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

The Site Board Taking to the skies

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

Growing at an average rate of 6.1 percent, Africa is the 3rd fastest growing region in the world in terms of international traffic. Not only is demand for intra-African passenger and cargo traffic on the rise but there is also an increase in demand for Africa as a preferred partner in global trade. This has seen the continent‘s airports becoming congested. Although Africa continues to host some of the fastest growing economies in the world, spurred by strong GDP growth in local economies, air traffic can only expand within the existing confines of infrastructure capacities at African airports. Lack of a dynamic and systematic transportation mode interconnecting African countries is impeding the continent’s economic potential.

WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa Frankline May Moses Ngunjiri ADVERTISING Kenya William Mutama, Fred Okoth, Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Trizah Njoroge South Africa: Christine Tamukedde, Manoko Thosago, Prince Moyo Tabitha Muthoni,Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng, Nqobile Ndlovu

In the 2013 World Airport Awards ceremony held in Geneva, only 3 African airports, all in South Africa, ranked amongst the top 100 airports in the world. However, in the recent past, most African countries have embarked on developing growth strategies for expanded airport infrastructure and increased safety ratings for international compliance. The African air transport industry is currently worth over US$11 billion per annum. Significant investment and strategic planning is necessary in order to achieve lucrative, sustainable growth.

Uganda: Penny Komugisha, Betty Nabakooza Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Samuel Hinneh Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda

With air traffic on the African continent forecast to increase by more than 6percent a year for the next 18 years, time is ripe for African airlines, airports authorities, government, investors and civil aviation authorities to modernise their equipment and facilities with future-proofed technology and expertise, to design and construct a world class aviation industry.

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Formwork and Scaffold A scaffold is essential in providing safe access and a safe place to work from in construction either in the exterior or interior of a building.

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

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Fire fighting and safety devices Most fires can be prevented by taking fire regulations seriously and installing reliable fire alarms and fire fighting equipment in buildings

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February 2014

Machinery There are few construction equipments that can claim to be more versatile and important as an excavator.

Paints and finishes A unique wall finish can bring a new dimension to a room whether you are utilizing a wall covering or a paint. We look at recent trends and what they can do for you.

Air conditioning The three components of heat, ventilation and air conditioning as found in the acronym HVAC need to be carefully considered to ensure the right system is installed.

Waterproofing In this issue we look at reliable waterproofing solutions for virtually all above grade and below grade applications.

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Construction of US$40.3million Orange Farm Mall starts Construction on the new R400-million (US$40.3million) Eyethu Orange Farm Mall has started, with the development poised to be a major catalyst for the greater Sebokeng area, south of Johannesburg. The mall is scheduled to open for trade in September 2014 and will provide more than 400,000 Orange Farm and Evaton community members with shopping facilities close to home. With major retailers already having been secured for the 27,000 m2 mall and transport infrastructure upgrades under way, the regional mall development, with expansion rights of up to 35,000 m2 gross lettable area (GLA), is on track to form the core of Orange Farm’s new central business district. Investors in the project include JSE-listed property loan stock company Dipula Income Fund, project developers Flanagan & Gerard and Stretford Land Developments (SDL), each with a 30percent stake in the project.

The remaining 10 percent stake has been designated to the Orange Farm Community Trust, which will be funded by the three listed partners, in The mall is scheduled to open for trade in September 2014 and will provide more than 400,000 Orange Farm and Evaton community members with collaboration with Standard Bank, on a pro rata basis. The Eyethu Orange shopping facilities close to home. Farm Mall has been identified as a Presidential project and is, therefore, supported by the City of Johannesburg as a community upliftment initiative.


Biggest interchange in West Africa nears completion The construction of Ghana's biggest interchange at Sofoline in Kumasi may have suffered delays, but the project has not only eased traffic to a great extent in that part of the city but also positively changed the face of the Garden City. The interchange, which forms part of the reconstruction of the Sunyani road through Kumasi, is now about 92 per cent complete and has partially been opened to traffic, thereby reducing the congestion associated with that part of Kumasi, which connects to Obuasi, Sunyani and the city centre.The road, one of the most congested in Kumasi, is undergoing dualisation and asphalting.

According to the resident engineer of the project, Mr. Ato Badu Prah, work left to be done on the interchange included street lighting, road marking, fixing of road signs and landscaping works, which would be completed by the end of the year.The road project has been divided into three parts -- the section The interchange, which forms part of the reconstruction of the Sunyani road from Abuakwa to the Apatrapa Junction; the Apatrapa Junction to the Bekwai through Kumasi, is now about 92 percent complete and has partially been Roundabout and the Bekwai Roundabout to the Komfo Anokye Teaching opened to traffic. Hospital (KATH) Roundabout, where an underpass will be constructed.


Djibouti’s US$4.5 billion railway project launched Ethiopia’s, Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn and Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh have launched construction of the new Nagad Railway Station. Construction of the station, which will form part of the 800km Addis Ababa - Dewele - Djibouti route, was also inaugurated in the presence of Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom. Following the groundbreaking, Prime Minister Hailemariam stated that the railway will have a significant impact on the region, namely in bolstering regional economic integration. Similarly, President Guelleh said the infrastructure will advance economic cooperation and social connections between the two sisterly countries. Both leaders described the occasion as a historic day for the region.

Construction of the new Nagad Railway Station will form part of the 800km Addis Ababa - Dewele - Djibouti route, 20 percent of the construction has already been completed on the Ethiopian side.


On his part, Dr. Tedros explained that the US$4.5 billion railway project exemplifies Ethiopia's foreign policy which aims to fight poverty and build a prosperous nation and region. He went on to explain that the costs of the massive rail project would be shared by both governments and that, on the Ethiopian side, 20 percent of the construction had already been completed. September 2013

FG awards US$1.8billion road contract


The Nigeria government has awarded a contract of over N300 billion (US$1.8billion) to Chinese construction companies for the extension of the Keffi/Lafia dual carriage way through Markurdi to Oturkpo, up to Ninth Mile in Enugu. Accordingly, the federal government also concluded arrangement for the completion of the east west road project extension from Oron down to Calabar in Cross River State which is to be executed through external funding from the Chinese Export and Import Bank. Addressing the press, Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen and his Niger Delta counterpart, Elder Godsday Orubebe said the government has engaged with China Harbour Company which is interested in investing in the building of road infrastructures in the country on direct funding through the public private partnership opportunities made available by the federal government. Onolememen said all was set for them to meet with the Chinese Exim bank, having completed all documentation and once an agreement was reached, the project will come on stream soon in Nigeria. The minister explained that the project will help to provide better access to that flank of the country especially between the north central and the south eastern part of the nation.

New Ntinda junction on the Kampala Northern Bypass to commence

Nigeria Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen said the government has engaged with China Harbour Company which is interested in investing in the building of road infrastructures in the country on direct funding.


The European Union and European Investment Bank will inject Ush208billion (US$80.2million) in increasing the number of lanes on the Kampala Northern Bypass and Construction of flyovers .The proposed new Ntinda junction on Kampala Northern Bypass is expected to commence this year. The lighting will be improved on in the new design and construction of dual carriage which is expected to join the Entebbe Express Highway which is already under construction. Both roads will be joined by an intricate flyover interchange at Kyegera on Masaka road. The expansion will take three years to be completed. The Kampala Northern Bypass is intended to decongest Kampala City by diverting transit trucks heading to western Uganda, Rwanda and eastern D.R Congo. This project is funded by European Union & Government of Uganda. The first phase of the Kampala Northern Bypass Highway which started in 2004, opened to traffic on 1st October, 2009. It is the first dual carriageway highway in Uganda. The second phase will involve removal of roundabouts and replacing them with flyovers to improve traffic flow.

The artistic impression of the Ntinda flyover of the second phase of Kampala Northern Bypass.

Tanzania’s National stadium Complex completed


Tanzanian sports fans are thrilled as China officially hands over Phase One of the National Stadium Complex in Dar es Salaam to the government after seven years of construction of the massive project. Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania Lu Youqing and Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Sihaba Mkinga signed and exchanged handover certificates during a brief ceremony held at the venue recently. The management of the state-of-the-art stadium is now wholly under the Tanzania government and the Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports. The Tanzanian government expressed sincere gratitude to the government of China for playing a key role in financing, construction and management of the stadium. The modern structure is meant to be a motivational factor for sports to grow in the country and attract the attention of the world as many international events will be staged in Tanzania. Chances are high for the Chinese government to finance and carry out the planned phase II project, which will among others include an indoor stadium, warm-up ground, sports village/college and other related facilities. September 2013

Chances are high of the Chinese government financing and carrying out the planned phase II project, which will among others include an indoor stadium, warm-up ground, sports village/college and other related facilities.



