An unconventional design combined with a pre-engineered building structure and pro-active construction management delivered a greenfield brewery for our client in East Africa ahead of the competition and at the lowest possible cost.

Winning solution in the race to market

Our multi-national brewing client sought to expand into the fast-growing market with what was their first brewery in the country. They had two challenging requirements: quick completion and low investment. Further complexity was added because earthworks were unusually expensive due to the volcanic soil conditions. Our solution to keep costs as low as possible was a one-roof concept, in which all functions are housed in a single building. It’s not a commonly used design for breweries but in this case it exactly fitted our client’s needs. We chose a pre-engineered building system, reducing construction time, guaranteeing quality standards, and ensuring our client won the race to market ahead of competitors.

Proactive management team keeps project on schedule for first brew

Costs were also kept low by awarding the construction to a local contractor. Our construction management team not only oversaw their activity but played a proactive role keeping the work on schedule and coordinating supplies and deliveries. "Local contractors often have limited experience of projects of this size and timings are one area that can slip if organisation is not tight,” said Peer Gröning, Associate Director Project Management and Consultancy Multinationals. "That meant it was really important for us to have a strong team on site to guide the contractor, coordinate supplies and meet the schedule for process installations. As a result the first brew was achieved on time."

Immediate expansion announced due to market growth

The rapid growth of the market meant that even as the site was being opened, an immediate expansion was announced, in line with the masterplan. Following subsequent expansion projects, partially modular and partially by new buildings, the brewery now produces the annual volume originally planned in the three-stage masterplan.