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MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR Francis Makari EDITOR - in - CHIEF Dennis Ayemba COUNTRY EDITORS Uganda -- Betty Betty Nabakooza Nabakooza Uganda Nigeria -- Boladale Boladale Ademiju Ademiju Nigeria South Africa Africa -- Jimmy Jimmy Swira Swira South WRITERS, WRITERS Pascal Musungu, Musungu, Anita Anita Anyango, Anyango, Pascal Patrick Mulyungi Mulyungi Patrick WEB & & GRAPHIC GRAPHIC DESIGN DESIGN WEB Gerald ArnoldOswald Oduor Sales and Marketing Manager Sales andFaith Marketing Mburu Manager Faith Mburu ADVERTISING ADVERTISING Kenya: William Mutama, Joyce Kenya: William Mutama, Lilian Khavosa, Ndamaiyu, Lilian Khavosa, Fred Okoth Joyce Ndamaiyu, Wendy Kinya South Africa: Rachel Molapo, Winnie South Africa: Thuli Nkosi, Winnie SentSentabire, Angeline Ntobeng abire, Angeline Ntobeng,

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Kazungula Bridge

A rail/road bridge over the Zambezi

The Kazungula bridge project comprises the construction of road/rail bridge. It is an extradosed bridge where a girder-reinforcing cable is attached to the main tower like the cable of a cable-stayed bridge Epoxy flooring Why you should consider it for your next job

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 Hadjah Zambia: Susan Kandeke Zimbabwe: Chiedza Chimombe Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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Editor's Comment Cement production in Africa suffers from a myriad of problems but still attracts new entrants each year given the fact that the continent is ripe with major infrastructure projects in the pipeline and demand continues to rise year on year. However, high production costs and low priced imports plagues the development of the local cement production industry. Add to this a growing over capacity in many of the markets.

10 The Marquis Apartment design in Kenya continues to grow in sophistication. With increased options to choose from, investors and homeowners have become more discerning and are unwilling to settle for anything that falls short of expected standards

Across Africa dumping of cheap cement from far east markets continues to stalk the local industry distorting pricing and depressing demand for locally produced cement. The lack of protection of local markets threatens its viability. Infrastructure and housing projects will offer a glimmer of hope for cement production but despite this, consolidation may become the new catch word as the impact of increased production and competition forces smaller players to shut down.

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Gazpromneft to create Interactive Map of Global Users

Gazpromneft-Lubricants is launching a global online campaign “Trusted by Millions” / #trustedbymillions which will reach users of the company’s products around the world.

FBW Group delivers state-of-the-art Uganda Research Clinic Construction work has been completed on the first phase of a $1million (US) state-of-the-art research clinic in Entebbe created by leading East African planning, design, architecture and engineering team FBW Group. The clinic is a joint project involving the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC), The Wellcome Trust, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). LSHTM and MRC are involved in a range of work in East Africa, partnering to boost research capacity into some of the current and emerging health issues in the region and specifically in Uganda. The newly-completed clinic in Entebbe has the potential to offer international research facilities within the vicinity of the current MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Entebbe Campus and to improve the provision of health to both research participants and community members. The new facilities will host a range of leading, high-standard medical research, including vaccine trials. It is also envisaged that the centre will provide a day service in collaboration with the renovated Entebbe Hospital, providing for admission if required in emergencies.

All Gazpromneft clients of engine oils are invited to take a photo of themselves with a canister of Gazpromneft engine oil in a pack from 1L to 20L at a retail point of sale, at a service station or next to a car and post the photo on their social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram or VKontakte). To participate in the promotion the post must be accompanied by geotagging and hashtags #trustedbymillions and #gazpromneft. All participants are automatically included in the quizzes with prizes from Gazpromneft that will be useful on trips: smartphones, backpacks, suitcase covers, glasses, key rings, etc. The drawing will be held every week in three nominations. Taking into account the vast geography of the campaign the site will be adapted into 8 languages: English, French, Spanish, Greek, Bulgarian, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Russian.

Danfoss Cooling launches Refrigeration Academy Knowledge is power – contributing to this notion and in the interest of knowledge sharing – the Danfoss South Africa’s Cooling team, has embarked on a virtual training curriculum, geared to address a broad range of refrigeration content, which is targeted at the general public, at no cost to attendees. This training curriculum is not accredited to any higher learning institute but will allow for a deeper understanding of basic design and application elements; and might lend itself as a basis for future career developments in this field. The Danfoss Refrigeration Academy is focused on delivering structured, online training events in a more formal way than conventional webinars, to offer a tangible benefit upon completion. These training sessions will be diarized as to not infringe too heavily on enrollees’ daily work schedule; and provision will be made for recordings on demand, for those with commitments, which might not afford them the time to attend live sessions.

Daikin announces appointment of new Chairman & President for Middle East & Africa Daikin, the leading global innovator and provider of advanced, highquality air conditioning, heating, ventilation and refrigeration (HVAC-R) products and solutions

for residential, commercial and industrial applications, has announced the appointment of Masaaki Miyatake as the new Daikin MEA Chairman and President.

