Laxmanbhai: Man Who Constructed Villa Rosa Kempinski, Stanley Hotel

Laxmanbhai Bhimji will forever be remembered as the visionary founder of one of Kenya’s most prominent construction companies, Laxmanbhai Construction Limited. His remarkable journey, which began in pre-independent Kenya, culminated in the establishment of an enduring legacy. Mr. Bhimji’s passing at the age of 94 marked the end of an era, but his company’s enduring success serves as a testament to his dedication and unwavering commitment.

Founding the Company

In 1953, Mr. Bhimji laid the foundation of his construction empire by registering Laxmanbhai Construction Limited with a modest capital of Ksh100,000 and a workforce of thirty individuals. Over the years, the company’s growth was nothing short of remarkable. By 1972, it had expanded its operations beyond Kenya’s borders, venturing into markets in India, the UK, Seychelles, and Mauritius. This expansion continued unabated through the 1980s and even weathered the storm of the 1990s recession.

Growth and Projects

Laxmanbhai Construction Limited earned a sterling reputation for delivering state-of-the-art quality projects. The company’s unwavering commitment to excellence was exemplified by its investment in experienced staff and cutting-edge technology. This commitment continued to resonate throughout the construction industry. Regardless of a project’s scale or budget, the company maintained its ethos of treating clients with equal dignity. They undertook projects ranging from billion-dollar endeavors to those with budgets as modest as Ksh5 million.

The company’s illustrious portfolio includes iconic structures such as Nyayo House, Teleposta Tower, Rahimtulla Trust Tower, Lonrho House, Britam Tower, English Point Marina, The Stanley Hotel, Hemingways Hotel in Karen, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Crown Plaza Hotel Annexe, The Hub Karen, Westend Tower, Westgate Mall, I&M Headquarters, Garden City Residences, Bamburi Beach Homes, Laxcon Court, Brookhouse International School, Gems International School, Agha Khan Academy, and Agha Khan University Center, among many others.

The Death of the Founder

On a somber note, Laxmanbhai Bhimji’s passing occurred in India, leaving a void in the construction industry. A statement from the company expressed profound grief and sadness at the loss of “the legendary contractor Laxmanbhai, who has virtually built the best buildings in the country.” The company acknowledged that without his guidance, vision, blessings, and tireless work, Laxmanbhai Construction Ltd would not have become the esteemed institution it is today. His legacy lives on as an enduring source of inspiration for all current and future employees, who strive to embody his exemplary work ethic, discipline, and unwavering spirit. Laxmanbhai Bhimji’s indomitable legacy will continue to shape the construction industry in Kenya and beyond, a fitting tribute to a visionary leader.