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BUILDINGDec2019/Jan2020 East Africa PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BEHIND HOMESCOPE PROPERTIES' IMPRESIVE GROWTH The Role of an Architect in a Construction Project Bathroom Remodeling BENEFITS OF WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION Kenya : Kshs.300 Uganda : Ush.6,600 Tanzania : Tsh.10,600

Masterpiece MASTERPIECE ENAKi The innovative township The Five Senses Botanical launched last year, is Garden is Kenya’s first sensory defying odds and in an botanical garden, designed by increasingly subdued market, award-winning Spanish archi- sales are surpassing expecta- tects iGreento, to sit within the tions, according to HassConsult. township filled with cascading waterfalls and community facili- The pedestrianized experience ties. The 6.3 acre ‘spiritual’ gar- township, complete with golf den comprises walkways, cycling carts for residents and visitors, lanes, expansive man-made lake boutique-lined high streets, a with an over-the-water restau- hotel, amphitheater, and float- rant, children’s nature park, ing restaurant, is HassConsult’s fitness circuit, an events arena and an outdoor amphitheatre. largest project. “Enaki is an exquisite realiza- tion of the investor’s dream, 2 BBuuiillddiinngg EEaasstt AAffrriiccaa || DDeecceemmbbeerr//JJaannuuaarryy22002200 PPrroommoottiinngg ssuussttaaiinnaabbllee ddeevveellooppmmeenntt

across cycling trails, an outdoor fitness circuit, a gym, sports lounge and dance studio, as well as a business cluster with working pods that are set in woods, and an on-site spa,” says Farhana Hassani, CEO, Hasss- Consult, . Farhana says the goal of com- bining both residency and a bo- tanical garden is to create a rich, overall experience that promotes mental relaxation, in addition to maintaining a healthy, interest- ing, and diverse collection of plant materials all open to the public. The Sh 10 billion development sits on 22 acres in Nairobi’s Nyari West Estate, and will combine both aspects of hous- ing and a botanical garden. Its life-cycle housing is nestled into its middle zone and featuring bespoke homes for single, young people, couples, small families, large families, downsizing fami- lies whose grown-up children have left the nest, and assisted living for the elderly. BBuuPPiillrdrdooiinnmmggoEoEatatisisntntAgAgffrsrsiiucucaasst|t|aaDDiineneccaaeebbmmllbeebeedrdre/e/ JvvJaaeennluluooaapprryymm22e0e02nn200tt 203A18

BUILDINGS COLLAPSE: IT CAN BE STOPPED! PUBLISHED BY 114 COMMUNICATIONS And the carnage continues. Just when you feel lessons have KENBANCO HSE, 2ND FLOOR, been learnt and mistakes of the past rectified, it turns out that some live on, hidden in the cracks of some existing HARAMBEE AVENUE structures, or the weak foundations of others, waiting for the va- P.O. BOX 64118 00620, NAIROBI garies of mother nature to nudge them into tipping over, crushing TEL. 0718 771196/ 0773 379 828 occupants to avoidable early death. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS In yet another tragic incident, a residential apartment crashed to [email protected] the ground, in Tassia, Nairobi, killing several people and injuring others. Website: The incident and death toll add to growing statistics of recurring EDITORIAL COORDINATOR tragedies associated with the construction sector. Eric Obwogi Last year, in a record of sorts, three buildings collapsed within one EDITORIAL & PUBLISHING week. Two people were crushed to death when a four-storey build- CONSULTANTS ing in Ruai on the outskirts of Nairobi collapsed during the heavy rains that were pounding the area. Interestingly, the building had ONE14 Communications initially been earmarked for demolition by the government as it was built on a road reserve. DESIGNED BY Andrew Mogire In the same week, a four-storey building in Kariobangi South and a five-storey building in Orion Estate-Juja crumbled. Other build- SALES & MARKETING: ings that collapsed in the capital Nairobi include a four-storey KENYA OFFICE flat in Zimmerman and a seven-storey building in Kware Pipeline Tony Marube Estate. Jennifer Owuor Kathy Wanza The incidents prove that the gaps in the construction industry still exist and need to be plugged urgently. A visit to the more populous UGANDA OFFICE: areas in Eastlands, Estates, along Thika Road, Kangemi, and Titus Mukwana other low income areas will reveal the tragedies still housed in Mercy Mulama existing structures. That the current rains haven’t caused more havoc is a merciful miracle. TANZANIA OFFICE: Anthony Thomas Experts say that the weaknesses in the buildings mirror the gaps John Ochoro in the industry as a whole. Set rules are still being flouted, despite efforts to clean up the sector. MEDIA MANAGER Mary Njagi Construction on soils that cannot sustain the weight of buildings, use of sub standard materials including scrap metal instead of FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION steel to cut costs and generally ignoring the specifications for good Ben Odongo mix concrete, coupled with poor workmanship guarantee buildings Nancy Museka with structural deficiencies and disasters – in – waiting. Lilian Barasa CIRCULATION City hall, NCA and Co. stand accused of not reigning in rogue John Mugendi developers. It is time, perhaps building inspection services were outsourced to qualified consulting engineers, with a recommenda- DISCLAIMER tion from Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK), thoroughly vetted for integrity issues and deployed to work in a The publisher regrets that they cannot rejuvenated regulatory environment, to ensure that the structural accept any liability for errors or integrity of upcoming structures is assured. omissions however caused. The opinions in this publication are not necesarily To eliminate gaps, the NCA must put in place strict regulations those of the publishers. Readers are such as increased frequency of inspections, training of artisans, advised to get specialized advise before easing the building approval process by reducing costs and time, acting on any information contained and ensuring they are adhered to, and demolishing all remaining herein. No part of this publication may substandard developments. be reproduced, stored in any retrival system or transmitted without the prior permission of the publisher in writing. Unsolicited manuscripts are submitted at the sender's own risk. 44 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 Promoting sustainable development

Contents 6 Briefing 9 11 28 DT Dobie Launches Mercedes - Benz 13 Actros Prime Mover 14 Tough Economy Pushing Households to Satellite Towns 16 The Kenyan Retail Sector Performance Softened in 2019 6 Bamburi to Reward Retailers 18 and Dealers First Ever Green Bond Issuance 20 Launched 22 26 22 Benefits of Water Damage 28 Restoration 39 26 Top Stories 40 “Hustle and Heart” Paves Way for Real Estate Adventure Role of an Architect in a Project MMI: Leadership in Quality Architecture Gem Archplans Architects Behind Homescope Properties Ltd's Impressive Growth Features Bathroom Remodel: Four eEffective Updates on a Modern Bathroom Lighting 101 BuiBlduiinldginEgasEtaAsftrAicfaric|aD|ecDeemcebmerb/eJra/nJuaanruya2r0y220020 5A ProPmroomtiontginsgusstuasintaaibnlaebdleevdeelvoeplompemntent

Briefing GIANT PAPER WALL SET ABLAZE TO REVEAL THE LATEST MERCEDES-BENZ ACTROS PRIME MOVER. Acrobats set a giant wall of paper wall ablaze to reveal the latest Mercedes-Benz prime mover truck at the launch held in the Nyali Golf and Country Club. The new model was greeted with applause by the transporters who thronged the function hosted by DT Dobie. Zarak Khan, the Executive Chairman stated, “Throughout the 70 years history of DT Dobie Mercedes Benz trucks have been a very important part of the Company’s business”. “One of the first Company owned vehicles was a 1952 Mercedes- Benz truck. This was used for 31 years to ferry spares from Mombasa to Nairobi. The historical Mercedes was on display together with the latest Actros prime mover”. “All of us in DT Dobie know that we are fortunate to represent Mercedes-Benz trucks which have a well- earned reputation for reliability and long life combined with value for money. We have enhanced this status by quality servicing and repairs carried out by our factory trained technicians who are backed by a comprehensive stock of spares”. “Another factor is the DT Dobie training centre which was established in conjunction with Daimler over 45 years ago. This serves both DT Dobie and Mercedes –Benz agents throughout the region”. NEW ACTROS: Torsten Bauerheim (right), Head of Zarak Khan, concluded, “It is no surprise that the Sales and Customer Service Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Actros has been the best seller in the Kenya prime Daimler shows the new Mercedes-Benz Actros 3342 mover segment for six years and achieved over 52 per to Anthony Maina, the DT Dobie, Mombasa Branch cent share in the first three quarters of 2019”. Manager. The latest Actros sets new benchmarks for 6 BBuuiillddiinnggEEaassttAAffrriiccaa || DDeecceemmbbeerr// JJaannuuaarryy 22002200 performance and fuel efficiency. The transport business becomes increasingly competitive and the fuel PPrroommoottiinngg ssuussttaaiinnaabbllee ddeevveellooppmmeenntt consumption of the latest model has been reduced by up to four percent. Confidence in the new model stems from the experience of the world’s longest established and most highly reputed truck manufacturer. For over 100 years Mercedes-Benz has become famous for pioneering new vehicle technology and manufacturing robust vehicles. As a truck only earns money when it is up and running. The new Mercedes-Benz Actros has been subjected to more than 60 million test kilometres. The unrelenting test programmes included summer and winter trials at extreme temperatures, millions of kilometres on rough roads and endurance testing.

