Qual­ity, In­no­va­tion and Ex­cel­lence

Africa Outlook - - Contents - Writer: Phoebe Calver | Pro­ject Man­ager: Stu­art Parker

De­liv­er­ing ex­per­tise across the Ghana­ian con­struc­tion sec­tor

McAdam De­sign (Ghana) Ltd, linked to McAdam De­sign Ltd based in the UK, is a pri­vately owned, lim­ited li­a­bil­ity com­pany, spe­cial­is­ing in pro­vid­ing pro­ject man­age­ment, de­sign and con­struc­tion su­per­vi­sion ser­vices.

Work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its lo­cal con­struc­tion part­ners in Ghana, the Com­pany has as­sisted its clients for the past four years us­ing its tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and in­no­va­tive spirit. This has led to the delivery of projects in a mul­ti­tude of sec­tors, specif­i­cally in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture as­so­ci­ated with in­dus­trial devel­op­ment, wa­ter sup­ply and treat­ment, waste­water and san­i­ta­tion, hous­ing and en­ergy.

“The ge­n­e­sis of our idea to em­bark upon a new pro­ject man­age­ment and de­sign con­sul­tancy busi­ness be­gan with a fam­ily visit to Ghana in 2010,” ex­plains Peter Quartey-Pa­pafio, Di­rec­tor of McAdam De­sign (Ghana) Ltd. “At the time the UK was in the mid­dle of a re­ces­sion and we no­ticed this was a huge con­trast to Ghana’s boom­ing econ­omy, with a -GDP growth of more than 10 per­cent and nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment at that time.”

Fol­low­ing as­sess­ments based on key fac­tors such as the coun­try’s boom­ing econ­omy, po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and its close links with the UK, Ghana was found to be an at­trac­tive lo­ca­tion to es­tab­lish a new con­sul­tancy busi­ness.

“Be­tween 2010 and 2013 I spent time in­ves­ti­gat­ing the vi­able sec­tors that we would tar­get, meet­ing with po­ten­tial clients and form­ing strate­gic al­liances with as­so­ci­a­tions and key lo­cal con­sul­tants in Ghana,” adds QuarteyPa­pafio. “These al­liances were formed with com­pa­nies that held a sim­i­lar ethos of client-fo­cused and qual­ity delivery for ser­vice as McAdam De­sign.”

“Over the years we have been able to dif­fer­en­ti­ate our­selves from other de­sign con­sul­tancy com­pa­nies by tak­ing time to fully un­der­stand our clients’ needs and par­tic­u­larly the com­mer­cial con­sid­er­a­tions of their projects.”

Quartey-Pa­pafio con­tin­ues: “We recog­nise the im­por­tance of the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity for our so­lu­tions, along­side tech­ni­cal fea­si­bil­ity, ‘value engi­neer­ing’ is at the core of all of our de­sign so­lu­tions.”

Early devel­op­ment

Dur­ing the early stages of its es­tab­lish­ment in Ghana, the Com­pany fo­cused strate­gi­cally on the wa­ter sec­tor rather than spread­ing it­self too thin by try­ing to en­ter a mul­ti­tude of other sec­tors such as roads, hous­ing, en­ergy and oil & gas.

“In North­ern Ire­land McAdam De­sign is one of the lead­ing civil engi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy firms that spe­cialises in both wa­ter and waste­water sec­tors,” states Quartey- Pa­pafio. “We wanted to de­velop our ini­tial of­fer­ing in Ghana to re­flect the strength of the UK com­pany.”

This strat­egy proved to be suc­cess­ful dur­ing the Com­pany’s early stages, lead­ing it to win its first con­tract in 2015. The con­tract com­prised an 18 month con­sul­tancy com­mis­sion with Ghana Wa­ter Com­pany Lim­ited, act­ing as the Em­ploy­ers Rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the US$65 M Ak­wa­tia Wa­ter Ex­pan­sion Pro­ject.

Quartey-Pa­pafio con­tin­ues:

“Since that point in 2015 we have evolved through the widen­ing of the sec­tor-base that we serve. We now pro­vide our pro­ject man­age­ment, de­sign and con­struc­tion su­per­vi­sion ser­vices on projects rang­ing from the devel­op­ment of large in­dus­trial parks and hous­ing projects and pres­ti­gious mixed used sites to devel­op­ment projects in the oil and gas sec­tor.

In­dus­try knowhow

One of the key fac­tors to the Com­pany’s suc­cess has been the devel­op­ment of strong re­la­tion­ships with clients, en­abling them to fully un­der­stand their re­quired needs and en­sur­ing that McAdam De­sign de­liv­ers com­mer­cially and tech­ni­cally vi­able so­lu­tions.

“Many of the projects that we are cur­rently work­ing on are long-term schemes with phased devel­op­ment time­lines,” adds Quartey-Pa­pafio. “Some of these projects will take up to

10 years be­fore they reach com­ple­tion.

“We work closely with our clients through­out the du­ra­tion of their projects and be­yond, guid­ing them through in­cep­tion, fea­si­bil­ity, de­sign, pro­cure­ment, con­struc­tion and com­mis­sion­ing. At present these clients in­clude Black­Ivy, Ren­deav­our, LMI Hold­ings/Mur­phy Con­struc­tion and Zen Petroleum, who are de­vel­op­ing a mix­ture of large green­field sites, large hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, wa­ter and waste­water in­fra­struc­ture, as well as fuel sup­ply, dis­tri­bu­tion and re­tail fa­cil­i­ties.”

McAdam De­sign’s team of spe­cial­ists have sig­nif­i­cant in­dus­try knowhow which is shown in the way the projects have been suc­cess­fully car­ried out for our clients.

“Our suc­cess is clearly demon­strated by the in­stru­men­tal role of the McAdam De­sign team in a num­ber of pres­ti­gious projects cur­rently tak­ing place in Ghana,” Quartey-Pa­pafio af­firms.

“We are act­ing as pro­ject man­agers for US client Black­Ivy LLC’s WestPark In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Pro­ject, a 400-acre US$200 M green­field site lo­cated near Tako­radi we are pro­vid­ing Traf­fic, Geotech­ni­cal, Pro­cure­ment and Con­struc­tion Su­per­vi­sion ser­vices.”

One of the most re­cently awarded con­tracts is to pro­vide pro­ject man­age­ment ser­vices to Zen Petroleum - a large in­de­pen­dent Ghana­ian fuel sup­ply, dis­tri­bu­tion and re­tail com­pany - also of­fer­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port to aid the pro­posed devel­op­ment pro­ject to con­struct 20 fill­ing sta­tions in Ghana this year.

Sta­ble plat­form

Ghana has pro­vided a sta­ble plat­form from which the Com­pany is able to build its port­fo­lio and range of ser­vices. There are a tremen­dous amount of ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead for McAdam De­sign within the sub-Sa­ha­ran re­gion that Ghana is lo­cated in.

Quartey-Pa­pafio states: “Our strat­egy for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of po­ten­tial in­fras­truc­tural projects in other re­gions is achieved through col­lab­o­ra­tion with our part­ners - both con­sul­tants and con­trac­tors - who either have a pres­ence or knowl­edge of op­por­tu­ni­ties in other re­gions.”

A good ex­am­ple of this in ac­tion is seen in the Com­pany’s cur­rent busi­ness devel­op­ment within Kenya, which is ex­hibit­ing GDP growth of more than five per­cent.

“Fol­low­ing on from the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to us, we have sub­mit­ted a num­ber of ten­ders along­side a South African con­sul­tant part­ner,” QuarteyEx­pan­sion Pa­pafio says. “Suc­cess in our busi­ness devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties will en­able us to pro­vide con­sul­tancy ser­vices for wa­ter and waste­water schemes de­liv­er­ing them di­rectly to pub­lic bod­ies in Kenya.

“At present we are also part of the De­sign-Build-Fund team, act­ing as De­sign­ers for a large US con­trac­tor who is seek­ing to se­cure a sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture scheme in the subSa­ha­ran re­gion. We have also been taken on board as De­sign­ers for a prom­i­nent Ghana­ian con­trac­tor for a large re­new­able en­ergy pro­ject. Key De­sign-Build con­trac­tors will pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the growth of our busi­ness in Ghana.”

into the grow­ing re­new­able en­ergy mar­ket in Ghana is seen as a promis­ing move for the Com­pany and a new string to its bow.

“We plan to lever­age our re­la­tion­ships with con­sul­tant part­ners and clients in or­der to win work in other coun­tries through the model we’ve em­ployed in Ghana,” ex­plains Quartey-Pa­pafio. “With thanks to our strong and highly ex­pe­ri­enced team, we feel very op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture.”

Look­ing for­ward, pre­dic­tions from re­spected ex­perts such as the McKin­sey Global In­sti­tute and Deloitte show sub­stan­tial growth in the subSa­ha­ran Africa re­gion, driven by a

young pop­u­la­tion, a grow­ing con­sumer sec­tor and rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion over the next five to 10 years.

“We hope that this will pro­vide us with an en­vi­ron­ment in which we can se­cure com­mis­sions on many of the nu­mer­ous in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties which will arise,” con­cludes Quartey-Pa­pafio. “McAdam De­sign is very well po­si­tioned to se­cure sig­nif­i­cant work in both Ghana and the wider re­gion. Our aim is that we will be one of the lead­ing multi-dis­ci­plinary pro­fes­sional ser­vices con­struc­tion con­sul­tancy com­pany in Ghana within the next 3 years and more widely in other re­gions in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa af­ter that.”

Peter Quartey-Pa­pafio, Di­rec­tor of McAdam De­sign (Ghana) Ltd

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For­ward-think­ing strate­gies are in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to the Com­pany

West Park In­dus­trial - Early works “Fol­low­ing on from the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to us, we have sub­mit­ted a num­ber of ten­ders along­side a South African con­sul­tant part­ner.”

“We plan to lever­age our re­la­tion­ships with con­sul­tant part­ners and clients in or­der to win work in other coun­tries through the model we’ve em­ployed in Ghana.” West Park In­dus­trial - Sim­u­la­tion of com­plex pro­ject

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