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GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM Largest Archaeological Museum in the World

Natural Materials in Construction Machinery Lubricants in Africa Improving Public Security

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In this issue we look at the Grand Museum in Egypt; its design and cultural significance to the North African country.

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: Haimanot Haimanot Tesfaye, Tesfaye, Ruth Ruth Girma Girma Ethiopia: Tanzania: Tom Tom Kiage Kiage Tanzania:


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

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Natural Building Materials

Infrastructure, the Achille’s heel of Africa’s economic development

Guided by both a public surge towards eco-friendly practices and a fundamental moral and ethical obligation to planet Earth in the face of a ‘clear and unequivocal climate emergency'; environmentally conscious construction is only


growing in popularity.

Security Installing turnstile gates at entry/exit points in public places stringently improving security and promoting safety.

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Large infrastructure gaps remain a big obstacle to growth, investment and economic diversification in African countries. Statistics from For the African Development Bank (AfDB) show that African countries will need US $130bn to US $170bn per year to sustain the growth of their economies, population; income level and replace ageing infrastructure. At least half of that requirement is currently unfunded. Building roads, railways, ports, and renewable energy power plants can be essential when it comes diversifying economies. Availability of such infrastructure will surely promote private sector activity and industrialisation, ensuring enough jobs are created for the 12 million young people entering Africa’s labour force each year. Furthermore, good infrastructure will lead to a rise in business confidence and draw in investments in other sectors, which will in turn foster innovation and productivity in the continent.

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According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita growth would increase by 1.7 percentage points per annum if the region were to close the infrastructure gap in terms of both quantity and quality; relative to the developing world median. This could also make growth in Africa more inclusive, alleviating poverty across the continent.

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Van Dyck Floors range Larsen & Toubro delivers Phase 1 of Mauritius Metro rubber stamped by GreenTag Express VAN Dyck Floors’ range of rubber flooring and paving products has achieved a Global GreenTag GBCSA Level B rating from the internationally respected green building product rating and certification organisation, GreenTag, making it a leading supplier to the Designed and constructed by L&T, green building sector. the 13km Integrated Light Rail-based Urban Transit System will initially CEO of Van Dyck Floors, Dr operate between Port Louis, the Mehran Zarrebini, said the extensive certification process began in country’s capital city, and Rose Hill. September 2017. Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the leading technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services company has handed over Phase 1 of a Light Rail System (Metro Express) to the government of Mauritius. Launch display of Azuri products

Azuri opens new Off-grid Solar Centre in Kisumu, Kenya

Azuri Technologies, a leader in pay-as-you-go solar home technology for off-grid Africa, continues to build on its vision of ‘connecting the unconnected’ with the opening of an Off-grid Solar Centre in Kisumu County, Kenya. According to the Kisumu County Government, only 46% of the County’s general population is connected to the grid. Azuri’s new Solar Centre will bring affordable, clean energy to the thousands across the county who lack access to electricity. More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa continue to struggle without reliable power. pay-as-you-go solar Since launching in 2012, Azuri is now one of the leading providers of pay-as-you-go solar power lighting and TV systems, operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria. To date, the company has sold over 150,000 systems. Azuri’s innovative application of solar power combined with mobile payment technology and energy-efficient appliances is enabling offgrid African families to experience modern digital technologies such clean, powerful LED lighting appliances and satellite TV for the first time. More than 2 million households in Africa are now connected to reliable clean energy via small solar home systems (SHS) on a payas-you-go basis.

The fastest system


transit Van Dyck Floors was the first South African producer of recycled rubber flooring, paving, acoustic cradles Speaking during the inauguration and ballistic blocks to achieve this. of the project in the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius and his GreenTag counterpart from India, the CEO & GreenTag is an independent ecolabel Managing Director of L&T Mr. S.N. and trust mark that ensures that every Subrahmanyan said that the Mauritius product is tested and certified using Metro Express is the fastest executed leading international certification programmes and scientific methods. transit system by the company; from It is recognized in over 70 countries a green field to the present status in across Australia, New Zealand, barely two years’ time. Malaysia, Africa and South East Asia. “Scale and Speed’ have been the hallmarks of L&T projects and our A GBCSA Level B Certification, in approach has been to provide a modern particular, will achieve 85% of the and unique solution by implementing credit points required by the GBCSA for a floor covering.Although cost-effective construction methods statistics are hard to come by, it to enhance speed of execution with is believed that, in South Africa, minimum disturbance to the people,” 41% of new builds are green builds he added. compared to a global average of 24%. This is expected to reach 61% in the near future.

PEIKKO connects Parkade at largest Shopping Mall on the African continent Fourways Mall, situated in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, was officially opened on the 22 August 2019. Estimated to be worth approximately US $604m and 178,000m² in size, Fourways Mall is now the largest mall on the African continent. Prior to its expansion, the mall was 64,000m², the next biggest mall is Menlyn Park in Pretoria at 169,000m².

Fourways Mall, Johannesburg


Integral to Fourways Mall is a massive new parkade built to accommodate the increase in visitors to the newly expanded Mall. The new parkade has been designed to allow for the construction of a two-storey hotel above it. Echo Prestress were appointed to provide the precast structure for the carpark, and all columns were erected utilizing Peikko’s innovative bolted connection systems for precast concrete. According to Daniel Petrov, Managing Director, PEIKKO, using Peikko connections simplified the structural design and improved site productivity by shortening the floor to floor construction cycle time, providing substantial cost savings for the project. Furthermore, safety on site was enhanced as columns erected utilizing Peikko Column Connections do not require temporary propping.

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“The beauty of a bolted, mechanical connection is that it can be done with a small crew on site and no temporary bracing is needed. As soon as the nuts are tightened, the connection is movement-resistant and the crane can move on to the next column,” he added. Peikko’s innovative products are making a positive impact on the efficiency of the building industry. The company is the leading manufacturer of bolted connection systems for precast concrete. Peikko is the global forerunner in slim floor structures and connection technology for precast and in-situ applications. Peikko’s Bolted Connections provide a fast and more cost-effective way to design and build, ensuring that the construction process is simpler and safer.


African Hydropower Forum 2020 African Hydropower Forum 2020 will explore how to maximize the range of added value the sector brings, how those benefits are central to policy making across African Governments, and how to ensure hydropower’s unique selling points are properly recognised. The forum happening at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa on the 21st -22nd April, 2020 with over 18 Case Study Sessions and 4 Panel Discussion Sessions will cover a wide range of technical, financial and environmental topics, designed to help turn policies into concrete achievements. While AHF2020 will explore the growth challenges facing the sector, it will also begin a real conversation on how to recognize all the benefits of hydropower. AHF2020 will bring together industry leaders and policymakers to debate and discuss the key issues facing the industry.

With 391 road projects in the pipeline, valued at US $467.6bn, Africa is offering tremendous opportunities to bitumen refiners, trading companies, road construction firms, and innovative technology providers. In light of this, the Argus Africa Roads conference aims to be a truly pan-African event that gives you strategic insights into the prospect of doing business across the region. With all eyes focused on the road construction projects, this is your chance to discuss the upcoming road construction and rehabilitation projects and their impact on bitumen demand, storage and logistics capacity, pricing issues and developments in the new IMO 2020 era that will have kicked in by next spring. Event: Argus Africa Roads Conference 2020 Date: 9th – 10th March, 2020 Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

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 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 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. In addition to its strategic positioning as a long-haul transfer hub, Ethiopia is increasingly becoming an important destination for manufacturing.