Briefing Panafrican Equipment Group eyes EAC market with new KSh 500M Kenya office Panafrican Equipment Kenya Limited has Moreover, Scott McCaw, PEG Group Chief Executive launched its new Ksh. 500M offices in Officer, said the firm sees opportunities in the extractive Nairobi with sights set on mid and long term industries as well as continued development in the power market growth and expansion opportunities in and energy markets. Kenya and East Africa. “With Kenya and East Africa focusing on increasing The firm, a subsidiary of the Panafrican Equipment its power supply and growing its extractive market, we Group (PEG) is the principal distributor of Komatsu, Wirt- believe that such domestic needs for industry diversifica- gen Group and AGCO machinery in Kenya widely used tion, economic growth, and infrastructure development, in support of the mining and mineral processing, civil and will certainly drive the mid to long-term development of infrastructure, power and energy, agricultural and forestry these two sectors”, said McCaw. sectors. To build technical capacity, the firm, across the group, Mr. Charles Field-Marsham, PEG Executive Chairman has been investing Kshs 75 million annually in training said that the new facility underlines their commitment to and development of its personnel as well as customers. Kenya and their continued investment in support of their This is set for a further boost by the upgraded Panafrican customers in this market. Training Facility in the new premises. PEG chairman Charles Field-Marsham said the new At the facility, PEG offers operator, technical and skills facility speaks volumes regarding the company’s commit- certification both internally and to its customers. Since ment to investing in Kenya and the region. the customer training programs were launched, more than 20 domestic companies and government institutions have “Although there are current market challenges prov- since been trained. ing headwinds against many of the sectors, if managed correctly Kenya has the potential to continue supporting The firm has been in operation in Kenya for 22 years our business,” he said yesterday during the opening of the and has grown from a single territory distributor of Kom- offices on Mombasa Road, Nairobi. atsu construction equipment to a multi-territory (eight African countries), multi-line (three core brands as above)  “The combined cost for the new facility is Ksh 500 distributor. million. Albeit there are current market challenges prov- ing headwinds against many of our sectors, from a mid to The growth has seen the company employ directly and long-term perspective, we believe Kenya has the potential indirectly up to 400 people while recording over four times if managed correctly, for significant infrastructure develop- turnover growth over the last ten years. ment, and continue supporting our business” said Field- Marsham. Building East Africa | December / January 2020 A7 Promoting sustainable development

Briefing Upgrading of 30 km access roads in Thika stepped up In an effort to ease traffic in Thika town of Kiambu county, the tarmacking of 30 kilometer access roads has been stepped up. The project is part of ongoing infrastructural development in the country. Road infrastructure has been degraded over the years, negatively affecting property prices, and the industrial town’s attractiveness to investors. The government of Kenya has put in US $15m towards the project in bid to ease congestion and open up the busy town. Irish engineering firm opens East Africa office in Nairobi knowledge transfer and up- skilling over the coming 12 months,” the company said in a statement. Dublin-based engi- tion of new ones valued at Founded in 1992 by former neering company Sh2.8 billion starting next year Construction Industry Federa- Designer Group in Kenya and Uganda. tion president Michael Stone, has announced Designer Group is a leading the opening of a new office in Designer Group, which international engineering Nairobi to handle Sh4.3 bil- partners with local companies solutions firm with operations lion worth of projects in East when bidding for engineer, in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Africa. procure and construct (EPC) Africa and the United States. contract jobs, said the Nai- The company joins a grow- The company, which was robi office will assist several ing list of international firms that are setting up shops in among more than 40 Irish East African companies to Nairobi to meet the rising demand for skilled contractors companies that toured Nairobi undertake projects in utility, in the regional construction sector. last week, said its fully-owned infrastructure, industrial, and Kenyan subsidiary will oversee sustainable energy. on-going projects valued at “The deal will see the firm Sh1.46 billion as well as execu- engage local supply chain in 8 BBPPuurriioollddmmiinnooggttEEiinnaassggtt AAssffuurriisscctaataa|i|innDDaaeebbcceellemme bbddeeeerrv//veJJeaallnnoouuppaamrrmyyee22nn0022tt00

Briefing Tough economy pushing Nairobi households to satellite towns Lower middle-income households opt for long journeys home in search of cheaper rent as the tough economic environment bites Landlords in satellites towns with newly finished modern units, but with more affordable asking prices, are cashing in on unprecedented demand for cheaper housing as the city’s residents, reeling from the high cost oaf living choose to balance the desire for decent affordable housing with spending more hours on the road. According to the Hass Property Ms. Sakina Hassanali, Head of Research and Marketing at Index third-quarter report, bargain HassConsult: as the cost of living soars, the lower middle class is hunting in Thika, Limuru, Mlolongo, Tigoni, Ongata Rongai, Kitengela and opting to pay slightly more in transport but less in rents Ruaka metropolis between July and September led to increased asking annually at 1.9 percent and 9.3 Kiserian recorded the highest prices for rents in these towns. percent respectively. drop over the quarter with rents in Thika was the only satellite town that recorded a double-digit increase According to the report, the the area reducing by 4.6 percent in apartment rents on an annual basis, tough economic conditions continue while Athi River recorded the lowest with the strongest annual growth rate to weigh on the overall rental and annual growth rate for houses at 4.1 in rents at 13.3 percent. property sales markets with rental percent. “Asking rents for a modern apart- prices for all properties falling by Parklands was the best perform- ment may cost as little as Sh23,400 and this bodes well for many tenants 0.9% in the quarter and asking house ing suburb with rents in the area who are now preferring affordable units as they take caution to save sale prices growing by 0.9% in the increasing by 1.9 percent over the in the wake of job losses across all sectors. Notably, as the cost of living last three months. quarter and 9.3 percent annually. On soars, the lower middle class is opt- ing to pay slightly more in transport Semi-detached posted stron- the losing end, Loresho recorded a but less in rents,” said Ms. Sakina gest total returns at 13.54 percent 2.7 percent drop over the quarter and Hassanali, Head of Research and (capital gains + rental yields) driven 3.5 percent over the year. Marketing at HassConsult. by investors who are preferring this Overall asking rents dropped by Tigoni and Ongata Rongai record- ed the highest asking prices in the midmarket over detached which is 0.9 percent over the quarter but mar- three months from August to October at 3.5% and 3.1% respectively, due pricier, and apartments where there is ginally increased by 0.8 percent on an to their affordability relative to other satellite towns. oversupply and as a result rents being annual basis. Kitengela, Mlolongo, Ruaka, and discounted to attract tenants. Limuru also posted an increase in asking rent prices. Parklands recorded On the sales front asking prices the strongest growth in apartment rents in the quarter and  Upperhill recorded price correc- marginally rose by 0.9 percent in tion after the suburb saw a reversal in the quarter led by the semi-detached prices after three-years, during which housing segment which increased prices of apartments have been on a by 3.4 percent over the period. downward steep as discounts con- Ridgeways recorded the highest tinue. Nyari and Loresho continued quarterly increase in asking prices to benefit from the completion of the at 3.9 percent over the quarter while Redhill Waiyaki way link road. Juja recorded the biggest drop at -7.8 percent. BBuPuiPlidrlrdoionimngmgEooEatastitnisntAgAgfrfsirscuicuasas|tta|DaDieninecaceabembmlbelbeeerddr/e/eJvaJveanenuloluaoaprprymym220ee02n2n0t0t A9

