Java House, East Africa

Constructing and refurbishing retail stores to increase revenue.

Coffee-house chain Nairobi Java House is constructing and refurbishing more than 100 outlets across East Africa, including flagship restaurants and express kiosks across its various brands. Its aim is to brew and serve ‘export-quality’ Kenyan coffee across the region.

Key information

Date started:
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Client type:
Real estate
Main services:
Cost and commercial management, procurement, programme management, project management.

Overhauling the portfolio

When Java House started in 1999, Kenya’s economy was struggling, there was no coffee drinking culture and no modern shopping malls. Now going from strength to strength, East Africa’s largest coffee chain is undertaking a three-year construction programme to support its growth and transformation.  

Providing a comfortable setting for its customers, Java House’s programme aims to improve the layout of the seating areas and back of house, making the flow of the internal space more efficient and functional, and update the look and feel of the outlets in line with current trends.

Smoothing the path

This refurbishment and fit-out project needed to be delivered with minimal interference to the projected timelines while remaining within the allocated budget and to the required quality. To address this, our team worked to reduce construction timelines by as much as 50 percent less than the usual Nairobi Java house construction periods.

We are providing programme management, procurement and cost management services, including development and oversight of a project delivery strategy. We have been involved from the design stage through to the construction stage and the defects liability period, ensuring consistent delivery from the teams from start to finish. We are also efficiently tracking and monitoring health and safety throughout the programme, aligning to international building standards.

Telling a story through art  

Nairobi Java House is instantly recognizable by the art – they are passionate about supporting local talent and upscaling other local businesses. They have endeavoured to narrate African stories by adapting artwork created by local artisans using locally available materials throughout all their branches, thus creating employment for local artisans.

For further information contact:


Robert Gichohi
Country Director