Belgian construction firm to set up shop in Kenya

Thomas & Piron Grands Lacs, the Rwandan unit of Belgian construction firm Thomas & Piron is expanding to Kenya in a bid to tap into the country’s construction boom. Piron Coralie, the firm’s chief executive was this week quoted by…
Chinese ‘grab’ mega church projects in Kenya

As China continues to dominate the local construction industry, Chinese companies seem to have discovered a lucrative business opportunity – church-building business. In the past few years, Chinese companies have dominated the local construction industry, having won many contracts with…
Weak shilling sparks surge in paint prices

Paint prices are set to go up next month, pushed by the weakening shilling and shortage of raw materials. Paint manufacturers Sadolin and Basco Paints have announced that retail prices of their paint products will be revised upwards in October,…
High rise apartments could solve Kenya’s housing crisis

The City Council of Nairobi recently announced it was reviewing building restrictions in Nairobi’s leafy estates to pave way for the construction of high-rise apartments. The Council’s decision to review the laws that were established more than two decades ago…
East Africa’s first solar panel factory opens in Naivasha

A Sh250 million solar panel factory has been opened in Naivasha as a United Nations (UN) report says photovoltaic modules have become more price-competitive. Ubbink East Africa Ltd., the owners of the factory, said they will manufacture about 30,000 high…
Kenya’s tallest residential apartments unveiled

An investor has unveiled plans to build the country’s tallest residential apartments near the Kasarani sports complex, along Thika Highway. The investor, Kasarani Hills Consortium, said Wednesday that the Sh7 billion development will give the country its tallest residential apartments…
Mabati Rolling Mills unveils construction estimating software

Mabati Rolling Mills, a subsidiary of the Safal Group, has launched a construction estimating software for property developers in an effort to grow market share. The roofing materials maker says the software will help builders to estimate quantities of iron…
Demand for bitumen rises as road works gather momentum

Demand for bitumen, a highly viscous black thick substance used for waterproofing and as an adhesive in road construction, is expected to rise thanks to the many planned and ongoing construction activities. According to recent projections by industry analysts, bitumen…