Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has introduced its new SK45SRX-6 mini excavator in Europe.The 4.5t mini excavator has been jointly launched with the latest version of the SK55SRX-6.Both machines feature the Yanmar engine, which reduces fuel consumption by 23% when used in S-mode, for normal work. Further fuel savings can be achieved through the integrated hydraulic circuitry of the three on-board hydraulic pumps, which reduces the overall engine/hydraulic workload.A decelerator button can also now be found on the operation lever as well as the dashboard. Additionally, the excavators’ on-site noise is reduced with the dust cooling system together with a front-facing air inlet and an under-slung exhausting system. Bluetooth and ports for USB can also be found in the machines.In the SK45SRX-6, the operator’s chair now reclines and features mechanical suspension, and both models feature improved operator visibility from the cab.Kobelco’s KCME product marketing manager Marcel van der Winden said: “The introduction of SK45SRX-6 fulfils KCME’s ideal of providing specialist earth moving machines within all popular classes. “As with all Kobelco Short Radius excavators, SK45SRX-6 delivers exceptional working performance while maintaining reduced operating costs. Minor updates to the SK55SRX-6 underline just how effective and efficient this machine has and always will be.”
Construction firm Skanska has been awarded a $178M contract to build a new women and children’s healthcare facility in Newark, Delaware.The eight-storey, 36,000 sq m building — awarded by Christiana Care Health System — will include a replacement to the neonatal intensive-care unit, and the expansion of the outpatient units, lab, pharmacy, and dietary clinical and logistical support services.Skanska was previously awarded a contract to expand the facility’s four-level parking garage for patients and visitors.Construction on the project is in progress and its completion is scheduled for January 2020.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has given green light to the housing development planned for the Old Oak regeneration site in west London, UK.The £175M Oaklands development will include the construction of 605 homes, of which 50% — up from the 40% originally stated — will be affordable housing units.The project will also include a nursery, health centre, commercial space, and a new link road into Old Oak. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The development marks a significant step in realising the huge potential of this part of the capital.“I am pleased that we have been able to increase the proportion of genuinely affordable homes as part of our ongoing efforts to fix the capital’s housing crisis.“The scale and ambition for this development shows London is very much open for business. Despite the uncertainty caused by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, it remains clear that developers and investors see long-term potential in our great city.”Old Oak and Park Royal — set to become the key transport interchange for Crossrail and HS2 — is expected to deliver 25,500 new homes and create 65,000 jobs over the next 30 to 40 years.
UK-based construction firm Morgan Sindall has secured a £67M contract from BAE Systems to extend its Devonshire Dock Hall submarine building complex.The project will include the incorporation of new manufacturing and installation capabilities at the Barrow-in-Furness site .The expansion is part of an investment programme that includes the construction of a number of new facilities and the refurbishment of existing buildings. This includes the Central Yard Facility, which will measure in 45m in height. Construction is now in progress, with the first pieces of its steel structure now in place. A new 28,000 sq m off-site logistics facility is also scheduled to open in late 2016.Allan Day, director of the site redevelopment programme at BAE Systems Submarines, said: "We are in the third year of an eight-year redevelopment programme which is starting to see some dramatic changes across our site as we enhance our facilities and capabilities for the future."The Devonshire Dock Hall is an iconic building — home to the construction of some of the world's most advanced and capable submarines. This contract will enhance the facility to ensure our workforce can deliver future submarine programmes to the Royal Navy.”
Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) power business, via its joint venture company L&T-MHPS Boilers Private Limited (LMB), has won an INR38.6bn ($576M) order for a thermal power project in Uttar Pradesh, India.The scope of the contract, awarded by Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited (NUPPL), includes the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of the 3x660MW Ghatampur thermal power plant.L&T Power CEO and managing director Shailendra Roy said: “This is a prestigious order from NUPPL for supercritical steam generators, with state-of-the-art equipment meeting new emission norms. LMB will meet the project schedule with best endeavours and resources conforming to international quality standards.”Currently, LMB — a joint venture between L&T India and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) — is delivering nine units of steam generator packages for large-capacity steam generators totalling 5,940MW in the country. Furthermore, six supercritical units have already commenced operations.The joint venture is also executing nine export orders for the supply of pulverisers and pressure parts for MHPS’ projects in Japan and Indonesia.
