The World Bank is set to fund the construction of a US$ 30m complex in Nairobi, Kenya that will be developed by Chinese firm, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The mega complex which is being overseen by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will house KeNHA, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), the Engineers Board of Kenya, the National Construction Authority (NCA) and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
The construction will see the setting up of four office blocks covering 35,000 square metres, a 500-seater auditorium and a service building.
Avic, through its subsidiary, China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation (Catic), was last year declared the best and lowest bidder in a pool of 19 contractors, having offered to do all the works for that amount.
KeNHA given Green Light
KeNHA has now been given the go ahead for the works following the Public Procurement Administrative and Review Board’s (PPARB) dismissal of an application in court by local contractor, Parbat Siyani Construction Ltd.
No specifications have been given yet of where the complex will be located in Nairobi but the tender documents indicate that Catic will be required to complete works in 15 months.
KeNHA will then have 12 months after occupation to notify the Chinese company of any defects.
(AVIC) is a Chinese state-owned aerospace and defense company, ranked 159th place in the Fortune Global 500 lists.
The company is centered on aviation and provides complete services to customers in many sectors – from research and development to operation, manufacturing and financing. Their business units cover defense, transport aircrafts, helicopters, avionics and systems, general aviation, research and development, flight testing, trade and logistics, assets management, finance services, engineering and construction, automobiles and more.
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