Miyatake joined Daikin as a sales engineer in Japan more than 30 years ago. Due to his exceptional abilities, he was promoted to Project Sales Manager. From Japan, he was transferred in 2017 to “Daikin Europe” in Belgium where he worked as the General Manager for the Applied Business. In July 2020, he joined Daikin MEA based in Dubai. Miyatake had led an award-winning team that developed an inverter heat-pump modular chiller in Japan. This innovative product won the 2017 “Energy Conservation Grand Prize” and the “Energy Conservation Center Chairman’s Award”.

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in key regional markets, Daikin Middle East and Africa will open new affiliates, sales offices and service centers as well as introduce new products to enable us to reach as many customers as possible. This move will be supported by a stronger business structure and vibrant cooperation with our sales partners and other industry stakeholders. Internally, we will implement continuous career development and relevant skills training programs to strengthen our teams’ competencies, and to align with our mission to ensure best indoor air quality and deliver comfort through an energyefficient building climate control solution.” Miyatake said.

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Kazungula Bridge


azungula Bridge construction project crosses the Zambezi River and borders Botswana and Zambia in Africa. Spanning 923 meters long and 18.5 meters wide the bridge was the biggest construction project in southern Africa. The Kazungula bridge project comprises the construction of road/rail bridge and so an extradosed bridge model was applied to widen distances between piers and to allow vibration control. An extradosed bridge is a bridge where a girderreinforcing cable is attached to the main tower like the cable of a cable-stayed bridge. The exterior of an extradosed bridge looks like a cable-stayed bridge. But the height of its tower is lower than that of a cable-stayed bridge so the cable plays a relatively small role in buttressing the upper layer of the bridge. Therefore, the upper layer should be designed to be stronger.


Kazungula Bridge has six main towers standing in a row, which provides a fine view. It is expected to become a landmark in the region. The bridge is expected to bolster trade between Zambia and Botswana and the entire region through increased trade activities. It will also help unleash the economic potential of other land-locked countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo. It will also reduced transit time for freight and passengers, reduced time-based trade and transport cost as well as improved border management operations arising from the one border facility. Botswana and Zambia invites bids for the construction of Kazungula Bridge on Zambezi River at an estimated cost of US $260m to replace the existing ferry.

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The project was financed partly through a loan of US $80m signed on February 10, 2015 between Zambia and the African Development Bank. The Botswana government met part of the cost as well while another partner, Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), was also on board. The Kazungula Bridge Project was expected to be completed in six years. Consultancy services included design review, production of bidding documentation, supervision of works, and post construction services.

In November 2915, Daewoo Engineering and Construction was selected to be the contractor of the project and construction of the brigde started after the ground-breaking ceremony was held on the Botswana side of the Kazungula border. The ground-breaking ceremony was led by Vice President Guy Scott and his Botswana counterpart, Ponatshego Kedikilwe.


But in March 2018, construction works were stopped after Daewoo Engineering and Construction the contractor in charge of the development shut down the site due to non payment by the Zambian government. Daewoo Engineering explained that the issue has led to an industrial strike by the employees. Botswana has since made payment for the project but Zambia was still lagging behind. A total of US $14.84m is owed to the employers.

In November 2019, project consultant Mr Kobamelo Kgoboko said construction works of the 923m long bridge, was at 91.92%, and construction will be completed in June 2020 rather than August 2019. In March 2020, the bridge was 92% complete. The bridge is expected to significantly improve trade infrastructure of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the

African continent as a whole. One-stop border facilities will be erected in both countries with a 930-metre-long and 18.5-metre-wide roadrail bridge. The bridge will provide vital transport infrastructure on that corridor as it would facilitate easy access to intra-regional trade and international market through connectivity with major sea ports. In October this year, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, announced that construction of the bridge was complete. According to the ministry, package one of the project, comprising the bridge proper and approach ramps, is complete; package two, being a Botswana one stop border post, currently under construction at a cost of US $38.4m, was at 98.44% with completion expected end of this month; and Package three, the Zambia one stop border post, ongoing at a contract sum of about US $13.1m, was at 99.40%.

In December 2020, Zambia’s Minister for Housing and Infrastructure Development Vincent Mwale revealed that the government has released a total of US $73.7m towards the completion of the Kazungula bridge project with a balance of US $8.7m which will be paid before the end of this year. The announcement comes after reports started circulating purporting that the Zambian Government had failed to pay its dues and would not honour the outstanding amount owed to the contractor. According to the minister, an amount of US $82.3m has already been certified on the project of which US $73.7m has already been disbursed and the balance of US $8.7m whose certificates were received by the paying agent, National Road Fund Agency, will be paid before year end. This is within the 56 days allowed for settlement of certified Interim Payment Certificates.

