High-rise rush as Kenya market shifts to multi-unit housing

As the cost of land in Nairobi and other towns continue to rise, developers are increasingly shifting away from standalone houses and to high rise apartments. Latest statistics have shown that investors are increasingly building houses up rather than out…
Two Rivers Mall now set to open on Valentine’s Day 2017

After missing its self imposed opening date thrice, Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi is now primed for opening on Valentine’s Day next year, its owners have said. Key tenants are reportedly still mobilising their equipment on site – a clear…
HF Group signs deal to build Sh1.2bn homes in Kahawa West

HF Group, through its construction subsidiary HFDI, has signed a Sh1.2 billion deal with a Nairobi landlord to build 248 housing units in Kahawa West. In the joint venture, HFDI will provide the funds for the construction of the houses…
Why you should give green building a chance in 2017

You may have heard all the reasons why you should never go green when building or remodelling your home. It’s too expensive, it takes ages to complete, I’m too young for that…. And for every excuse, there are multiple reasons…
Disquiet as Sh153bn Nairobi-Naivasha railway project begins

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday launched construction of the Nairobi-Naivasha railway, amid rising opposition to its proposed passage through the Nairobi National Park. The 120km railway, which will cost Sh153 billion, is facing growing resistance from activists who argue that…
Chinese firm CJIC to start work on Kenya’s largest solar park

China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC) has signed a deal with Kenya to begin work on the much-delayed 50MW Garissa solar park project. According to the Cabinet Secretary for energy and petroleum Charles Keter, the solar…
Lake Turkana wind farm project runs ahead of schedule

Construction on the 310MW Lake Turkana wind farm at Loiyangalani in northern Kenya is running ahead of schedule, with the facility primed to generate its first 132 megawatts (MW) of electricity next month. Installation of 155 giant turbines at the…
Common types of building materials in Kenya

Building materials refer to any substance, natural or man-made which is used for construction purposes to create structures and buildings. The choice of building materials to use in a construction is determined by factors such as availability, cost, tenacity and…