The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Ghana The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Ghana, has instituted the Construction Manager of the Year Award. A statement from CIOB said the winner of the maiden award will be announced during this year’s Property Excellence Awards in October. The prestigious award, a premier event within the UK construction industry for over 30 years is now being replicated in Ghana. The award is to recognise individual site based managers of a construction company with overall responsibility for final delivery of a project. The awards will be judged by corporate members of CIOB with specialist knowledge of the management of construction projects. The statement said applicants, however, do not have to be members of the Institute and can come from companies of all sizes.

The CIOB Vice President for Africa, who also doubles as the Centre Chair for Ghana, Mr. Rockson Dogbegah.

CIOB Ghana said transparent and rigorous criteria will be used in the selection process, which will analyse the skills and qualities exhibited by the professionals from Pre-contract phase to the Project Closeout. CIOB Ghana is replicating this award as part of efforts to promote professionalism in the industry. This is in response to the myriad of problems in the construction industry, including the concern about shoddy works and the collapse of both completed buildings as well as buildings under construction and improperly constructed roads and drains.

PPP AFRICA 2013 The Leading High level international pan African PPP strategy and infrastructure partnering conference will be held in South Africa this year. After the resounding success of the 4th Africa Public Private Partnership conference held in Abuja, Nigeria, which attracted 190 delegates 50 speakers from 21 countries the APPP 2013 conference is fast approaching and promises to deliver a programme comprised of the industry’s most accomplished and distinguished leaders. Building on the experience of PPPs in parts of Africa and other emerging countries the event will provide valuable insights focusing on the principles needed to establish legal and economic framework to implement such initiative, APPP 2013 will continue to provides a unique platform to discuss ways to mobilise PPPs to develop much needed infrastructures in the Africa region. Date:

3rd -5th December, 2013


Sandton Convention Centre, Jo'burg, South Africa


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By attending you will; gain insight into medium and long term outlook for PPPs across Africa, Meet and learn from the leading players and experts, Find out what the AFDB and national governments are doing to encourage PPP projects, Find out what it takes to participate in forthcoming PPPs across the region e.t.c. Don’t miss out on this premier opportunity to meet the right people and hear about the industry’s hottest topics from its leaders in a beautiful and comfortable environment that keeps our participants coming back year after year.

Best 5 Algeria 2012 Siva Best5 Algeria opens its gates to its visitors and exhibitors on 21 – 25 November 2012 at Safex Exhibition Centre with 10,000m2area. 2012 Siva Best5 Algeria Expo hosted 138 international companies from 9 different countries including Italy, U.A.E., Turkey, France, India, China, Oman, Pakistan, Algeria. During the 5 day exhibition in total 15,700 visitors took the chance of visiting the fair ground. The business connections and signed agreements carried out during the exhibition showed to all its participants that Siva Best5 Algeria is the platform to be in. Construction sector is one of the most important sectors in Algeria, and every year increases by 10 percent. Within the scope Date:

21st - 25th November 2013



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of Algeria’s 2010 - 2104 5 Year Development Plan, for projects in total 286 billion dollars has been allocated. 13 new city projects are on the cards such as Hassi Messaoud, Boughzoul and Sidi Abdellah. In order to complete the 23 new cities and other projects in other parts of the country there will be a huge need for related sectoral goods and significant opportunities for foreign companies. September 2013


BEUMER fillpac R The intralogistics professional BEUMER has expanded its product portfolio with the rotating filling machine BEUMER fillpac R. This machine, designed for capacities of 300 to 6,000 bags per hour, can fill all types of valve bags. The complementary bag placing technology for all common bag types rounds out the product portfolio. The weight accuracy of the bags is guaranteed by a calibratable weighing unit. Together with a special bag placer, the BEUMER fillpac R can fill even woven polypropylene bags. The threeposition cylinder that regulates the coarse and fine flow is protected from dust, because it is positioned vertically and outside of the dirty area. The cylinder for bag discharging is also located in the dust-free zone above the filling spout. This solution minimises wear and tear on both cylinders and therefore ensures longer service life. BEUMER has also equipped the optimised filling machine with an automatic bag weight correcting device. Website:

CAT’s Technology to detect if drivers are fatigued or sleeping CAT is developing new technology that will detect if its machinery drivers are becoming tired or sleeping on the job, in an attempt to curtail workplace accidents. The eye and face tracking technology will also be made available to other construction and mining equipment manufacturers. An Australian company called Seeing Machines is designing the equipment, which is hoped to combat accidents due to fatigue in drivers, a concern that is very common in the mining and construction industries, according to a report from CAT. The system inside the vehicle includes a small computer, a GPS, camera and two infrared light sources that monitor the driver’s facial movements and specifically the movements of the eyes and eyelids to detect whether or not they are becoming tired or drowsy. If the driver’s eye closes for too long, somewhere over a second and a half is considered too long, the sensor will set off an alarm inside the cab of the vehicle and the seat will vibrate to awake and alert the driver of their fatigue. Website:

Terracotta flat roof tiles Leading building products manufacturer Boral Roofing introduces innovative metallic-finish terracotta flat roof tiles. The flat shingle profile offers a roofing solution for many architectural styles, as well as various exterior design elements including walls. Recommended for architects and designers seeking lustrous and metallic building materials, the two new Shingle Metallics roof tiles are available in ‘Meteor’ dark grey and ‘Galaxy’ black with a high quality, kiln-fired glaze. Well received by architects who embrace contemporary building materials, Boral Shingle Metallics add an ultramodern finish to homes with their earthy, mineral effect.According to Charlie Condo, general manager, Boral Roofing and Masonry East, the addition of Metallics to the Boral terracotta shingles range brings innovation to the roofing market. Website:

Armaflex Hotpoint Appliances Ltd, a leading Kenyan supplier, contractor and installer of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) equipment, has announced its partnership with Armacell, the global leader in the manufacture of engineered foams and the world leader in the market for flexible technical insulation materials. Armacell brings more than half a century of science, expertise and innovation to foam technology with its exceptional, inbuilt, water vapour barrier. Armaflex is particularly effective at preventing moisture ingress and ensuring long term thermal efficiency. The thermal properties of Armaflex will not rapidly deteriorate over time as other insulation materials may and, by keeping moisture as far from the pipe surface as possible, Armaflex reduces the risk of expensive under insulation corrosion. Armaflex can be easily and cost effectively fabricated into valve and flange boxes on site, allowing for the protection of these vulnerable components and the creation of a fully sealed system at significantly reduced cost.Where industries have specific requirements, Armaflex is often available in specialized variants which meet the need. This includes a high temperature Armaflex suitable for use on heating and process lines in excess of 105°C. Website: September 2013



Mtwara Gas Plant project starts Largest solar PV system in US$38million Nacala corridor contract awarded to Kentz Southern Africa installed

The proposed power plant, to be built in southern Tanzania's Mtwara region, will also include a transmission line to Songea.

Once completed, the entire operation will generate around 1.9 gigawatt (1.9 million kilowatt) hours annually.

The 912 km railway corridor project would provide a logistics solution for the transportation of coal mined at Moatize.

Work towards constructing the 600MW gas fired power plant and a 650 km transmission line in Mtwara has started. The project is a publicprivate partnership involving Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), Symbion Power and General Electric.

The Black River Office Park in Observatory, Cape Town is in the process of installing the largest roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system in Southern Africa. Once completed, the entire operation will generate around 1.9 gigawatt (1.9 million kilowatt) hours annually, enough energy to power 1000 average sized houses. Phase one of the installation, currently being completed, is already bigger than any other power system of a similar nature in Southern Africa.

Corredor Logistico Integrado de Nacala (CLIN) has awarded Kentz Engineers and Constructors the US$38million contract to build the Nacala corridor project, in northern Mozambique. CLIN is a joint venture between Vale Moçambique and Mozambique’s port and railways authority, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique.

Symbion Power CEO, Paul Hinks, said they have already started doing study work and equipment selection for the project in Mtwara and expect to start construction in January, next year. The project will see the building of a gas driven electricity plant in Mtwara to ease power shortages in the south of the country and elsewhere. Tanzania estimates it has 41.7 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable natural gas reserves but little of it pumped out, while economic growth remains constrained by chronic energy shortages that result in frequent power blackouts. The proposed power plant, to be built in southern Tanzania's Mtwara region, will also include a transmission line to Songea, a city several hundred kilometres away near Lake Malawi.

By the time the second phase is installed at the end of this year, it will be double the size, in addition to being one of the most technologically advanced systems in the world. The first phase will see 2,875 panels installed, and a further 2,050 panels being installed in phase two, with the entire system covering an area of 8,000m2 ,larger than the size of a rugby field. The office park houses 5,500 offices workers over a 76,000m2 area, approximately equivalent to the Grade A office space in Claremont. The scale of the solar panel system will generate enough for tenants to significantly power their operations through green energy.