Briefing The Kenyan Retail Sector Performance Softened in 2019 – Cytonn With rental yield declining by 1.6% to 7.0% in 2019 from 8.6% in 2018, Mt. Kenya and Nairobi were the best performing regions, recording rental yields of 8.6% and 8.0% respectively. Cytonn Real Estate re- largely attributed to a 10.6% reduc- anchor tenants’’ noted Joseph. leased the Kenya Retail tion in rental rates to Kshs 118 per Real Estate Sector Report SQFT in 2019, from Kshs 132 per The Nairobi Metropolitan Area 2019, highlighting the performance SQFT in 2018, and a surplus in retail (NMA) Retail Performance declined of the retail real estate sector in Ke- space coupled with stiff competition by 1.0% points to 8.0%, from 9.0% in nya in 2019. between malls in some nodes such as 2018 attributed to an increase in retail Nairobi, which recorded an oversup- space supply of 0.8 mn SQFT within Themed “Increased Market Activ- ply of 2.8 mn SQFT. Cytonn Real the past year with the addition of ity to Promote Retail Growth”, the re- Estate’s Research Analyst, Joseph malls such as Waterfront, The Well, port showed investment opportunity Wanga, noted that “Despite the Mountain View and the expansion lies in Kenyan County headquarters decline in yields, we remain upbeat of Westgate and Sarit Centre malls. in some markets such as Mombasa, about performance of the sector as Kilimani, Ngong Road and West- Kiambu and Mt. Kenya that have it is still cushioned by increased lands were the best-performing retail retail space demand of 0.2mn, 0.8mn market activity driven by the entry of nodes within the NMA recording and 0.2mn SQFT, respectively.  international retailers into the Kenyan rental yields of 9.9%, 9.2% and 9.2%, market and the expansion efforts by respectively, in 2019 attributed to The report focused on the per- local retailers such as Naivas and the nodes serving the upper middle formance of the retail real estate in Tuskys as they take advantage of the income and high-end population. Kenya based on rental yields, oc- attractive rental rates.’’ cupancy rates, as well as demand and According to the report, the key supply, to identify the trends, with the The main drivers for the sector cities covered have a total mall space research conducted on 8 retail nodes were; supply of 16.1 mn SQFT against a in Nairobi (Westlands, Kilimani, demand of 14.4 mn SQFT, resulting Karen, Ngong Road, Thika Road, (i) positive demographics as Kenya’s in an oversupply of 1.7mn SQFT. Kiambu & Limuru Road, Mombasa urban population continues to expand Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu and Road and Eastlands), Nairobi Satel- at an annual rate of 4.3%, Nakuru Counties were the most over- lite Towns and the key urban cities supplied areas by 2.8 mn, 0.2 mn, 0.2 of Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu and (ii) continued change in tastes and mn and 0.1 mn SQFT, respectively. the Mt. Kenya Region, which include preferences by a growing middle Kiambu County was the highest Nyeri, Meru and Nanyuki Towns. class towards international products, under-supplied area by 0.8 mn SQFT According to the report, the retail thus, creating a niche for international while Machakos, Kajiado, Mt.Kenya sector recorded an increase of 1.1 mn retailers, and Mombasa were under-supplied SQFT of mall space into the market area by 0.2 mn SQFT each. in 2018, leading to a supply of 12.5 mn SQFT in 2019, from 11.4 mn (iii) infrastructure has encouraged a “The outlook for the sector is SQFT in 2018. growth in mall space as this encour- neutral and we expect to witness ages tenancy and footfall, and reduced development activity in Performance in key urban cities Nairobi, with developers shifting to softened, recording average rental (iv) growth of Small and Medium- county headquarters in some markets yields of 7.0% in 2019, 1.6% points Sized Enterprises (SMEs). ‘’Howev- such as Kiambu and Mt. Kenya that lower than the 8.6% recorded in er, the sector faces several challenges have retail space demand of 0.8mn 2018. The reduced performance is due to a tough financial environment, and 0.2mn SQFT, respectively,” said pushing property managers to employ Wacu Mbugua, Research Analyst at prudent methods in a bid to retain Cytonn. tenants and also to target international Building East Africa | December / January 2020 A11 Promoting sustainable development

Credit Crunch Pushes Growth of House Prices to Five-Year Low - KBA Data released tonnes to 460,967, respectively. pointer to a depressed market if by the Kenya sustained. Bankers Asso- On the demand side, among ciation indicates the factors highlighted as con- Overall, buyers showed that house price tributing to the decline include a distinct preference for the growth declined by 2.78 percent challenges facing prospective number of bedrooms and bath- in the first quarter of 2019 while home buyers especially in ac- rooms among other factors as building and construction sector cessing bank credit. Other fac- opposed to overall plinth area, credit growth between July 2017 tors cited include a cautionary with apartments maintaining and June 2018 averaged at 1.2 stance of many households due its previous dominance in the Percent. to strained economic condi- housing market, accounting for tions and squeezed household a relatively high share of sold The rate of growth in house budgets. Although the price units at 62.62 percent, which is prices during the period in re- movements resonate with a gen- a structural feature that would view went down by 2.78 percent eral stability recorded since the potentially change with the during the first Quarter of 2019, second Quarter of 2018, the new implementation of the Afford- in what also marked the third findings note that the stability is able Housing Programme under decline since the Kenya Bankers seen as tentative and could be a the Big Four Agenda. Association House Price Index (KBA-HPI) base period. The Land prices registered modest growth with focus other two instances were report- on the direction of the interest rate caps ed in the last Quarter of 2013 and the third Quarter of 2014. The Hass Land price indi- velopers and buyers become dif- The latest KBA-HPI attributes ces for the third quarter ficult as commercial banks have the decline to the constrained of 2019, showed modest become conservative at lending. credit flows to both the supply growth for both suburbs and We expect this to change should and demand side of the housing satellite towns over the quar- interest rates become market market. ter. Land prices in the suburbs driven,” said Ms. Sakina Has- increased by 0.22 %, while in the sanali, Head of Research and On the supply side, the satellite towns growth stood at Marketing at HassConsult. Index associates the slowdown 1.44%. to a slump in the rate of credit She added that market-driven growth to the building and Growth in the suburbs was interest rates will also nudge construction sector between driven by Kitusuru and Lore- banks to return to longer dated July 2017 and June 2018, which sho suburbs which continue to loans. averaged at 1.2 percent. “The benefit from the completion of influence of the credit supply to the Waiyaki Way-Red Hill link “Real estate projects tend to be this sector, a good proxy of avail- road which has improved acces- long-term. As such when loans ability of funding for housing sibility. are shortened many potential construction, manifested itself in borrowers tend to be locked out supply constraints after a period In the satellite towns Tigoni of the credit market,” added Ms. of about a year,” reports KBA. In recorded a 2.89 % over the quar- Hassanali. addition, the volume of cement ter while Syokimau was top on consumption also between July an annual basis with a 10.58% The Gigiri suburb recorded 2017 and November 2018 also growth. a 2.11 % drop over the quarter dipped from 553,631 metric while Upperhill recorded a 2.55 “The real estate sector is chal- % on an annual basis. lenged by the lack of liquidity as a result of the amendment For satellite towns Ongata of the Banking Act in 2016 that Rongai recorded a 1.45 % drop introduced interest rate caps. We while Kiambu record a 1.69 % have seen access to credit by de- increase on an annual basis. 1122 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 Promoting sustainable development

