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  2. 2. Beglin Woods Architects Limited THE PRACTICE
  3. 3. THE PRACTICE Beglin Woods Architects Limited
  4. 4. Beglin Woods Architects LimitedBeglin Woods Architects Limited THE PRACTICE Beglin Woods is a leading architectural and design practice with a broad portfolio of work around East Africa generated by its offices in Nairobi. David Beglin and Simon Woods have an office of over 20 architectural, technical and administrative staff. Both partners act as principal designers, and are closely involved in the design development of all their Projects. The buildings are often complex and sophisticated in function, but are built from a simple range of carefully selected quality and maintenance free materials. Beglin Woods have developed an aesthetic and functional architectural style over the years in practice in East Africa and have gained experience in most sectors of the economy including Tourism, Commerce, Industry, Health Care, Research and Education. We aim to develop building designs quickly but carefully, to allow the maximum time possible for detailed design development. Our clients are encouraged to become involved in the design process from the start, as their detailed input is essential in the evolution of the building design. The production team works extremely quickly once a concept is agreed, and can often produce tender documents on large projects within weeks of appointment. We are however extremely flexible at all stages of the project, and ensure that all our clients needs are full incorporated. Our computer model generating facilities are greatly valued by our clients who are keen to participate in a three dimensional concepts as well as photo realistic images of their projects at a very early stage. It also allows us to offer extremely short pre-contract design time, and sophisticated post-contract financial monitoring and project management. Each project, however small, is designed, detailed and built to the highest possible standards. The best designed and constructed buildings will always be readily in the market more than other less well-designed buildings. All our buildings are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, enjoyable to use, economical and capable of adaptation and extension. Some of our buildings are nearly 14 years old, and demonstrate the benefits to our clients in getting it right the first time! The economics of building in a developing country creates an extremely tight market, because of rapidly fluctuating building and finance costs. Prices per unit area can vary greatly from region and the choice of building materials, structural systems and finishes the final budget. We instruct our consultants and quantity surveyors to maintain a strict eye on the project budget during both pre-contract and post-contract design stages. The design team pays particular attention to the economies of construction at both design and contract drawing stages. During construction, variations and fluctuations are carefully monitored and client approval is sought before contract sums are increased. Financial appraisals, including reviews of originally projected income figures, are carried out at regular intervals during construction, and finances are adjusted accordingly. Teams of consultants are carefully selected, based on their project. Working carefully with the client and the consultants, suitable structural, finishing and services, systems are selected for each immediate suitability to undertake a certain item, as we are always testing the availability and economy of materials and services within the market place. Project correspondence and documentation are aimed at giving our clients highly Professional service, which records and documents every single contract matter in clear legal contract terminology. Great care is always taken to understand building contracts carefully in every detail and all contractual correspondence is kept up to date on a on a daily basis. We believe we are one of the most professional Architectural firms in East Africa and are constantly striving to produce quality buildings on time and on budget. “We love our work, and always aim to give all our clients a first class service and quality buildings that are value for money”
  5. 5. Beglin Woods Architects Limited EDUCATIONAL
  6. 6. Beglin Woods Architects LimitedBeglin Woods Architects Limited USIU LIBRARY Client: USIU Team: Beglin Woods Architects Tom Oketon QS Geomax Services Engineers Area: 10 000 sqm Value: $6 million Status: Completed 2005 COMPLETED PROJECTS New library building The new library is placed at the ‘hub’ of the University master plan, where students can gain easy access from all parts of the site. The building is on 3 levels plus a service area in the basement. The design takes full advantage of natural air movement in, through and out of the top of the building. All external windows are operable but lockable double glazed solar glazing to provide both sun shading and security. A large central atrium has been provided, open to all reading areas around the Library, whichcreatesastackeffectofwarmarearising through the high level electrically operated windows, and cool air moving in through the low level window ventilation louvres. Electronic book check in and out systems are state of the art, allowing for minimal staffing at the checkout desk, and provide a highly efficient monitoring and filing system. The external finishes are maintenance free render and glass, and the building is the focal point of the whole University complex.
