For a long period, the African continent was lagging behind in infrastructure development but this is changing. With a growing economy and a booming young population in Africa, the construction industry has seen a surge in mega construction projects ranging from huge hydro dams, road and railway networks to skyscrapers as compared to the past century. In previous years, Africa has had a surge in projects that are changing the face of the continent. These projects are some of the most expensive projects the continent has ever known, and with their completion, they will be of heavy impact to the…


Throughout the construction age, construction companies have basically relied on “old school” methods of project management. During this era of technological progress, it's not uncommon for construction companies to rely on spreadsheets, manual data entry, and paperwork. Low Information Technology (IT) budgets and inadequate time for training have contributed to hesitancy around adopting new methods and technology in the construction industry.

There are real, practical applications and benefits to modernizing the current construction processes. …


The construction budget is the amount of money allocated for a specific building or remodeling project. Budgets are used to anticipate all costs and expenses of the building process from start to completion.

Quantity surveyors manage all costs associated with building projects, their primary goal is to minimize expenses and keep them within the limits of a budget. They get to be part of the project from the start preparing comprehensive project estimates, gather tender and contract documentation, conduct feasibility studies, and undertake risk control.

With the use of well-integrated budgeting software, the quantity surveyors will be more efficient, consistent…


Who is a construction manager?

A construction manager is a professional who utilizes project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project from its beginning to completion. The major purpose of the construction manager is to control time delivery, cost, and the quality of the project, It also entails making sure every worker under him is doing what they are supposed to do. The construction manager should have the following qualities.

Should possess Problem Solving Skills

Construction manager with his team

Problems are bound to occur. A construction manager should be equipped with excellent problem-solving skills to properly address any issue…


Our world has a housing crisis. With a population boom preceding the industrial age and the growth of cities to megacities. There is a clear deficit of quality affordable housing for the population. We are simply not building houses at the scale, speed, and quality that is required. While the building process has seen little innovation over the last few centuries, other industries like manufacturing have embraced technology and seen massive gains in scale. …


The role of the construction manager though relatively new has been growing in importance in the Kenyan construction industry. We caught up with Mr. Luqman Varvani, a career construction manager currently managing Infinity Industrial Park the first and largest private industrial park for SME’s(Small and Medium Enterprises). He gave us some glimpses of his background, his day to day life, what and who inspires him and why he entrusted the BidiiBuild platform to help him manage the activities at Infinity Industrial Park.

Tell us a bit about Luqman?

My name is Luqman Varvani, a construction project manager with 5 years…


It was 2014, a pandemic identified as Ebola was quickly spreading across West Africa. With a 25–90% mortality rate, highly contagious, weak detection and poor infrastructure the current medical response teams were overwhelmed. It quickly became clear that the current infrastructure wouldn’t be sufficient.

Emergency medicine physician Dr. Solomon Aquah with help from the International rescue committee coordinated in the construction of emergency hospitals. 100–200 bed field hospitals were built in a few short months in rural africa to assist the overwhelmed local hospitals.

According to the World Health Organization(WHO), the current fatality rate for confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases is…


The corona virus is now a global pandemic. The world is now facing uncharted waters with a virus capable of spreading incredibly fast and shutting down majority of the world’s economies. Currently there are 53 countries in Africa infected with over 12,966 confirmed cases and a tragic 695 deaths. All is not grave as governments have taken swift action through controlled curfews and in extreme cases complete shutdowns of all citizen movements to curb the spread.

Man getting tested. Source:BBC

With such a huge impact that has brought a complete standstill across industries its time for the building and construction industry to take corona…


The global housing crisis is at a tipping point

The world’s population is expected to swell to 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100 according to the United Nations. Africa’s population stands currently at 1.216 billion and is the world’s youngest. These young people are driving a growing urgency in the need to provide access to work, food, and housing. Now is the time to rethink how we will be able to provide sustainable and affordable shelter and accommodation to match the rising demand.

Africa construction workers.

Government steps in affordable housing

The Kenyan, Rwanda, Nigeria and South African governments are…


In our circles, we are driven by one goal. How do we ensure construction projects are completed on time and within the set budget. Its not an easy task as project delays are as a result of various issues. We are however not satisfied with a vague summary so as all detectives , we set out to find what are the main causes of project delays on the continent and tips on how do deal with them . …

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