Briefing Bamburi Cement to reward retailers and dealers Bamburi Cement Commercial Director Geoffrey Ndugwa (left) awards Harish international holidays worth over Patel (center) and Natu Patel (right) of Binico Enterprises during the Zawadi Kshs 600,000, preloaded fuel cards challenge award ceremony worth Kshs 300,000, School fees, generators, washing machines, …More than Ksh. Bamburi Cement'srevamped and motorbikes, fridges, sofasets, 65’’ 25 million worth of curved television sets, vehicle tyres expanded customer and shopping vouchers among others. prizes to be won reward campaign  Speaking during a luncheon including vehicles and to honor exceptional performance international holidays targets to engage during the recently concluded Phase 6 of the campaign, Bamburi Cement over 1,500 retailers and dealers from Commercial Director Mr. Geoffrey Ndugwa celebrated the company’s across the country. loyal retailers and dealers, who have over the years delivered excellent Now in its 7th season, the Bamburi performance and superb value across Cement ‘Zawadi challenge’ loyalty the country. promotion will see loyal retailers and distributors from around the country  “Zawadi challenge has seen our win a plethora of awards including sales of cement across the country vehicles (truck worth Ksh5.3million), grow significantly, thanks to the unwavering support and dedication Bamburi cement Managing Director Mr. Seddiq Hassani (Right) of our partners. Indeed, this program congratulates Mrs. Helen Kamata of Imara Enterprises, Thika who won a has helped us grow our retail presence motorbike or school fees worth Ksh.150,000 as part of Bamburi’s program across the country” said Ndugwa. to reward loyal retailers. Over KES 50 Million will be awarded.  He added: “We launched this campaign over two years ago to encourage our retailers and dealers, who are the first contact with our customers, not only to sell more of our cement products, but also grow their businesses.”   He also thanked the company’s partners, Isuzu East Africa, Sika, Zamara, Mabati Rolling Mills, Equity Bank, Apex Steel and Tuskys Supermarket for their support towards the success of the program.   “As the leading cement manufacturer in Kenya and the region, LafargeHolcim, the parent company of Bamburi Cement, will continue to invest in growing our brand and business, as well as deepening our relationships with our stakeholders” he concluded. Winners will be presented with their awards at various ceremonies to be held in different towns across the country which include Nairobi, Nyeri, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru among others. Building East Africa | December / January 2020 A13 Promoting sustainable development

FIRST EVER GREEN BOND Real Estate ISSUANCE LAUNCHED TO FINANCE CONSTRUCTION OF HOSTELS Commercial banks and pen- average of 6,800 shillings monthly. sion funds schemes were The first phase of the eco-friendly among the highest subscrib- affordable hostels is expected to ac- ers of Kenya’s first ever Green commodate 5000 college students. Bond which was issued by Accorn Holdings Limited, a leading con- The government has been urged to struction company in Kenya. continue encouraging such green ventures including removing tax According to the company’s CEO on environmental friendly projects Edward Kirathe, the bond gener- including tax exemptions to rope in ated 4.3 billion shillings, represent- more private equity in the sector. ing an 85 per cent subscription rate, and was over and well above the The green bond is expected to raise minimum target of 2 billion shil- funds to provide 5,000 university lings. students with environmentally- friendly, affordable housing in He said the proceeds are expected Nairobi to fund the construction of eco- friendly hostels for university students in the country, with a com- bined capacity of 40,000 beds. The cost of renting a room will be at an Qwetu: Students: The hostels segment is attracting major investment in Kenya 14 Bu1il4dinBg uEialdstinAgfrEicaast |ANfroicvaem| bDeerc/eDmecbeemr/bJearnu20ar1y8 2020 PromoPtrinogmsoutisntgaisnuasbtlaeindaebvleelodpemveelnotpment

Briefing KPA Pension KPA‘s new headquarters Scheme, Pinnacle will be Kenya’s tallest office Projects to construct complex indicating the budget could be higher. The state agency has also encouraged apartments Kenya Ports Authority firms with sophisticated expertise on (KPA) will be constructing modern technology and global best The project consists of a multi-storeyed headquar- practices like energy-saving and solar three high-rise blocks ters in Mombasa, which is expected to bid for the tender. made of 3-bedroom to be the largest office complex in units. Each block 11 floors Kenya. high with six apartments on each floor. Triad Architects will The building will provide a The organization will use the pre- handle the design. total area of 75,000 square metres, qualification method of tendering for whereby 18,000 square metres will the project, where bidders are invited Under the deal, The Kenya be for parking spaces (1,000 vehi- to submit a technical proposal first. Ports Authority retirement fund cles), 12,000 square metres reserved Upon review, the successful bidders will, in partnership with Pin- for conference facilities and 15,000 are then invited for contract negotia- nacle Projects, construct 198 res- square metres for commercial spaces. tions. idential apartments in Nairobi’s The new development will also South C referred to as the Ban- generate some 21,000 square metres Bidders for the design, construction dari Apartments Phase II. of lettable office space while reserv- and supervision tender who have han- ing 9,000 square metres for KPA’s dled a similar project in the past five Construction began in 2018 occupation. years’ worth above Sh7 billion earn and is expected to be completed themselves the highest score with by December 2020. The apart- “The above coverage areas are for further points set to be added where ments are each going for KSh15 guidance and the final areas will be a firm has handled five completed as- million during the ongoing offer determined during a brief develop- signments in the last 10 years. period. The developers have ment stage to meet project viability announced that the open day for and client objectives,” a data rea- “Construction consortia with the project will be on 20th and leased from KPA added. varied expertise on modern technol- 21st July 2019 starting at 8.00 ogy, environmental issues, especially am. KPA will be requiring bidders energy saving, solar energy and water with a capacity to handle projects harvesting and recycling will earn The KPA retirement fund has worth up to KSh. 7 billion or more, themselves more scores,” said KPA. ventured into real estate devel- opment to grow and safeguard the workers’ contributions just like most pension schemes in Kenya. The Bandari Apartments Building East Africa | December / January 2020 1A5 Promoting sustainable development

Special Feature Why water damage Water damage restoration is restoration? very important because water damage cannot be reversed only Water damage ing on different parts of your through cleaning, drying and restoration is all house with the help of the latest wiping out any residue. It is about cleaning technology available, restora- much more than that. A com- up the damage tion is rapid. This saves your plete water restoration process has many steps and considers caused by water. In case of flood- house from further damage and all the small, important details which otherwise remain un- ing and penetration of dwell- ensures faster work. noticed and cause further and serious problems in future. ings by water, the resultant Safe mould remedy damage can be enormous and Costs and losses reduced make living spaces uninhabit- Mould is one of the very Water damage, if left un- able, as recently seen in parts dreadful effects of water dam- treated, can wreak havoc, both of Athi River and Greenpark age. Mould grows in open spaces in your home environment and Estate. Water damage restora- such as corners, walls, and ceil- your finances. Going for water tion then becomes a necessary ings but also in hidden places damage restoration immediately task for every household. Excess such as joints between two after the damage is cased not water and moisture are home to walls. Mould is a toxic element only reduces your losses but also many kinds of disease spreading and poses a great threat to life. costs. The sooner the water- bacteria. It can also prove fatal. Moreover, logged areas are cleared up and dried and all other side effects In addition, stagnant water it renders a toxic environment to are investigated, the lesser the becomes a breeding ground for the house. cost and effort will be required. mosquitoes and other insects. Treating mould is equally dif- Professional advice Therefore, water damage res- ficult and the restoration process toration is very necessary for can be dangerous for a layman. When your house has suf- a comfortable and disease-free It is important to hire profes- fered water damage, it might environment at home. Listed sionals to safely remove mould be difficult for you to locate and below are a few more benefits of and mildew from the house. recognize the damage. You may water damage restoration: They have special chemicals also not understand which areas require replacement and extra Rapid restoration which help in killing the toxic work. Opting for water dam- germs in the form of mould. age restoration helps you get the professional input on the Damage caused by water can Hence water damage restoration condition of your house. Experts who do the work of water leave you all confused and in- is a very important task when it damage restoration usually inspect your home and give in timidated. If left unattended for comes to getting the house free their inputs as to how serious the damage is and how to go more than a short while, mois- from harmful mould. about the process of treating it. ture can seep in walls, furniture Important details When floods or any other and other appliances at home. accident leads to water damage in your house, quick action is As a result, the problem of dam- When there is water dam- demanded. When water damage age gets further aggravated. age, there is more than just is left untreated, the condition of Therefore, water restoration what meets the eye. Water can the house worsens, moulds grow, becomes necessary and as early get into ducts and vents, thus and the environment becomes as possible. creating further problems. The toxic. Water damage restoration is quick and effective and helps Water damage restoration process of water restoration bring back the house to its nor- experts are a team of dedicated helps to deal with such problems mal state without much hassle. people who clean, repair and by cleaning ducts and vents and restore home as quickly and deodorizing it. Odour removal efficiently as possible. With and sanitation are also parts of so many professionals work- the process. 16 Building East Africa | November/December 2018 16 BPurilodmingoEtiansgt Asfruicsata|iDnaecbelmebdeer v/ Jealnoupamrye2n02t0 Promoting sustainable development