Event: African Hydropower Forum 2020 Date: 21st - 22nd April, 2020 Venue: Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, Cape Town, South 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 Africa APSEA)

Association Partners

3rd Buildexpo Ethiopia, 2020 Addis Ababa

Argus Africa Roads Conference 2020



- 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). Nov - Dec 2019 | CR





late is a durable, attractive, affordable and easy-to-clean surface. However, if you don’t like the look and flat appeal of slate, you can look for other low-maintenance alternatives to slate for your countertops. Slate kitchen worktops are popular for their stellar looks, non-porous surface, and durability. Moreover, their easy-to-clean solid surface requires very less maintenance than granite, concrete or marble. Just like the modern Unistone Belgian Blue composite material, the slate countertop is a versatile product that’s ideal for kitchens, wet bars, bathrooms, and back splashes. Many homeowners consider slate for their kitchen countertops due to its subtle colouration that’s minimal than granite and marble. Slate kitchen worktop can give a uniform look to your cooking area. It also comes in beautiful shades of charcoal, grey, black, brown and pewter, as well as blue, green or red. But certain property owners don’t like slate worktops due to certain downsides. Cons of slate countertops The corners of your beautiful Ceralsio Slate worktop can be very sharp and brittle. Many specialist installers suggest having these corners rounded to avoid injuries or cracks. The slate worktop is also more subdued compared to other

worktop options. If you want your countertop to grab all the attention in your kitchen, you might prefer other alternative to slate. The following are the six best low maintenance alternatives to slate worktops that will help spruce up a kitchen interior Ceramic This solid worktop material is made from inorganic and non-metallic substances like crystalline oxide, carbide or nitride. These materials are sintered and fabricated under high temperature and pressure conditions to create a solid worktop surface like Laminam Seta. It is easy to clean and requires less maintenance compared to slate worktops. It doesn’t need any sealing to protect its surface from heat, stains, scratches or chipping. Laminate A laminate kitchen worktop comes with many benefits. It costs reasonably and comes in various colours and designs. The big plus of this worktop material is its low maintenance requirements. This solid surface material is non-porous and easy to clean, just like a solid Ceralsio Pewter ceramic worktop. The best thing about laminate is that it doesn’t require any refinishing or resealing. Because of its relatively low cost, you can easily replace it without shelling out too much money.

Solid Surface Just like Ceralsio charcoal ceramic, other solid surface worktops are Soapstone and Corian. These countertops ensure worry-free upkeep, as they need only water and clean cloth for cleaning. These low-maintenance worktops are resistant to stains, heat, impact, and scratches. Even if it’s scratched, in the worst-case scenario, you can easily sand the scratch to restore its appearance. Stainless Steel Another amazing counter top material that needs low maintenance is stainless steel. It does not require any refinishing or resealing as well. It is easy to clean with mild cleaning products. These worktops are perfect to install in any styled kitchen or bathroom without worrying about stains of juice, food, cleansers, etc. They are also highly resistant to hot pans, hot pots, and hot hair equipment in the bathroom. Quartz Quartz is an attractive worktop surface for any traditional or modern kitchen space. Quartz is a perfect material for enhancing the appearance and performance of your countertop compared to slate worktops. Unlike natural stones like slate, granite or marble, Neolith Belgian Blue, Caesarstone Piatra Grey or any other type of quartz don’t inherit any porosity-related weaknesses. This means it won’t stain, scratch or chip. This makes the worktop surface easy to maintain and clean. Whether you choose Compaq, Caesarstone or Neolith Basalt Black countertop, all the surfaces are durable and long-lasting installations for kitchen or bathroom spaces. Dekton Dekton worktop is another wonderful alternative to slate kitchen worktops. It is an ultra-compact material that’s designed to imitate natural metamorphic changes in rocks that endure thousands of years within an industrial environment.

Slate Kitchen Worktop


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Dekton Ananke or any other variant from this range is a revolutionary product with zeroporosity. It is highly resistant to heat, stains, and scratches. If you are looking for a durable and low-maintenance surface for indoor or outdoor applications, Dekton is a good choice, as it’s resistant to UV-rays too.


GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM Largest archaeological museum in the world


or centuries, people have been fascinated by the culture and achievements of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Along with a legacy of art, science, spirituality and engineering, the ancient Egyptians also left in their wake a global trade in artefacts, many of which have been taken from their native Egypt over the centuries for both private collections and public display. Now, for the first time, Egypt is set to counter that legacy of lost treasures by creating the most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities in a single museum anywhere on the planet. Due to open in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest archaeological museum anywhere in the world, with more than 100,000 artefacts in its collection. It will also display the full Tutankhamun collection in a single location, with many of the 3,500 pieces on view to the public for the first time. But it’s not only the exhibits within the museum that have caused excitement around the world. Located in Giza, the museum building itself has already become a landmark ’must visit’ attraction. The project was the subject of an architectural competition, which received 1557 entries from 82 countries, with a winning design by Irish architectural practice,

Heneghan Peng, selected for the project. The building’s chamfered triangle shape references the iconic pyramids, while creating a striking, contemporary structure that accommodates a huge, open-plan main hall. Pyramid Aesthetic updated with PostTensioned Folded Plate Roof The museum’s unusual silhouette has been achieved thanks to engineering from the project’s structural engineer, Arup, which relies heavily on the structural capabilities of post-tensioned concrete. The building’s design includes a roof

Grand Egyptian Museum under construction with the Pyramids in the back ground


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with a total construction area of 10,000m2 of post-tensioned folded plates, along with posttensioned edge beams and a cantilevered wall. The post-tensioning element of the project was delivered by CCL, the specialist in engineered solutions for structures and CCS's partner in Egypt. The two companies worked together to provide the materials, equipment and expertise required on site. Folded Plate Roof Aesthetically, the folded plate roof continues the chamfered triangle design theme to the roof of the building. Technically, achieving this look involved considerable challenges. The roof structure is composed of posttensioned folded plates with different inclinations and spans varying between 18m and 30m. Arup requested that CSS supply CCL post-tensioning tendons containing 19 strands to provide the significant amount of PT forces required for lateral stability and seismic loads. Other design factors also influenced the design of the post-tensioning, including the removal of some of the lateral beams originally designed into the roof structure, which increased the amount of PT forces required.

Beams The structural design for the Grand Egyptian Museum building also includes six posttensioned beams, with spans ranging from 14m to 38 m, located parallel to the folded plate roof. These beams support the structural loading of the roof and manage the deflections. Each of these beams was constructed with three tendons and installed using the CCL XM60 anchorage system. The building also features a 22m long cantilever wall, which is 8.65 metres deep. This wall performs the role of a deep beam and was designed with six tendons, each incorporating 19 strands, using the CCL XM60 posttensioning system. Once again, the CSS team had to address buildability challenges in the design of the wall at shop drawing stage for the PT installation, due to the narrow 45cm width of this cantilever wall/deep beam.

The relatively slim concrete thickness of the folded plates – just 275mm - and the varying inclinations also created buildability challenges, because it made it difficult to accommodate the live-end and dead-end PT anchors at the intersection of the angled plates. This was addressed at shop drawing stage by the CSS team, who suggested an increase in the thickness

of the concrete cover at the intersection of the folded plates from the upper part of the roof. This solution provided the increased thickness needed for the PT anchors in a location where it will not be visible and was approved by both the engineering team and the client.

