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Construction industry set for growth as pre-engineered building solutions take root, expert

Heycott said that the growing awareness of green buildings and the demand for single-story buildings are projected to drive the growth of the pre-engineered buildings market/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 24 – Kenya’s construction industry is projected to grow, as a result of increasing demand for pre-engineered building solutions that reduce construction time and cost.

This is according to Mabati Rolling Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Heycott who says the solutions are changing the construction industry by meeting the demand for innovative, cost-effective, and fast-paced construction of modern infrastructure.

Heycott added that the growing awareness of green buildings and the demand for single-story buildings are projected to drive the growth of the pre-engineered buildings market.

“With a projected growth in the pre-engineered buildings market, we have introduced SAFBUILD to cater for consumers seeking cost-effective and environmental friendly solutions. We are exploring significant investments in SAFBUILD as an upgrade to the local steel PEBs rather than their replacement,” said Heycott

SAFBUILD is targeting investors keen in single pre-engineered building spaces such as factories, warehouses, storage facilities, and industrial plants.

“In future, we will be offering SAFBUILD on a franchise model, equipping an army of technical fabricators regional wide with the skills and tools to deliver the benefit of a superior technology to clients in manufacturing, agricultural value-addition, commercial and institutional segments,” said Heycott.

To reduce operations costs, SAFBUILD is designed and detailed on SAFDESIGN a design and analysis software that speedily automates a customer’s journey from idea to full project detailing within minutes, anchored on a stringent, world-class design code that factors superior parameters to applicable local standards.

A report by TechSci Research valued the global pre-engineered building market at around USD 13 billion and forecasted it to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 11 percent to reach around USD 25 billion by 2024 .

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