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t the end of one of the craziest years in our history, the festive period of December is usually a time to review, reflect and begin planning for the year ahead. We know that 2020 is a year we will never forget – a year where Covid-19, a virus originating in Wuhan in China at the end of December 2019, spread globally to all corners of the world. And yet a year later, we continue to fight wave after wave, as we look towards keeping our friends and family safe. With all things steel related, the year has seen a rollercoaster in conditions. Whilst we cannot predict the future, we know one thing for certain: the effects of the pandemic on the steel and commodities markets are not yet over. Going into 2021, we see huge challenges and disruptions ahead, whilst the world continues to grapple with the effects of contracted economies and races to recover. Whilst a vaccine is in sight (and should be widely available by summer 2021), the broader economies will take a much longer time to recover and claw back the time lost over this past year. We feel that the steel market in 2021 will be a year driven purely by economics. Supply and demand affected by a variety of both local and global factors. The four largest driving factors which will affect the supply and pricing in our market going forward are as follows: • • • •

A greater demand, visible through the number of projects that were either delayed or stopped altogether when the pandemic began. A highly reduced supply, owing to huge mill closures from all corners of the world. As those mills begin to start plans to restart in January, we expect them to put their initial preference to domestic supply before international exportation. Huge logistical issues, ranging from lack of containers for export of goods, a lack of available vessels to sail between regions and expanding all the way to highly reduced labour at ports and much larger delays in processing paperwork necessary to lead shipments. Forex Rates – late November saw the Kenya Shilling weaken to a rate of 112.50 against the US Dollar, with most banks charging much higher rates from forex volatility.

The above factors are already been seen in the market. The months of December alone have seen the cost of scrap, billets and hot rolled coils (HRC) all rise by more than $100/ton, with their raw material counterparts such as iron ore also following the same trend. This leads us to caution those who are waiting for reductions in pricing against holding off, because we do not see a reversal of this trend coming anytime soon. We all wish that we can move back to normality. But we have to ask ourselves – the longer that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are felt, what is normal? Will normal look like it did at the end of 2019? Or has 2020 truly changed the way we think and operate, becoming our new normal? We wish each and every one of our customers all the best over the festive period and thank you for your continued support of our business. We remain committed to you every step of the way and will continue to do so. We have exciting work which is currently underway at our facilities and are looking forward to letting you know about a whole range of new products soon. As always, leave the quality to us. We guarantee we won’t be beaten.


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Why you should consider epoxy flooring


ne of the major components of a construction project is preventive maintenance and this is where epoxy flooring comes into play. If well done, preventive maintenance can help save money in the long run. Many consumers prefer epoxy floors thanks to their strength and resilience. In addition to protecting your building, epoxy floors also have several benefits to building owners seeking to have long-lasting floors. Below are the top reasons to invest in Epoxy floors.

Epoxy floors have several benefits to building owners seeking to have long-lasting floors


Easy and fast installation It is relatively easier to install epoxy floors compared to other industrial floors. Although it is not an entirely DIY project, this type of flooring can be installed with less hassle. These types of floors are installed on a concrete slab although any other porous surface can be used. Epoxy floors are more durable Epoxy resin is fully sealed from moisture and resistant to scuff, stain, scratch, heat, and impact. These floors are therefore more durable and have unparalleled strength. They are able to withstand heavy, repetitive weight loads from mobile as well as stationary machinery. These

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types of floors do no crack or chip. The high durability saves costs associated with the repair, maintenance, and replacement. Easy to Clean and Maintain Epoxy flooring creates a seamless surface that is very easy to clean and maintain. In addition, the surface is impenetrable and able to repel water, grease, and oil. Dirt, dust, and grim can also be easily swept away. The seamless surface is also resistant to chemicals and repels mildew hence it sterilizes efficiently. It, therefore, reduces the amount of time spent on janitorial duties as well as supply and maintenance-related repairs. Customizable Aesthetics Epoxy floors are one of the most attractive available on the market. It helps transform traditional plain, dull concrete floors into a sophisticated and attractive, sleek, threedimensional floor. The availability of customizable options enables one to select from a variety of colors, artful metallic, plus other personalization. Epoxy floors also allow you the flexibility of



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adding high gloss shine and multiple color schemes and branding in order to get an impressively looking floor. Epoxy floors also reflect a lot of light making the entire room brighten. This reduces the need for luxury lighting and saves money. Anti-slip surface With employee safety becoming a major discussion in many organizations, businesses are investing in office designs that guarantee a safe working environment. Epoxy floors have enough friction and a firm grip to prevent sliding or falling over. In addition to providing anti-slip surfaces, epoxy floors are also heat and fire-resistant.

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Environmentally friendly Currently, consumption is tied to environmental conservation and many consumers are seeking eco-friendly solutions. Epoxy floors pose no threat to the environment making them ideal both in residential and commercial spaces.