  7. 7. Beglin Woods Architects Limited COMPLETED PROJECTS
  8. 8. Beglin Woods Architects Limited Client: USIU Team: Beglin Woods Architects Area: 3500 sqm Value: $6 million Status: Complete 2014 COMPLETED PROJECTS The project is seen as a combination of highly technical work in upgrading and extending USIU and providing enhanced and extended common facilities to serve the present and future needs of USIU. The master plan, which has previously been developed by the architects, serves as a guide to all future developments on the complex. USIU intends to establish a world-class The existing buildings, both technically, socially and administratively, are of mixed character, and we believe the Science and Technology building should reflect the latest science and technology in Architectural Character. Externally , this includes a stone plinth with composite aluminium panels above, in a double storey configuration set around a court yard. A high tech glass atrium forms the hub of the building. Solar glazing and naturally ventilated offices reduce the need for air conditioning except in selected labs and meeting rooms. The interiors reflect modern high tech, low maintenance and easily cleanable materials. Educational USIU SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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  10. 10. Beglin Woods Architects Limited USIU CHANDARIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Client: USIU Team: Beglin Woods Architects Area: 3800 sqm Value: $2.5 million Status: Completed 2004 COMPLETED PROJECTS The new School of Business is the first building designed by Beglin Woods on the USIU Campus, completed within the Master Plan redevelopment to upgrade the University to the status of a Major International Campus. The new Business School design is based on a courtyard configuration by creating one main and two secondary court yards in between both classroom and administration wings. The building is laid out so that the classroom activities are kept away from the lecturer’s offices and essential administration areas, by linking all of the areas by a series of open and covered walkways. The layout creates a vibrant student area in the open courtyard and covered walkway and study areas. We have endeavoured to make this Business School a fun learning environment. Areas of roof light have been created using jack roofs and side mounted windows to bring light into the teaching staff wings. All of the main access corridors are open on one side and glazed on the other for acoustic reasons, to protect the staff acoustically from students making their way to classes. Educational
  11. 11. Beglin Woods Architects Limited COMPLETED PROJECTS
  12. 12. Beglin Woods Architects Limited Client: ISK Team: Beglin Woods Architects Area: 600 sqm Value: $5 million Status: Completed 2008 COMPLETED PROJECTS A senior school of exceptional architectural quality located on a site of outstanding natural beauty, which will provide an unforgettable environment for learning while providing state-of-the-art technical facilities, unbeatable sporting and communal facilities and total security in a secure and controllable environment. Educational INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS OF KENYA
  13. 13. Beglin Woods Architects Limited COMPLETED PROJECTS
  14. 14. Beglin Woods Architects Limited Client: Waldorf School Team: Beglin Woods Architects Area: 600 sqm Value: $0.25 million Status: Completed 2008 COMPLETED PROJECTS A development of simple economical prefabricated buildings, designed to be easily constructed and equally easy to dismantle and transport to another site. The buildings are designed in simple prefabricated components, using locally manufactured building elements throughout. The classrooms are warm and inviting and provide an excellent learning environment. Educational WALDORF SCHOOL
  15. 15. Beglin Woods Architects Limited Client: USIU Team: Beglin Woods Architects Area: 8,000 sqm Value: Undisclosed Status: Under Construction The project design for the scheme is under construction and is expected to be complete by mid next year 2016. PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION Educational USIU STUDENT CENTRE, NAIROBI
  16. 16. Beglin Woods Architects Limited Client: Premier Academy Team: Beglin Woods Architects Area: Undisclosed Value: Undisclosed Status: Under Construction This is a phased construction involving extensions to the exsisitng high school to accomodate 8 new classrooms, state of the art Laboratories as well as lecture theatres, and extensions to the exsiting nursery school to accomodate the growing number of students. Thenextphase isleanedtowardsnurturingthe creative talent of the students by additional facilities of building a new auditorium that shall be used for school dramas and concerts as well as music halls. PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION Educational PREMIER ACADEMY, NAIROBI
  17. 17. Beglin Woods Architects Limited PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  18. 18. Beglin Woods Architects LimitedBeglin Woods Architects Limited SDA MASTER PLAN Client: S.D.A Team: Beglin Woods Architects Area: N/A Value: N/A Status: Proposal PROJECT PROPOSAL This project is for a new Adventist University Complex. The master plan includes educational faculties and sporting facilities. Educational 7th DAY ADVENTIST MASTER PLAN AND LIBRARY
  19. 19. Beglin Woods Architects Limited INCEPTION TO COMPLETION: KEY STAGES OF A PROJECT
  20. 20. Beglin Woods Architects Limited KEY STAGES An outline guide of the key stages that take place, from inception to completion and hand over of a project. Stage 1 – INCEPTION (5% of total service) Receive, appraise and report on the client’s requirements with regard to: • Client’s brief • The site and rights & constraints • Budgetary constrains • The need for consultants • Project program • Methods of contracting Stage 2 – CONCEPT & VIABILITY (15% of total service) Prepare an initial design and advise on: • Space provisions and planning relationships • Proposed materials & services • Technical & functional design characteristics Check for property rights conformity Review anticipated project cost Review project program Submit Site Development Plans to local authority if required Stage 3 – DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT (20% of total service) • Confirm the scope and complexity • Review design & consult local & statutory authorities • Develop design, construction system, materials & components • Incorporate services & consultants work • Review design costing & program with consultants
  21. 21. Beglin Woods Architects Limited Stage 4.1 – LOCAL AUTHORITY DRAWINGS (20% of total service) • Co-ordinate technical documentation with consultants and complete primary coordination • Prepare specifications for the works • Review costing & program with consultants • Obtain client’s authority and submit documents for approval Stage 4.2 – CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION & TENDERS (10% of total service) • Obtain clients authority to prepare documents to procure offers for the execution of the works • Evaluate offers and recommend on the award of the building contract • Prepare the contract documentation and arrange for the signing of the building contract Stage 5 – CONSTRUCTION (27% of total service) Contract administration: • Hand over the site to the contractor • Issue construction documentation • Initiate and/or check subcontract design and documentation as appropriate • Inspect the works for conformity to the contract documentation • Administer and perform the duties and obligations assigned to the principal agent in the JBCC building agreements and issue the certificate of practical completion • Assist the client to obtain the occupation certificate
  22. 22. Beglin Woods Architects Limited Stage 6 – CLOSE OUT (3% of total service) •Fulfil&completetheprojectclose-outincludingthepreparationof thenecessarydocumentation to facilitate the effective completion, handover and operation of the project. • After the contractors obligations with respect to the building contract are fulfilled, the architect shall issue the certificates related to contract completion. • Provide the client with as-built drawings and relevant technical and contractual undertakings by the contractor and sub contractors.
  23. 23. BEGLIN WOODS ARCHITECTS LIMITED Directors: David Beglin, Simon Woods, Katherine Mung'au, Kunal Patel P.O Box 22759- 00400 Westlane, Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Kenya Tel. +254 (020) 4449146, 4449147, 4449148 Mobiles: +254 (0)734 623 855, (0)722 201, 185 Email:,, URL: