Form-work and Scaffolding in Kenya.


Scaffolding is the structure that workers use for support as they work on high rise buildings.



Some scaffolding types are made of aluminium, especially for light works where movable scaffolding is required, eg painting on ceilings.


For heavy builders works, steel scaffolding is used.


Hire or Buy.

For shorter span works, its advisable to hire the scaffolds. For longer term works, over 6 months long, its advisable to buy the scaffold. Specialized scaffolding suppliers have the expertise to erect the scaffolds and assist in moving and dismantling them.

Small time construction works in Kenya use blue gum poles scaffolding of which its becoming unsustainable environmentally, plus increased timber costs, hence the need to move to steel. Same situation is happening in the roofing structure industry whereby steel roof structures are now more feasible than timber roof structures.



Formwork for concreting is now also coming in form of steel panels, supported by steel scaffold.

The Kenyan construction industry landscape is unfolding towards modernized formwork and scaffolding methods that are cost friendly and last longer than the traditional wooden types.

Architect Francis Gichuhi Kamau.

Arch. Francis Gichuhi Kamau. (337 Posts)

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


  2 comments for “Form-work and Scaffolding in Kenya.

  1. JC Muchiri
    May 3, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Good Day All,

    Kindly am building a home at Thika four bed room house, i like to know do you rent scaffolding which support slab if yes how much do charge short period i don’t want to purchase woods for slab,

    also if you have concrete mixer kindly quote for me.

  2. G. Theuri
    June 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I am looking for a light works alluminium scafolding . Height 4m, widith 0.75, length 1.4m See attached image.
    Send quote and mention availability.

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