Balfour Beatty has won a $196M contract from Property Group Partners to build the North Block phase of its Capitol Crossing development in Washington, D.C.The North Block phase will involve the construction of two 12-storey, mixed-use office buildings to be connected by a glass bridge.It will include 6,500sq m of retail space in addition to 1,100 parking spaces and 440 bicycle spaces.Leon Blondin, president of Balfour Beatty’s Mid-Atlantic division, said: “We’re honored to be their construction partner in building this truly historic development in the downtown core that will reconnect long-divided Capitol Hill to the East End. “Having already managed the preconstruction, utility relocation and platform construction phases, it’s very gratifying to continue our work to take this project vertical and deliver its first two mixed-use buildings.” Work will first commence on the building located at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, followed by the second building at 250 Massachusetts Avenue. The project will create 350 construction jobs.The 204,000sq m Capitol Crossing development, expected to become the first Eco-District in the city, will comprise 5 mixed-use buildings sprawling over a seven-acre site.
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has broken ground on its new stadium in Los Angeles.The new facility, to be located on the Los Angeles Sports Arena former site, will be known as Banc of California Stadium, following a naming-rights deal with the bank.The 22,000-seat stadium — designed by architectural firm Gensler — will be a soccer-specific venue, but will also host community and cultural events. LAFC’s lead managing owner Larry Berg said: “After years of planning and hard work we are set to make history here in the heart of the city. Banc of California Stadium will allow for greater sports viewing and live entertainment experiences to take place in Los Angeles than ever before.”Expected to be complete in 2018, the stadium is projected to bring over $350M in private investment to South Los Angeles.Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Los Angeles is the sports and entertainment capital of the world, and today we open a new chapter in our rich history with the world’s most popular game. “The construction of this new stadium in Exposition Park will create thousands of good-paying jobs — and when their new home is built, our team will bring soccer fans from everywhere into the heart of our city.”
Construction firm Robertson Group has been selected as the main contractor by UK-based Henry Boot Developments for the new £333M Aberdeen exhibition and conference centre.The project, to be located on the 130-acre former Rowett Research Institute site adjacent to Aberdeen International Airport, is being developed by Henry Boot Developments — the Henry Boot PLC propriety development subsidiary — in collaboration with Aberdeen City Council.The overall scheme will include a 12,500-capacity performance venue, extensive covered exhibition halls, a four-star 200-bed hotel to be operated under the Hilton Hotels brand together with an energy centre and 2,500 parking spaces.The initial phase of the development will offer over 74,000sq m of space and includes a development agreement for another 150-bed hotel, to be operated under the Aloft brand.Robertson Group will be responsible for site preparation works, including ground and infrastructure works, as well as the construction of the new arena and conference centre and one of the three on-site hotels.Nick Harris from Henry Boot Developments said: “Following the sod cutting last month, I am very pleased that we are now in a position to appoint Robertson Group as the contractor to deliver this vital project and I am looking forward to working with them over the next three years.“We understand how important the new world-class Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is to the economy in Aberdeen and the North East and are pleased to be appointing Robertson Group which has close historical and current links to the area.”Construction work is set to commence this month and is expected to be complete in the first half of 2019. The project will create 600 new jobs, including a number of new apprenticeships.
US-based Jacobs Engineering has won a contract to design and provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for Pfizer’s new $350M biotechnology centre in China.Jacobs will be responsible for the development of the entire site design, which includes central utility buildings, a quality laboratory, administration offices, and a warehouse.Jacobs’ senior vice president of life sciences Robert Norfleet said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our Life Sciences business. We have a long history of helping Pfizer grow and expand its global manufacturing capabilities.“We look forward to partnering with Pfizer once again to develop this state-of-the-art biotechnology center in China.”The project for the biopharmaceutical company is anticipated to be finished in 2018.
