Scaffolding in Kenyan construction sites.

Scaffolding in Kenyan construction sites.

1. How big is the demand for quality metal scaffolding both in Nairobi and the other counties?

Demand is huge. All parts of the country from Nairobi to Kisumu,Nakuru,Mombasa,Meru, Nyeri are having huge multi storey constructions at the moment.

World reknown architects such as Zaha Hadid depend heavily on specialist scaffolding experts to come up with their uniquely shaped buildings. With the onset of new building designs/shapes in Kenya, there will b a need for specialised scaffolding experts to work with contractors to come up with the unique shapes.

2. I live around many apartment complexes, and the ones that are still undergoing construction are using timber for scaffolding. What is the reason for this? Is it the lack of scaffolding suppliers or is the cost of employing such services prohibitive in the current market?

There are no suppliers of metal scaffolding to developers. This forces developers to buy the timber for scaffolding, mainly blue gum poles and grivellia .
There is also no specialised trained labour in the use of metal scaffolding.
Buying timber scaffolding instead of renting results in high Reinforced Concrete works. See breakdown here.

http://www.a4architect.com/2013/11/11/analysis-cost-construction-concrete-slab-kenya-comparison-prefabricated-situ/
http://www.a4architect.com/2013/11/11/analysis-cost-construction-concrete-slab-kenya-comparison-prefabricated-situ/

Currently, there are entrepreneurs renting timber trappers , usually at around half the cost of purchasing them.

Metal scaffolding will be easily reused many times hence reducing the cost of hiring them out to developers.

3. Are there any other local/foreign companies that provide specialized form-work and scaffolding services and if so how receptive has the market been to them?

There are small time timber trappers suppliers. There are no specialised form work suppliers. Large construction companies have to set up separate form work departments . Outsourcing this service to specialised form work suppliers would make more sense and cents to developers.

4. Once I set up up the company, can I used pre owed scaffold beams to begin with or will I be compromising the safety of those using them?

Currently, the local building codes don’t emphasize on the type and strength of scaffolding. This is left to the supervising structural engineer to determine. Local building codes especially in Nairobi and Mombasa insist that a hooding to protect passers-by below should be erected. Also, a material covering that prevents neighbours from the dust is also to be put in place.

The structural/strength element of these fixtures are usually to be determined by the project consulting structural engineer.

5. Are there options available for protecting the company from liability such as insurance?

This would be a new venture in Kenya. Therefore, insurance companies who are pliable and adaptable to change would be more than willing to provide insurance. Just like prefabricated houses whereby few adaptable insurance companies pioneered in offering insurance when prefab houses were still a new concept in Kenya.

Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.
info@a4architect.com

Francis Gichuhi (692 Posts)

Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email info@a4architect.com. Telephone +254721410684


  31 comments for “Scaffolding in Kenyan construction sites.

  1. angel
    July 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Dear,

    Have a nice day.

    We are specialised in building scaffolding accessories, for example cuplock system, ringlock system, scaffolding coupler, adjustable jack base ,U-Head jack base. formwork accessories including tie rod ,tie nut ,wing nut ,collar nut ,water stop ,formwork clamp ,spring clamp ,steel cone ,jack nut. prop systems and so on.

    If you need any products you can contact me and I will give you the best price and quality.

    Looking forward to your reply

    angel

    • timothy
      April 27, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Angel- Kindly give your contacts

      • April 12, 2017 at 7:56 am

        We are one the leading manufacturer and exporter of Scaffolding & Formwork material based in Dubai. Our factory is located in Dubai, India & Ukraine and has exports to around 90 countries in the world. We have strong presence in East Africa, West Africa and South Africa. We are supplying to leading contractors.

        If you have any enquiry or requirement then please let us know.

        You can visit our website

      • April 12, 2017 at 8:30 am

        We are one of the leading manufacturer and exporter of Scaffolding & Formwork material based in Dubai. Our factory is located in Dubai, India & Ukraine and has exports to around 90 countries in the world. We have strong presence in East Africa, West Africa and South Africa. We are supplying to leading contractors.

        If you have any enquiry or requirement then please let us know.

