them virtually useless in densely piped areas or near railways and power lines. Operational aspects Operational efficiency is a key factor for the market to embrace new technology. Inertial navigation based mapping systems are insensitive to electromagnetic interference and can therefore be used near power cables, train tracks and other sources of electromagnetic disturbances.

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leading global super brand known for its excellence in innovation and technology. The highest build standards combine with the most beautifully designed aesthetics to provide world-class products for tough conditions. With a superb blend of ergonomic shapes, contemporary styles and meticulous finish, Jaquar continues to enthrall millions of hearts across the world with its wide range of concepts and products.

Certifications Jaquar's uses the most modern and advanced global technological processes. Its in-house R&D and testing laboratories comprehensively analyse each functional aspect of every product to ensure absolute quality. The result? Products that conform to not only the highest global standards, but are also capable of withstanding the rigours of tough usage conditions.

• Complete bathroom brand • Quality products • Wide range (depth and width) • Superior, efficient, widest service network Built on highest quality standard Continuously striving to create value and exceeding customer’s expectations in quality, delivery and cost effectiveness through continuous product innovation and cutting edge technologies has been the core of Jaquar manufacturing philosophy. Penchant for innovation and use of advanced technology sets Jaquar apart from others. The highest standards of our products in every category have cemented our reputation as one of the most valued premium global bathroom brand in the industry. Delivering excellence through R&D Zero-defect is a quality absolute that governs all our products and designs. To ensure performance and longevity, all our products undergo a series of rigorous tests at our R&D Centre that’s equipped with the latest technology and advance testing processes. • Design: Full-fledged design department - Equipped with latest 3D modelling design software’s - Team of ace designers and engineers • Product Development: - Advanced prototyping machine for product modelling • State of the art lab facilities Global Design Awards Jaquar Group designs are the perfect synthesis of form and function. At Jaquar Group, product designs meet global parameters of ergonomics, finish, material, safety, environmental impact and functionality. Jaquar products, designed by globally renowned designers, dominate millions of hearts across the world.


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Website Explore Jaquar’s wide range of Complete Bathroom Solutions on your screens anytime and get the showroom experience right in the comfort of your home. • Download Technical Drawings with Specifications, Product Images and CAD Drawings • See 3-Dimensional view of products • Find the Dealer/Retailer nearest to your location • Download Brochures of Jaquar’s latest products and find the ones that fit your style • Subscribe to Jaquar Emails and be the first to learn about our new launches • Connect with us on our Social Media Pages • • • •Kenya Contact: Email: Tel: +254 713 474 374




tructa Group has proved that self-supported monopole masts can replace lattice-type towers in a large-scale power transmission and distribution project in Ethiopia. The company’s top mechanical engineer in charge of designing masts relates to Construction Review how this feat was accomplished and prospects for the project in Africa.

Visibly elated, Erasmus Cilliers, the senior mechanical engineer of Structa Group is revelling in the successful delivery of the company self-supported tubular monopole masts to a power transmission project in Ethiopia. The ongoing project forms part of a large-scale electricity infrastructure upgrade for Ethiopia and focuses on the transmission and distribution of electricity from various substations to surrounding areas of Addis Ababa. These distribution networks convey electricity with high voltages from 132 kV up to 230 kV and span through tough terrains, city centres and densely populated informal settlements. Taking the mast into Africa Building on experience from the project in Ethiopia, Structa is looking forward to providing its know-how in power and telecommunication

transmission pole solutions to clients in other African countries. And already, there are encouraging prospects. “We are continuously receiving requests for mast designs, and we strive to optimise these masts in conjunction with the project requirements and scope. In terms of using self-supported masts, some projects have been identified for which these masts will be a highly suitable product,” reveals, adding: “However, the use of towers is never eliminated but rather added as an additional avenue. Structa is always ready to take on the task of designing and manufacturing optimised sustainable products for their clients.” Structa was able to deliver the first batch of masts within 15 months from the initial contact. What made the project a different kind of a beast was that the monopoles were for the Ethiopian project were beyond the size that the company normally delivers for clients. Structa manufactures standard masts and towers for voltages of 11kV up to 220kV. But Cilliers is content that it was delivered to client’s expectations – on time, to exact specifications in terms of size and quality. Currently, Structa has three masts product categories: light masts, communication structures, and the utility and transmission towers marketed as Electrotowers.

