The just concluded Construction Industry Awards gala dinner took place on the 20th July 2018 at the Carnivore Restaurant Lang’ata.
The event was endorsed by the National Construction Authority and saw the Principal Secretary of the State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Charles Hinga Mwaura as well as our very own Ag. Executive Director, Eng. Maurice Akech, in attendance.
Seven participants received awards with Questworks Ltd emerging as the Contractor of the Year and the ultimate winner of the night. The contractor of the year award sought to recognize the most outstanding contractor who evidenced excellent project implementation in regards to sustainability, growth strategy, innovation and health and safety requirements maintenance.
The particular project that bagged them the award was Strathmore Law School, where they demonstrated excellent quality in finishing with a good focus on sustainability.
Concerning affordable housing the PS, Mr. Charles Mwaura, highlighted one of the strategies Government would be employing towards tackling the challenge that is land affordability in Kenya, is that they have set aside 7,500 acres at zero cost to the end user where some of this property will be put up. “We will not only put up the land but we will service it as well because we are serious about this project,” he said.
“We will leverage large economies of scale in regards to the cost of construction. We’re creating a market aggregator that should provide this benefit. The last time this country had a boom was in 1979 with the coffee boom. Prepare yourselves for a construction boom in this country. This agenda alone will double our GDP in five years time,” he said.
Our ED, Eng. Akech announced the upcoming exhibition on Innovative Building Materials and Technologies (IBMT) where selected exhibitors will demonstrate cost effectiveness, innovative as well as function and environmental sustainability. All this in the hope of finding the most efficient delivery models that will be employed during the entire affordable housing project.
The gala dinner was co-located with the contractor open day and construction expo that ran from 20th-21st July, 2018, at the Carnivore grounds.