Construction Starts on Nairobi’s tallest office tower

The 912 km railway corridor project would provide a logistics solution for the transportation of coal mined at Moatize, in the Tete province, to the maritime terminal in Nacala. Kentz Engineers and Constructors had been contracted to undertake the structural, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation erection and to provide commissioning assistance required to build the main stockyard equipment. It would also erect 13 km of interconnecting belt conveyors, as well as assemble and install about 14,000 t of equipment, including tipplers, stackers, reclaimers and shiploaders. The contract was scheduled for completion in November next year. Kentz regional MD for Africa, Carl Dyer, said with the award of this important project, Kentz is delighted to continue the relationship with Vale in Mozambique.


The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has officially kicked off construction works to for the 39 storey Hazina Trade Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The tower will be constructed atop the existing eight-storey Hazina Trade Centre building that currently houses the Nakumatt Lifestyle Hypermarket store on Nairobi's Monrovia and Mokhtar Daddah Streets. The construction works on the building architecturally designed by local consultant's Mruttu & Salmann Associates will be, undertaken by China Jiangxi International Kenya Limited- a locally incorporated international construction firm. The new Hazina Trade Centre will not only transform the skyline of Nairobi City but also act as Kenya's Wall Street complex housing global financial services providers. Speaking during the ceremony, Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi said the project has set the stage for NSSF's strategic efforts to diversify their investment portfolio to cover high impact investment projects. He said the fund will focus on high impact investments that guarantee a high return in the energy and infrastructural development sectors. Profits and returns on investment accruing from this project will in turn be ploughed back to the fund. NSSF hopes to generate rental income of Ksh100 million (US$1.1million). 8

The new Hazina Trade Centre will not only transform the skyline of Nairobi City but also act as Kenya's Wall Street complex housing global financial services providers.

September 2013

Dangote Cement to venture into Fusion's US$14.7million Kenya commercial building in Nairobi

United Africa to invest US$23.4 million in Windhoek

If Dangote cement project goes through, it will mean a powerful new competitor will be present in the Kenyan market.

Luke Kinoti, Chief Executive, Fusion Group says that the project’s location in Upper Hill’s diplomatic belt is its main selling point.

Group Chief Executive Officer of United Africa Group, Brian Rubinstein.

Nigeria-based Dangote Cement is planning to enter the Kenyan market .The company wants to buy a cement firm in Kenya and has already sent emissaries to look at Mombasa Cement and the National Cement Company owned by Devki Group. This comes barely a month after the firm began building a cement plant at Mtware in southern Tanzania.

Private Equity firm Fusion Group has announced plans to build a US$14.7 million commercial office development in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi, Kenya . In a statement, Fusion says that the project’s location in Upper Hill’s diplomatic belt is its main selling point.

The United Africa Group plans to develop luxury apartments, worth N$230 million (US$23.4 million) in central Windhoek at a piece of land it bought a couple of years ago from the City of Windhoek but has since raked in N$70 million (US$7.1million) by selling two portions of the land to FNB Namibia and the Social Security Commission.

The firm added that the proposed development, in a highly sought-after location near the British and Japanese Embassies, is attracting considerable interest from investors. The announcement comes barely seven months after November last year’s Fusion-led consortium, which invested US$11.7 million in an office complex dubbed Upper Scale Developments on Ngong Avenue, Upper Hill. The development is scheduled for completion next year.

The Group announced in a statement that the development of the luxury apartments surrounding what it calls Freedom Plaza will improve the lives of Namibians by taking full advantage of worldclass, dining, entertainment, spa, gym and luxury retail facilities. A total of 93 apartments form part of this development. The Group, formed in 1992, has established a variety of business interests in real estate, hospitality, fuel services, financial services and renewable Energy.

Kenya’s capital is currently enjoying a huge demand for high quality office space, thanks to an influx of global corporation in the mining sector and others establishing regional offices in the city.According to a recent report by Knight Frank, Nairobi was ranked top in a list of 16 cities across Africa, Asia and Middle East, that measured the rate of increase in office space rent.

The Group said 400 jobs will be created during the construction. The retail and office space on completion will create close to 300 permanent jobs, applying a multiplier effect factor of seven per payroll earner results in 2,100 minimum Windhoek. This development will also attract and thus contribute to Windhoek's municipal revenue by way of rates and taxes.



South Africa

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

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors

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

Going by Dangote Cement’s financial muscle and aggressiveness, an unprecedented battle could be in the offing. The firm’s entry into the Kenyan market is likely to shake up the market, especially since the country’s production capacity has been running ahead of consumption for over a decade with the excess supply sold in the regional markets. If Dangote cement project goes through, it will mean a powerful new competitor will be present in the Kenyan market; enough to send shivers down the spines of the country’s other cement companies.Bamburi Cement is currently the Kenya’s biggest producer with a production capacity of 1.1 million tonnes per annum. Other major local producers include ARM Cement and East African Portland Cement Company.

Association Partners

Namibia Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

Uganda Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


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

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

Tanzania - Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)


- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia September 2013

and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

Nigeria - Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region 9


Bldr. Solomon Ogunbusola President, Federation of Construction Industry, Nigeria

Bldr. Solomon Akinwole Ogunbusola

Bldr. Solomon Akinwole Ogunbusola was inaugurated as the President of the prestigious Federation of Construction Industry, Nigeria last year. A Building and Civil Engineering Contractor and Project Management Specialist with over 25 years’ experience, he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of S & M Nig. Ltd, an indigenous Civil Engineering Company based in Abuja which he established in January 2001. Until then, he was Senior Engineer Management staff and Chief Estimator at Dantata and Sawoe Nig. Ltd, an indigenous Roads Construction Company in Abuja where he began his career in 1991. Bldr. Ogunbusola holds a degree in Building from Nigeria’s University of Jos and has attended certificate courses in Road Construction and Management at the Rockhurst University in the USA. He is a corporate member of the Nigerian Institute Of Building [NIOB], the Institute of Management Consultantsof Nigeria [NIMC] and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria [CORBON].

Bldr. Ogunbusola holds a degree in Building from Nigeria’s University of Jos and has attended certificate courses in Road Construction and Management at the Rockhurst University in the USA. He is a corporate member of the Nigerian Institute Of Building [NIOB], the Institute of Management Consultantsof Nigeria [NIMC] and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria [CORBON]. 10

Bldr. Ogunbusola has taken part in several construction projects across Nigeria. His firm is currently executing a number of road and other construction works in the Federal Capital Territory and other parts of the country. In this interview, he shares insights on FOCI, the organization’s 57th Annual General Meeting, the increasingly popular annual exhibition which took place in Abuja in June and his tenure as FOCI President and the Nigerian construction industry. Background of FOCI The Federation of Construction Industry is a voluntary organization of Building or Civil Engineering Contractors and other professionals who have association with the construction industry in Nigeria. FOCI was formerly known as the Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors [FOBACEC] but the name was later generalized to incorporate Associate, Information and other membership types. Membership has grown from 7 foreign firms in 1954 to 125 firms of indigenous, indigenized as well as foreign firms. All FOCI members are reputed for specific and genuine jobs in Nigeria. There are no shoddy jobs; there are no records of abandoned projects or collapsed buildings ever handled by the industry. aspiring members are thus scrutinized for assurance of their integrity, vocational competence and activeness in accordance with FOCI standards.

The AGM and Exhibitions The Exhibitions began some seven years ago as a small part of the Annual General Meeting where individual companies in the industry were able to showcase their works. It has since been expanded yearly to incorporate new innovations. We began to bring in manufacturers and sellers of products and equipment from different continents to exhibit their products and to give us details of their equipment; how they can be sourced and maintained. Members of the industry can in turn go to different parts of the world to get resources for their work. Participants are exposed to technological developments around the world. In the last four years, the exhibitions has increasingly gained recognition as a veritable business and networking platform for construction professionals and support service providers globally. The public can look forward to an even bigger and better exhibition than we had this year in 2014. We hope to bring in more product exhibitors from which the construction companies can benefit; from Korea, Japan, Italy, China, America, Germany and around the world. Beyond the exhibitions, we want them to establish liaison offices in Nigeria where people can go and transact business with them,and this is beginning to happen. Companies that participated have begun to express their desire to establish liaison offices in Abuja or Lagos.I did say in my opening speech at the AGM that exhibitors will soon begin to see the impact of the exhibitions. How has FOCI benefited its members and the Construction industry as a whole? We have a policy whereby we discuss with the Federal Government. FOCI is an institution that is well known to the government as it produces the building work rate/schedule that government uses to date. FOCI also produced a regulation of construction workers’ salary that the Federal Ministry of Works and Labour assents to and uses in government payments. FOCI has done a categorization of construction companies for use by the Federal Ministry of Works where the size of a company determines the type of project that it gets from the government.