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hombus, one of the leading manufacturers of premixed concrete in Kenya, has recently installed another batching plant in Athi River, the Southern part of the capital city Nairobi. The batching plant supplied by Liebherr, a renowned manufacturer from Germany, has a capacity to produce 120 cubic meters of concrete per hour. According to Rhombus Managing Director, Mr. Solomon the plant is meant to serve Nairobi’s southern market as the company looks to consolidate its position in the Kenyan market. He also added that Rhombus chose Liebherr as its supplier because of their impeccable after sales service. “Liebherr is the best when it comes to quality, efficiency. They also provide technical support and ensure the plant is being well utilized for maximum productivity,” he added. 26

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Liebherr representatives echoed the MD’s sentiments and also added that Liebherr concrete mixing plants enable concrete to be manufactured economically: “We supply our plants in different sizes and stationary or mobile concepts. We can meet individual customer requirements in a short space of time,” he said.

“Liebherr is the best when it comes to quality, efficiency. They also provide technical support and ensure the plant is being well utilized for maximum productivity,” Rhombus Managing Director, Mr. Solomon




he proposed hi-tech industrial facility in Cameroon, designed by Ground 11 Architects, an internationally known architectural design firm, is composed of 8000 square meters of double floored clean-room manufacturing for electronic components, and a 5000 square meters Administration, research and Immersive experience gallery.

first mover advantage for any government that supports these initiatives is huge, as he mentions several sources for funding available globally for socially and fiscally responsible projects. He also states that several of their projects across Sub-Saharan Africa are testament to a new spirit of innovation that bodes well for the coming decades.

The project is the first of several carbon neutral manufacturing hubs being proposed in various parts of Africa, to bring in indigenous manufacturing process and products into areas where local needs and global expertise can be amalgamated to give an impetus to intellectual property growth in Africa. The design The design incorporates the use of locally sourced sustainable materials, and extensive use of both passive and active methods as energy saving methods. Use of solar panels will provide lighting, and a significant portion of cooling will be enabled using earth cooling. The Green aspect

Materials used express the green credentials of the project, with use of sustainable timbers both as structural elements, and as sun-shading devices. The combination of wood and blue glass references forests and water bodies, where the building itself is conceptualized as a vessel to carry the message of sustainability. The interactive gallery is aimed at customers and guests to educate and inform them of experimental technologies that are being used not only during the construction of the facility but also in the manufacturing process of the components and products being manufactured here, and in the overall energy consumption and maintenance costs of the facility. Pranav Iyer, Design Principal, is confident that the first successful factory of this type will give rise to a much larger eco‐system of eco‐sensitive and path‐breaking projects all over Africa. He is also confident that the 28

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oyota Kenya Limited is the exclusive distributor of the prestigious global brand Toyota. The company offers a wide range of personal and commercial vehicles as well as parts. In addition, Toyota has some of the most comprehensive service centres for its clients. The company leverages on modern and spacious facilities and leading-edge technology to provide a complete range of before- and after-sales services to meet all customer needs. Eldoret is one of the busiest towns in Kenya serving large swathes of Rift Valley and Western regions of the country. With a growing population and expanding industries, the town has attracted major companies over the years. Toyota has been operating in the town for many years from leased premises and their new facility was conceived against this backdrop. According to Charles Akayi, an architect at Symbion Kenya, who are the lead consultants, the new facility is a 3S (Sales, Service, Spares) centre sitting on approximately four acres of land along Uganda Road. “The client envisioned an aesthetically appealing facility with reference to the Toyota Model Plan which has both indoor display of Toyota cars and outdoor display of Hino trucks and Case tractors”, he says. As Eldoret is located in a major agricultural region, CASE tractors will


be one of the main products to be showcased at the facility. Toyota is also the distributor of Yamaha motorcycles and therefore these will also be showcased here.

The total built-up area is 2,550 square metres consisting of Showroom, Parts Centre, Service Workshop, Wash Bays, Offices on the first floor as well as support facilities.

