Profica leads financial services head office projects in Africa
A flurry of development for financial services companies in Africa has Profica’s teams in East and West Africa flexing their in-country development and project management skills to ensure sterling results for their clients.
One of Africa’s largest banks has appointed Profica, award-winning property and construction solutions company which has 11 regional and associated offices throughout Africa and the UAE, to undertake comprehensive project management of its new head office in Lagos. Having commenced in late 2018, the grade A development is scheduled for completion in early 2023.
Malcolm Matanda, Profica Country Manager for Nigeria says Profica is extremely pleased to be able to contribute their specialist development and project management skills to the financial institution, which is first-time client for Profica.
In East Africa, Profica is providing services to another leading financial services company; this time to Barclays Bank Zambia PLC (BBZ). While having undertaken a significant number of branch fitouts for ABSA Bank in South Africa on a turnkey Design & Build basis, this is the first time that Profica will provide services to one of the company’s African counterparts.
Profica will be providing project management services for the development of the BBZ new head office in Lusaka.
Beukes van Heerden, Director: Head of Capital Projects SADC says, “When we’re asked about the challenges of undertaking project management and development of capital projects in Africa, we tend respond by saying that if you are experienced in the country, there are less challenges than simply different ways of working and obstacles unique to that country.
“Zambia’s particular issues include the availability of materials, ensuring the right workmanship and consistent, hands-on contractor and stakeholder management. However, with the in-country experience that we’ve gained, Profica is able to effectively manage these issues. We never lose sight of the urgency to keep the build on track in terms of time and costs which are critical aspects for clients undertaking capital projects.”