Unicon Development is a leader in design and construction, delivering turnkey solutions to African clients. Founded in 2001 by President Serge Pereira, the company has developed the capacity, resources and inclination to offer its customers responsive and high-quality, design, build and financial solutions. 

Over the last 10 years, the company’s approach has centered on sustainable development, advanced technology and quality. Pereira is a Congolese citizen and a former investment banker. Educated in the U.S. he has a unique viewpoint of the African construction market in sectors such as Education, Real Estate, and Hospitality. Before starting Unicon Development, his father owned a construction firm in Africa so with Pereira’s financial background and the knowledge of the local construction market, he created a local company with international standards and resources.

“I have always been interested in how the construction market was fairing in Africa. Talking to my father I recognised a lot of problems, for example some Foreign contractors were controlling the market but not providing a quality product,” explains Pereira. “I decided to take the best of our experience and offer a quality service to customers in Africa. Today Unicon offer turnkey solutions to the market and can take projects from market analysis to completion in sectors such as Education, Real Estate, and Hospitality; we even help secure finance.”

Sustainable socio-economic development

Through Unicon Social Actions, the company helps improve the quality of life, health and education of local men, women and children by providing opportunities to the community, generating employment, improving professional skills and labor conditions.

“We created a sport program that provides children with training facilities and coaching, allowing them to develop confidence, athletic and leadership skills while discovering new sports. We take pride in contributing to the revitalization of communities and to the well-being of its residents,” says Pereira.

Read Our Digital Report

Click Here to Read

Quotables

|

Good starts from within

At Unicon, good starts from within. The company offers its employees education opportunities, training and progression within the business. “Our people are critical to ongoing development,” says Pereira. “We have a young team and really put an emphasis on education. 

“We believe in internal promotion and encourage our employees to think like entrepreneurs. We want people to feel part of the business; they can offer their thoughts and input, make changes and move the business forward with hard work. We also have a bonus and profit share scheme because it inspires a culture of dedication. This entrepreneurial spirit has really moved the business forward,” he says. 

“As a company we pride ourselves in wearing the logo on our chests. We are dedicated to offering an honest product and all of our employees support this aim. Sadly, in Africa, many people take advantage of the lack of control, but we pride ourselves in being honest and being different,” he says. 

Looking to the future

Moving forward, Unicon is dedicated to facilitating growth in Africa but also further afield. Already the business has branched out to United Arab Emirates and Spain and will continue to do so, using the African business plan as a blueprint. “We are a construction firm first and foremost,” says Pereira. “But we want good quality products and projects in Africa and across the globe. We want to promote quality as a company and as a corporate citizen.” 

Other Companies

MTR Corporation Limited

Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation makes navigating our cities smarter, more efficient, and more digital than ever

Read Report
DC BLOX

DC BLOX: serving locally, connecting globally

Read Report
Star2Star

Star2Star: creating scalable enterprise communications, collaboration, and integration solutions

Read Report
Mircom Group of Companies

Mircom Group’s digital transformation of real estate

Read Report
Indosat Ooredoo

Indosat Ooredoo: modernising legacy infrastructure

Read Report
Chayora

Chayora: building hyperscale data centres in China

Read Report
Sify Technologies

Sify Technologies: enabling digital India

Read Report
Stockholm Data Parks

Stockholm Data Parks: making the modern sustainable city

Read Report
PCL Construction

PCL Construction: transformation through people and culture

Read Report
Nordex Group

Nordex Group: digital transformation in energy

Read Report
CEMEX Ventures

CEMEX Ventures: fostering a revolution in construction

Read Report
Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems: resilience in flexibility

Read Report
Siemens

Siemens Smart Infrastructure: establishing a new normal

Read Report
University of the District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia: Building an extraordinary educational experience

Read Report
Australian Crane & Machinery (ACM)

Australian Cranes & Machinery: Supporting the present and future needs of the construction industry

Read Report
James L Williams Middle East

James L Williams Middle East: The region’s top MEP contractor

Read Report
Schüco Middle East

How Schüco uses technology to stay ahead of the construction competition

Read Report
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly: Water treatment. First class

Read Report
DavisReed Construction

davisREED constructs new Napa Valley hotel, due to open June 2018

Read Report
Geovert

How Geovert has made a name for itself as an exciting – and safe – place to work

Read Report

Read the latest issue

Click Here to Read