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The architects have created an extensive seamless glass showroom façade facing the highway to provide an excellent view of the displayed vehicles from the highway. There’s a balance between glass and aluminum louvres which allow air circulation and natural lighting into the facility, making the premises a quality work environment. The design showcases Toyota’s advanced technology, vehicle sales and spare part sales. Other features include an underground water tank of capacity 100,000 litres with half of this amount expected to be harvested from rainwater.

The project commenced in April 2019 with a planned completion date of Mid-March 2020. However, according to Architect Akayi, there may be a slight delay occasioned by a few challenges experienced by the team. Unusually heavy rains in November and December 2019 slowed down works at the site. There were also some delays in getting the requisite approvals from Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA). A few alterations also caused delays. The team is however optimistic that despite these hurdles, the completion date will probably be stretched by no more than two weeks. As the project nears completion, Toyota Kenya customers can look forward to the wide range of services they have come to expect from their favourite motor vehicle dealer, provided from spacious and easily accessible premises in Eldoret.


Client: Toyota Kenya Limited Architects: Symbion Kenya Ltd Project Manager: Symbion Kenya Ltd Structural/Civil engineers: Ngasi Consulting Engineers Mechanical /Electrical engineers: Syldon and Partners Consulting Engineers Quantity Surveyors: MaceYMR Main contractor: Vishva Builders Ltd Plumbing & drainage sub-contractor: Homeland Plumbing Works Electrical sub-contractor: Polyphase Electrical Merchant Ltd ICT sub-contractor: Synthesis Systems Ltd

Areial View of Toyota Showroom

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W climate.

oodoc Water-Borne DECK was formulated to protect wooden decks against the harsh African

Based on the very latest European technology, specially adapted for African conditions, Woodoc Water-Borne DECK is virtually


odourless, fast drying, easy and safe to apply and effectively penetrates even the hardest decking timber to protect and beautify your investment. Woodoc Water-Borne DECK is available in Clear, Natural, Oak, Mahogany, Teak and Imbuia. The companion product to Woodoc Water- Borne DECK is Woodoc WaterBorne Plus-Life PRIMER.

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For the very best results, Woodoc Water-Borne Plus-Life PRIMER should first be applied to clean, dry and well sanded decking timber, extending the life of Woodoc Water-Borne DECK and preventing blackening of the timber. One coat of Woodoc Water-Borne Plus-Life PRIMER should be over-coated with three coats of Woodoc Water-Borne DECK.




anaan Developers is part of the Canaan Group of Companies, a conglomerate of ten companies operating in several countries. The Canaan Group has a diverse portfolio in various sectors such as hospitality, construction, plastic manufacturing among others. Canaan Developers was established in 2015 to cater to the growing construction demand and development in Kenya and East African region at large. It specializes in hospitality and residential projects. The company employs highly qualified and competent engineers, technical personnel and leverages on technology for continued growth. “We execute our work placing more emphasis on quality and time to meet the required client’s expectations”, says the company. Its vision is to be the most respected building company in the East Africa region. To do this, Canaan’s intention is to live up to its values of Honesty, Team Work and Unity of Purpose, Customer Care, Integrity, Respect and cultivation of a Dynamic Culture.

ESCADA ESCADA, also situated in Westlands, offers a balance of luxury living within a bustling ambience with a rich treasure trove. According to the selling agents, the development fuses meticulous restoration and innovative architecture. It is designed to give residents the best elements of apartment living with the excitement and colour of urban life. MZIMA SPRINGS (719 SPRINGS) Designed to impress, these 10 architecturally inspiring homes sit on 0.8 acres and measure a generous 5,813 sq.ft each. The development is effortlessly accessed from Mzima Springs Road off James Gichuru Road and Tende Drive, at the convergence of Nairobi's most elite streets.

In the short time that the company has been operational in Kenya, Canaan Developers has managed to embark on a number of state of the art residential projects mainly in the exclusive suburbs of Westlands in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The main reason for the location is due to the area’s substantial capital appreciation and excellent rental returns. VOLAIRE This is a masterpiece of 91 apartments located in the heart of Nairobi, Westlands, and features an enviable range of amenities. The residences are considered a true testament of modern living.