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Developer “HUSTLE AND HEART” PAVES WAY FOR REAL ESTATE ADVENTURE 20-hour days, a never-say-die mentality, and a tightly-knit focused group the foundation stones for a bright future for KWEA By Caroline Nyakundi ending push to find your purpose, your niche and what you can excel in, to develop your identity, and change the game through all these plus a healthy dose of passion. The urban dictionary defines hustle as, “to have the courage, confidence, self-belief, and self- determination to go out there and work it out until you find the opportunities you want in life,” or, ‘’working hard, usually towards the common goal of creating an income’’. The co-founders of Kwea understand this too well. My partner Simon says, ‘’we always knew we couldn’t qualify for any loans. That left us without any other resources other than us.” All we had was lots of hustle and heart. The Kozi studio-lounge Many people jump onto What we lacked in financial the entreneurship capital we made up for with bandwagon armed with determination and wits; intellectual great ideas and a bucketful of cash capital or sweat equity if you believing they are ready to conquer a may. We immersed ourselves into market that is probably flooded with Kwea right from inception of the similar concepts clothed differently. company, leveraging our experiences, It is so much more than that, as we relationship-building skills and the found out on our way to creating need to excel at all costs. Our shared Kwea, the vehicle in which we intend commitment to innovate formed to innovate and disrupt the market the framework for our business. We with new real estate ideas. sought to change the mindset of real estate investing when we developed A lot of what entrepreneurship our first project Kozi Suites in is all about is really the hustle that Syokimau which is currently under occurs behind the scenes; the never- construction. With our backgrounds in the real estate segment that is crowded with a lot of similar ideas and products, we knew that we would have to crack our heads and stave off the conventional and innovate, in order to thrive. We also realized that most conventional real estate products were expensive while offering unattractive returns on investment, 1188 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 Promoting sustainable development

Developer Cosy: The Kozi bedroom Kozi Heights is innovatively designed The Kozi lounge to offer comfortable, affordable accomodation - to capture the other factors. We are putting up 104 at site know that we will never treat imagination while meeting the studios and one bedroom units that them less than we would like to be comfort, and practical needs of the have been well articulated to satisfy treated. Our suppliers know that we busy short stay tenant the needs of a guest on a short to value them greatly as much as we do medium term stay. their business. characteristics dictated by traditions within the sector as well as prevailing To offer a complete solution, we Hustle is a perfect way to market conditions. Nonetheless are in discussions with experts in this describe how Kwea operates. We are we embarked on a quest to do relatively new segment, so as to plug always hustling to keep our culture extensive research on alternative any knowledge deficit as well as to top of mind, to work with the best real estate products that could be get partners who would ultimately and to keep growing as leaders. With more worthwhile to an investor manage the development on behalf of a long way to go and a few mistakes while maintaining a relative ease of the investors. to make, we have all been through onboarding. the ups and downs of life and have In many ways, Kwea is the the scars to prove it but, what this As Kwea, we realized that cash byproduct of a don’t-back-down journey is teaching us is to never flows needed to be at the centre of mentality. The 20-hour days, give up. Put our passions first, love any sensible real estate investment scrounging for funds to ensure a people, create a culture that inspires for the end user. It is from these, and strong root hold, all the energy and innovation and to never, ever stop asking the right questions that Kozi the curse words you can think of, is hustling.” Suites came about. We are eternally what has brought Kwea to where it grateful to our first two investors who is today. Check out for ADANA bought into literally nothing but the STUDENT PODS. Its flagship Kwea hustle and heart, purchasing We don’t approach core values development shall be in Rongai. This the very first units when they were the way a lot of companies do. We is but a snippet of the many exciting just a dream and drawings on tracing don’t have our values front and projects that wasee wa kwea are paper. This enabled Kwea to acquire center for all to see, or laminated crafting for all investors out there land and to lease and fit-out a modest in poster form on the wall to serve looking for sensible and innovative but cozy office at the Nextgen mall. as inspiration. The building blocks real estate products. of our culture include appreciation, Kozi Suites shall be a brutal honesty and, above all, love for development typology targeting all, because in our hearts we believe the alternative rental market, a on the “do unto others” mantra. Our development curated for short stays. investors know too well that we do not sell them an apartment that we Our flagship development is in would not buy or live in. Our people Syokimau, Chady Road. The location was carefully selected from a myriad Building East Africa | December / January 2020 of other possible locations within Promoting sustainable development Nairobi and its metropolitan areas as it taps into the short stays market brought about by the major transport nodes around the area namely the airport and SGR terminus among A19

Architect Defining the architect’s role in a project Architects are experts who play a the details of the building under construction. big role in the development and construction projects. They take Architects are required to follow building codes, fire full responsibility for the design of regulations, zoning laws and city ordinances when cre- the structure, and are expected to ating their plans. For public buildings, architects must superintend the job from erection of structures to full be aware of disabled access laws. Since these laws completion. change regularly, architects need to stay up-to-date on policy, zoning and regulation changes. They are always Customer Service and Retention in on the latest energy-efficient products, building styles and must research the area they are building to A property developer should work closely with the ensure their design matches current building structures. architect. Before embarking on a project, several meet- ings normally take place where the project brief, which Technology includes objectives, budget and any specific require- ments for the project, is given. Architects contact, bring Today’s architects have turned to use of technology on board and collaborate with other related profes- to better their services. Architects need to be trained sionals, who include; Quantity Surveyors, Mechanical, and familiarize with computer-aided drafting systems, Electrical and Structural Engineers, urban planners, building modeling and other relevant technologies. landscape architects, Construction representatives and They must conceptualize and experiment with differ- interior designers. ent construction approaches through software and must also be familiar with basic office software, such as word processing, spreadsheets and accounting Design, Plan and Develop On an architect’s daily routine designing, planning and develop- ing are integral tasks. A developer requires them to provide pre- design figures such as an environmental impact or feasibil- ity study, cost analysis and land-use study. They later on produce the final architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical plans in col- laboration with the other consultants. This is then given to contractors as a step-by-step guide on 2200 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 Promoting sustainable development

Architect mmi: Leadership in Quality Architecture By Eric Obwogi Mutiso Menezes International is a name cast in stone in the list of premier go-to architectural firms in Kenya. Founded in 1974, Mutiso Menezes International (MMI)’s reputation as a market leader has been carefully achieved through many years of practice and experience, which distinguish it as one of the most influential architecture, project management and interior design firms in Kenya, holding signature to numerous projects, many of them outstanding architectural masterpieces, across the East African region. These range from Commercial, Office and Institutional to Residential and Civic buildings. The firm is led by 3 highly trained and qualified, dynamic architects who form the company’s board of directors – David Ndungu (Managing Director), Edwin Kigai and Bisher Fawaz, at the helm of a lean and efficient team of professionals with excellent design and technical abilities gained over the years through hands on experience. Arch. David Mutiso (the founding Partner) and Arch. Alan Simu (immediate former MD) continue to play consultancy roles in the firm, having passed on the leadership baton to the next generation. Arch. Mutiso needs no introduction to those who know the history of the architectural profession in Kenya. He is the first African architect in Kenya and a founder member of the Architectural Association of Kenya. The timeless landmark, Kenyatta International Convention Center forever immortalizes his contribution 22 Building East Africa | December//JJaannuuaarryy22002200 Promoting sustainable development

Architect to the capital city of Kenya’s skyline, as he is acknowledged as the brains behind its design. Arch. Simu has worked at MMI for most of his life, clocking close to four decades, and rising through the ranks, from internship to eventually lead the company to great heights of achievement. Having started work at the firm before some of the current staff were even born, Arch. Simu’s role is a strong statement of quality leadership, perpetuating the values that MMI stands for, and not only nurturing the firm’s talent, but adding to the market a thriving group of alumni in the Kenyan building and construction industry. MMI’s competitive edge stems from extensive collective experience and local knowledge of project requirements, site conditions and building construction. Arch. Fawaz avers that the MMI team is also highly knowledgeable in the rigorous project management procedures as required by organizations such as the United Nations and other international agencies. “Sound project management and contract administration ensures that our projects are properly handled in terms of Cost, Quality and Time,” he says, adding that MMI guarantees clients solution based designs which consider creativity and sustainability under the umbrella of ISO Certification that demands high operational standards and boosts efficiency in service delivery. Some of the outstanding jobs designed by the MMI team include: • KenGen Mixed Use Housing Development, Olkaria, Naivasha Building East Africa | December / January 2020 A23 Promoting sustainable development

Architect • Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme, Athi River. • Leadership Centre, South C, Nairobi • KPLC Loresho Housing Scheme, Loresho, Nairobi • BCI Nest Housing Scheme, Kileleshwa, Nairobi • Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Headquarters, JKIA, Nairobi • Kenya National Assembly Tower, Nairobi • Royal Orchid Hotel, Westlands, Nairobi • TBM Office Block, Upper hill, Nairobi • Victoria Towers, Upper hill, Nairobi • Physical Sciences Complex, Egerton University, Njoro Campus • Uganda National Records & KCAA Headquarters Archives Centre, Kampala, Uganda. Nairobi National Park,” says Arch. Fawaz. “The United Nations HQ in Gigiri, is a complex with Each iconic building showcases a passion Conference facilities, Offices, Housing etc. that for excellence, innovation and commitment to was done many years back but still stands the test providing comprehensive solutions for the built of time in many ways.” environment. Beyond the borders MMI has partnered in projects in countries such as Uganda, Though the construction industry experienced Sweden, South Africa, etc. exponential growth in the past decade, Arch. Fawaz observes that the sector is facing challenges “All our projects give us pride given that currently and the project pipeline has largely every project is different and has something slowed to an unsteady trickle. unique to offer. For example, the Leadership Centre is a Green Building with a unique Iconic “There are no concept visible from the Southern Bypass and new projects and the existing ones have KCAA Headquarters cash flow challenges. We still remain 24 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 hopeful, however that the environment will Promoting sustainable development improve, for instance with opportunities emerging from the affordable housing initiative,” he says. He attributes the slowdown to economic challenges in the industry which have affected investment opportunities in the country, the bank interest rates that discourage borrowing,

Architect and the government dragging its feet in paying for yourselves, do extensive feasibility studies, and its projects. Arch. Fawaz also fingers the growing discuss with landowners and investors in order to and worrying trend of unqualified Consultants have a breakthrough in major projects. setting up shop and undercutting on fees, underlining that this is eroding the gains made “The affordable housing program is an in the growth of the architectural profession in opportunity for the stakeholders to create jobs Kenya. and products with the right balance where affordability comes in play, and focus on the The quality of graduate entrants into the correct market target with reasonable promises in market has in turn been watered down by terms of delivery.” commercializing of degrees in the building and Construction industry leading to too many The affordable housing programme under half-baked undergraduates showing up for the Big 4 Agenda has so far received impressive employment. investment overtures totaling over Sh. 3 trillion (way above set target of Sh2 trillion), with a total Local consultants are in turn demoralized of 800,000 houses expected to be built under the by the opening up of the market to too many public private partnership model and 200,000 to international Consultants and contractors that set be put up under a social scheme. This is a great up shop in the country without clear guidelines opportunity for local consultants and contractors protecting local market players, thereby shrinking who have been urged to put their best foot the market space for local participation. All these forward. bottlenecks can be tackled with goodwill and concerted effort with the government taking the MMI has played a significant part in the lead in terms of supportive policy formulation and growth and development of the architectural implementation, as well as meeting its financial profession, and the building and construction obligations for its projects. industry in Kenya in general. The firm is a corporate member of both the Architectural According to the architect, stakeholders in the Association of Kenya (AAK) and the Board of industry also need to embrace change in terms Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of technology and association with international of Kenya (BORAQS) with some of its partners firms in order to survive the market trends. serving as senior office bearers in the professional bodies at various times since inception. “Clients are looking for competitive products in terms of design, pricing and sustainability. As MMI’s profile grows even bigger and stronger, the invaluable skill transfer by the International firms are setting up shop in the founders and grooming of the next generation of country and taking up big jobs since they are able architects that has generated competence and to deliver them at a cheap price, faster and more enthusiasm in the current team will ensure that reliably,” says Arch. Fawaz, adding that there is MMI’s competitive capacity is maintained with also need to be creative in terms of job creation stability and continuity, and clients will continue where you can no longer wait for a client to come to be delighted with excellent services rivaled by with a brief and funding but create the brief few. KCAA Headquarters Building East Africa | December / January 2020 A25 Promoting sustainable development

GEM ARCHPLANS Architect Komarock Heights Apartments Gem Archplans Architects: Client-focused brilliance inspires confidence Over a period of 14 years marked by ents who have entrusted into their design hands sustained growth, Gem Archplans Billion shilling projects that have been delivered Architects has been winning and de- on time, with finesse and professionalism. livering an enviable portfolio of high caliber projects in the local real estate market, The practice’s clientele are from across the leaving an indelible mark on the local develop- economy, with successfully delivered jobs in- ment landscape. cluding residentials – Middle class apartments, ambassadorial houses, country homes, bunga- A fully locally owned firm, Gem Archplans is lows and maisonettes. In addition, the firm’s founded on realism ideals of the highly dynamic signature can be seen in major shopping malls, architectural facets that is inherent of the office blocks, schools, hospitals and religious 21st century and inspires confidence in clients structures across the country. through a wealthy inventory of experience gained through diverse projects handled both Richlands Pointe in Kahawa West, Komarock separately at individual building its name in the Heights by Housing Finance, Everest Apart- field of construction and development by offering ments are some of Gem Archplans’ latest proj- superior professional consultancy services in the ects already done and are commercial successes field of architecture, interior design, urban and in a suppressed market. Environmental level gained from previous post- ings and collectively as a firm. Komarock Heights and Richlands Pointe are real estate offerings by HFDI, the Investment Gem Archplans boasts of some of the finest and Development subsidiary of HF Group. Ever- projects in the region and has the trust of some est Apartments are an investment of Everest serious corporate and individual developer cli- Park Limited with financing by Shelter Afrique, N Norkun Intakes LtdElectrical & Mechanical Consulting Engineers Richland Dam Estate AVIC GTC WESTLANDS Komarock Heights, Kangundo Rd We are proud to be - associated with Gem APRrIScMhpTOlaWnEsR AUPrPcERhHitILeLcts Morningside Office Park 3rfld r, Ngong Rd, Kilimani. | : P.. O. Box 605, 00100 – Nairobi, Kenya. | [email protected] | 254(0)729 381 360, +254(0)736 230 287 26 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 Promoting sustainable development

Architect the pan-African finance insti- tution exclusively supporting the development of the hous- ing and real estate sector in Africa. Richland Pointe is a devel- Richlands Pointe opment comprising 3 bedroom Apartments apartments situated along Thika Road in Kahawa West, within the leafy, tranquil surrounding along Kamiti Road. The development con- sists of 248 residential apart- ments with a mix of 2 and 3 bedroomed apartments in 10 blocks. Launched last year, Koma- energy in the firm’s cre- rock Heights is also a commu- nity of 3 Bedroom apartments ative, technical, theoreti- situated along Kangundo Road in Komarock. The development cal and managerial work is made up of 1272 beautifully designed apartments nestled to meet society’s need for within Komarock Estate, to be implemented in 3 phases. shelter, accommodation nars and constantly engages Phase 1 comprises 480 residen- and organisation. in written material correspon- tial apartments with a mix of 2 and 3 bedroomed apartments Embracing the values of dence. in 20 blocks. professionalism and timeli- Gem Archplans Architects In the vicinity of Komarock ness, imagination and cre- also offer interior design and Heights is K-Mall, Eastlands’ ativity, learning and Knowl- environmental consultancy brand new mall (also a devel- edge, perceptiveness and services. opment of HFDI), well thought perseverance; coupled with out to provide residents with convenient access to super- open minded- markets, banks, restaurants, hospitals and other services. ness and diver- Gem Archplans has been sity, the compa- able to inspire confidence from high net worth and discern- ny has achieved together, stronger ing clients due to its client a strong foot- oriented principle, synthesized with the diverse parameters of print in the the socio-economic fabric, built environment and commercial region. Relent- Basco Paints would like to honour Gem ArchPlans Architects for their viability. These serve as cor- less pursuit exceptional professionalism, dedication and visionary leadership. nerstones aimed at improving the quality of human life and of quality and We are proud to have partnered with you to bring your inspired ideas to life fostering national development aptness to de- and hope to continue our fruitful working relationship. which is also in line with the government’s Big 4 Agenda. sign, extensively The founder’s vision was to drawing from use architecture to guarantee decent housing for all and be the services of the engine of Kenya’s and the region’s economic prosperity. other concerned This would involve directing building and built environ- ment specialists has further bol- stered its image in a very com- petitive market. To keep with the fast chang- ing information and building technologies, Gem Archplans actively par- ticipates in all relevant semi- Building East Africa | December / January 2020 A27 Promoting sustainable development