Vinci Construction Grands Projets in a joint venture with EMCC and Jan de Nul has secured a $147M contract to extend the port of Kingston in Jamaica.Under the contract, awarded by shipping group CMA CGM, the JV will be responsible for the refurbishment, reinforcement and upgrade of 1,200m of quays to seismic standards.Furthermore, dredging work in the access channel will be carried out. The project is expected to increase the alongside depth of the quays to enable them to handle container ships of larger capacity. According to Vinci, the port of Kingston — located near the Panama Canal at the crossroads between the North/South and East/West sea lanes — will become one of the three main container terminals in the Caribbean.Work on the project will be completed in 25 months.
Australia-based company Fastbrick Robotics has developed a giant truck-mounted robot that can construct an entire house in two days. Hadrian X can lay up 1,000 bricks an hour using a 28ft arm. The robot uses 3D scans to work out where to lay down the bricks, which are fed to the machine’s conveyor, then passed along the arm into a laser-guided claw. The claw grabs and lays them down using construction glue instead of cement.The smart machine cuts bricks to size and leaves spaces between them for wiring and plumbing.Fastbrick Robotics’ founder Mark Pivac told Perth Now: "People have been laying bricks for about 6,000 years and ever since the industrial revolution, they have tried to automate the bricklaying process."We're at a technological nexus where a few different technologies have got to the level where it's now possible to do it, and that's what we've done."It is estimated that the robot can build between 100-300 houses a year — without needing tea breaks, holidays or weekends off.Hadrian X took ten years to be developed and $4.5M in research and development. According to Fastbrick Robotics, it will take about a year before the machine will be launched onto the market.
Center Parcs has secured planning permission for the construction of a new €233M village in Ireland.The project — to be called Center Parks Longford Forest — will include 470 lodges accommodating 2,500 guests, 30 apartments, more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, and restaurants and shops.It will also include an Aqua Sana Spa and a Subtropical Swimming Paradise.Center Parcs’ CEO Martin Dalby said: “Since we announced our intention to bring the Center Parcs experience to Ireland last year, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received, both at local and national level.“We have experienced unrivalled success for almost 30 years in the UK, providing high-quality family short breaks and I’m extremely excited by the prospect of taking our fantastic brand to Ireland.”The village — to be located near Ballymahon in County Longford — is expected to create 750 jobs during construction and 1,000 permanent jobs once completed. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
TransCanada, Sierra Oil & Gas and Grupo TMM have unveiled plans to develop a new refined products storage and transportation infrastructure system in Central Mexico.The $800M project will include the construction of a marine terminal near Tuxpan, Veracruz for offloading and distribution of refined products, a 265km refined products pipeline, and an inland storage and distribution hub.With a draft of 42ft, the marine terminal will feature four docking positions. The terminal will be pipeline-connected to key distribution centres in the region and will offer racks for truck loading and barge access to service the demand of other ports in the Gulf Coast.The pipeline, with an approximate daily capacity of 100,000 barrels of refined products, will run parallel to TransCanada's recently awarded Tuxpan-Tula natural gas pipeline project.
The North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee has approved the second phase of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes housing project.The project’s second phase will include the construction of 2,500 new homes, a village centre, and a lake.It will also involve the detrunking of the M181 motorway and the creation of a new terminating junction – the Southern Roundabout — as well as improvements to local transport and highways infrastructure, including Burringham Road.North Lincolnshire Council’s deputy leader Cllr Rob Waltham said: “This will pave the way for the region’s largest housing regeneration scheme for years to come. It’s a significant milestone; now the necessary approvals have been granted, we can get on with delivering this huge scheme that will totally transform the area.”Our vision is now a reality. People will soon start to see things take shape. Lincolnshire Lakes is without doubt our biggest regeneration scheme in the history of North Lincolnshire — it is difficult to imagine the sheer scale of it — but to put it into context, it is the size of around 50 football pitches. We have never before seen anything of this magnitude.”The overall project will include the development of five new villages on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, along with new schools, a new football stadium, leisure and recreation venues, pubs and restaurants, village centres, and new homes.
