Kenyan construction industry embraces Eurocodes
01 March 2012
Posted by Michelle Devonshire
Eurocodes are gradually being rolled out throughout the world, with Kenya becoming the latest nation to adopt the standards.
Designed to guide the building and civil engineering industry, Eurocodes are intended to provide a single reference point for those working in the sector.
According to Construction News, Kenya will replace the existing British Standards with Eurocodes by 2013.
Public Works Permanent Secretary, John Lonyangapuo, told the news source the standards should enhance safety and professionalism in the industry.
"We have witnessed collapsing buildings in Nairobi, Kiambu, Embakasi and leaning towers in Mombasa. We expect that with the advent of Eurocodes similar problems will be addressed," he added.
The UK may also see the use of Eurocodes increase during 2012, as Glenigan has reported there has been a 17 per cent rise in construction project starts during the three months to February this year, with a 63 per cent jump in civil engineering schemes compared with 2011.
Glenigan economist James Abraham commented: "The flow of civil engineering projects is expected to remain steady because the Department for Transport's budget was saved from the larger scale cuts imposed upon other departments in the Comprehensive Spending Review."
He added that increases are being seen in rail project investment and in Scottish utilities developments, such as wind farms and recycling plants.
According to the company, the private residential sector is driving activity, witnessing a 42 per cent year-on-year climb in new starts, with strong performance in the south and south-east areas of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Scotland and the East Midlands.
The UK introduced Eurocodes in March 2010 and they comprise two parts - a national annex and a general section, with each country developing its own version that takes local conditions into account.