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57th FOCI AGM & Exhibition Date: June 2013, Venue: Abuja ,Nigeria

FOCI President, Bldr Solomon Ogunbusola addresses members at the FOCI AGM in Abuja.

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De Hoop Dam in South Africa Developing a new approach to RCC materials and mixes


he Olifants River Water Resources Development Project (ORWRDP) consists of the construction of the new De Hoop Dam that is currently underway in the Limpopo Province and the Flag Boshielo Dam that was completed in 2006. The purpose of the Olifants River Water Resources Develoment Project is mainly to unlock economic potential and improve social development within the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Phase 2A of the project, which is the construction of the new De Hoop Dam, will essentially be the heart of the system providing life to the project as a whole. The construction of De Hoop Dam commenced in June 2007 and Completion will be in December 2013. Once completed. De Hoop Dam will be one of the largest concrete dams in South Africa in

terms of concrete volume with a total of more than 1,1 million m3 of concrete including Immersion Vibrated Roller Compacted Concrete as well as Conventional Vibrated Concrete. Materials and RCC mix optimization The experience at De Hoop dam has been extremely useful in developing a new approach to RCC materials and mixes in South Africa. Former Roller compacted concrete(RCC) dams built in the past by the Water Affairs Authority had followed the low paste approach. RCC mixes were formerly placed at a water to cement ratio of about 0,9. Despite the relatively high water content these mixes tended to segregate and the concrete was generally of a poorer quality than the traditional conventional concrete. As a result of this the design team at De Hoop decided to follow from the

beginning a mix approach with a higher paste content that would also be easier to consolidate by roller compaction. Main properties of the initial RCC mix Crushed coarse and fine aggregate have been used from a quarry production installed in the future reservoir area. In the initial stages of the mix design the envelopes of the aggregate grading curves were revised and the allowance for the fine content of the sand was increased up to 10% passing 0,075 mm sieve. Coarse aggregate following the SANS standard and with a maximum size of 53 mm was used during the preliminary trials. In the original specified mix, the sand/total aggregate ratio was 41% and the workability was between 15 and 25 seconds. The investigation of the initial mix at the laboratory and on several test sections concluded that there was still a need for improvement. Although the mix behaved well at the laboratory (compaction and strength), the cores extracted from the test slabs showed some spots with segregation and in some cases lack of bonding between layers. During placement, the fresh RCC mix did not look as a typical high-pozzolanic workable mix. When dumped on the field there were still some signs of segregation at the bottom of the heap and the mix looked too dry. During compaction it was not possible to get much paste on the surface and there was no movement when walking on top of this concrete. These were all signs of a less workable and drier mix than desired. The findings after testing the proposed mix design were quite positive. The segregation was eliminated, the fresh concrete was much

more cohesive and with a higher volume of paste around the particles of aggregate. The placement and compaction were much easier and higher densities could be achieved with just a few passes of the vibratory roller. As a consequence of all this, the production could be increased and the time between layers could be reduced. The analysis of cores showed that a good bonding and interpenetration between layers was possible to achieve. This was caused by a relatively high volume of paste on the surface of the compacted layers with a reduced setting

time. Therefore the treatment of the horizontal joints could be significantly reduced compared to that required with the initial mix. The mix could have been further optimised if some modifications could have been implemented in the aggregates processing plant. These adjustments would include replacement of a tertiary crusher (vertical impact instead of a cone) and the installation of a fines recovery unit. The aim was to improve the shape of the fine aggregate and to increase the amount of fines passing 0,075 mm sieve up to 14 - 15%. Unfortunately it was too late to implement these measures at the site.

Therefore the water content was maintained at a relatively high level to ensure a good workability. This is a much more limiting factor to guarantee the in-situ quality of the RCC than the compressive strength.Preliminary laboratory tests indicated that if the proposed changes in the crushing plant could have been implemented a reduction of the cement and fly-ash content of more than 25 kg/m3 might have been possible.

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Door Locks and Access Control Compiled By Torah Onyango and Yvonne Andiva ow to secure doors is an issue that has been at the forefront of man’s existence since pre-historic times. We have come a long way from the time rolling rocks over cave entrances was fashionable and nowadays a lock on a door is the more preferable mode. But as locks have evolved so has the sophistication of those willing and able to break in without authority.


Research indicates that two thirds of break ins occur through doors and so getting a tough door and corresponding lock is essential. The range of locks in use today range from the more common mortise locks and bored cylindrical locks to the more sophisticated electronic access control door locks found on many hotels. In this article we look at what’s out there and what are the new trends in locking devices. Security Solutions USA Security Solutions USA is a manufacturer and full services provider reseller, and installer of door hardware, key control services, exit devices, video surveillance, electronic access control, and fire & intrusion alarm product and services. The company has been dedicated to the safety, security, and convenience of end-users commercial user markets for over 40 years. They are based in Mustang, Oklahoma. Security Solutions manufactures the U-Change line of user-rekeyable lock hardware in the United States. The U-Change line allows the end user to rekey the locks securing an office building, retail space

or multi-tenant housing apartments in just 20 seconds, implementing an entirely new key cut without the expense of locksmith service to rekey conventional locks. The U-Change line has been a standard in chain retailing applications since its development in the 1970’s. Unlike homeowner quality designs attempting to achieve the same rekeyable feature, the U-Change line is manufactured of the best brass alloy and stainless steel using Swiss machining t o produce tolerances of 4/10,000ths of an inch, providing decades of reliable service. The User Rekeyable lock requires only two simple devices: a change tool and a new key. The procedure takes seconds and saves up to US$150 expense each time. With no Limit on the number of times a cylinder can be rekeyed, the savings continue to build. Unlike other designs, there is no need to replace the lock after a small number of rekey cycles and because the rekey function is purely mechanical there are




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ASSA ABLOY is the largest global supplier of intelligent locks and security solutions. Its products account for more than one in ten of all lock and security installations worldwide. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with around 43,000 employees, sales of about SEK 47 billion(US$7.2 billion) and owns operations in over 70 countries. ASSA ABLOY has completed 100 acquisitions since 2005. We have a focused acquisition strategy in three directions: gaining access to new geographic markets, adding new and complementary products to our portfolio, and obtaining cutting-edge technologies in various key fields. The Group’s strength is the variety of traditional and new products that can be combined to create a large number of different door environments. ASSA ABLOY has products for different climates, different types of buildings and differing security and safety requirements. By combining hundreds of thousands of components to meet the needs of consumers, architects and installers, the Group creates products with the right quality, design and price, which are ideal for both new buildings and renovations. ASSA ABLOY is represented on both mature and emerging markets worldwide. The EMEA division, leader in its product areas, manufactures and sells mechanical, electromechanical locks, digital door locks, security doors and fittings in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The commercial segment accounts for around 60 percent of sales and the residential segment for 40 percent. EMEA comprises a large number of Group companies with a good knowledge of their local and in many respects diverse markets. Products are sold primarily through a number of distributions channels and also directly to end users. The main brands are ABLOY, ASSA, IKON, Mul-T-Lock, TESA, UNION, Yale, Vingcard, Besam and Vachette. ASSA ABLOY has over the last couple of years, embarked on an aggressive African expansion strategy and currently has legal entities in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Nigeria and representation in most other sub-Saharan territories. September 2013


Emergency Lighting By Yvonne Andiva n emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that comes on automatically when a building experiences a power outage. Emergency lights are standard in new commercial and high occupancy residential buildings, such as college dormitories. Most building codes require that they be installed in older buildings as well.