Brookfield Multiplex has completed construction on the $295M Melbourne One residential tower.The 47-storey tower, located at 618 Lonsdale Street, features 477 housing units available in one-, two- and three-bedroom options, along with penthouses. Melbourne One also includes a grand foyer with concierge, a gymnasium and an indoor heated swimming pool. The project created 1,000 jobs during its construction period and used 1,700cb m of concrete.Brookfield Multiplex’s regional managing director Victoria Graham Cottam said: "We are proud to deliver another residential building for Central Equity and to hand it over on time reinforcing our relationship with Central Equity."Brookfield Multiplex is also building Central Equity’s Southbank Central — a 48-storey apartment tower featuring 485 units.
Samsung C&T in a joint venture with Build King has secured a $340M contract to enhance ground beneath the seabed for Hong Kong International Airport third runway.The project represents the first stage of the Three Runway System (3RS) — aiming at expanding the airport into a three-runway operation.Under the contract, awarded by Airport Authority Hong Kong, the joint venture will improve soft ground located about 7m below the sea, using a deep cement mixing method before land reclamation takes place.Hans Whang, head of Samsung C&T civil infrastructure business unit, said: “We are honoured to be part of the 3RS project, which we understand is meaningful for Hong Kong‘s further development.“Even though challenging, we are certain that by working closely together with our trusted partners and maintaining a strong emphasis on safety and quality, this project will have outstanding results.”Construction work on the project will start in August 2016 and will last for 20 months.
Larsen and Toubro’s construction unit has secured contracts worth INR11.67bn ($175M) across various business segments.The water and effluent treatment business won engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) orders worth INR8.43bn ($126M).The Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) awarded a contract for the construction of a second water storage reservoir in their Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. The scope of the project also includes the construction of an additional balancing reservoir and the erection of associated structures.The business also won an order from Karnataka Urban Water Supply & Distribution Board (KUWSDB) for ‘24/7 Pressurized Water Supply for Tumkuru City’. The contract includes the conversion of the existing water supply system into a 24/7 operation. The scope of the project includes improvements to the 50MLD WTP, the laying of 560km of pipeline network, metered house service connections and other associated infrastructure works.The water and effluent treatment business also secured a contract from the Public Health & Municipal Engineering Department (PHMED) government of Andhra Pradesh for a comprehensive Storm Water Drainage Scheme in Vijayawada city.Meanwhile, the metallurgical and material handling business of Larsen and Toubro’s construction unit won orders worth INR2.59bn ($39M), including the add-ons. A contract has been awarded by Indian Oil Corporation for the construction of Pet Coke Handling System in Haldia.
McCarthy Building Companies has started construction work on a $535M hospital replacement project for Marin General Hospital in San Rafael, California.The project, known as MGH 2.0, will include a new 24,000sq m, four-storey hospital building.The facility, designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, will house 114 private rooms, an expanded emergency department and six new operating/procedural suites.The development will include special amenities and landscape features, such as rooftop gardens, balconies, and natural light in every patient room.Once the new hospital towers open in 2020, work will commence on a 9,000sq m five-storey ambulatory services building, and parking structure.The project team has just completed MGH 2.0’s first parking facility.The hospital will continue to operate during the construction period.