The 3,800-year-old granite statue of Ramses II takes up its position in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Ahmed Zaky, CEO of CSS explains: “The liveend and dead-end PT anchors for the CCL XM60 system require a minimum concrete thickness of 50cm but the wall had been designed to provide a slim, elegant aesthetic, which could have been compromised by increasing the thickness of the concrete for structural reasons.

“To resolve the problem without altering the visual appeal of the wall/beam, we proposed increasing the width gradually over the course of around one meter of its length. This solution ensured the thickness of the concrete was sufficient to accommodate the PT anchors at the relevant points in the structure, without detracting from the slenderness of the architectural design.” Once again, the structural engineer and the client were happy with CSS’s proposal and this was incorporated into the final scheme. Nov - Dec 2019 | CR


Proven Expertise Unlike many of CCL’s projects around the world, the company was not involved in the Grand Egyptian Museum at design stage, but the involvement and expertise of CCL and CSS were critical in developing the buildability of the design and delivering the project on site. Explains Tedy Chakhtoura, COO MENA/ Africa at CCL: “During the tendering phase, the client’s primary concern was identifying a post-tensioning specialist that could complete this element of the project to the highest quality standards. Speed of project delivery and the availability of experienced personnel was also

critical to ensure there was no possibility that the post-tensioning works could cause delays to the wider programme. “CCL’s PT system and expertise has been proven around the world, including a number of showpiece projects in North Africa, and our PT anchorage system holds ETA and UK CARES certification. Consequently, we were able to offer the client the level of quality assurance they required along with local PT experts through our partner in Egypt, CSS.” CSS provided the shop drawings for all the PT works on the Grand Egyptian Museum project and technical support throughout the design

development and construction process. CCL supplied all the strands and anchorages for the programme, according to the design team’s specification, and also worked with CSS on the installation of the PT on site for the folded plates, edge beams and cantilever wall, stressing the tendons using the CCL Multistressing Jack (4000 MG) and CCL Hydraulic Pump (SR5000). Finally, the CSS/CCL team was also responsible for grouting the tendons to complete the PT works. The PT elements of the project have now been completed and the Grand Egyptian Museum is due to open its doors to the public for the first time in 2020.

Exterior View of the Grand Egyptian Museum


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s the construction industry continues to be revolutionized with innovative new methods and approaches, one thing that remains consistent is the importance of sustainability and environmentalism. Guided by both a public surge towards ecofriendly practices and a fundamental moral and

ethical obligation to planet Earth in the face of a ‘clear and unequivocal climate emergency’, environmentally conscious construction is only growing in popularity. Today, we examine how and why natural materials will continue to play a pinnacle role in construction for years to come.

Wood Since steel skyscrapers became the paramount symbol of construction capability around the world, it’s easy to believe wood no longer has a place within modern construction methods. However, wood remains an important material for smaller scale projects, offering a more ecological and economical alternative to traditional materials.

Wood Beams used in rooftop construction


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the most recycled material in the world What’s more, steel doesn’t experience any downgrading throughout the recycling process, meaning it can be recycled countlessly to still produce an exceptionally high quality of product.

Many metals are derived from Earth's natural elements

Classified into two categories, hardwood and softwood, wood is a surprisingly diverse material. Hardwood is the heavier and denser of the two, utilized in the construction of walls, ceilings and floors, in addition to wood furnishings and interior joinery. Softwoods, on the other hand, are used to reinforce the inner structures to the frame of hardwoods, such as around doors and window frames. But why continue to use wood? Well, wood is the only 100% renewable resource in the manufacturing of building products, as well as the sole naturally recyclable and biodegradable material. Requiring little embodied energy or fossil fuels in production, it generates minimal levels of greenhouse gases and can ultimately reduce your carbon emissions. As a very effective insulator and easily recyclable material, wood is the greenest of building resources and is one that will undoubtedly be used in construction for years to come.

The industry’s increased environmental consciousness can be readily observed in how it utilises steel. The most significant by-product of steel construction, slag, was once seen as waste but is now re purposed by being sold to construction companies to be used in cement. Moreover, industry specialists continue to work towards further reducing dust and carbon dioxide emissions that have already seen a significant decline in recent years. This means steel can continue to be utilised as the incredibly important construction asset it is. From high rise buildings to bridges, steel forms the fundamental structures of many of the world’s greatest construction achievements – and, as it only becomes increasingly more sustainable, it will continue to help the industry prosper. With sustainability and environmentalism becoming an increasingly pressing issue in all leading global industries, natural materials will no doubt continue to play a pivotal role in the world of modern construction. Author bio: Sophie Armstrong is a content creator for granite and quartz worktop specialists Burlington Granite, who provide a full bespoke worktop solution by offering templating, cutting, polishing and fitting, all driven by 25 years of industry experience.

Stone Stone is extracted from the ground in virtually complete form, containing no pollutants and requiring no further harmful manufacturing. Yet, the useful innate qualities of natural stone is what makes it such a popular construction material, being utilised in masonry, paving, flooring and decorative features, to name just a few of its many potential applications. Natural stone is hard-wearing, strong and durable, making it an incredibly sustainable material in many ways. For example, its natural aestheticism makes it a popular choice for kitchen worktops. But aside from its obvious beauty, choosing granite worktops for your kitchen is a financially and environmentally smart move. As a long-lasting material, there’s no need to replace it every few years, reducing both the production of waste and pollution levels from further manufacturing of required materials. The natural aesthetics, sustainability and innate qualities of stone make it an incredibly useful and popular building material that will subsequently continue to be utilised in modern construction. Metal When it comes to thinking green, it’s unlikely that metal is among your top considerations. However, many metals are derived from Earth’s natural elements, with others being manufactured from their natural counterparts – and this makes them (somewhat surprisingly) eco-friendly. Steel, for example, is an alloy made almost entirely of iron – and because of its unique magnetism, is easily extracted from water streams to make it

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ACCURATE STEEL MILLS LIMITED - EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY GUARANTEED. It is the responsibility of the contractor or project manager to depute someone from the quality control department to ensure that all products supplied come with the correct mill test certificates, tensile and spectro testing, together with all correctly tagged products so that these are easily marked and quicker to use on site. Don’t be afraid to let us know whether you want specific products tagged with your own internal site marks so that it is easier for you to assign these products when they are delivered to you promptly at site. Accurate Steel Mills continues to remain at your service – we are always looking at ways to improve our internal processes and quality controls to ensure that you continue to get the best quality the quickest. Reach out to us with your exact requirements and have us provide you a quote. We are very competitive within the market.


ur last article was an introduction to the market. An introduction from a firm that has been in the industry for 25 years. Accurate Steel has honed its expertise in production and continue to provide only the highest quality and products to a market that has gone through some challenging periods. But in this ever-shrinking environment, buildings are going up at a quicker rate than ever before, to heights that have previously been unseen in Africa. As contractors race to build the next megastructure, it is now more important than ever to not compromise on the quality of steel. Cutting corners can cost your organisation millions of Shillings and to loss of lives of people residing or working in these buildings! Accurate Steel Mills Limited has continued to uphold all of its material to the highest standards, with independent laboratory testing against the British Standards (BS4449:2016, Grade B500). And now, the company is proud to announce its investment to further reduce wastage at construction sites by offering Cut and Bend services on reinforcement steel! The advantages to obtaining a bar bending schedule for your site are truly endless. Here are a few:


• Execution of works at a site is much faster and construction time is reduced because all bending and preparation of the work is done by the manufacturer off site.

And continue to follow us in Construction Review 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!