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n optimised design to match a taxing contract programme was instrumental in Franki Africa’s ability to hand over the challenging foundations and lateral support work for the landmark 144 Oxford project on time Franki Africa was recently contracted to provide geotechnical services for the ground-breaking 144 Oxford project, a flagship development by Growthpoint Properties. Located on Oxford Road in Rosebank, Johannesburg, the development is set for completion in October this year. When complete, the 35 000 m² development, will establish a new landmark office address in Rosebank with an innovative design that supports modern businesses to thrive and evolve. Franki was responsible for the design, supply and installation of the earth retaining lateral support system and the piled foundations of this development. The project scope included a five-level basement to a maximum depth of 15 m below natural ground level with a total of 5 755 m² of lateral support, as well as 235 no. foundation piles with column loads varying between 3 800 and 15 000 kN. Contract programme According to Brett Markides, Senior Design Engineer at Franki Africa, from the onset, the contract programme proposed by the client proved challenging. However, the development was considered a key project for Franki, and an optimised design to match the contract programme was fundamental to winning the tender in such a competitive market. The west elevation of the development incorporated a Gautrain servitude roughly 12 m beyond the site boundary where no structural elements of any lateral system could be installed through. The solutions to this problem were not immediately obvious as the servitude posed a restriction on the anchor lengths required for conventional lateral support. “The design team 34

View of the site from above the west elevation

at Franki had to revert to first principles and hand calculations to conceptualise a workable solution that would account for this restriction,” explains Markides. Changes in design were a constant challenge and design development had to conform to the engineers’ and clients’ specifications. In this regard, Franki relied heavily on its uniquely integral in-house design team to deal with the changes as and when they occurred, as well as providing cost-effective workable solutions to the professional teams. “Ultimately, an innovative design solution was proposed by Franki that would meet the engineers’ specifications, and from a commercial standpoint, the programme would be achievable,” says Markides. Challenges in lateral support The design of the lateral support system on the North, East and South elevations comprised soldier piles with a system of active and passive support in the form of anchors.

“On the west elevation, an initial cut back and batter was proposed to reduce the retained height of the wall, effectively reducing the lateral forces and mitigating the requirement for structural elements extending into the Gautrain Servitude. The west elevation comprised soldier piles with a similar system of alternative active and passive support,”

Franki developed a fully working FEM model in Plaxis 2D, capable of staged construction analysis and analysed all expected forces in structural elements and factors of safety at all construction stages. Verification of stability and deflections in the temporary and permanent state were analysed and checked against the required specifications. The resulting output confirmed the expected modes of failure at the factor of safety stages, and the model was deemed appropriate for the design solution. Verification of the design followed an observational approach on site through stringent monitoring to ensure predicted vs actual deflections aligned throughout construction. Accurate and up-to-date record keeping was critical to the project’s success. Due to the innovative design process, health and safety considerations were incorporated by employing well understood and recognised methodologies in Franki, so that neither additional risk would be placed onto the site teams nor would any unfamiliar construction methodologies be introduced. “As part of the design process, an integrated risk-management analysis was undertaken to highlight any potential concerns that might arise from a technical standpoint,” says Markides. Piling The geotechnical information indicated competent rock granite between 5 m and 15 m below bulk excavation level. Auger cast in-situ piles socketed into competent rock were chosen as the most economical piling solution, and Franki optimised the pile layout to accommodate higher loads on fewer piles. “This was made possible with specialised cleaning tools to effectively clean the pile bases through mechanical action as opposed to cleaning the bases by hand,” concludes Markides.

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MAJOR COMPLEX FOR REGIONAL CENTRE FOR MAPPING OF RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPMENT (RCMRD) NEARS COMPLETION Introduction The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), a 20 member state multinational organization, wished to relocate its headquarters and main activities to a modern office complex that features green building design. The institution conducted a feasibility study to establish a masterplan that would best utilize the organization’s approximately 9.5 acres piece of land located along Kasarani-Mwiki Road on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The study resolved that the best use of the site was to establish the headquarters complex as part of a larger modern business park of about eight blocks. The development was intended to create spaces which would instill passion and autonomy among the staff through provision of modern workplaces which are enlivening, accommodative and comfortable to the users. The RCMRD business park, designed by Nairobi-based architectural studio Ecotecture Limited, is expected to accommodate the RCMRD Headquarters, a state-of-the-art conference centre, contemporary hotel blocks and Class A lettable office spaces.