Emergency power systems serve three primary functions. They provide a safe environment for building occupants in the event of a power loss. They protect equipment and property from damage. Aand they provide continuity of operations. A sudden shutdown can create extensive damage for many types of equipment if no warning time exists to prepare in an orderly manner. Hospitals, police and fire stations, and mission-critical facilities are among the most potentially vulnerable institutional and commercial facilities. Proper inspection, testing, and maintenance of key components of emergency systems can help maintenance and engineering managers cope with power outages and keep facilities operational during and after the event. In this upcoming article we feature some of the international manufacturers of this product. Tritium exit signs by Betalight b.v. Self-Powered Illuminated escape signs offer unrivalled reliability with exceptionally low cost of ownership. Self luminous tritium escape signs are clearly legible in light, dark and twilight

conditions. Standard products are available to meet a range of international regulations. A tough polycarbonate enclosure provides a high level of damage resistance. In extreme conditions, accessories are available to increase the level of physical protection. Tritium escape lights are self-illuminating, needing no external/internal electrical power supply or secondary light source. They are continuously illuminated even during prolonged periods of darkness. Illumination is provided by Betalights® GTLS fixed securely within the Self-luminous tritium escape sign. Betalights® are gaseous tritium light sources GTLS that provide absolute reliability throughout their service life of 10, 15 or 20 years. They contain no moving parts or consumable components and are maintenancefree. Tritium signs are suitable for use in hazardous atmospheres and will continue to operate normally in adverse environmental conditions, even when immersed in water. They are rated for operation between -60°C and +80°C. Self luminous escape signs are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and finishes. The safety signs are approved by Det Norske Veritas, United States Coast Guard, Lloyds Register of Shipping and the Canadian Coast Guard. Magnalight by Larson Electronics LLC At Larson Electronics’ their business philosophy is very simple; provide high quality lighting products at good prices and get them to the customer fast. They support customers before, during, and after the sale and maintain a

wide inventory of parts and accessories allowing them to service the products they sell. The Magnalight EPL-48-2L-LED Explosion Proof LED Light Fixture is U.S./Canada U.L. approved Class 1 Division 1 and a superior lighting solution for areas where flammable chemical/petrochemical vapors exist or have the potential to exist. The EPL-48-2L-LED is equipped with their LED tube lamps which allow it to produce 15% percent more foot candles than the same fixture with T5HO lamps when measured at 8 feet with an Extech light meter. Their LED-T series bulbs are visibly brighter than standard T8s and have consistently surprised many of their customers with their unexpectedly high light output levels. They design and manufacture these popular explosion proof paint spray both certified lights and as a result can meet custom ordering needs and requirements. They also carry an extensive line of LED lights including LED light bars, explosion proof LEDs, LED lights for military applications, boats, vehicles, security lighting and more. Magnalight LED lights use significantly less energy than incandescent lights and produce generous amounts of bright white light from compact designs. Larson Electronics provides fast service and ships most orders received before 4:00 pm the same day. International orders must be accompanied by a bank transfer in advance of shipping. Orders can also be faxed via purchase order to 1-903-4983364.

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By Torah Onyango here are many reasons to use paints in building construction. These include the increase of the visual appeal of building surface, protect surface against weathering impact, make the surface water proof, protect surface from termite attack and increase the surface durability. In building, you will find four types of places to paint on. Such as interior wall and ceiling, exterior wall surface, wooden surface and metal. In this feature we look at the various companies in the fore front in the paints industry and what they offer for the African market.


Versus Master Painters And Coating Specialists. Established in 2000, Versus Paint Specialists has gained a reputation for quality products and customer care by providing its clients with a wide range of services that ensures complete protection for any residential, commercial, industrial or corporate application. This is enhanced by providing various paint materials for all requirements, both in the home and the workplace. Versus Paint Specialists has been manufacturing paint exclusively for their own use on high profile sites for over 12 years. They have now extended their paint division in order to offer their expertise and quality paints to the public sector. They are at the forefront of paint technology and their products are environmentally friendly. They have state of the art testing equipment and the backing of a multi million rand laboratory at their disposal. Versus Paint Specialists are renowned for their excellence in color consulting and for choosing cutting edge color combinations. They believe that

in order to be good with color, you need to have passion — the emotion that is defined by color. Apart from their decorative and aesthetic value, VERSUS coatings offer the best protection to surfaces due to their strength, thickness and durability. The benefits of pure acrylic wall coating as opposed to paint, are unparalleled. In particular, the products are water-resistant, retain their color over time, don’t crack, peel or flake and are suitable for both interior and exterior wall and ceiling use. VERSUS coatings are ideal for new construction work or for redecoration — be it for residential or commercial work. Versus Paint Specialists can offer you an environmentally-friendly alternative to normal paints. They have formulated wall coatings that considerably decrease the amount of pollution released into the immediate environment and the environment as a whole. This is because indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air and, according to the EPA, is considered to be one of the top five hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes of this pollution. Many paints contain volatile organic compounds(VOCs), which refers to a class of chemicals that evaporate readily at room temperature. When these VOCs give off gas, a

process that can last for weeks or years depending on the type of paint, they may cause a variety of health problems like nausea, dizziness, irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract, heart, lung or kidney damage and even cancer. Ideally you want to use paints that meet the best health criteria. Look out for low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), low biocides and natural pigment paints. Versus Specialized Wall Coatings are environmentally friendly. In terms of VOCs they have less than 16 grams per litre, they contain non-toxic pigments, are water based and they use minimal biocide content. Versus produces low VOC coatings. These coatings are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to humans and the environment than conventional paints. OIKOS-GROUP Since 1984 OIKOS has been producing color and matter for architecture. Today it is an industrial organization that is characterized by its attention to environmental sustainability in its product ranges and by its continuous and determined

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process. Their range of materials and textures has steadily increased over the years to now incorporate 2 full product divisions Interior and Exterior and that also include a series of high quality, interior and exterior paints and coatings for all construction requirements. It is their Interior range of decorative surface finishes however, which distinguishes them and has allowed them to enter into exclusive projects all over the world and in both the residential and commercial sector. Their products are highly versatile and can be combined in a myriad of ways to create unique finishes that enhance any interior design or architectural space. Since their company’s foundation, one of the primary and unique characteristics of their production methods has been their attention insuring minimal environmental impact as well as caring about the ultimate well being of those that use their materials as well as those that live or work within spaces realized with Oikos finishes.

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he concept of Live, Work and Play is quickly becoming fashionable. Developers understand that today’s discerning home owner desires a setting that provides all the three features. The Aberdare Hills Golf Resort that is coming up in the scenic Naivasha area of Kenya’s Rift Valley seeks to provide home owners with a fulfilling lifestyle by providing virtually all facilities and amenities one may need in their life. The highlight of the development is a world class 18-hole golf course. Home owners will be required to submit housing plans for approval in order to safeguard the Resort’s envisaged class. The development is being undertaken by Panda Development Company Limited (PDCL), a company incorporated in Kenya featuring some of the most experienced professionals in the region’s building industry. Concept and motivation The developer’s intention is to create a high quality sustainable residential golf resort overlooking Lake Naivasha within the Great Rift Valley. Components of the Resort The Aberdare Hills Golf Resort has two components. The North parcel will be the luxury residential Aberdare Hills Golf Resort which will include an 18-hole World Class championship golf course, clubhouse, hotel and villas. The South parcel is being set aside for the development of a compact commercial area, a separate resort district and residential areas. The project kicked off in 2010 and is expected to be fully complete in seven years. Investor guidelines and approval procedure In order to achieve the vision for the future of new development within Aberdare Hills, all buyers shall submit their designs to the Aberdare Project 26

Management Limited for approval. Lodgment and assessment of drawings shall be undertaken in two stages. Stage 1 - Concept Design Approval Stage 2 - Final Design Approval Upon lodgment, applications will be reviewed promptly. The buyer shall receive written notice from PDCL of the success or otherwise within 10 working days of each lodgment. When the design has met the required criteria, PDCL will issue a letter of compliance. Stage 1 Sketch design drawings at 1:100 scale, are prepared by the buyer’s architect/building designer from a list of approved architects and designers. Stage 2 The following is required for final design approval: a) Site plan This should indicate: • Legal property description, existing and adjoining features of the property where

possible. Building footprint and setback from boundaries from walls and roof line. • Location of all structures on site including swimming pools. b) Floor plans These should indicate: • Total floor area, including carport, garage, porches and all covered areas. • Position and sizes of rooms, windows and doors. • Floor levels in relation to natural ground level. c) Elevations and Sections These should show: • Roof forms, pitch, overhangs and shading devices. • Position, type and sizes of all windows and doors design elements such as entry features etc. d) The buyer shall also provide a Landscape Plan and colour schedule including a Landscape Plan, outline of all buildings and improvements on the property. •

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The site chosen for the Aberdare Hills Golf Resort is on a high plateau with views over Lake Naivasha. The resort includes the Malewa River on its north-west boundary and dry gorges and ravines. These natural features have been incorporated into the design of the golf course. The site ranges in altitude from 1,920 metres at its lowest point to 2,125 metres at its highest, embracing an extremely varied topography with the Aberdares on the eastern boundary. Sustainability The Aberdare Hills Golf Resort will incorporate sustainability into all aspects of its development: Construction: Protection of existing vegetation and soils, the balancing of cut and fill, the removal and sustainable disposal of all pollutants, the use of local building materials and labour. Water: Reduced use of water by using water-saving equipment, planting of drought-tolerant materials, recycling of grey water and reuse for irrigation. Golf Course Design & Construction Consultants To achieve a world class golf resort, some of the following internationally Energy: Use, where possible, of renewable energy generated by solar acclaimed Golf celebrities/designers visited the site and submitted their power for hot water and lighting as well as use of energy-saving equipment. proposals for re-design and construction of the Golf Course. Biodiversity: The conservation of existing natural habitat and flora/fauna; • Braemar Golf, St. Andrews, Scotland plus the enhancement of the area with reforestation schemes involving • Intergolf International. native species. • Golf Data, SA – Jack Nicklaus Golf Design Transport: Use and encouragement of pollution-free transport methods • such as electric golf carts and bicycles. •

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• Plots and Properties About half the land is open space which includes the golf course and public • open space. Residential areas will occupy about 25 per cent of the land, with • the remainder shared between the business park, retail outlets, schools, the hotel, the golf club and roads. The types of residence include a variety of three to five-bedroom Villas, Town Houses, Village Homes and Apartments. The majority of residences (about 40 per cent) will be three-bedroom villas while just over 30 per cent will be apartments.