• Project cost is lowered as a result of steel reinforcement wastage reducing by 5-10%. • Quality control at site is improved because each reinforcement bar in the schedule is prepared at the exact specification of industry standardised codes. • Stock Management is improved because steel requirements for a particular phase of the project are exactly calculated and exact pieces are held. It also prevents a shortage of reinforcement for ongoing work by accurate estimate to easily assist quicker concrete works. • It provides a benchmark for quality on reinforcement and concrete works. • It filters out manufacturers who are not able to meet standards as the material produced has full traceability from raw material to final product.

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Accurate Steel manufactures products to the highest of standards




oodoc Water-Borne MARINE is the latest addition to the Woodoc Water-Borne Family. It is a clear, exterior water-borne sealer for application to exterior wooden surfaces like garage doors, window frames or patio furniture. Woodoc Water-Borne MARINE is suitable for application to all types of wood and is available in matt/gloss. Durable, tough and flexible, it provides excellent UV-protection and water repellence. Like the other Woodoc Water-Borne Products, Woodoc Water-Borne MARINE is quick drying, easy to apply and hardly has any odour on application. The product is totally lead-free and non-toxic when dry. The high film-build characteristic ensures a smooth and attractive matt/gloss finish. It penetrates the wood, binds with it and lends a flexible yet strong and resistant surface finish. Woodoc Water-Borne MARINE is easy to apply: Apply the product to bare, dry, clean and smooth wood. Stir well with a flat paddle before as well as during application. The product


should not be shaken or be diluted. Apply three proper coats, saturating the wood on the first. Sand lightly with fine sandpaper between coats.

Borne Plus-Life PRIMER which will extend the life of the MARINE significantly. Apply one coat of the primer and three coats of the sealer.

When it is time to do maintenance, sand the surface lightly with sandpaper to key it and to ensure proper binding between the old and new layers. Remove the dust and apply a new coat of Woodoc Water-Borne MARINE.

Woodoc Colours (Wood Shades, Fashion Shades and Brights) may be added to the Woodoc Water-Borne MARINE to add some colour to your exterior wood.

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For a clear finish on wooden decks use Woodoc Water-Borne DECK and Woodoc Plus-Life PRIMER.




sopan is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of insulating metal panels for roofs and walls for commercial, industrial, civil and livestock buildings and cold chain logistics. For over forty years now, Isopan Iberica has been contributing to the global challenge of improving the construction sector with a view to environmental sustainability. Thanks to strong synergies with other Group companies, Isopan has always been committed to the innovation of construction products and services, with a particular focus on improving the performance of buildings in terms of the environment, safety and energy efficiency. Isopan products help to obtain the prerequisites and credits needed for the most common building sustainability rating standards, such as LEED, BREEAM or Living Building Challenge. Continuous investment has made Isopan the world’s second largest manufacturer of insulating panels. Recently, a further US $16.5m has been allocated for the opening of new lines

for the production of stone wool insulating panels in the plants of Spain and Romania. In addition, US $22m have been earmarked for the construction of a new production plant owned by the company in Germany. The development of the Manni Group R&D division has allowed all companies to innovate their products and processes: the most important results have come from the insulating panels Business Unit, which has seen the introduction of new sustainable technologies, better

performing products and new international certificates. Isopan is certified according to the following standards:

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UNI EN ISO 9001 Multisite Certification

CE Marking for panels both in Italy and in Europe pursuant to Directive 89/106/CEE Adoption of regulation EN 13501

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ith violence and security threats on a rise all around the world, ensuring safety has become a rising concern. Whether it is about putting robust safeguards in the virtual world or the physical one, an increasing number of people are acknowledging the need for enhanced security measures. When it comes to improving security in public places, you can depend on turnstile gates. Turnstiles can be defined as “a structure of four horizontally revolving arms pivoted atop a post and set in a gateway or opening in a fence to allow the controlled passage of people.” It is a “gate which allows one person to pass at a time. It can also be made so as to enforce one-way traffic of people, and in addition, it can restrict passage only to people who insert a coin, a ticket, a pass, or similar.” Installing turnstile gates at entry/exit points in public places stringently enhances access control, thereby improving security and promoting safety. These gates enable establishments such as railway stations, airports, 20

parks, theatres, malls, museums, and offices to secure their premises for years to come. Let’s see how these gates are improving security in public places. 1. Advanced Access Control Even though normal gates enable controlled access of people with physical and/or digital locks, they’re ineffective in controlling the number of people who can enter a premise at a time.

secure premise at a time. These gates are ideal for use at places like stadiums and theatres, where ticketed public events take place. The most important advantage of turnstile gates is they offer advanced access control to avert and detect unauthorized entrants. This is achieved by allowing one-sided traffic with the help of a biometric passes or cards. These passes/cards, in turn, permit only one person to enter at a time.

This may give rise to tailgating, a pervasive security issue where an individual tries to trail illegally behind a person who is authorized to enter a particular building/area. This in happens in most public places. Moreover, a regular gate isn’t equipped to count the numbers of entries or exits. An unauthorized person can easily attempt an entry/exit just as an authorized person enters the premises. Turnstile gates can fix this loophole. They are effective in curbing tailgating by making it impossible for more than one person to enter a

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With only one person approved to access the premises at a time, the rate of footfalls decreases, which gives security personnel sufficient time to pinpoint troublemakers and intervene accordingly. 2. Integration with Existing Security Systems Most public office buildings these days already have some form of security system and equipment in place. These are usually in the form of security cameras. Modern turnstile gates can aid and improve security initiatives by easily integrating with the already installed systems in place. They are capable of syncing with the preinstalled cameras to identify individuals and the time of their entry. This information can be used to block suspicious individuals from entering the building in the future. Turnstile gates can also be integrated with existing alarm systems and other security controls to enable and boost fail-safe public safety. 3. Catering to All Security One of the most amazing things about turnstile gates is that they’re embedded with multiple readers that authorize people for entry. In this way, these gates cater to all security needs of the area where they’re installed while easing human workload and saving time as well as costs. For example, in railway stations and airports, gates installed at the entrance can be programmed to strictly permit people to only enter, while gates installed at the exit allow them only to exit. This helps record every single footfall in these areas. Moreover, these gates can be locked at night after hours of operations, leaving these public places safe and secure. 4. Enforcing Payments Where Required Public venues often become hotspots for unmanageable crowds, which is why turnstile gates can be useful here. Places that mandate buying tickets or making a payment for access, such as museums, parks, stadiums, public transport stations, can make good use of these gates to ensure legitimate entry through guaranteed payment enforcement. Turnstile gates will unlock and admit a single person at a time only when they scan and detect a valid, paid-for ticket, rendering the area safe.

Use of turnstiles in office building

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he volume of the African lubricants market in 2018 amounted to over 2,400,000 tons — this is almost 6% of the world market. The largest markets in Africa are Egypt (about 500,000 tons), South Africa (over 360,000 tons) and Nigeria (over 380,000 tons). Algeria following them consumes less — about 160,000 tons.

It took Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd., the lubes and technical fluids business operator of Gazprom Neft, five years to make itself known and introduce its own brands in markets of 18 African countries. “Since 2013, we have sold over 30,000 tons of lubricants to Africa. Our main achievement was access to all the largest and strategically important markets of the continent,” said Ilya Kholodnov, head of the International Marketing at Gazpromneft-Lubricants.

