Enacy Mapakame Property Reporter
Zimbabwean-owned firm, Vavaki Architects has been awarded a tender for a $74 million construction project in Rwanda.
The firm, which is based in the United Kingdom, has already worked on several projects in the region and is anticipating further growth as it leverages on international experience and the anticipated boom in the construction industry in Sub Saharan Africa.
Vavaki co-founder Paida Hlambelo indicated the $74 million project in Kigali, was one of the many projects the firm is working on, among them the Kigali Heights Development, also in the same city.
The Kigali Heights, which is one of the firm’s flagship projects comprises a modern commercial complex that houses retail, office space and hosts some of the big retail brands and banking institutions in Rwanda and the whole of East Africa.
In light of its anticipated growth in the region, Vavaki is setting up regional office in Kigali as it strategically positions itself for potential developments in neighbouring countries in the region.
“Due to the business friendly and enabling development climate in Rwanda, Vavaki Architects is setting up its East Africa regional offices in Kigali.
“These offices are strategically positioned to exploit the huge infrastructure development potential within Rwanda itself as well as in the neighbouring East African countries.
“Vavaki is currently busy with several schemes, some at construction and others at design stages in both Rwanda and Uganda,” said Mr Hlambelo.
The firm was upbeat of consolidating its position in Europe and East Africa while also making inroads into the Southern Africa region.
Mr Hlambelo said Vavaki was also geared to contribute to the Zimbabwean real estate sector, which he said had great potential from either an architectural or advisory perspective.
“We stand ready to contribute our international experience within the real estate sector to the redevelopment of our beloved country,” he said.