The whole project is being implemented through a phasing strategy. Phase 1, which is currently ongoing, mainly focuses on the headquarters, RCMRD Complex with all attendant facilities and associated external infrastructure such as parking, lush green landscaping features and civil works. RCMRD Complex and associated external works officially commenced in August, 2018. The building is expected to be handed over in February 2020. Phase 2 of the business park is expected to kick off implementation soon after. Project Design The developed portion mainly features administrative offices of the RCMRD Centre as well as large expansive open plan offices for staff of the centre. The open plan offices span to about 350sqm with an expansive corridor of about 2m featuring glass and aluminiumframed partition walls. Supporting the client’s desire for green design concepts, the design philosophy used was carrying the green from the exterior into the interior spaces. The exterior, whose construction is ongoing, shall be a host to a spanning and well-manicured green kikuyu grass with clustered flowers and shrubbery as well as tree-shaded garden spots to serve as

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break out spaces. The Project Architects, Arch. Peter Njeru and Kelvin Salasya, intended to incorporate this social design aspect so as to achieve a Live-Work-Play balance for the facility’s users. An extensive central fountain area was also designed to serve as the central spine of the proposed business park while giving a lavishly grandiose walk through to the RCMRD complex bordered by member state flags. The internal spaces, on the other hand, are fitted with potted or vase plants/vegetation adorned with a decent mix of light colors in a well-balanced interior theme. This is characterized in most of the interior public spaces and offices inside the building. The main entrances are fitted with automatic frameless glass doors leading to a welcoming signage in the reception lobby of the complex. One side of the main entrance lobby is overlooked by a multivolume void, embellished with a beautiful mural named ‘The Tree of Life’ decorating the walls around the void. The other side which serves as the main entrance features dramatic effect of daylighting brought about by the multiple square fenestrations overlooking another multivolume around the lift lobby and main staircase.

Key to the architects’ design was also fire safety measures. The building is fitted with emergency fire escape staircases on both sides of its long axis, with strategically placed fire escape doors and other firefighting equipment such as hose reels and fire extinguishers. The design also features an exquisite rooftop terrace of about 500 sqm with a shaded serving counter and timber pergolas for hosting cocktails and other open air events on top of the building. Green Aspects Upholding green values and environmental consciousness, the client tasked the architects with creating environmentally sound and resourceefficient developments. Hence, the ultimate design and project execution was aimed at ensuring minimal impact on the environment. The architects met these aspirations by conceptualizing architectural forms and designs along the key parameters of environmental design principles. The building has consequently adopted several green design measures to make it a sustainable structure and a possible candidate for green star ratings. These measures include passive design strategies that promote efficient use of resources through increased use of natural lighting and ventilation depicted by the sizable windows, narrow plan layouts and clustering of functional core services. This is aimed at reducing the running and maintenance costs of the complex when it becomes commissioned and fully operational. The offices have also installed LED lighting fixtures which are known to save on electrical energy when used especially at night. The building is also designed to derive most of its energy production from renewable sources (clean energy) such as solar that are fitted on the roof top. As mentioned earlier, the architects also designed for a sustainable living and working environment by providing green landscaped areas for relaxation and break out spaces as well as enhancing the visual appeal of the environment. RCMRD complex also takes advantage of recycling systems and rain water collection measures. Rainwater is collected and stored in a massive underground water tank where it is recycled and reused. The Architects also employed Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies, through demarcated routes using plantings of trees and shrubs as well as street lighting. The development is also geared towards promoting sustainable mobility and transport, in that, the masterplan encourages cycling and walking through its extensive landscaped spaces with organically patterned footpaths. Additionally, as a CPTED strategy, advanced security systems are put in place enforced via high tech security checkpoints on the gate, car surveillance and installation of CCTV cameras located at strategic points of the Business Park, RCMRD complex and shared facilities. Facilities The park features parking spaces with a parking ratio of 1 car for every 35sqm of office space. The development has also incorporated a borehole water supply to supplement county government water supply, meant to be majorly used in the Complex and for landscaping plants maintenance. There is also a standby generator ready to serve the Complex and the business park in case of power outages. The site has a beautifully designed perimeter wall with plant climbers crawling on the inner side of the wall plus an expansive ultramodern gate house design that uniquely defines and revamps the character of the centre's entry point. Challenges for the Project Team The major challenge was dealing with sunshading of the building to reduce internal heat gain. This is because due to site constraints of the proposed layout of the business park; the RCMRD Complex is the only building that has its long axis, oriented in the East-West direction. However, as an environmental design measure, the architects resolved this by use of balconies and horizontal fins as sunshading devices which reduces direct sunlight into the building. Additionally, the exterior façades are predominantly painted in light colors to help in reflecting solar heat, supported with large fenestrations and high floor-to-ceiling heights that