Markets differ not only in terms of volume, but also in the structure of demand. Thus, Nigeria is characterized by a ‘generator economy’: due to insufficient electricity supply, most enterprises and many residential buildings in Nigeria use gasoline or diesel generators. In the past, Nigeria's lubricants market has shown steady growth of about 10 percent each year, but the economic depression in 2016 slowed its development. However, the crisis is over, and experts notice that the country's economy is gradually recovering from the blow. Egypt is the first largest lubricant market on the African continent. The two biggest segments of the lubricants market are Heavy Duty Motor Oils (HDMOs) and industrial oils (the demand in each segment is about 170,000 tons). In South Africa, the largest segment of the lubricants market is in the industrial sector (40%). The consumer lubrication oil segment is growing, but much more slowly. At the same time, South Africa has a strong position in the export of vehicles and spare parts for other African countries, the republic is a key distributor of lubricants for sub-Saharan African countries.


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In 2013, Gazpromneft-Lubricants began selling packaged products in Libya and Nigeria. The following year, the company entered the Egyptian market and sold the first batch of products in Ghana. In 2018, the development of exports to Africa moved to a new active stage. In Egypt, the landmark of 4,500 tons of yearly sales was overcome;

Gazpromneft Lubricants

in Libya, Nigeria, South Africa, Mauritania and Senegal, the supply volumes exceeded 3,500 tons. In addition, the company opened markets in countries such as Sudan, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Marketing activities remain the driving force for the business. To provide maximum support to regional distributors and stimulate sales, a special advertising campaign was developed. It took into account the specifics of each of the target African regions. The priorities here were radio advertising, outdoor banners and digital promotion. Special websites in English and Arabic also played the role. Large-scale promotional campaigns to attract end consumers as well as new distributors were launched in Egypt and Libya. In South Africa, the main focus was on B2B segment, sales were promoted through participation in specialized exhibitions, organization of trainings and events for B2B clients. To follow the sport tradition G-Energy brand became the general sponsor of Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town. The drivers test G-Energy premium oils in extreme conditions.

Gazpromneft-Lubricants is gradually squeezing its competitors and searching for new partners. Article is provided by “Siberian oil” magazine.

“We have high expectations from African interests of all lubricants market majors, but we are not afraid of tough competitors,” Roman Zimovets, deputy General Director for foreign assets.

However, one cannot say that the conquest of new markets is going smoothly. “During our work in Africa, we both observed rapid growth in sales, and lost some markets after internal shocks,” emphasized Ilya Kholodnov, “we lost sales several times in countries, where our products were already in steady demand. For example, this was the case in Libya. Having quickly achieved very high sales volumes in 2013, after another internal conflict, we lost access to the market for several years. Then the situation stabilized, and, again, we catch up quickly and showed a new sales record in this country in 2018.” Cooperation with Africa continues. “We have high expectations from African markets. The continent is in the area of interests of all lubricants market majors, but we are not afraid of tough competitors,” says Roman Zimovets, deputy General Director for foreign assets.

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The Government of Kenya is currently implementing elements of its stated Big Four Agenda, of which affordable housing is one of the key pillars. Over the years, housing has remained elusive for many citizens with statistics indicating an annual supply of a paltry 50,000 units against a demand of 200,000 units. It is this glaring gap that the government is keen to close in the short term. The task ahead is gargantuan. At least 500,000 houses are expected to be completed in the next three years. Private developers are already playing a huge role in this regard. One of the most ambitious projects to kick off any time now is the Habitat Heights residential development off Mombasa Road, near Athi River. The massive project, a co-development by Kenyan and Singaporean investors, aims to provide a staggering 8,828 housing units on a 78-acre piece of land. The estimated cost is US $450m and the project is tentatively scheduled to break ground in the first quarter of 2020. Habitat Heights is a mixed-use development consisting of 576 studio apartments, 972 onebedroom, 2,912 two-bedroom, 4,368 threebedroom and 60 retail units totalling 8,828 units within the estate. The estate is divided into seven phases with phase one being the farthest away from Mombasa Road. Phase 1 and phase 7 consist of one block of Lower Ground, Ground plus 18 floors and three blocks of Lower Ground, Upper Ground plus 14 floors. Phases 2 to 6 comprise four blocks of Lower Ground, Upper Ground plus 14 floors in each phase. A typical residential unit comes semi furnished with a fully fitted bathroom, washing machine, microwave oven, fridge, kitchen hood and kitchen hob. The facilities include: • Shops and cafes • Two clubhouses (Mombasa gallery and Daystar gallery) • 24 - hour full-service gym • Studying corners • Meeting rooms • Multipurpose halls 28

• 2 Astro turf football pitches

green building is one of the major aspects the developers of Habitat Heights have incorporated into this development. “We can safely say that about 45% of the development is green and we will maintain this if not increase this percentage over our 25-year management of the estate,” say the developers.

• Rugby pitch


• Water feature ponds • Olympic size swimming pool • Children's pool • Jacuzzi pool

• Basketball courts

Habitat Heights will be a secure environment with all the modern conveniences discerning homeowners have come to expect. These include:

• Tennis courts • Gardens with footpaths and ponds • Children's playground

• Gated community concept with a perimeter

• Elderly fitness corner


• Jogging track

• 24-hour CCTV with security guards and

• Barbeque pits

electric fencing

Breath-taking Views

• Intercom and card access

The 14 and 16-storey buildings will ensure breath-taking scenery of the Nairobi National Park and Lukenya Hills. The architects have created large windows to ensure enough natural light day and night. The quadrants are interconnected by the jogging track so no vehicle can pass in between the green areas and facilities, which ensures the safety of the residents who will be using the facilities.

• Visitors reception and lobby

A Green Development Singapore is currently aiming to be the greenest city in the world and has started to call itself the “Garden City”. The push to go green has been mandatory in Singapore since 2008 and

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• Parking spaces • Designated drop-off points • Disability access • 112 Elevators • Designated fire lifts • Designated fire assembly points • Integrated solar heating for hot water supply •Adequate water storage units

• Onsite estate management office • Satellite and fiber optic infrastructure • Backup power supply • Car wash facilities • Garbage management system • Smart city maintenance system Access to the Development Access to Habitat Heights will be provided through a slip road adjacent to Mombasa Road where there will be five main gates at phases 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7. “We are currently in talks with the Machakos County Government concerning a designated matatu route and terminus that will cater to the residents and staff commuting to and from Habitat Heights,” reveal the developers. Pricing and buyer options The units currently range from Kshs 2.18 million to Kshs 6.88 million (approximately US$ 21,109 to 66,688). The developers are offering three buyer options: full cash, cash installment and mortgage. “The current off-plan prices are subject to change slightly as we progress with the development of the estate. This information shall be available to the public by either contacting our sales team (sales@afra. sg) or checking our website (” Project Team Co-developer: Habitat Housing Co-operative Society Limited. Consultants: Technical • Amazon Consultants • Wanda Synergy Architect • EPOCH Consulting Engineers • Metrocom Consultants Limited • Mark & Myles Consulting • Danlay Environment Solutions • International Project Planning and Management Consultants Limited • Geoearth Systems Ltd • Rockridge Engineering Legal • Oraro & Company Advocates • Busaidy Mwaura & Ng'arua and Company Advocates (BMN Advocates) • Kembi-Gitura & Co. Advocates

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ew showroom expands into the Indian Ocean Islands, featuring Kohler’s latest innovations, combining leading edge technology and design. Kohler Co., a global leader in the design and manufacture of kitchen and bath products, and first-time partner Supertech Equipment Ltd., a HYVEC Group company, opened the doors to a showroom located in the heart of Mauritius in Emerald Park Centre on November 6, 2019. Covering a space of 70 square meters, the Kohler and HYVEC Group showroom features an array of the most innovative kitchen and bath collections, providing visitors with new dimensions of designed details and layers to create rich and dynamic environments that delight all the senses. “Kohler in partnership with HYVEC Group is optimistic that Mauritius has a huge growth potential as one of the strategic markets in SubSaharan Africa,” said Mr. Salil Sadanandan, President, Kohler Kitchen and Bath in South Asia, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. The launch featured dignitaries from HYVEC Group, Mr. David Kohler, President & CEO of Kohler Co., Mr. Salil Sadanandan and other influential leaders of the design community. “We have chosen one of the most central and highly accessible streets in the city as the new showroom location to cater to customers looking for range and innovation. The showroom is an inspirational hub to ignite creative ideas for a modern lifestyle and architectural designs for private properties alike,” said Mr. Azam Bholah, General Manager of Supertech Equipment Ltd., which is a subsidiary of HYVEC Group.

is a place to display KOHLER products and a destination for developers, architects and consumers to come together and get inspired.”