Cover Story BEHIND HOMESCOPE PROPERTIES’ IMPRESSIVE GROWTH Developer has achieved Market Leadership Position in the Kenyan Real Estate Market by Delighting Customers with Superior Home Ownership Solutions By Eric Obwogi 2288 BBuuiillddiinnggEEaassttAAffrriiccaa ||DDeecceemmbbeerr//JJaannuuaarryy22002200 PPrroommoottiinngg ssuussttaaiinnaabbllee ddeevveellooppmmeenntt

Cover Story The real estate sector in Kenya has experienced exponential growth over the last decade, with demand for housing reaching an all-time high and developers minting a pretty penny. However, the industry is currently experiencing a serious lull in new projects flow. Competition for the trickle of jobs is at cutthroat levels, unit prices are being driven down, and quite a few developers are stuck with stock while bank auctions are at an all-time high. For the last decade, Homescope Properties Carol Naneu, Homescope Head of Marketing: Ltd.’s directors have painstakingly built a unique It is all about knowing our clients well... brand, embracing innovation, quality and a sound market strategy high-end market segment Homescope has stuck to its lane, and the targeting the upper middleclass home buyers. It award-winning real estate firm has especially has worked. focused on providing compelling lifestyle benefits to delight prospective home owners. The company And they have gone about it in a way that it has successfully completed a diverse set of complex hasn’t taken long for Homescope Properties Ltd development projects across the country where it to get noticed. The company has been delighting has developed land mark properties, world-class clients with trend-setting, real estate creations developments that are a safe haven for residents, that have not only been huge commercial who get to enjoy the exclusive status of high-end successes, but also have set it aside as a go-to living. supplier of exquisite high - end homes. Kiluwa Hotel Apartment Hurlingham by According to Ms. Carol Naneu, Head of Homescope Properties Ltd is one of Nairobi’s Marketing at Homescope Properties Ltd., the newest, most prestigious addresses. It is named choice of client base is deliberate to maximize on after a beautiful flower that is native to the the strengths of the company to meet the demands Kenyan coast, which depicts something rare, of a discerning and sophisticated niche market who unique, a jewel. are seeking great value for money. Nestled in the upcoming central business “With the huge gap in housing supply in Kenya, district in upmarket Hurlingham, Kiluwa consists everyone is striving to serve the low – end market of fully furnished1 and 2 – bedroom studios. where demand is greatest, the perception being that the expected return on investment is quick The Loresho Springs, Shaam Gardens, because of an obviously guaranteed market,” says Rhino Court and Zawiya Apartments are some Ms. Naneu. of Homescope’s 45 developments, successfully completed and delivered during the company’s 10 Building East Africa | December / January 2020 2A9 PPrroommoottiinngg ssuussttaaiinnaabbllee ddeevveellooppmmeenntt

Cover Story years of its existence, that have work within their projects to market trends. This has saved clearly given Homescope a place guarantee customers enduring the company the pain of getting on the high table of Kenya’s quality in the homes market. stuck with property in the midst finest developers. of a period of belt tightening. Construction inefficiencies All properties are designed are partly to blame for the Currently, Homescope is and situated to give home local sector being one of the putting up the “Four Walls” a owners peace of mind, in most expensive construction 3-floor, over 5000 square feet, reference to the city’s traffic industries, per square foot. first-of-its kind facility that will chaos and insecurity, leveraging This in turn erodes the be a one-stop-shop for the built on technology to offer the very competitiveness of real estate environment to house various best in state of the art modern offerings in the local real estate professionals in the construction convenience. market. Homescope leverages sector under one roof. The on its partnership with Hajar KSh. 600 million project is “It comes with knowing Services Ltd to provide cost- designed to save developers’ our client very well,” avers effective construction services, the pain of having to shuttle Carol. “We work with them which has a positive impact on between different points in every step of the way, paying the company’s projects, with town seeking the services of close attention to their the reduced cost benefit passed professionals to handle their specifications and preferences, on to customers who get to buy construction projects. It will in understanding and addressing homes for less than similar real turn aid coordination between their concerns, and bringing estate offerings in the same stakeholders and promote to life their dreams.” She adds neighborhood. efficiency. that Homescope works very closely with Hajar Services Ltd, Since inception, the firm “The idea is to house one its sister company, which offers has fulfilled the dreams of over professional in each category of a quality control safeguard, 1000 new home owners, with stakeholders in the construction with the company’s team fully delightful top quality houses. industry, all construction knowledgeable of the high solutions under one roof,” says standards of workmanship, with On average, Homescope Carol. outstanding, original finishing undertakes 4-5 projects per year. that is expected. But due to the ongoing slump Homescope will continue in the sector, only two projects innovating, investing in quality “We also have one of the have been done this year, while and the pursuit of excellence highest staff retention rates in disposing of current stock. to offer the company’s growing the market, which ensures that Carol attributes this to the clientele the very best in fine the company’s values and work management’s vision and expert home ownership. ethic is reinforced in the minds due diligence, a firm grasp of of our team, who are encouraged and motivated to know, meet and even surpass expectations,” says Carol. This translates to quality and excellence on the job, and ultimately, outstanding results. There are on average 500- 600 employees on the company’s payroll. In addition, Carol says, Homescope's \"Four Walls Plaza\" in Karen will offer developers a one-stop Homescope has identified shop for all their construction needs reputable professionals, consultants and subcontractors, as well as equipment and building material suppliers to 30 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 Promoting sustainable development

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Advertising feature Ultraguard exterior paints, solution to external walls of our homes As the rain season continues to prolong, the property market continues to face a number of challenges including extreme weather conditions that lead to dilapidation of buildings and homes. Paint manufacturer, Crown Paints PLC Group Chief Executive Officer Rakesh Rao shares some key benefits that a customer would get when using the firm’s latest brand in the market, the Ultraguard exterior paint that is high quality water proof and newly introduced dirt pick up resistance and crack bridging properties. Q. How ultraguard exterior paints paints which gives extra power building for years are different from other exterior to paints and enhances the paints? durability of construction Q: How many products are available A: Ultraguard exterior paint is high buildings in Ultraguard exterior paints and quality water base exterior paint what is the difference between made from silicone technology from a Q: What are the advantages products? German based company m/s Wacker. or benefits of using silicone It stands out from other ordinary technology in Ultraguard A: Ultraguard exterior paints have 2 exterior paints in protecting exterior exterior paints? products walls from extreme weather such as rain water and ultra violet rays. A: It does not allow water to Ultraguard Silicone paints which has On the other hand normal exterior penetrate in concrete walls due excellent protection of construction paints, without silicone technology, actual water repellent properties walls from water, moisture and uv cannot sustain exterior environment which ordinary exterior paint resistance and Ultraguard protect as Ultraguard exterior paints as does not have. our latest innovation which offers this will require the building to superior exterior paint protection. be repainted every 3-4 years, this It also has special breathing Offering extra water repellent will increase cost of maintenance property, which allows moisture property dirt pick up resistance which since Ultraguard exterior paints life in concrete to evaporates same time helps retaining the aesthetic look of expectancy is 10-15 years. does not moisture or water from building & crack bridging – due to outside to penetrate wall. It also expansion and contraction concrete Q: where are Ultraguard exterior has UV (ultraviolet ray from sun) paints used? protection which protect color from fading and enables the building to A: Ultraguard exterior paints are look fresh for years while exterior used on exterior concrete or plaster walls painted by ordinary paints walls which are exposed to external are difficult to clean and look dirty weather. It also has adhesion to however, Ultraguard exterior walls surfaces like wooden surfaces and painted by Ultraguard paints are easy metals if used on building however to clean. longevity depends on the surfaces condition. The above properties help to protect & reinforce bars inside concrete from Q: What is silicone technology used corrosion by resisting penetration in Ultraguard exterior paints? of water through walls which maintain the strength of building, A: Specially designed silicone additive allow moisture inside the concrete to which is added in water base exterior evaporate while keeping the beauty of 32 BBuuiillddiinngg EEaasstt AAffrriiccaa || DDeecceemmbbeerr// JJaannuuaarryy 22002200 PPrroommoottiinngg ssuussttaaiinnaabbllee ddeevveellooppmmeenntt