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Construction Limited Setting the standards Overseeing construction work



isumu City is the hub of all economic activities in the Western Kenya region. With the ongoing devolution and its attendant benefits, investors already established in the region stand to gain enormously from the numerous projects the local government intends to initiate.

Led by its four directors; Mr V.R. Patel, Mr. R.G. Patel, Mr. D.R. Patel and Mr. J.R. Patel, the company has seen tremendous growth to become a formidable player in the entire Western region and beyond.The company has highly experienced senior staff and is well equipped to carry out small, medium and large projects.

In the construction industry, it is expected that the County Government will embark on infrastructural projects that will see contractors and other players enjoy a steady flow of jobs.

Its slogan is “Skylark will create Royal living for you”. Skylark Construction Limited’s rapid growth saw it enter the Top 100 Mid-size companies 2012 Survey. The respected survey is an initiative of KPMG Kenya and the Nation Media Group. The company is also ISO 9001:2000 certified.

Among the big names in the building industry is Skylark Construction Limited. Established in 1990 and incorporated nine years later, Skylark is one of the most experienced construction companies operating from Kisumu City. It is registered with the Ministry of Works under Class “C”.

Services Skylark offers a wide range of services including: Building and general construction,Civil works, Renovations and interior decorations, Tile

Among the big names in the building industry is Skylark Construction Limited. Established in 1990 and incorporated nine years later, Skylark is one of the most experienced construction companies operating from Kisumu City.

Over the last 23 years, the company has completed many projects in various industries including Tea, Sugar, Power Generation, Banking, Services, NGOs and Churches. The magnitude of projects handled by Skylark Construction today stands in stark contrast to the little jobs the founder Mr. Vinod Patel started with. In a revealing interview with the Business Daily, Vinod narrates his early struggles and determination against odds to build the huge enterprise that is Skylark Construction. He discloses that the violence following the disputed 2007 elections nearly brought down the business but the support of his banks and suppliers saw the company bounce back. Over the years, Skylark has built a reputation for its commitment to quality assurance, timely delivery and value addition. 30


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supplies/laying, Fabrication of steel structures, Fabrication of steel doors, windows and grills,Joinery works andfurniture,Drainage and sewerage, Plumbing and tiling and Manufacturers of P.V.C pipes and P.V.C T & G.

(Completed), Rehabilitation of District Hospitals

The company also manufactures paver blocks, building blocks, precast items such as paving slabs, copings, balustrades, concrete fence posts, ventilations etc. It also stocks Kenya Clay products.

of St. Augustine(Complete), Rehabilitation of

In addition, Skylark stocks and supplies other building materials required in specialized works such as waterproofing, tiles, bricks, etc. Skylark ‘s Completed and Ongoing Projects (Between 2009 and 2012) include;Proposed Church for K.P.C. Kisumu–Sub Contract works Builder’s works only.

of Higher Education &Science Technology –

(Complete), Renovation to Physiotherapy and Paediatric ward Hospital, Kisumu. (Complete), Proposed Orphanage for St.Clair’s (Complete), Sigoti Boys Complex secondary school –Sondu/Sigoti (Complete), Renovation to the Existing Laboratory at Walter Reed at Kericho. (Completed), Aga Khan Pharmacy, Laboratory and Ward Renovations as well as modifications to Nursing Station and Maternity ward Renovations (Completed), Dormitories and operation Theatre for James Finlay –Kericho

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in Migori, Gucha, Busia, Bondo, Kakamega and New Nyanza Status: (Complete), Proposed Multipurpose Hall & Ablution block for Order District Hospitals Kiligori’s, Longisia (Complete), Residential house for KANGO enterprises ( In progress), Sub contract work for Ministry Bondo (includes classroom,lecture theatre and workshops) (In Progress) and Foundations, R.C.C Water tanks and control house building ( Nearing Completion)

Future The future looks bright for Skylark Construction Limited. With the tenets of professionalism and integrity in its relations with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, the company is confident of maintaining and attracting new clients as it takes on bigger and more challenging jobs.



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Butterfly Properties Limited Monarch Apartments - Ruiru


Kenya continues to witness an ever growing tide of real estate developers. It is therefore becoming increasingly important for new entrants into the market to think differently in order to achieve product differentiation and gain a competitive edge over existing developers.


ne of the latest comers is Butterfly Properties Limited (BPL). Founded in 2011, the company’s primary objective is to provide safe and durable housing at an affordable cost for the middle income segment in the country. BPL describes itself as a vertically integrated construction and real estate development company. “Our development projects span various genres ranging from residential apartments, housing subdivisions, industrial/warehouse construction to hotels and office & retail building projects”, says the company’s Managing Director Mr. Nimeet Dodhia. “We cater for both our own projects as well as those of third parties. We are also experts in specialized flooring solutions mainly using polished concrete applications for industrial and residential applications”. A distinct feature of BPL is its use of Precast Concrete Construction using load bearing panel technology. According to the company, this technology is ideal in that it produces high quality buildings at a faster rate compared to the traditional methods that are still dominant today. Besides, it is considered more environmentfriendly. These efficiencies notwithstanding, the structures are 100 percent steel and concrete and therefore 34

provide excellent strength and safety. BPL is quick to add that it still uses traditional methods in addition to the new technology. The company has also introduced a new system for concrete flooring - The Super Concrete System. This changes a standard concrete floor into a strong, beautiful, polished and easyto-clean, dust-free surface that is resistant to oil, water and acid. Use of this material results in an extremely durable floor, without a resin coating or paint that can detach or spoil over time.

execute the development of the project efficiently and successfully. All of them have intimate knowledge of working in Kenya and East Africa within the housing and commercial sectors”, says Mr. Dodhia. The company says it has committed tremendous resources to bring in modern technology, accomplished people and know-how in order to become a market leader in the construction and development sector in East Africa. “We are

Although BPL is still at its infancy, it is growing rapidly. The company, which is part of the Dodhia Group and Spinners & Spinners, boasts a strong management team comprising real estate and construction professionals with extensive experience not only in Kenya but also in the USA, UK, India and Europe. Many of them are graduates of prestigious universities in the US, UK and Kenya with some holding PhDs. BPL’s technical team consists of highly professional individuals serving as property and quantity surveyors, structural engineers, casting and construction/erecting teams trained by the company’s American technology partners. “We have all the necessary personnel in order to

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aims for the skies As both the main contractor and developer in its projects, BPL believes it has the distinctive ability to control every aspect of the development process; making sure projects are completed on time, within budget and to the highest standards of excellence and quality.

Projects In a short span of time, BPL has completed and has embarked on several major projects. These include:Monarch Apartments – 60 middle income apartments consisting of 20 2bed/2 bath and 40 3 bed/2 bath units,New Horizon Industrial Park – a modern industrial park off Thika Highway consisting of over 100,000 f2 of lettable space,A 3 storey, six classroom school in Ruiru–built as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, A world class 45,000 f2 facility for pharmaceutical distribution. Although at the moment the company is concentrating on Nairobi and its environs, it harbours ambitions of venturing into other parts of East and southern Africa as it grows in terms of capacity. September 2013

Operating Environment BPL feels that although in the past the regulatory framework guiding construction activities has been weak leading to the proliferation of substandard buildings, there is hope that the situation will change in the wake of stakeholder consultations and the coming into operation of the National Construction Authority. On the business climate, BPL is of the view that this has been tough in general. “With large swings in the currency exchange rate and volatility ofprices of oil and raw materials makes it difficult to predict trends. Local inefficiencies in skilled labour, transport, etc. along with high interest rates also add to this”, says Mr. Dodhia.