The new showroom is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday. For more information, please visit

The Sartorial collection pays homage to the refined elegance of 19th-century European textiles. Inspired by an exuberant French block print from 1850, this intricate paisley pattern has an organic quality, showcased beautifully on the Carillon vessel sink. Pair it with the Sartorial Herringbone sink [two sinks] for a coordinated master bath vanity.

The new showroom features myriad KOHLER products, including: ModernLife Suite The collection features a modern design with simple, clean lines and seamless curves that provide a superior blend of comfort and convenience. Every aspect from the rimless bowl to the easy-to-clean FDI coating has been crafted to deliver the ultimate hygiene without compromising on style and aesthetics. The Veil Collection Ergonomically suited to one’s body, the sculpted curves of the Veil Freestanding Bath provide a deeper, more relaxing soak.

Most of the brand’s key ranges will be available to interact with, including top releases such as the latest Components faucets collection, ModernLife toilet suite, Veil Bath with its sensuously sculpted form, Artist Editions vessels including the Sartorial Black, Shagreen and Derring editions which bring artistry and craft into the bathroom space, as well as, vibrant rose gold and vibrant brushed bronze faucet collections ALEO and ALEO+. Mr. Sadanandan added, “The new showroom is created and designed by Kohler’s design team with designs for kitchens and bathrooms, and as a casual meeting place for visitors to discuss new projects or renovations. This showroom 32

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Shagreen The Shagreen collection celebrates the subtle coloring and distinctive pebbled texture of natural shark and ray leather. Inspired by oil spot glazes that originated in China during the Song Dynasty, a two-step glaze process uses minerals to create interplay of shimmery and matte effects. A striking complement to the oval Caxton sink, the rich glazed finish shows iridescent pearly tones and a gently granulated texture similar to leather. Each sink’s pattern, formed through an organic process, is unique. Derring® Inspired by studio pottery, the Derring collection celebrates the inherent beauty and authenticity of handcrafted ceramics. Each sink is a one-of-a-kind creation, finished with unique artisanal glazes that produce fascinating surface effects. A hand-carved texture accentuates the subtle tonal variations of the glazes. Featured in neutral hues, this sink can be the centerpiece of your bath, or it can serve as a unifying element that pulls everything else together. This vessel sink offers a recessed, low-profile installation that sits just above your counter.

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he TOR city in Tema, Ghana is a signature project that is designed to combine retail with a multitude of recreational services and most importantly social services that include healthcare; and a point-of-contact for interaction between the government and citizens The project has been conceptualized and designed by a "Chronosynclastic Infitibulum", An infinite vector of experience in time and has therefore the vocabulary to reinvent itself over time and in sync with events around it. It is a part of the master plan of Tema city, the main port city of Ghana. It aims to work as a 'living room' of the city. Its overall master plan includes housing, retail, recreational and social services with some urban insert projects that are to create nodes of growth in the area. The plan is representative of both the industrial and economical identity of Tema. The TOR City Mall The location of the TOR City Mall in the greater Accra Region fits being an impetus of movement and advancement in the Area. As a flagship venture, this Mall has the potential to be a benchmark of present and future development. This project is developed as a Lifestyle Centre of the City keeping in mind the significance of the project. From centralized open spaces, sky bridges to terrace gardens, this shopping centre truly acts as an entity that is more than the sum of its parts.

The 4 more important elements of the project concept and their manifestations are Ecology: Urban Oasis, People/ Visitors: Retail Armature, Economy: Program Stacking, Context: Climatic and Cultural Response. The mall incorporates elements of urban ecology into the design. The main circulation armature is wrapped around the ecologies forming a range of program around them. As an economically viable project, the

architect has incorporated various disparate programs into the envelope of the mall in a harmonious fashion. This shopping centre is a product of collaboration with specialist engineers and research departments, the design was achieved using 3D parametric modeling and refined through a combination of video and imagery. As a homage to the context, the architects have incorporated various climatic methods like shading screens and passive cool. As a culture response, they incorporated traditional geometries and patterns in the building design. The building has two basements, a large anchor ground floor, with six upper floors, both with central atria that bring natural light into all spaces. The roof is the first of its kind on the continent.

TOR City Executive Villas


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Programs are stocked bringing both economy and proximity to the design; while bringing the structure to human scale within the interior, and also being imposing from the exterior. As the surroundings from the outside are brought in

LEED Gold design project and its construction is expected to be completed by October 2020. Executive Villas Executive villas are standalone homes with five bedrooms and more than four thousand square feet or four hundred square meters over two stories. Each villa has a two car garage and a two bedroom out-quarters. The neighborhood clubhouse provides fitness facilities, a pool, tennis courts and community event spaces, all within a short walking distance from your new home. Apartment Homes TOR City apartments provide all of the urban comforts at a lower cost. These buildings contain state-of-the-art features and luxury amenities that are unrivaled in the marketplace. The spaces are palatial and are of standarddefining quality from the two bedrooms with spacious living areas and prime kitchens to the luxury four bedroom penthouses with astounding views. Family Patio Homes

using the breezeway between towers, the dual atriums form a protected atmosphere for these ecologies, while manifesting themselves into the form of balconies and garden throughout the faรงade. Importantly, this venture will create new jobs and drive local tourism, further contributing to the economic and social viability of Tema. The

TOR City Mall is a combination of business, leisure, shopping and entertainment. This Holistic planned development is a future of Tema, Accra.

The four bedroom patio homes are big enough for the whole family with room to grow! Situated among the vibrant neighborhoods of TOR City, these units are over two thousand square feet with spacious open spaces and adjacent to parks and community clubhouses.

