Construction firm Turner & Townsend opens regional office in Nairobi

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Global construction and management consultants Turner & Townsend has opened its regional office in Nairobi in a move to cash in on infrastructure projects in the region.

The UK-based firm is keen on the natural resources industry and hopes to capitalize on the booming oil and gas sector in the region by setting up the right infrastructure to support of the sector.

The firm’s presence and operations in Africa dates back to the 1980s. It is currently involved in a number of projects in various industries including telecommunications, infrastructure, oil and gas, housing, health, education, among others.

Starting off as a quantity survey firm in 1946, Turner & Townsend has grown to a network of 97 offices worldwide over the years.

“Kenya has its ‘Vision 2030’ ambitions to create infrastructure and they have recently set up and gazetted a public private partnership (PPP) framework that is backed by a Presidential Delivery Unit.

We have a strong skill set to be able to offer services in this space, and in terms of property we are currently engaged with General Electric, Shelter Afrique and Aga Khan Health Services,” said Turner & Townsend – Country Manager, Daimon Keith.

The firm says that in achieving growth it has laid a strategy that incorporates Southern African Development Community, East African Community (EAC) and West Africa hubs.

“EAC as this is the next logical step based on the opportunities in the pipeline, the ease of doing business with the EAC and our existing client base. In West Africa, Nigeria and Ghana will be our focus areas as we seek new project opportunities,” said Turner & Townsend’s Regional Managing Director for Africa, Ian Donaldson.