Chandrakant P. Dodhia – CoFounder and Chairman Founder and executive chairman. Responsible for external affairs: building partnerships and broader business relationships, as well as advising the Managing Director and senior management on business and policy issues. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (BCE Honors) from George Washington University as well as a Doctorate in Management of Human Resources from World University in the USA. A serial entrepreneur and visionary industrialist he is co-founder of the Dodhia Group of Companies.

It also feels that the Government needs to take a serious look at low cost housing with a view to helping developers supply units ata reasonable cost.

Nimeet Dodhia - Co-Founder and Managing Director/CEO Oversees overall strategy, operations, as well as banking, marketing and client relationships. He is responsible for the management of the company as well as handling the finance and real estate development projects. A Graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with dual degrees in Finance and Management,Nimeet has vast experience in real estate and real estate finance having worked for over 7 years at a prestigious real estate fund in New York. Prior to that, he was an investment banker in New York.

Future BPL is focused on being a leader in the real estate sector. “We would want a situation where we are the first on the list for clients who want to construct high quality buildings. We also see ourselves as a pan-African company and hope to be part of the solution to the housing crisis facing Africa; by providing quality, affordable and green housing” states Mr. Dodhia

Suraj Dhanani - Chief Operating OfficerResponsible for the company’s day-to-dayoperations.He leads a team of structural engineers, casting and construction/erecting teams and is responsible for all the construction related activities.He holds a Bachelor of Science in Joint Engineering as well as Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Engineering from Imperial College London.

“However, with all these difficulties being faced, East Africa is on a strong upward trend and given the pressure from the population, real estate will be a big beneficiary. If the government can control and bring down interest rates and enforce stricter building guidelines, we see a very positive future”.



MANAGEMENT TEAM able to work with a variety of clients as we can address the diversity of the construction needs of our clients with the varied application of our technology - we strive to provide “a little extra” whereby owners always know they have the best value for their money”, adds Mr. Dodhia.


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UAP Tower to add to

Upper Hill’s skyline UAP Tower, a 30-storey skyscraper, will alter the skyline of Nairobi’s fastest growing suburb.


pper Hill has already become a prime office location in Nairobi. According to respected Kenyan real estate firm, Hass Consult, many businesses have relocated to the area from the Central Business District, with companies now building their headquarters in the area as a first choice.

Contrasting with the spectacular, modern skyscrapers are some remaining and somewhat unkempt bungalows whose owners are probably waiting for the right price to sell the land. The area is home to several international and local company headquarters. Equity Bank, CIC Insurance, Britam, The World Bank, Coca-Cola, City Bank, are among big names have built impressive head offices at Upper Hill.


It therefore came as no surprise when UAP decided to put up a multi-storey office building in the area. UAP is a pan-African Financial Services Group with interests in Insurance, Investment Management, Property Investments and Developments, Securities Brokerage and related Financial Services.

Until recently, Upper Hill was predominantly an upper-middle class residential area, with many, old colonial houses occupying 1 or 2 acres of land. Today, it is resplendent with neat, organized rows of high-rise buildings housing blue-chip local and multinational companies.

Currently, UAP has 12 businesses operating in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which are market leaders in their respective fields. UAP Holdings is the holding company for the various UAP businesses. The building, known as UAP Tower, will rise 30 storeys with three basements under street level.

Project Team Client: UAP Holdings

Quantity Surveyor: Barker & Barton (K) Ltd

Electrical Engineers: Norkun Intake


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The lettable area is 29,000m2. Retail space has been provided at street level. The building’s car park will accommodate a massive 780 cars making it one of the largest in recent years. The lead consultant is Boogertman + Partners Architects working in a joint venture with Triad Architects.

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Boogertman is a major South African architectural firm known for its award winning designs such as Deloite head office in Pretoria (see CR October 2012) and Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

According to Boogertman’s local director Mr Johann de Wet, the design of UAP Tower was intended to be timeless classical with external granite cladding. It is expected that the project will be complete in March 2015.

Morningside Office Park, 3rd Flr, Ngong Rd, Kilimani P.O. Box 605-00100 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 386 0904-5, +254 20 230 0284-7; +254 729 381360, +254 736 230 287, +254 771 403784-6. Fax: +254 20 3860903 Email:

Electrical Subcontractor: Master Power Systems Ltd Lifts: Schindler Ltd

Interior Design: Diju Interior Design Main Contractor: CATIC


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The practice has offices in major cities in South Africa and also in Nairobi. Triad, on the other hand, is one of the leading studios in East Africa with experience spanning 50 years (see Triad’s Golden Jubilee supplement in our June 2013 issue). Some of their landmark projects include Coca Cola Headquarters mentioned above and Times Tower in Nairobi.

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Mandhry Associates undergoes rapid growth

Mombasa-based Mandhry Associates, a quantity surveying firm, is only three years old but it’s already handling numerous projects. known quantity surveying firms. While serving as head of their Mombasa office, Mr. Mandhry was involved in projects like the TSS Tower, Barclays Bank Digo Road, Barclays Nkrumah, Barclays Diani and Bamburi, Sharaf Building (formerly ICEA Centre), Cargill Kenya Ltd office refurbishment, Mkomani Clinic Society Bomu, Kemri Welcome Trust offices, laboratory and training schools in Kilifi.

Background, Staffing and Professional Experience andhry Associates was founded in July 2010 by Mr Ali A. Mandhry. An experienced Quantity Surveyor, Mr. Mandhry holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Building Economics from the University of Nairobi from where he graduated in 1983. He is registered by the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS) and is a Corporate Member of Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) Quantity Surveyors Chapter. QS. Mandhry is also a Corporate Member of The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) and a Member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenya Branch.


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Others were an office block for Ocean Freight (EA) Ltd, Oshwal Academy Mombasa, apartments for Windsong Ltd, Medina Palms Watamu, Mombasa Container Terminal (MCT) and Focus container Freight Station.

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development for I & M Bank; Housing development at English Point; Empty container depot for Ocean Freight (EA) Ltd; Kilua housing project in Shanzu Mombasa; Sun N Sand; Ocean Seven Development; Kitchen king (K) Ltd; a factory for utensils in Kikambala; Xanadu, an apartment development in Bamburi; houses in Vipingo Ridge Development; Kengulf Ltd an apartment development in Nyali Mombasa; Lamu Apartments for Swahili Dreams Ltd in Lamu; SOS houses offices and school in Djibouti and Somalia, An office block development for Njundo Trading Co Ltd, A religious community and commercial development for Khoja Ithna Shari Jamaat, Nyerere Avenue, Mombasa, Coast International University in Mandhry, La Mer an Up market Apartment development and has done 2 projects on a pro bono basis a school in Diani, and a mosque in Lamu on the basis of community social responsibility. Challenges According to Mr. Mandhry, political stability and peace in the country is an essential ingredient to development of the construction industry. He notes that the industry is usually among the first to suffer when there are uncertainties. He also notes that the building industry is awash with unqualified people who are awarded construction jobs only for clients to turn to professionals for help when it is too late to salvage the situation.

a University of Nairobi graduate with a BA in Building Economics obtained in 2006. He is registered with BORAQS and is a Corporate Member of the AAK. There are two other members of the team who both hold Bachelors of Quantity Surveying degrees from the University of Nairobi. Mandhry Associates itself is also registered with BORAQS and AAK. Services Provided The firm offers complete Quantity Surveying and related services in the field of construction work covering building, civil and structural activities. Mandhry Associates provides clients with cost estimates before project commencement. Other major services include Cost planning, Tender documentation i.e Bills of Quantities, Analysis and reports on tender received, Financial control during and after completion, Preparing cost analysis and Arbitration services. “At Mandhry Associates, we assure our clients of Integrity, professionalism and dedication”, says Mr. Mandhry. “We work well with other professionals involved in the building construction industry”.

“Some clients do not appreciate what building professionals can offer and feel that the fees charged are exorbitant”, observes Mr. Mandhry. “They don’t realize that projects take years to complete and professionals are involved throughout and even beyond completion.” Future Mr. Mandhry sees a bright future ahead for firms such as Mandhry Associates. He feels that the construction industry stands to gain immensely especially given that the Vision 2030 economic blueprint involves a lot of construction. He would like to hire more employees, promote others to partners or associates as well as open branches all over the country and elsewhere in East Africa.

Projects Currently, Mandhry Associates is currently commissioned on the following projects; First Assurance Miotoni Road, Karen, Nairobi; 12 luxury houses completed, Tamarind village extension completed; Commercial

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Metso launches industry first ‘Green-Mean’ track technology in Ghana

reliable components from reputed brands such as Cummins, Bosch, Rextroth, Saucer Danfoss and Omron.