Sustainability was an important factor for the TOR city mall project of ground 11, and in keeping with the master plan and all its component elements, it has been designed as a

TOR City Apartments

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uffsteel Limited was incorporated in June 2007 and has grown to be known in the market as the leading factory outlet for all steel and cement products. Tuffsteel Limited Headquarters is located at Imara Daima off Mombasa Road on Tegla Lorupe Road – Nairobi. As industry leaders, Tuffsteel Limited is committed to setting standards through product innovations and technology that positively impact the communities we serve. Our commitment is to quality and innovative products that empower Kenyans, who are the core pillars that define our success. Over the years we have been priding ourselves as a one-stop shop solution for all quality building and construction related materials. Whether one is looking for cement, steel products, wire products, pipes and tubes, water tanks or nails, we are the factory outlet of choice! With over 200 products, we cater to the fabrication supplies for small and largescale developments. This offers you the ultimate solution as a customer making Tuffsteel Limited your rightful partner for all your construction needs. 36

Our concept of a ONE STOP SHOP allows customers to meet final objectives quicker and on a budget. Through our products, we provide you with an ALL IN ONE solution to any project or activity that you may be undertaking. Part of our continuous innovation and growth agenda has been the development of dynamic products and services that meet market demands and standards. Our vast logistics network comprising over 100 trucks that include trailers, cement bulkers, concrete ready mix transit trucks and FH’s, are able to deliver products to any location in the country and reinforces the fact you can’t go wrong with Tuffsteel as your construction partner. We offer reliability, convenience and consistency. This augurs well for the expected robust growth in the construction industry which is in line with the government plan to roll out low-cost housing as part of the Big Four agenda. Being stakeholders, we are excited and look forward to the employment opportunities this initiative will provide in the construction sector across the country. Our focus has always been meeting the various and complex requirements of customers and

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that is what has made us the market leaders. We keep up with advances in social media technology to drive our business growth and provide cost effective solutions. We supply a wide variety of products including: a)Tuffsteel TMT Deformed Bars • Round bars • Flat bars • Zed Bars Steel Angles • Z Purlins • I Beans • Tee Bars • Channels • Steel Pipes • Galvanized Pipes • Black pipes • Chequered plates • Steel Plates Expanded Metal • Weld mesh • BRC Mesh • Nails

b) Mabati Sheeting • Colored Corrugated • Galvanized Corrugated • Box Corrugated c) Bitumen Bitumen Emulsion MC 30: This blend is a mixture of medium curing petroleum cutter and penetration grade bitumen primarily used for priming newly constructed crushed stone or natural gravel base courses prior to the surfacing process. Bitumen Emulsion K1-60: The low viscosity of this cationic rapid-set bitumen emulsion improves the flow of the binder allowing it to readily wet aggregates improving binder adhesion. It is generally used as a handapplied tack coat or penetration spray on the construction of single, double or cape seals. It is favoured over hot binders when resealing roads in cold/ wet climates. The same applies to small areas where hand application is required. Additionally, it can be used in new construction where traffic accommodation doesn’t pose a problem. Bitumen Roofing Felt: We manufacture and supply superior quality bituminous roofing felt for water proofing and other applications. Asphaltic Concrete: Also known as asphalt, blacktop, pavement and tarmac. This is a blended material commonly used to surface roads, parking lots and airports. It is made up of mineral aggregate bound together with asphalt, laid in layers and finally compacted. d) CEMENT • Nyumba Cement – Silver 32.5N • Nyumba Cement – Gold 32.5N • Nyumba Cement – Diamond 42.5N We provide our cement varieties in bulk form. With a fleet of specialised and sophisticated bunkers, we ensure large requirements of cement are transported across the country with a promise of next day delivery. Requirements for bulk cement within Nairobi are guaranteed same day delivery every time. Our successes cannot be counted without the formation of outstanding partnerships with key manufacturers in East Africa: MOMBASA CEMENT - Who are one of East Africa’s leading cement producers. It is the most advanced and environmentally conscious cement producers in the region. They produce cement of the highest quality and go through stringent quality controls as specified by the Kenyan Bureau of Standards, as well as international specifications. SIKA KENYA - A successful specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of innovative solutions for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting for the construction sector and the manufacturing industries. CORRUGATED SHEETS KENYA - Founded in 1958 the group serves as a one stop shop for all steel products. Be it hot rolled, cold rolled, galvanised or pre-painted roofing sheets, they have an annual capacity of over 200,000MT of various steel products in mixed ranges including bitumen. TUFFSTEEL have been the key suppliers of steel and cement in the renowned projects named below: • Britam Towers • Nairobi Hospital

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• Nairobi University • Karen Hub Mall • Garden City Mall • KCB Headquarters in Upper Hill • Water font Mall • Kakamega Dam • UAP Towers • United Nations Headquarters • Lamu Port • Kilifi Port • Sameer Business park • Kenya School of Monetary Studies • Tribe Hotel, Gigiri • Tuff Mall Kisumu • Two Rivers Mall • Suraya Housing Project

We pride ourselves in our ability to deliver on demand for each project through our strong logistics network which caters for all types of construction projects. Through our dynamic and reliable infrastructure we offer our service throughout Kenya and across Africa and aspire to be the most trusted and preferred partner in the provision of wholesale construction materials – all from under one roof.


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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




.D.G. & Atelier Architects was established in Kenya twenty years ago with a promise to offer and deliver seamless architectural services to clients. Since then, the firm has grown in leaps and bounds and is now one of the leading architectural studios in the country with services not only at home but also in the larger eastern Africa region. The firm specializes in master planning, design and management of architectural and interior design projects. “Each of our services is crafted to suit the individual needs of clients, creating a customized approach that uniquely meets their needs and desires,” states the firm. “Our brand promise is to create enduring value to your business.” The company is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with a branch in Mombasa, and a regional presence in the larger Eastern Africa region. The firm has successfully completed projects in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, and has done proposals and consulted for clients in Uganda, Sudan, Somalia and Burundi. E.D.G. & Atelier Architects has considerable experience in handling a wide range of large and small projects for commercial and private clients in Kenya and the region.


Values E.D.G. & Atelier Architects is guided by certain values that have continued to be the pillars of its service to the industry. These are Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism and a People-centred approach. The firm values honesty in its dealings with clients, consultants and other professionals in the construction industry in order to inspire confidence in delivery of services. Integrity has been a key component of the work ethic at E.D.G. & Atelier in the firm’s interactions with the rest of the industry. This has ensured that services are both reliable and honourable. Professionalism is a cardinal tenet at the company. E.D.G. & Atelier employs the highest possible standards of professionalism. In order to do this, the company hires talented and skillful individuals who understand the value of competence and good relations in an organization. Being a people-centred organization is the cornerstone of E.D.G. & Atelier’s professional practice. The company values input from its clients and keenly listens to their needs before offering solutions. “Our main business comes

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from referrals and continuing clientele”. This is an indicator of the level of satisfaction clients experience during provision of services. Projects E.D.G. & Atelier has been involved in numerous projects over the years. These projects range are of varying genre, magnitude and complexity. The company has undertaken hospitality, industrial, institutional, office, residential and retail. Others include master planning, project management and interiors. The company has also worked on aircraft hangars for Precision Air and Blue Bird Aviation. Hospitality projects include Thika Greens Golf Club House, Tamarind Tree Suites, Mvuli Suites and Best Western Premier Hotel among others. Residential projects accomplished include Mtwapa Heights, Jacaranda Townhouses and Assia apartments to name a handful. Among office projects done are Rama Office block and Flamingo Towers. Interiors work includes projects for Kenya Commercial and Cooperative banks. On the retail end, the firm has worked on several projects including Kamulu Total Service Station.

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MASFY CONSULTANTS LIMITED Behind the thriving engineering consultancy


asfy Consultants Limited is a Nairobi-based engineering consultancy that has made significant inroads in the construction engineering sector within a few years of its inception. Established only seven years ago, the firm has already bagged several significant projects and even managed to break geographical barriers to offer services in neighbouring countries. Currently, Masfy is working on projects not only in Kenya but also Tanzania, Uganda and Somalia.