        You can visit our website

    • Zoreen
      April 29, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Hi,

      Kindly send me your contacts; I need scaffholding connectors urgently,

      • June 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

        hello good afternoon sir,we are the manufacturer and global supplier of scaffolding material,if you have any requirement regarding scaffolding material then please contact me on soon.

        • Martinez
          June 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

          Good day.
          How much do u sell them for?

    • August 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Hi,

      This is Vir Vikram . We are one of the leading Manufacturers of Cup Lock System, Forged Couplers, Base Jacks, U-Head Jacks. Kindly contact us for ay scaffolding requirements.

    • Allan
      November 7, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Call me

  2. December 8, 2015 at 7:16 am

    We are specialized in all types of scaffolding systems and fittings ,we are based here in Kenya. We have them in large quantities….No need of you going through the hustle of importation. We are here for you. Kindly pay us a visit to see the various types of scaffolds and fittings that we have e.g cuplock,ringlock,kwikstage, h-frame, props,u-jacks, base jacks and all the fiitings for the pipes.

    • Karega Alexander
      May 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Hi Am Alex and a really in need of the scaffolding.

      • June 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

        Hi Kerega Alexander,
        We are manufacturer and exporter of scaffolding and accessories in India. Kindly let us have your detail of requirement and we shall offer you the best prices accordingly.
        Or let us have your email address to provide you our product catalogue.
        Thanks and regards,
        Narinder Singh

    • May 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Hi Hellen I wish to venture into this business and would not mind a few pointers from you. Would you mind guiding me? As a a person who have been in this business you could be a good guide for into it please.

      • June 10, 2016 at 5:26 am

        Would u be needing an experienced scaffold inspector with with two years experience?cuz i am available

    • Pharis
      June 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Kindly send your phone number or call me urgently on Helen

    • July 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Contacts Please. I am in need of Scaffolding material.

    • Augustine Makau
      July 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Hellen,

      It is good to know you have all types of scaffolding material. Actually we are looking for some for use during training sessions. How can I contact you to arrange to view the material. Urgent.

  3. January 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Dears Sirs,
    We are a german company exporting new and used scaffolding worldwide. We can provide material from the market leader Layher and more economic systems from Europe. Until 30.1.16 Mr Matzke is in Mombasa meeting clients from East Africa. Please don’t hesitate if you wish to make an appointment
    With kind regards

    The experts for new and used scaffolding systems

  4. Salim
    May 1, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Please avail your contacts for those offering scufolding

  5. June 10, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Gabriel i am scaffolding inspector and instructors with experience of two years in scaffolding work incase u need an instructor or a foreman

    • Augustine Makau
      July 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Gabriel,

      I would be interested in talking to you, how can get you?

    • Augustine Makau
      August 2, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Gabriel,

      How can i contact you? urgent. my cell phone 07717193863

  6. June 10, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Hi !
    We are manufacturer and exporter of scaffolding and accessories in India. Also we own an office in China with a team of professionals and we are exporting a huge quantity scaffolding over the world. Kindly let us have your detail of requirement and we shall offer you the best prices accordingly.
    Or let us have your email address to provide you our product catalogue.
    Thanks and regards,
    Narinder Singh

  7. OLYMPIA
    June 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I WILL LIKE TO PROCURE STEEL SCAFFOLDS.ANYONE WITH AN IDEA WHERE I CAN GET QUALITY ONES ON A BETTER PRICE.

  8. August 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Scaffolding Industry LLC based in Dubai-UAE, are one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of Cup Lock System, Forged Couplers, Scaffold Tubes. Kindly contact us for any scaffolding requirements

  9. August 18, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Dears Sirs,

    I represent a leading Taiwanese scaffolding and formwork manufacturer. We also supply used scaffolding. We can offer you walk through frames, ring lock, metal planks, safety rails, ladders, braces, base jacks, couplers, coupling pins, mobile scaffold towers, netting & canvas, and more. We offer quality products at competitive prices. Our company can also offer you custom made scaffolds, so we can provide you with many products that meet your demands and that will enable you to meet your customers’ needs and expand your market.

  10. rodgers ngusale
    October 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    hi,kindly assist me with info on how much a h-type scaffold will cost and its accessories.urgent please and any other relevant information.your contacts?

  11. Benson Maweu
    November 20, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Those supplying scaffolding materials give us phone contacts we need you

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