The protection of the environment has become a core issue in the construction and mining business across the globe. As a result of the increased awareness of the issue, there is the need to find technology that has the ability to safeguard the environment. Metso Minerals Inc. in pursuit of its environmental footprints has developed the Lokotrack 1000 series applying Green-Mean’ technology that makes construction business and the environment go together. The new Lokotrack 1000 series promises low noise levels, besides offering the best of fuel efficiency in its class. The equipment units are equipped with on-board water spray nozzles and conveyor covers, besides fulfilling engine emission regulations, making them one of the greatest track machines in the industry. “Essentially what we are talking about is that compared to our previous range of Lokotrack equipment, this is actually 20% more efficient so making more effective use of energy. We consider it as green through improving the efficient use of the equipment’’ says the customer service senior manager, Mr Mike Djan-Sampson of Metso Ghana Limited. There is the absence of redundancy with regard to the equipment, “it is pure manual, hydraulics, without solenoids and other electronics, it a very simple design fit for purposes that increase energy efficiency’’, Mr Djan-Sampson adds. Mr Eric Lavieville, Product Portables Manager of Metso Finland said all the issues concerning the 46

environment would minimise the emission, the fuel consumption and the impact of footprint on the environment. Mr Francois Wintergerst, Business Manager of Systems of Metso France stated that the development of the machine also took into account what is linked to the environment, such as the link to dusting because of the dust of the industry, link to noise protection and adaptation to ensure customer choice. Value for money The Lokotrack 1000 series crushing and screening equipment has test-proven fuel economy combined with the industry’s most consistent production levels, maximising profitability. Mr Djan-Sampson says the previous lokotrack series was designed for use in the European market, thereby making it a complicated equipment, with regard to electronic system’s together with maintenance, therefore there need to have a certain level of technical competence and expertise. “The Lokotrack 1000 series we made it easy for people in Africa and developing areas to operate, basic hydraulics, basic electrics, and relatively cheaper, which guarantees comfort to the customer andit is more of cost effective solution for the environment’’, he emphasised. The Lokotrack 1000 series uses well researched technology, of highly developed quality components to ensure the machine availability and sustained productivity. The machine employs a combination of hard-core engineering and most

Durability The Lokotrack 1000 series are designed to withstand the most arduous operating conditions and methods. Mr Joseph Obrempong, Construction Sales Manager of Delta Equipment Limited stated that Metso products have very long service life and refurbishment could take place should it be required. “When it comes to construction and mining, Metso crushing plants and equipment in general are always ranked as number one products’’, Mr Obrempong added. Mr Joseph Obrempong said Delta has been able to sell a full crushing plant, a modular, three stage crushing plant in Ghana and the machine’s will be installed in Takoradi latest by September to start operations. The machine is customised for rugged conditions, thus the Lokotrack series crushing and screening plants are based on the bestselling track mounted plants. A powerful Cummins engine adds to its power and performance. Efficiency has improved by having mechanical drives, without compromising on capacity. Types of Locotrack 1000 series The Lokotrack 1000 series has three models, the C1000 Jaw Crusher, the G1000 Cone Crusher with or without on board screen and the S1000 Screen, forming flexible cost effective track solutions whether they stand alone or work in multi-stage crushing in mining, construction or recycling. Conclusion The Lokotrack 1000 series is a combination of ‘best-in-class’ product quality and engineering that truly conforms to challenging working conditions. Be it difficult temperatures, low skilled labour force, operational cost and on demand service network, the machine offers value for money that is hard to replicate whilst being kind on the environment. September 2013

New Alexander Forbes head office - Overall winner and corporate office developments category winner SAPOA Awards 2013.

SAPOA honours excellence and innovation

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rofessional property owners in South Africa have voted the new Alexander Forbes head office at 115 West Street, Sandton, as the overall winner at the prestigious South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards 2013, held at Sun City. In a showcase of outstanding property development, SAPOA announced the top performers in a dozen categories at its annual award ceremony, as well as the overall award clinched by Alexander Forbes. It revealed the winners at the 45th annual SAPOA International Property Convention & Exhibition. “The winners highlight excellence in design and innovation. They meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s

needs, and reflect the cutting-edge of design in South Africa and globally,” says Neil Gopal, CEO of SAPOA. “Besides the quality and originality, it is pleasing to see such strong emphasis on the environment in the designs submitted in this year’s record number of entries.” The awards are sponsored by PD Naidoo & Associates, Crane Construction Consultants, Encha Properties, Standard Bank, Dube Trade Port, Remote Metering Solutions and Capital Property Fund. The award winners were decided by a multidisciplinary expert panel of judges comprising leaders in their fields. SAPOA Awards Committee Chairman Pieter Engelbrecht notes: “We’re

delighted at the keen and growing response from the property sector. This year we received a very positive response, which shows the esteem in which the awards are held.” Engelbrecht adds that the awards highlight property development that is world-class and locally relevant. They encourage a built environment that works on all levels. Besides being the overall winner, Alexander Forbes headquarters also won in the corporate office developments category. Owned and developed by Zenprop and designed by Paragon Architects, Alexander Forbes is an iconic GBCSA Four Star Green Star rated building opposite the Sandton Gautrain station. With 2,400 employees using this building every day, it is thoughtfully designed for transparency and a healthy, stimulating working

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environment. Winning the commercial office developments category was Sage VIP, developed and owned by Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings and designed by Boogertman + Partners Architects. With a GBCSA Four Star Green Star design rating, and an equal number of green stars expected for its ‘As-built’ rating, sustainability and green design principals were integral for this building, which features a green roof for urban agriculture and social interaction. Taking pole position in the retail developments category is Nicolway Bryanston Shopping Centre, developed by Rodrigues Group and designed by MDS Architecture. Providing contemporary convenience shopping this split level shopping centre is designed for subtle sophistication with an air of minimalism. Earning top spot in the industrial developments category is Ellerines Port Elizabeth. This high-tech distribution facility is owned and developed by Growthpoint Properties and designed by Loudon Perry Anderson Architects. The innovative project is the second time that this winning team has clinched the industrial development award. In 2012, it won the category with Ellerines distribution facility in the Western Cape. The Maslow Hotel, developed by Sun International and designed by Dakota Architecture, took top honours in the refurbishment developments category. As Sun International’s first venture into business hotels, it undertook a ninemonth long refurbishment of the five-storey hotel, formerly the Grayston Hotel, in the heart of Sandton’s business district. Freedom Park Phase II - SAPOA Awards 2013 winner in the heritage developments category.

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University of Pretoria Engineering III and Aula scooped the award for mixed-use developments. Developed by the university and designed by ARC Architectural Consultants (Pretoria), the redesign of this sub-campus included a new entrance, parking, auditoria seating 1,800 students, high tech research laboratories and the upgrade of the main campus theatre, Aula. While there was no winner in the ‘Other developments’ category, Thuto Building developed by University of Pretoria to provide four 600-seat lecture halls on its Hatfield Campus was given a special mention, merit award . Vodacom Century City Solar Power was given a merit award in the Innovative Solutions category, for the photovoltaic array installed on the rooftop of Vodacom Century City, which is expended to yield 830MWh of energy a year. Taking the winning title in the heritage developments category is Freedom Park Phase II, developed by Freedom Park and Office of Collaborative Architects, a joint venture of Gapp Architects and Urban Designers, Mashabane Rose Associates and MMA Architects. Freedom Park is a memorial and monument narrating the story of South Africa spanning a period of 3.6 billion years and includes a Garden of Remembrance to acknowledge those that contributed to the freedom of the country. Waterfall Valley Mature Lifestyle Estate triumphed in the residential developments group. Owned and developed by Century Property Developments, this is the final phase in the Waterfall Hills retirement estate, situated between Kyalami and Sandton in the prestigious Waterfalls community. The overall transformation category winner is Afrika Tikkun Uthando Community Centre, comprising classrooms, offices, parking, playground and vegetable garden. Owned and developed by Afrika Tikkun, the community centre was developed in a heritage building – the old Transvaal Memorial Children’s Hospital, opposite Constitution Hill. Afrika Tikkun provides education, health and social services to children, youth and their families from the centre of excellence. Growthpoint Properties’ Lakeside Office Park in Centurion won the overall green award with its design by AMA architects. The building is designed for a GBCSA Four Star Green Star rating. The striking refurbishment not only gave new life to a tired building transforming it into modern A-grade office space, but embodies the principles of environmental preservation and liveability. September 2013






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SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE POWER OF A GREAT PARTNERSHIP As a leading South African engineering, contracting and construction services company, Murray & Roberts wanted to partner with a bank that understands their transactional banking needs. Our eďŹƒcient, secure transactional banking and liquidity management solutions were tailored to meet these needs. The Standard Bank alliance with Murray & Roberts extends beyond 50 years, having formed long established business and strategic relationships that we would take forward in strengthening our collaboration.

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