Affordability There are several options that come with epoxy coating making the cost per square foot relatively cheaper. In addition, it is easy to add epoxy coating over pre-existing surfaces hence saving you time and money. There are no prerequisites needed before applying the epoxy coating. There is no doubt that epoxy flooring has become one of the latest trends in building construction. Depending on where it is applied, you need to apply an epoxy primer and finisher coat. Epoxy primer is applied the same way as paint and is allowed several hours before applying the epoxy. The primer is applied after covering the floor with a thin layer of water. A roller tied on a pole is then used to spread the epoxy in a thin layer over the whole floor. The first layer is allowed to dry before applying the second one. The primer is applied at the same time as a finisher.



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New Chiromo Mental Health Hospital

Easing Pressure on Mental Health Facilities


ccording to respected journal of medicine, The Lancet, mental health problems appear to be increasing on the African continent. Between 2000 and 2015 the continent's population grew by 49%, yet the number of years lost to disability as a result of mental and substance use disorders increased by 52%. The journal says that in 2015, 17¡9 million years were lost to disability as a consequence of mental health problems. An August 2020 survey revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic


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has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing.

In Kenya, it is estimated that one in every 10 people suffer from a common mental disorder. The number increases to one in every four people among patients attending routine outpatient services. The Taskforce on Mental Health of Kenya

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report of July 2020 recommended that mental illness should be declared a national emergency of epidemic proportions, to prioritize mental health as a public health and socioeconomic agenda. There is therefore a dais need for an increase in dedicated institutions and more professionals to cater for mental health patients on the continent. In Kenya and across East Africa, although there are public and private facilities that attend to mentally ill patients, it is still a challenge in terms of capacity, resources and access to treatment. The new Chiromo Hospital Group will significantly fortify the existing mental health services and change the narrative on how mental health is perceived in the social sphere through delivery of dignified services. Background Chiromo Hospital Group (CHG) is a private mental health hospital that has been in operation for over 24 years. It has three branches: The Mother branch is Chiromo Hospital Group, Westlands Branch Located on Chiromo Lane. The other two branches are on Muthangari Road in Lavington; the Braeside Branch in Braeside Gardens and the New Bustani Hospital on Muthangari Road No. 37, a Premier Level 5 facility and the only private Level 5 Mental Health Hospital in Sub- Saharan Africa. Chiromo Hospital Group is anchored on providing dignified and quality mental healthcare in Africa. With a total bed capacity of 180, the hospital’s team includes 34 accredited psychiatrists, 22 accredited psychologists as well as counsellors and nurses who are devoted to pursuing excellence in the delivery of mental health services by adhering to evidence- based practices. Chiromo Hospital Group settled on International Project Planning and Management Consultants Ltd (IPPM) to spearhead

the construction of their newest facility in Muthangari. Founded in 1995, IPPM has been offering Project Management, Physical & Urban Planning consulting services for over 25 years and has vast experience in commercial buildings, hospitals, large international schools and residential projects among others. Some of their past projects include MPesa Foundation Academy, Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, Tatu City and Deerpark Karen. Location of Project The choice of 37 Muthangari Road as the site for the new hospital was not a coincidence. The area is serene, secure and peaceful. The location was further intentionally identified because of its centrality, providing easy access to the heart of Nairobi and away from the hustle, and bustle of the city. The new hospital location offered a place where light, air and green were in abundance - a deliberate contrast to many mental health facilities all over the world that have poorly lit rooms devoid of the dignity provided by adequate light and ventilation.

Client’s Brief and Project Scope The team was tasked with designing and building a modern facility that would cater to all types of psychiatric disorders on an inpatient and outpatient basis. It was important for the facility to offer comfort and a relaxed ambience enabling patients to recover in dignity. The new hospital has a bed capacity of 103 in a single bed and shared occupancy configuration. Patients have


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access to luxurious lounges, dining facilities, games areas and lavish gardens. The outpatient facility houses consultation rooms enabling ease of access to doctors. There is also a cafeteria and conferencing facility. Part of the building design includes hundreds of pre-cast concrete fins that were used to create an appealing façade as well as to assist with the indoor thermal comfort of the building. There was also proper utilization and maximization of space where the natural gardens sit above the basement parking. According to IPPM, extensive international benchmarking was carried out with other mental health facilities and the best practice adopted in this particular building. Each patient’s room and doctor’s office have external views, access to natural lighting and ventilation, anti-ligature material selections, safety considerations and calming colors. The finishes selected predominantly consist of vinyl flooring for rooms, warm recessed lighting and antiligature fittings. All fittings employ an earth color palette. Construction work commenced in June 2018 with extensive design work preceding this. The project achieved practical completion in April 2020.