Construction firm Balfour Beatty has won a contract to develop a student housing project in Vauxhall, London.The £42M project for Urbanest, a developer and operator of student housing in central London, will involve the construction of 454 apartments. The 33-storey building will include personal and communal study areas, lounges and a cycle store.The development will feature photovoltaic panels and a green roof to reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption. It will also include a combined heat and power (CHP) unit to recycle heat and energy within the development.Balfour Beatty’s regional managing director John Keaveney said: “We are looking forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Urbanest.“To date we’ve delivered over 2,500 units of student accommodation for Urbanest and over 20,000 beds for private sector customers and academic institutes as well as significant investment into a number of schemes.“Vauxhall Square is an important part of London’s development by incorporating the local student population into the local community and we’re pleased to be a part of the wider project.”Construction on the project is scheduled to start imminently and is expected to be complete in mid-2018.
Wates Construction has won a £63.5M contract to construct a food and health research centre at Norwich Research Park in the UK.
French tyre manufacturer Michelin Group has started construction on its new €450M plant in central Mexico.The 142,000sq m plant — which represents the group's 69th worldwide and 21st in North America — will be located across 98ha in the Parque Industrial León-Bajio. The plant will have the capacity to produce 4-5M tyres annually. Michelin Group CEO Jean-Dominique Senard said: "Michelin's customers for passenger-vehicle tires are demanding more and more of our innovative, high-tech tyres to meet the performance requirements of the growing market in North America."This plant will improve our capacity to meet those demands, as a key element of Michelin's 'Service to the Customer' initiative in North America and worldwide."Construction work on the facility is anticipated to commence immediately, with completion currently scheduled for late 2018. The project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs in the region.
Shriram EPC subsidiary Shriram EPC FZE, Sharjah, has won a $230M contract from UAE-based company Moon Iron And Steel for a ‘mini mill’ project in Sohar, Oman.The scope of the contract will include the construction of the balance of plant (BoP) for the mill, which will have a capacity of 1.2 metric tonnes per annum.Shriram EPC managing director and chief executive T. Shivaraman said: “The order win demonstrates the operating excellence of our team.“Given the slowdown in the steel and metals business in India with capacity expansions on hold, this overseas order will enable us to maintain and strengthen our position in this sector.“It will also give us a strong base to expand our business in the Middle East market.”The contract has been awarded by Moon Iron and Steel, an Oman-based company with investments from Gulf Investment Corporation, Oman Development fund and Sultan's Special Forces Pension fund.Work on the project is expected to be complete within 32 months.
Australian construction firm Lendlease has secured an AED960M ($261.3M) contract from Dubai-based developer Damac to build the Aykon London One tower at Nine Elms, London.The development will feature 450 new homes, office and retail space, and amenity space across two interlinking towers.It will also include a roof garden, a children’s play area, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, advanced gymnasium, a residents’ lounge, and 922sq m of communal gardens. The entire project is estimated to cost AED3.1bn.Damac Group chairman Hussain Sajwani said: “Aykon London One is a landmark project and our first major international development outside of the Middle East. “We have great confidence in the London marketplace and this project is already proving to be highly desirable to customers and investors from within the UK as well as other parts of the world.”Lendlease Europe managing director of construction Neil Martin said: “We are excited that Damac Group has chosen Lendlease to deliver its flagship project in the UK.“Our strategy of taking a selective approach to bidding is paying off, and is allowing us to focus on prestigious projects such as this one. We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with the Damac team.”The 50-storey scheme has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, with interiors done by Versace Home.
Larsen & Toubro has won an INR7bn ($104.1M) order from Piramal Realty for the core and shell civil work of a luxury residential project in Mumbai, India.The project, known as Piramal Aranya, will encompass about 400,000sq m of construction area. The total investment for the project is estimated at about INR44.5bn ($662M), including land, project development and execution costs.Piramal Aranya will feature two towers, including 3-, 3.5- and 4-bedroom-hall-kitchen apartments. Piramal Group executive director Anand Piramal said: “We launched Piramal Aranya in March earlier this year in an endeavour to build world-class luxurious residential high rises in the city. It is our most significant residential development and we are making every effort to ensure that it is one of the finest buildings in the world.”