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encourage natural cross-ventilation. Hence, these and other measures tremendously mitigate the internal heat gain, creating a well-balanced indoor comfort level for the users. PROJECT TEAM Client: Regional Centre for Mapping and Resources for Development Project Manager: Leeds Engineering Company Ltd. Architect: Ecotecture Ltd. Civil and Structural Engineer: Kamara and Associates Ltd Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Bison Consultants Quantity Surveyor: Costeng Consultants Ltd. Main Contractor: Polish Contractors Company Limited. Sub-Contractor (Electrical): Philafe Engineering Ltd, Sub-Contractor (Plumbing): Plumbing Systems Ltd. Landscaping Sub contractor: Greenersol Ltd Lift Specialists: Schindler Group Sub-Contractor (Mechanical Ventilation & AC): Iconet Group Ltd.


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CMC Motors Group Limited is one of the leading players in the East African motor industry. The Group has exclusive distribution of Ford, Mazda, and Suzuki vehicles. CMC also distributes UD, Eicher and Renault Trucks (medium and heavy commercial)

The client desired 1200 square metres of Ford showroom and offices and new indoor service workshop encompassing wheel alignment and express bays. There would also be refurbishment of the existing management offices on the first floor. Therefore, the project is a mix of both new construction and renovation.

As part of its plans to improve customer experience and brand representation, CMC embarked on massive renovation and expansion of its existing showroom on Lusaka Road in Nairobi to showcase its flagship passenger brand, Ford.

The existing showroom was knocked down and a new showroom structure built connected to the existing office block in the back, with a new glass and aluminum composite panel façade design aligned to the global Ford Signature standards. The architects provided for a seamless curtain wall façade and six-metre high volume airy show room that utilizes natural lighting and ventilation; there will be no need to air condition the facility. The glazed façade receives the early morning sun up to 9.00 a.m. after which the sun is directly overhead on a shaded insulated roof.

Research shows that the design of a car showroom is an extremely important factor when it comes to influencing a customer’s decision to buy. Factors such as layout of customer journey, lighting, space utilization, brand emphasis and choice of colours are key considerations. To lead the project team, CMC picked on Symbion Kenya Limited, one of the most experienced and best known architectural firms in East Africa. According to Symbion’s Pascal Obala, the new CMC showroom is in line with Ford’s global standards and presents unrivalled showroom experience.


PROJECT TEAM Client: CMC Motors Group Ltd Architects: Symbion Kenya consultation with Ford architects



Structural/Civil engineers: Vex Structural Engineers Mechanical /Electrical engineers: Gem Engineering Quantity Surveyors: Archbill Consultants Ltd Main contractor: CYT Engineering Co. Ltd Plumbing & drainage sub-contractor: Waterwise Services Ltd Electrical sub-contractor:Central Electricals International Ltd

“CMC customers can expect a modern showroom with new services and a whole fresh and exciting customer experience”, says the architect.

HVAC sub-contractor: Hotpoint Appliances

The US$ 3 million project was to run between December 2018 and December 2019. However, heavy rains in Nairobi during the month of December slowed down progress of external works.

Fire alarm installations contractor: Titan

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CCTV & security installations subcontractor: Giza Systems sub-

Structured cabling installations subcontractors: Solvic Solutions Ltd




nterior design has changed the way we view and experience spaces. Evolving over the years, interior design is no longer a preserve of the elite; rather, it has grown to accommodate everyone. As humans, we want spaces that reflect who we are, that cultivate our energy and that speak on our behalf. It is ingrained in our DNA; we cannot live without it. In the need for humans to express who they are, they look for meticulous ways to express their feelings, beliefs and brands. This proceeds from design to construction, from a way of life to who we are. Interior design plays a major role in this: emphasizing on our identity. This is where Triad Interiors (TI) comes into being. Coming into being Since Triad Architects opened its doors to the public with the proclivity of impacting the

built environment 65 years ago, TI has been operating as a department under the umbrella of architectural practice. Over the years, as interior space decoration has gained noticeable traction, TI has gradually established its space and has recently acquired a certificate of incorporation to operate independently as Triad Interiors Limited. As TI, we have used our skills and talents in the past to establish lively internal human environments that give character and value to the respective users. Our work has gone into shaping the spaces our clients live in, work in and spaces that make meaning in their lives. Though our long-time experience in the field, we have established strong design consciousness that work with corporate, retail and hospitality spaces.

Irresistible design approach Spaces should tell stories about us even in our absence; not only as designers but also as consumers. This determines branding and public relations. Understanding this has made us a 'go to' design firm for corporate organizations that value branding. We have worked for high market brands such as major banks (Barclays Bank, NCBA Bank, KCB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Stanbic Bank). Banks have their own methods of branding which communicate differently. The Standard Chartered branch at Yaya Centre is a good example. We have used minimalistic style that simply encourages financial language in a financial institution. The consistence in theme establishment in all spaces from the banking hall to the back office declutters the mind and allow prosperity. This principle is similar in all banking halls design and when branding comes into play, Triad Interiors determines the tune. When we talk about creative spaces in the corporate practice, the user experience and the design interactivity levels build the foundation. Unlike branding where the company seeks to speak to its customers through design, creative spaces welcome ideas and promote thinking. This has calmly been tested in Raiser Resource Limited offices at The Arch Place in Nairobi where TI developed spaces to awe the users.

Barclays West End interior


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Britam Offices

Others include Stanbic Bank offices, Britam Holdings PLC offices, CBA offices and Barclays head office among others. Creative spaces further explore the limitless application of technology. Such spaces have a direct influence in what the creative mind of a human being will produce. Microsoft offices in Westlands done by TI have impacted the productivity of the technology firm and its influence. Laboratories, Testing and Research Centers done by Triad Interiors employ this principle to ensure creativity and efficient thinking through design. Triad Interiors has an understanding in harnessing emotions, provoking desires and directing energy in the desired purpose. In retail spaces, we work with the idea of a design that should focus more on promoting

products and services than expressing our prowess in creativity. Products are intended to be displayed for people to see and so are services. Design should aid in this. Where creative designers are engaged in design of retail spaces, higher returns on investment are recorded. Safaricom shops, Teriyaki Japan among others are established ways in which TI has used design to sell products. After all is said, it is important for a designer to understand the client’s needs, preferences, budget and materials available. TI designers' experience has formulated a practice based on light and shadow, colors and textures among other themes that produce outstanding results of the work of our hands.calmly been tested in Raiser Resource Limited offices at The Arch Place in Nairobi where TI developed spaces to awe the users.

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Triad Interiors has an understanding in harnessing emotions, provoking desires and directing energy in the desired purpose. In retail spaces, we work with the idea of a design that should focus more on promoting products and services than expressing our prowess in creativity. Products are intended to be displayed for people to see and so are services. Design should aid in this. Where creative designers are engaged in design of Barclays West End interior

Others include Stanbic Bank offices, Britam Holdings PLC offices, CBA offices and Barclays head office among others. Creative spaces further explore the limitless application of technology. Such spaces have a direct influence in what the creative mind of a human being will produce. Microsoft offices in Westlands done by TI have impacted the productivity of the technology firm and its influence. Laboratories, Testing and Research Centers done by Triad Interiors employ this principle to ensure creativity and efficient thinking through design.


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retail spaces, higher returns on investment are recorded. Safaricom shops, Teriyaki Japan among others are established ways in which TI has used design to sell products. After all is said, it is important for a designer to understand the client’s needs, preferences, budget and materials available. TI designers' experience has formulated a practice based on light and shadow, colors and textures among other themes that produce outstanding results of the work of our hands.

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