Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Office Complex Project Managers, Norman and Dawbarn Malawi Limited, have assured Government and the MERA Board that the project will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
“53 percent of the works have been completed,” said Director of Norman and Dawbarn Ignatius Chitsanthi.” Considering that the hardest part of the project has already been covered, construction of the building is set to be finalized in the early months of next year.”
Mr. Chisanthi was speaking when Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Principal Secretary Mr. Patrick Matanda, and MERA Board Members accompanied by MERA management toured the office complex construction progress on 15th March 2019.
‘The MERA Board is pleased that there has been remarkable progress since the construction works started in April 2017. As the MERA staff compliment increases and operations keep expanding we need a befitting custom designed office complex to enhance operational efficiencies,” remarked MERA Vice Board Chairperson Honourable Khwauli Msiska.
In his remarks, Principal Secretary Matanda said visiting the office complex put the size and scale of the project into perspective. “Now, I can attest that this will be a big office complex and there has been careful though into the design and features of the building,” he said.
The six storey Office Complex design includes provisions for a laboratory, library and auditorium and two basement parking floors. The building demonstrates emerging and best practices in the built environment including use of renewable energy, and environmentally friendly design.
The Office Complex under construction is suited next to the City Council Offices along the Convention Drive in Lilongwe. Currently, MERA Head Offices are hosted in Development House, City Centre. MERA has regional offices in Blantyre and Mzuzu in Mpico House along Glyn Jones road and Orton Chirwa Avenue respectively.