Project Team Client: Chiromo Lane Medical Centre Project Manager: International Project Planning & Management Consultants Limited (IPPM) Architect: Bowman Associates Quantity Surveyors: MaceYMR Civil/ Structural Engineers: Ngasi Consulting Engineers Building Services Engineers: Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers Environmental Approvals: Green by Choice Main Contractor: Esteel Construction Ltd Electrical Contractor: Liteline Enterprises Limited Plumbing & Drainage: Capital Plumbing Works Ltd Mechanical Ventilation: Shankar Electronics Ltd Lifts: Euro Lifts Solar: Steelstone Kenya Ltd

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The Marquis A Setting New Standards in Apartment Design


partment design in Kenya continues to grow in sophistication. With increased options to choose from, investors and homeowners have become more discerning and are unwilling to settle for anything that falls short of expected standards.

meaning they have to constantly study changing needs, adopt new features, building technologies and meet environmental expectations. Often, they have to benchmark internationally to ensure that the product they offer can compete with the best anywhere in the world.

Developers and their architects are under pressure to provide a better product each time,

The Marquis, a development by Hayer One, promises world-class city-centric lifestyle in the

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heart of Nairobi. The massive 272-unit luxury apartment complex in the popular high-end suburb of Kileleshwa is the epitome of modern architecture. Designed by Innovative Planning and Design Consultants (IPDC), a Nairobi-based architectural firm known for its award-winning projects such as Park in by Radisson and The Address, The Marquis is already a winner itself, having been feted at the prestigious African Property Awards 2019/2020 edition. According to IPDC, Hayer One’s brief to the architects was to create “a pinnacle of modern architecture” delivered through a reinforced concrete structure of a towering scale. The design offers a promise of intelligent layouts and plans that maximize the breath taking views without compromising on the offer of space. “The layout of The Marquis is such that it expands the interior spaces to the outdoors, through terraces and balconies whose subtle curvaceous protrusion adds artistic depth to the development’s angular façade,” say the architects. The two towers comprise of triangular shaped buildings in plan juxtaposed such that all apartments take advantage of the views, without compromising light and air. Elevating the way humans experience their lives in the ‘built in environment’, the design sought to understand The Marquis’ future residents and their unique needs, which was captured through

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forethought and ingenuity, then used architectural meaning to deliver the strong statement of an exquisite lifestyle that is embodied in the development. The Marquis is by all means a Grand project. Its distinctive twin towers, set atop a multilevel amenity and parking Deck, rise in vertical mastery, to assert an impressive presence on Kileleshwa’s skyline. Acknowledging each other through their side by side assemblage, the towers form a “V” shape, at the bottom of which, is a luxurious deck and infinity swimming pool. The Marquis’ two towers are configured into residences of two, three and four bedroom apartments topped by four-bedroom duplex penthouses, and garden houses each with a Dsq. All interior spaces are efficiently designed. The apartments feature generous room sizes and sharp layouts to create family-centric, multi-functional living zones. Every home is fitted with the finest fixtures. Bathrooms and kitchens are complete with the best imported fittings, providing the ultimate in cleanliness and style.

In the clubhouse, residents may decide to relax at the poolside after a workout in the well-equipped gym, or savor a jacuzzi or steam experience. Other attractions include a convenience store, cafeteria, play areas, party hall, an amphitheater, a walking trail, mini golf and many more. A security system designed to international standards makes each home a secure dwelling. In keeping with modern sustainable design requirements that call for buildings to be greener and more responsive to the environment, IPDC have adopted effective use of natural lighting and ventilation through atriums, sky lights and large windows. This increases circulation of air and conserves energy through reduced electric lighting and air conditioning. The Marquis residences are therefore not only delightful living spaces but also provide an ideal investment opportunity for those looking for guaranteed returns.

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There are several options to choose from, making the development friendly to all pockets, personal tastes and size preferences. APARTMENT TYPE



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Construction of The Marquis started in June 2017 and is expected to be complete in 2021.

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More Choice for Kenyans as AAR Hospital Nears Completion

Introduction ealthcare facilities have come under unprecedented pressure in 2020, thanks to the sudden emergence and rapid acceleration of Covid-19. The global pandemic has thrown even the hitherto best equipped and most prepared nations into disarray, plunging hospitals and other medical facilities as well as healthcare providers into a crisis of colossal proportions.


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The situation has exposed the weaknesses of health systems around the world and catapulted governments to make emergency enhancements including the construction of new medical facilities at record speeds. Here in Kenya, every county has ramped up healthcare by expanding and equipping existing facilities, a development that will not only aid in management of Covid-19 but also other common diseases. Private healthcare providers have not been left behind.

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Although the AAR Hospital was conceived before the onset pandemic, there is no doubt that it has come at a critical period and that the facility’s services will significantly boost efforts to increase the healthcare options available to Kenyans. The hospital is located in Muthaiga, on Kiambu Road. Background Hospital Holdings Investment (HHI), under which the new AAR Hospital falls, is a private healthcare holding company that manages integrated healthcare services across East Africa.

HHI's investments currently include the AAR Health Care Group (which comprises 38 outpatient clinics in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and two hospitals in Uganda). The new hospital will augment AAR Healthcare outpatient centres. According to HHI Group CFO Andrew Rowell, AAR Hospital will adopt the Hub and Spoke model, which is a system of referring patients from outpatient clinics to secondary care facilities. This is expected to provide the hospital with a good opportunity to create an integrated healthcare network, thus extending the Group’s overall service delivery model to the target market.