Eng. Daniel Manza, Director


Engineer Daniel Kamanza Manza and marketing professional Sharon Mwende Musembi are at the helm of this rapidly growing consultancy. The engineer is a graduate of Moi University where he earned a First Class Honours degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and later augmented these qualifications with a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. He is fully registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and is a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK). Sharon Musembi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Marketing from Kenya Methodist University. Backing the directors is a team of two professional engineers, three graduate engineers, a civil engineer and four draftsmen. According to Eng. Manza, Masfy was formed to offer engineering consultancy, specializing in broad-spectrum civil engineering, structural building design and specialty engineering services. The firm’s stated mission is “to provide high quality, personalized civil and structural engineering design services and to satisfy clients’ needs by leveraging highly skilled staff, strong relationships, and cost-effective solutions in an atmosphere that fosters collaboration and creativity”.

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Scope of Services Masfy Consultants offers complete engineering solutions which include: • Design, detailing, and site supervision of different types of structures, of varying complexity and size as reinforced concrete frames, structural steel, masonry and timber. These include: I. Low and high rise buildings. II. Industrial and factory buildings. III. Residential housing schemes IV. Hospitals, educational and religious buildings. V. Hotel complexes and holiday resorts. VI. Recreational and sporting facilities. VII. Building Pathologists and appraisal reports • Design and supervision of the civil engineering component of building projects is undertaken. Typically this includes: i. Access road and onsite road networks

• Lavington Villas (5 Executive town houses in Lavington, Nairobi) • DAWA Office Block (5-storey office block consisting of ground floor parking and three typical floors along Babadogo Road, Nairobi). • Urbane Living (7-storey residential apartment consisting of ground floor parking and six typical floors in Kileleshwa, Nairobi)

Sharon Musembi, Director

ii. Water abstraction, treatment, storage, and distribution. iii. Sewage and industrial effluent drainage, treatment and disposal. iv. Storm water and land drainage. v. Traffic engineering, urban and rural roads, and parking facilities Projects As mentioned above, Masfy has accomplished numerous projects within the few years it has been in operation. The projects cut across diverse genre. Some of these include:

• Amaresa Apartments (9-storey residential apartment consisting of basement and ground floor parking and seven typical floors in Parklands, Nairobi) • Tilisuru Homes (An exclusive development of seven Tudor Style houses carefully set on a mature wooded site of 5.4 acres located on Kitisuru Road, Nairobi) • The Elegance (A 16-storey office block consisting of two basement parking, ground floor, five mezzanine parking levels and eight typical floors titling at each floor level) • Pridelands (The project involved design of civil engineering services - all internal roads, storm water, foul drainage, water reticulation and services tunnel along internal roads - to serve a 100-acre plot in Syokimau area in Mavoko)

The Elegance

• Amalia Residences (5-storey, 20 blocks of mixed 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments and commercial block at Mlolongo off Mombasa Road) • Brahma Sabha Social Hall (5-storey Community social hall consisting of basement parking, and two floors of suspended parking with intermediate mezzanine for offices, dining hall and function hall) • Sands of Darakasi (88 exclusive 2-bedroom apartments elegantly designed, incorporating traditional Swahili architecture while providing luxurious and spacious living spaces with unmatched comfort, beauty and luxury at Watamu)

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He also looks forward to handling more challenging projects in terms of design and implementation. “The future is absolutely brighter and we believe greater things are coming.” Engineer Manza adds that the current economic situation in Kenya is not favourable for business, noting that the prosperity of engineers is in tandem with the economic growth of the people. But he feels optimistic that with initiatives such as the government’s Big 4 agenda, the outlook is not grim. He also appreciates the establishment of a number of organizations that have helped streamline the construction industry and says the legislation currently in place is also boosting the industry. DAWA office block

• Dinlas Pharma Kenya (A pharmaceutical factory including all auxiliary buildings and amenities i.e. utility building for boilers, chillers, warehouse, diesel tanks, water reticulation and road works). In all these projects, Masfy undertook design, specifications, preparation of drawings and supervision. Future There is no doubt that Masfy Consultants is headed for a great future. Eng. Manza is clear where he wants the firm to be a decade from now. “We want Masfy to be an engineering firm of choice for clients who desire a close working relationship and the highest quality of work and service.”

Brahma Sabha Social Hall


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fter a rigorous adjudication process by a panel, the Durban Christian Centre in Durban, South Africa, emerged the overall winner in the 2019 SAISC 2019 Steel Awards. The award is a fitting end to the project's meticulous planning and execution, says Elphick Proome Architecture, architectural designers of the award-winning structure. The most distinguishing feature of the Durban Christian Centre building is the shape of the dome in the design. Giving context to the design, Jane Long of Elphick Proome Architecture, says the client originally wanted the new DCC to have a domed roof as it had become synonymous with the Jesus Dome. Unfortunately, the domed roof did not provide the acoustic properties the client required and therefore a brief was established which took cognisance of both the required acoustic properties and the landmark dome of DCC. Therefore, an acoustically appropriate auditorium was designed that accommodated the need for a vast open space for the congregation's seating without any vertical structure blocking the view of the stage. “The auditorium roof houses the multitude of services required in a specialised building like this, and therefore an external structure was required to hold up the roof. This gave us an opportunity to incorporate the concept of the rounded dome in the elegant, curved arches that now hold up the roof,” explains Long. Outstanding elements in the design Coming up with architectural design of the DCC as the place of worship was a different kind of a beast of sorts, Long recounts, highlighting outstanding elements that were required. She states that the privilege when designing a

building that represents a multitude of symbolic and meaningful relationships between people and their faith, is the ability to incorporate some of these aspects into the design of the building. “Externally, DCC is enrobed with a delicate veil which reflects a soft raindrop pattern on the lobby and entrance floor. This veil symbolises the importance of water and it's connotation to rebirth and revitalisation within the Christian faith whilst reinforcing the symbolism of the bride which is found in the New Testament.” The use of the simple cross in the concrete curved chapel wall on the eastern elevations allows the congregation to celebrate the symbolic and meditative quality each new morning brings. The incorporation of the baptismal font below the cross highlights the symbolism of rebirth and starting anew. There is a distinct separation and celebration between the vibrant, enlivened auditorium and lobby meeting space and the intimacy of the chapel. DCC is a juxtaposition between an incredibly vibrant community and the meaningfulness found within the intimacy of personal faith. Both internally and externally, finishes, materials and services are raw and stripped down to their true state creating an honest, transparent feel to the building. These concepts are also found frequently with the faith teachings at DCC and therefore echo the sentiments of the community. Safety Bearing in mind that the previous structure had been gutted by a fire accident, safety was a top priority. For this reason, the client has been fastidious about using an experienced

professional team that has made the safety and compliance of the DCC building paramount to its design. The use of steel On why the use of steel not brick and mortar for the design, Long says: “Steel allowed the professional team to explore not only the functionality of steel, but also the unique design opportunities steel affords. It was paramount in creating the vast roof and auditorium space along with the elegant, landmark arches which not only functionally hold up the roof, but celebrate the history of the Jesus Dome.” Precision in construction A top priority during construction was precision in ensuring that the construction was as close as possible to the architectural design. From the inception of the project was a commitment from the client and professional team to create an exceptional landmark building. Hard work, clear communication and focus has insured the full scope of work has been executed with precision and passion. Proud to be masterpiece




For Elphick Proome Architecture, being associated with an architectural masterpiece, unanimously recognised as the holy grail of steel engineering awards, has been a source of great pride, concludes Long. “It has been a privilege to work with a client and professional team that has facilitated in the realisation of this landmark building and an honour to have been recognised by the steel industry for the ingenuity and innovation for the use of steel in this unique project. Nov - Dec 2019 | CR


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