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Is this the architecture of the future?

America’s Empire State building and the New York Times Tower at 102 and 52 floors respectively are some of the world’s tallest buildings.

In addition to being architectural wonders, the iconic buildings have another factor in common - they are steel-framed structures.

Construction of the New York Times Tower was completed in 2007, after four years, while the Empire State building was finished in 1931 after 13 months of onsite construction. Read more…

Kidero's repaint order draws mixed feelings

The order issued last week by the Nairobi County government for buildings to be repainted within a month is a double edged sword for landlords according to a leading property manager.

In a notice issued on April 13, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero directed that all building owners in the city repaint them within 30 days.

Kidero said that the directive is in line with the city's by-laws which stipulate that every building in the city must be painted and decorated at least once every two years and must remain so without any defacing. Read more…

Chinese firm opens factory for prefab materials

A Chinese firm has set up a Sh3 billion factory in Kitengela for production of prefabricated building materials.

The company, Boleyn Magic Wall Limited, said its Kitengela factory will manufacture wall panels, half slabs, staircases, hollow core slabs for flooring and roofing, columns and pressurised beams for the prefab housing units.

Prefabricated houses are manufactured offsite, usually in standard sections that are portable and assembled at the construction site just like a typical home. Read more...

Students, middle class hit hard by housing shortage

Students and middle income earners are the most affected by the country’s housing shortage whose shortfall is estimated at 200,000 units annually.

This is according to a report by investment management firm Cytonn Investments released yesterday.

Cytonn said in its first quarter report for the year that preference for the suburbs among most city residents has led to a revolutionary growth in housing and a surge in commercial property. Read more...

Highrise buildings to alter Eldoret's skyline

More than 12 commercial buildings are under construction in Eldoret, developments that will most likely improve the face of the town.

The upcoming buildings all have more than 14 storeys, dwarfing Kerio Valley Development Authority’s building which is currently Eldoret’s tallest with 14 floors.

The high number of new commercial buildings has been caused by rising demand for quality office space, malls and colleges. Read more...

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