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Chryso Eastern Africa is supplying a vital admixture for the concrete mix used for the construction of Nova Apartments, a new R180 million luxury apartment block in Nairobi.

The main contractor, Aggregate Construction has specified waterproofing products from a.b.e. Construction Chemicals.

Trevor Sawyer, Country Manager for Chryso Eastern Africa, says waterproofing products the group’s a.b.e. Construction Chemicals division will also be used for the construction of the new landmark building in Muthangari Drive in Westlands, Nairobi.

Sawyer says the products selected for use on the new prestige Elmridge Developments project include:

  • Chryso Fluid L – a high range water-reducing, super-plasticising admixture;
  • b.e. duraflex – a cementitious flexible waterproofing slurry; and
  • b.e. ecofelt – a polypropylene saturation membrane, used to reinforce the a.b.e. duraflex waterproofing.

Chryso Eastern Africa is supplying a total of about 60 000 litres of Chryso Fluid L admixture to Aggregate Construction for the concrete required to build the multi-storey apartment block, scheduled for completion in October next year.

Sawyer and Aggregate Construction’s Paresh Hirani worked in close collaboration to optimise the content and performance of the concrete mix for the project which was started in August last year. Sawyer was on site right from the first cast and Chryso Eastern Africa also supplied the main contractor with a Chryso dosing system to ensure consistency in the concrete mix.

Chryso Fluid L offers several benefits to a concrete mix including substantially reducing the water content without negatively affecting the mix’s consistency; and significantly increasing the slump/flow of the concrete mix and its workability.

For the waterproofing of the swimming pool, podium, balconies and bathrooms, a.b.e. duraflex with ecofelt reinforcement to cover a total area of about 5 500 m² will be supplied to the specialist waterproofing contractors, Mau West. Both the main contractor and specialist waterproofers are leading Nairobi-based companies.

The architects for Nova apartments, Beglin Woods Architects Kenya, have already won an Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) “Best Concept” award for the luxury residential apartments and penthouses of the spectacular new development.

The Beglin Woods acclaimed design for the 17 storey Nova Apartments include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym, cinema, convenience store and expansive open grassed area with water features and jogging track.

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