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The facility will offer a range of services including advanced radiology and laboratory departments, Accident & Emergency, Outpatient and Doctors’ Plaza, Dialysis, Major Surgery, ICU/ HDU/NNICU, Maternity, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Paediatric departments with inpatient wards including 118 beds. The development also includes on-site parking for staff and visitors including an elevated parking deck. Project Team, Design and Execution To achieve excellent results and quick project delivery without compromising quality, a team of highly respected consultants, contractors and suppliers was put together.

The lead consultant is Pharos Architects (K) Limited, a well-known architectural practice offering world class services in Architecture, Interior Design and Project Management. The company has been in business for 20 years and takes pride in its commitment to Green Architecture while meeting clients’ expectations with responsible design that optimizes safety, comfort and operating costs. Some of the notable projects handled by Pharos in the past include: • The new French Diplomatic Campus Nairobi which attained LEED gold certification • World Bank Africa Headquarters,

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Nairobi and Juba Compound, both of which attained LEED gold certification. The Juba campus involved concerted efforts to restore the natural environment of a badly eroded site and conserve energy and water while encouraging rainwater recharge. Dormans Headquarters Tatu City which involved interior development within pre-fabricated structures Nova Schools: Tatu City Primary and Secondary Campuses and Athi River Primary Campus all of which involved master planning of full-scale campuses with phased development. Java Houses: Interior design and fit-out of 52 branches in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda Construction of the new ICRC Regional Headquarters involving planning and design of the delegation offices on a Greenfield site.

The client approached Pharos with a business plan that outlined a multi-specialty secondary care hospital on a ready piece of land.

There was a requirement by HHI to be environmentally conscious with EDGE certification as a minimum standard. Having taken care of all these matters, construction kicked off in February 2019. The hospital design intent includes a fusion and continuity with the forest and greenery of the area due to the proximity of Karura forest. The building façade design was developed through the use of sun and heat gain studies to allow natural light into the building, while reducing heat gain. This in turn translates to reduced operational costs that would be incurred by air-conditioning. The façade to the west includes an aluminium perforated screen for sun-shading with the level of perforation varying based on sun movement. The Eastern and Southern façades have aluminum fins that serve a dual function of preventing solar heat gain and carrying through the theme of the forest with undulating shades of green.



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ntarc Interiors was founded in 2012 as a branch of Antarc Ltd. We are the only one-stop shop for various flooring solutions in East Africa and we strive to deliver the best value proposition to the marketplace. Our fundamental strategy is based on developing, growing and maintaining sustainable relationships with all partners to enhance business opportunities throughout the supply chain. As a sole representative of Tarkett in Kenya we were appointed to be the main supplier of flooring solutions for the KRIL hospital. Our partner Tarkett is a French multinational corporation and one of the most recognisable flooring brands with over 30 production sites around the world. For 140 years, innovation, dedication to excellence and commitment to sustainability have made Tarkett a global leader in cutting-edge flooring solutions not only for the healthcare sector but also for education, sports, commercial and residential segments. It is worth mentioning that aligned with the 17 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, Tarkett has been contributing for many years to several of them, deploying its 2020 Sustainability Roadmap throughout the entire organisation. Together with Pharos Architects, we have specified various options in homogenous vinyl flooring from Tarkett depending on the area and performance. Homogeneous vinyl flooring is a tough and ultra-durable solution for heavy and very heavy traffic areas. It is recommended for application in healthcare sector mainly because of its resistance to traffic and ease of cleaning. Tarkett homogeneous vinyl flooring is the only vinyl floor on the market that can be dry-buffed to avoid heavy cleaning protocols and to reduce maintenance costs by 30% over the floor’s lifespan.

The main products used for the project are iQ Granit and iQ Toro SC which is static-conductive flooring for operating theatres and x-¬ray rooms. Being a product that is specially designed for healthcare facilities, iQ Granit is the key solution and it is used in most of the areas. It offers outstanding performance such as extreme durability with superior wear, stain and abrasion resistance for all heavy-traffic areas. Additionally, there is no need for polish or wax, a simple dry-buffing is enough to restore this floor’s original appearance. On top of that iQ Granit comes in a very wide colour palette, so interior designers can play around and create colourful formats on the floor. Finding the right supplier and choosing the right product is only a part of the success. Despite being widely used in other parts of Africa, homogenous vinyl is not a very popular solution in Kenya. “The main issue is lack of product knowledge and complexity of the installation.” — says Kush Shah, head of specialty flooring department at Antarc Interiors. Antarc Interiors offers guidance through the whole process from product selection, to installation and after-sales service. We have certified installers and bring specialists from Tarkett Academy who train technicians all over the world and share experience with our team. “We are setting up a benchmark here.” — adds Kush Shah. “We believe that KRIL hospital will be a reference point for all future hospital projects in Kenya.” For more information please contact or visit