UAE-based retailer Lulu Group is set to invest in a shopping mall, hotel and international convention centre in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Indian state Kerala.The $300M four-storey development will be spread over 19 acres, with a built up area of over 186,000sq m, including a 150-room luxury hotel. Once completed it will be the second biggest shopping mall in India after the LuLu mall in Kochi (pictured) — also owned and managed by Lulu Group, and which was designed by WS Atkins and constructed by Shapoorji Pallonji.The new project — designed by UK’s Design International — will include several fashion and retail brands, an amusement centre, a nine-screen multiplex, a food court with a capacity of 3,500 guests, restaurants, and coffee shops. It will also include parking space for 3,000 cars.The mall is expected to open in 2019.
Australian construction firm Watpac has been selected as the preferred builder by the Australian Unity to deliver the $1.1bn Herston Quarter project in Brisbane, Australia.This selection follows the recent announcement of Australian Unity — a healthcare, financial services, and independent and assisted living organisation — as the preferred tenderer for the project by the Queensland government. The development — located next to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital — will include the construction of a public rehabilitation hospital, a private hospital, residential aged care, retirement living and student accommodation.It will also feature health research, childcare, a co-working hub, and education and training facilities.The first stage of works is expected to begin in 2017.
A joint venture of Skanska and Closner Construction has secured a $206M contract from Duke LifePoint Healthcare to manage the construction of its new replacement hospital for the existing UP Health System-Marquette (pictured) in Michigan.The new 50,000sq m facility, designed by Gresham Smith & Partners, includes 243 beds, 14,000sq m of space for diagnostic and therapeutic services and 17,000sq m of patient care services.The project will include 1,400sq m of administrative support services, 4,000sq m of operational support services, a new central power plant, and mechanical, electrical and telecommunications areas.Additionally, it will feature a 9,000sq m adjoining medical office building, and a 16,000sq m parking lot. Construction work started in May 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2018.
North Lanarkshire Council has announced plans to invest £159m to build 1,000 council houses in the region, located near Glasgow, Scotland.
The government of Australia has unveiled plans for a new $100m high school in Adelaide.
Plans for the £500m Edinburgh Marina development at Granton, a district of the Scottish capital city, have secured the go-ahead from the City of Edinburgh Council’s development management committee.
Construction of the Wheeling Town Center mixed-use development in Illinois is set to start by the end of the year.
Pharmaceutical firm Fresenius Kabi will invest nearly $250m over 10 years to expand its Melrose Park site in Illinois.
Mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I has bagged a contract from landowner Parkdale Investments for a £95M mixed-use regeneration project in North East London.The project on the Forest Works site on Blackhorse Road will lead to the creation of 300 new homes, as well as 59,000sq m of commercial space.U+I CEO Matthew Weiner said: "We are delighted to have added this mixed-use regeneration opportunity to our significant development pipeline. Forest Works is set to deliver gains to U+I in the next three to five years in line with our stated IRR targets, as well as contributing to the socio-economic growth of the local area.“This latest transaction further demonstrates our ability to secure regeneration opportunities in an equity-light manner within emerging parts of the London City Region.”U+I will work alongside the local council and community to develop plans for Forest Works. An initial planning application is anticipated to be submitted by early 2017.The London Borough of Waltham Forest aims to deliver 2,500 new homes and 1,000 new jobs over the next decade within the new Blackhorse Lane housing zone.
Australian construction firm Brookfield Multiplex has completed construction work on a residential building in Southbank, Melbourne.The $124M project, named Platinum Tower, includes 438 apartments available in one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom options.The development, designed by Squillace, features a swimming pool, a sauna, a spa, a gym, private dining, winter gardens and a sky lounge with views of Melbourne CBD, Albert Park and Port Phillip Bay.The tower’s podium includes retail space, a ground level restaurant and café and concierge facilities for residents. It also provides nine levels of car parking.Brookfield Multiplex Victoria regional managing director Graham Cottam said: “We are delighted to deliver another premium residential tower to Melbourne’s skyline. We have drawn on our specialist expertise to meet construction challenges associated with delivering high-rise towers in the busy CBD environment.”The project created 1,900 jobs during construction and was completed in just under two years.