Advertising feature may develop fine hairline cracks. sheen such as dead matt and high A: They are above 9,000 shades are Ultraguard protect have elasticity gloss are not available in Ultraguard. available. which sustains elongation of concrete without break and protect any water Q: What are the pack size available? Q: Is Ultraguard exterior paints moisture to penetrate. A: Pack size available are 20 litres, 4 suitable for interior surfaces? litres & 1 litre Q; Do Ultraguard silicone and A: Ultraguard exterior paints are Ultraguard Protect offers warranty? Q: How many colors are available in designed to protect homes and Ultraguard exterior paints? buildings from outdoor weather A: Ultraguard silicone offers 10 years conditions. They are specially and Ultraguard protect offers 15 years designed paints to protect interior of performance warranty which covers homes and business premises. water repellent, dust resistance All-weather protection and colors fading. Depending on Ultraguard Protect is a water-based Acrylic emulsion with German the application technology that gives you all-weather protection for all your exterior conditions wall needs. durability warranty is covered. WATER DIRT PICK-UP ANTI-ALGAE CRACK REPELLENT RESISTANCE FORMULA BRIDGING Q: Does Ultraguard exterior paint require primer/ undercoats or skim coat before application? A: For full performance of Ultraguard exterior paint, the surface preparation is necessary depending on the surface primers/ undercoats are required. If the surface is chalky, use Crown penetrating primer or Crown masonry primer to bond the chalky powder. To level the surface use Crown Walplast exterior or interior cement putty. For better performance use undercoat emulsion exterior or interior or acrylic sealers. Q: What sheen does Ultraguard Protect have? A: Ultraguard Protect have little BBuuiillddiinnggEEaassttAAffrriiccaa ||DDeecceemmbbeerr//JJaannuuaarryy22002200 3A3 PrPormomotointigngsussutsatianianbalbelededveevleolpompmenetnt

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Interiors lighting 101: How to Choose the • Good design is about Right Lighting for matching light levels to the tasks being performed in your room specific locations – think a brightly lit kitchen island The right lighting can help versus a lamp in your living promote productivity and room for reading it can also make us feel relaxed and comfortable; • Try to put light where it’s it helps define spaces and draws really needed and keep people together. lower ambient light levels elsewhere Lighting also affects how we perceive textures and colors, and Always think about both natural manipulates the overall feel of and artificial light when designing space (maybe more than any other your space. design element). And then there is the simple fact that light fixtures can end up being a major focal point in a room - it's no wonder that pulling a light scheme togethcan feel a touch daunting • How you physically feel in - Courtesy: Tile n’ Carpet a space has mostly to do Centre with the lighting • More light isn’t necessarily better. Think more quality versus quantity. 38 BBuuiillddiinngg EEaasstt AAffrriiccaa || DDeecceemmbbeerr// JJaannuuaarryy 22002200 Promoting sustainable development

Interiors Bathroom Remodel Below are four effective updates on a modern bathroom In a bathroom remodel, homeowners have a lot of Schrage, a bathroom design manager at Kohler. “But I choices, from tubs, sinks, tile, and more. But it’s the also see a lot of public places choosing black grout with small details that could have some big impact. a lighter tile.” Make sure the grout blends with your tile. A luxe showerhead Towel racks “These days, many people opt for massaging shower- heads and models that can remember your tempera- A place to hang the towels can actually become a focal ture preferences,” Kelvin Ongueccso, a local interiors point in a bathroom. Schrage recommends choosing a market expert told The Realtor. Low-flow showerhead towel bar that’s wide enough for at least two towels— systems and models that detach from the wall are about 24 inches. She also says the towel bar doesn’t trending internationally. Designers also suggest raising need to be the same finish as the plumbing. Consider the showerhead a foot or so higher. “When people ask the placement, too. Towels should be accessible as you us for the secret to the perfect bathroom, we always exit a shower. recommend raising your showerhead,” Ongueso says. “Older homes typically have showerheads, so raising Sink faucets yours will bring your bathroom into the present at very little cost.” Lean tile grout “Sink faucets are basically statement earrings for your bathroom,” Schrage says. “I love the look of a wide- Grout has the potential to make a bathroom look spread—at least 8-inch—faucet.” They can appear cleaner. “This is my personal design preference, but more contemporary and faucets with some room I love the white grout in the bathroom,” says Lynn around them are easier to clean, she notes.  Building East Africa | December / January 2020 3A9 Promoting sustainable development

Real Estate Why Hire a Real Estate Agent? by Correspondent In world that has rapidly become borderless in Price terms of information, with information on almost everything available (and saleable!) at the click of Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not a burton, it is easy to wonder why you need “an select prices for sellers or buyers. However, an agent intermediary” as many have come to refer realtors as, to will help to guide clients to make the right choices for sell their property. There are also the options of disposing themselves. If a listing is at 7%, for example, an agent has of your house or land through regular marketing and a 7% vested interest in the sale, but the client has a 93% advertising channels. The truth is, some do successfully interest. Selling agents will ask buyers to weigh all the achieve the task without representation, without a real data supplied to them and to choose a price. Then based estate agent. But it also true that many don’t. This is why on market supply, demand and the conditions, the agent you may want to hire representation to help you out. will devise a negotiation strategy. There are many reasons why you may want to sell your Negotiation Skills and Confidentiality property. If it is for resale at a profit, then you may have the time to wait to find a buyer. However, emergencies Top producing agents negotiate well because, unlike sometimes necessitate selling off property for a financial most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from solution. To save on time, hiring a professional will be the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they worth the investment. A real estate professional who does are skilled. It’s part of their job description. Good agents will know the market better and the best prices. The trick are not messengers, delivering buyer’s offers to sellers is to find the right person. For the most part, they all cost and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained roughly the same, so why not hire a person with more to present their client’s case in the best light and agree education and experience than you?. to hold client information confidential from competing interests. Realtors are better informed regarding market conditions Real estate agents also widely network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you Professional real estate have the market info at their will need to buy or sell. Due to legal liability, many fingertips and regularly monitor market conditions, which agents will hesitate to recommend a certain individual will govern your selling or buying process. Data such as or company over another, but they do know which the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency, and average sales prices, average days on market and and competitive pricing. Agents can, however, give you ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a list of references with whom they have worked and a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide to do. provide background information to help you make a wise selection. Agents also possess knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your neighborhood. They can Answer Questions after Closing identify comparable sales and hand these facts to you, in addition to pointing you in the direction where you can Even the smoothest transactions that close without find more data on schools, crime or demographics. complications can come back to haunt. For example, taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, 40 Building East Africa | December/ January 2020 doc stamps or transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices, but one call to your agent can straighten Promoting sustainable development out the confusion. Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. Good agents stand by ready to assist. Worthy and honest agents don’t leave you in the dust to fend for yourself. The basis for an agent’s success and continued career in real estate is referrals. Few agents would survive if their livelihood was dependent on consistently drumming up new business. This emphasis gives agents strong incentives to make sure certain clients are happy and satisfied. It also means that an agent who stays in the business will be there for you when you need to hire an agent again. Many will periodically mail market updates to you to keep you informed and to stay in touch.

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