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Woodcreek School


lthough schools primarily provide formal education, they are also important centres for social development and personal growth. Ideally, schools should provide a stimulating and creative environment for learners and the entire school community. School design is not merely providing rooms and halls for these activities but is a more complex undertaking that should take into account a raft of considerations including safety, crowding avoidance, ease of pedestrian and vehicular movement, interconnectivity of facilities and many other factors. International schools tend to score highly on these aspects. Part of the reason is that they procure professional services from entities and individuals that have proven experience and competence. Woodcreek School is a progressive multicultural Christian value based day school

offering British curriculum in Kenya. The school sits on 11 acres of land located on Kamiti Road, about 20 minutes’ drive from Nairobi’s Central Business District. It comprises a kindergarten complex, middle school block, high school and a pre-university complex. Notable amenities include a performing arts centre, heated swimming pool (semi-Olympic size) athletics track, basketball, tennis and badminton courts among others. Woodcreek School settled on Sycum Solutions Company Limited to develop the physical infrastructure. Sycum is a well-established architectural studio based in Nairobi, with 16 years’ experience across several project categories, including schools and institutions of higher learning. The company specializes in Architecture and Urban Planning; Project Planning and Brief Development; Building/ Construction Management; Client Advisory Services; Interior Design and Fit-out as well as Product Design and Manufacturing.


Some of its past and ongoing projects include Lukenya University and Lukenya Group of Schools, both high-end educational institutions in Kenya. In other sectors, Sycum are behind the prestigious 27-storey Le Mac office and residential tower; The Pod, an ultramodern Grade A Office development; Shepherds Hospitals; high-end Purple Haze apartments and Kingfisher Hotel. Others include Lifestyle Heights apartments at Tatu City, Lifestyle Terraces apartments and Lifestyle Gardens – all modern residential apartments and maisonettes within the greater Nairobi area. The Woodcreek brief included classrooms, auditorium and lecture theatres, examination rooms, library, specialized rooms (music rooms, infirmary, ICT rooms, art rooms, science labs, design technology rooms), staffrooms, learning support and faculty offices. The project is worth US$ 7 million. The school has adopted a phased development approach

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with the current phase comprising the Performing Arts Centre with additional classrooms and faculty offices. Construction of phase 1 started in 2017. Arch Bob Oyugi of Sycum is overseeing the development. He says the team has experienced a few challenges in the course of project execution including varying client needs and Covid-19 design realignments. It has also been critical to achieve sustainable cost-effective green building design and construction solutions. “We had to re-invent innovative ways and working methods around the site as well as well as design detailing”, he says. PROJECT TEAM Client/Developer Woodcreek School Limited Project Manager: Locus Development partners Architect: Sycum Solutions Quantity surveyors: Makon Consultants Civil/Structural Engineers: Abba & Wandu Mechanical Engineers: Metrocom Engineers Electrical Engineers: Loadline consulting limited Contractors and subcontractors: Canton Building & Construction Co. Ltd Suppliers: Basco Paints, Saj Ceramics, Clay Products, among others.

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Tilisi Dream Takes Shape


s home owners and the business community get more discerning in taste and preference, there is a growing need to provide them with living and working spaces that are at par with the best anywhere in the world. The emergence of exclusive gated communities and business parks in Kenya is a response to this need for conducive live, work and play environments. Tilisi is one of the exclusive mega projects that have come up to provide an enabling environment for developers to give homeowners and business people an opportunity to thrive in the best possible atmosphere. Tilisi is a 400-acre master planned and mixed use development zoned into residential, commercial and logistics precincts. Situated just 30 kilometres from Nairobi's CBD, at the intersection of Limuru Road and Waiyaki Way, the development offers easy access and outstanding infrastructure. It is owned and managed by a consortium of long-standing and experienced Nairobi-based developers. The master-planned suburb has been inspired by the vision of creating a city with a lasting legacy that will serve Kenyans for generations to come. It addresses the need for clean, well planned and controlled developments.

Tilisi’s close proximity to major highways makes the Nairobi metropolitan area highly accessible. It is just off A104 (Nairobi-Malaba highway), 27 kilometres from Westlands and 45 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Eastern, Southern and Northern bypasses are all within 10 minutes of the development. The Nairobi Expressway from Mlolongo to Westlands will cut travel time to approximately 40 minutes, delivering people right to Tilisi's doorstep. Important business hubs of Northern Nairobi and Westlands which include facilities such as schools, medical centres, shopping malls and commercial offices are all well connected for people to work and live in. Tilisi Views is the first residential development at Tilisi. It consists of three, four and fivebedroom villas set on a range of plot sizes. There are seven different designs to choose from, the homes are meticulously designed and will be built to the highest standards and finishing. Tilisi Views is also offering property seekers the option to purchase a serviced half acre plot and build their very own home. Prices at Tilisi Views start from Kshs. 20.5M - 65M for the villas and Kshs. 18.5M for the serviced half acre plots.

