News that took construction industry by storm in 2016

The year 2016 was a busy period for Kenya’s construction industry stakeholders, with many investors rushing to complete their projects ahead of the 2017 election campaigns. It was also a year of major announcements that took the industry by storm,…
10 Beautiful photos of the newly-built Two Rivers Mall

The Two Rivers Mall – a monumental shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, is part of a Sh16.6 billion development by Centum Group, which is majority owned by billionaire Chris Kirubi. Located in the Gigiri, Runda, Gigiri and Muthaiga neighbourhood, the…
Mombasa-Nairobi standard gauge railway nears completion

Construction of phase one of the Kenya standard gauge railway is nearing its culmination, with nearly 100 per cent of civil works already completed, State House said on Sunday. In a statement sent to newsrooms, Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said 98…
Why Kenyans are reluctant to embrace green building

Recent campaigns to lure Kenyan builders into green building have failed to bear much fruit, and experts are now worried that only a few developers are constructing eco-friendly structures. Green buildings, which are geared towards efficiency and sustainability throughout their…
Germany sketches big plan to tackle Kenya’s skills shortage

Property developers in Kenya are increasingly grappling with a shortage of skilled construction workers, a situation that is likely to undermine housing development in the country. The shortage of masons, plumbers and painters among other artisans has been blamed on…
Is this yet another false start for Sh596bn Konza Tech City?

Four years after the launch of the much-hyped Konza Technology City, construction of the Sh595.8 billion facility is yet to begin despite several false starts, raising all kinds of eyebrows. The project, which is located in Machakos County – some…
Kenya bans usage of twisted steel bars over safety concerns

Kenya has banned the production, importation and usage of twisted steel bars in construction as the country moves to address the perennial buildings collapse menace. The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) on Tuesday said that, beginning April 1, 2017, builders…
Reprieve for builders as Nema, NCA levies are scrapped

Property developers will not be required to pay construction levies to State agencies and counties for their projects, as the Kenyan government moves to tackle shortage of affordable housing in the country. In a statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday,…