India-based IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for the implementation of an INIR675bn ($101M) road project in Bihar, India.The scope of the project involves the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Birpur-Bihpur Section of the NH-106 in the state of Bihar, under Phase-I of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP). The construction firm has received the letter of acceptance from MoRTH in December 2015, but the agreement was only signed in July 2016.The project will be executed on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis and have a duration of 36 months. Work on the project will start immediately.IL&FS Engineering Services is also working on the Patna Gaya Dobhi Section of the NH-83 in Bihar for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF) has secured a $233.3M construction loan from the Bank of the Ozarks for the development of an office tower in Chicago, Illinois.HFF worked on behalf of the developer, The John Buck Company, to place the construction loan with the bank.The Class A+, 35-storey building — located at 151 North Franklin in Chicago’s West Loop — will be the new world headquarters of insurance firm CNA, as well as the new national headquarters of international law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson. Upon completion, the tower will feature 75,000sq m of rentable space and an attached parking garage, in addition to the 34 lower-level parking stalls. The building will also include a 390sq m rooftop terrace with bar, 929sq m of landscaped exterior courtyards, a fitness centre, 250-seat conference centre, restaurant, bike room and café.Designed by John Ronan Architects and Adamson Associates, the LEED Gold-certified building is currently under construction and will be completed in mid-2018.
US-based engineering services provider Fluor has won a $501M contract from Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) for a bauxite production expansion project in Kamsar, Guinea.Under the contract, Fluor will provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for the project.The scope of the project includes the expansion of bauxite production from 14.5M to 18.5M t annually. It will also involve the expansion of the mine infrastructure, rail system, port facility and processing plant. The project represents the company’s first of a planned three-phase expansion. Fluor has been involved in the project since its early stages executing the feasibility study and early engineering.Rick Koumouris, president of Fluor’s mining & metals business, said: “Fluor has worked with CBG to develop a capital-efficient solution that combines delivery predictability and flexibility for maintenance and future expansions.“Given the project’s location and unique logistical challenges, Fluor will bring unmatched technical and execution expertise, as well as the requisite Guinea experience, to deliver this project safely, on schedule and on budget.”The expansion project is expected to be completed in 2018.
Brookfield Multiplex has been selected as the managing contractor for a $428.3M museum project in Western Australia.The New Museum, designed by architects OMA and Hassell, will be almost four times bigger than the now-closed Western Australia Museum, which it will replace. It will feature nearly 7,000sq m of galleries, including 1,000sq m of space to stage blockbuster exhibitions.It will also feature education studios, viewing areas to see scientists and curators at work, retail space and food and beverage outlets.Premier Colin Barnett said: "The concept cannot fail to impress. It is bold and distinctive, from the vast public plaza to spacious galleries that overlook the CBD and link with important heritage buildings."West Australians will share in a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a vibrant new cultural home in the heart of Perth, and to change the way people from around the world engage with the State and our unique stories."The project will create up to 3,300 jobs, with about 1,800 workers to be employed on-site during the construction phase.Early works are expected to start in late 2016, with main construction commencing in 2017. The museum is due to open in 2020.
Turkey-based Limak Construction has won a €224M contract for the construction of a subway line in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.The 4.5km subway line will run southeast from the current terminus of Vokzalna into the city centre.The contract will include the construction of stations at Teatralna, Tsentralna and Muzeina. The Tsentralna station is scheduled to open ahead of the other two, as it is expected to have the highest passenger numbers.Construction is set to start in September 2016 and will be completed within five years.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled plans to build a new €1bn plant in Kecskemét, Hungary.The new facility, to be the second at the company’s Hungarian site, will produce front- and rear-wheel-drive cars and will feature a body shop, paint shop, final assembly and a supplier park. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “In the next few years, we plan to invest around €1bn in building a new plant at our site in Kecskemét.“We will establish a state-of-the-art and efficient production facility, in which different vehicle architectures will roll off the assembly line flexibly.“With this highly modern ‘flex-plant’, we will create additional capacity along with the necessary flexibility according to Industry 4.0 benchmark approaches allowing us to react quickly and future-oriented to the market needs. Our company strengthens its competitiveness.” The investment will create about 2,500 new jobs at the site as well as additional jobs at suppliers in the region and in German plants. Preparatory works will start this year, with production expected for the end of the decade.