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The land on which Tilisi stands was acquired in 2013 after which the team spent about 2 years developing the master plan and getting approvals. Thereafter the project was launched in 2015. Currently, Tilisi is 50% sold and under development. So far, the developers have spent Ksh 1.5bn on infrastructure and have pledged a further Ksh2.5bn over the next 2-3 years. Facilities and Amenities Tilisi features 8-9 metre roads with 20-

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Project Team

Design Artitude PLANNING Kashyap Enterprises Limited Metrix Integrated Consultancy Towercost Consultants Limited Dotwood Designs Mehta Electricals Ltd Green by Choice Mace YMR

25 metre wide road reserve. There are two cycle lanes, a 2.4 metre wide footpath, storm water drainage and eight boreholes for guaranteed supply of water. In addition, there will be five sewer treatment plants, underground power reticulation, ICT infrastructure, security gate houses and CCTV surveillance. Street lighting, perimeter fencing and landscaping are additional features to complete the Tilisi promise.


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To support the environment, the developers plan to plant over 1200 trees in phases, of which 688 were already planted in phase 1 when road and infrastructure works were undertaken. It is expected that the entire Tilisi project will be fully operational by 2032 when all developers buying into the vision will have finished their projects and occupants settled in. “By then we shall also have a thriving commercial district with retail facilities, schools and medical facilities. It will be supported by over 5,000 homes and over 20,000 “Tilisians” living and working here”, say the developers.

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Aleem Manji Architects (AMA) is 10. The architectural design studio born in the founder’s bedroom with only a computer, a desk, a chair and big dreams is now a force to reckon with on Kenya’s architecture landscape with a project portfolio valued at billions of shillings. The firm also operates from one of Nairobi’s most prestigious addresses – The Mirage on Waiyaki Way. It’s a far cry from the early days when Principal Architect Aleem Manji would shudder at the prospect of a client asking for a meeting at AMA’s “offices”. At the time, Aleem would immediately offer to buy the client coffee at Java instead. The firm has also grown in personnel and now has three architects, one project manager, three technicians, one Architectural Visualizer and administrative staff.

plunge into the often treacherous world of entrepreneurship? “I wanted to make my own mistakes”, he says with a chuckle. Aleem, who at one time hosted a morning show on East FM during his University of Nairobi days and used the earnings to pay for his studies, says his first big break was a project called Casilda. The 5-bedroom townhouses project in the upmarket Nairobi suburb of Kyuna launched AMA and gave Aleem the much needed funds to move into a small but decent office on General Mathenge Drive in the Westlands area of the city.

“We’ve been lucky”, says Aleem, who plunged into self-employment 10 years ago this month after a five-year stint with another studio. But it’s more than luck and he quickly corrects himself.

Aleem went on to design award-winning projects, bagging the coveted African Property Awards in 2017/18 for his two projects The Elegance and Rumaisa. The 42-year old also made it to Nation Media Group’s Top 40 Under 40 Men in 2017.

“It’s a little bit of both luck and hard work. I’ve been lucky to work with a very talented and supportive team as well.” He says the property boom at the time of AMA’s conception also significantly helped to propel the firm’s take-off. So why did Aleem leave the comfort of steady employment income and


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Aleem’s projects would later dominate the entire Drive and surrounding areas.

Today, many projects around Nairobi bear AMA’s unique signature. As the firm’s Principal Architect, it is Aleem’s job to provide leadership to the team and execute projects to the best of its ability and to the satisfaction of clients. Many of AMA’s clients are repeat customers, something that Aleem believes is the ultimate endorsement of his work. “AMA does not


bid for projects”, he says, disclosing that the firm instead receives invitation to take on projects. Aleem’s design philosophy is centred around space. “We believe that the creation of quality spaces is the primary mandate of any architectural design: spaces that ultimately enhance the quality of life and efficiency of the end user.” He believes that each design should be unique and must leave a visible mark of expression on the built environment. Aleem advises against having preconceived ideas on a proposed project. It is only after listening to the client’s requirements, visiting the site and considering all issues including budget that a project can be concretized. His firm works with many contractors, consultants and suppliers. While Aleem is happy to work with any contractor, he is keen to select those with a good reputation for timely delivery and quality workmanship. “Sometimes you’ll work with a contractor but in the course of the project, you know you’d never want to work with them again.” He is also happy to work with competent project managers. Aleem thinks the architectural sector in Kenya could do with a few changes. “For example, the way professional fees is arrived at should be looked at afresh”, he says. “I believe we have evolved beyond one size fits all.” Currently, his firm is working on several significant projects

including The Rumaisa at Riverside, Atithi Apartments and Treewall on General Mathenge Drive and The Loft Residences at Two Rivers. The Loft is a project of investment giant Centum. As he looks back to the dramatic rise of AMA over the last 10 years, Aleem also looks forward to retirement. But architecture remains his passion and his ideal situation is to reach a point where he no longer does it to pay bills but for self-gratification.

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