Wates Construction has won a £63.5M contract to construct a food and health research centre at Norwich Research Park in the UK.
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.
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As the seventh-largest state in the US by area, Nevada needs its roads. And the largest freeway construction project in the state’s history is currently underway.Called Project Neon and commissioned by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the undertaking covers a 3.7-mile corridor through the heart of Las Vegas and will cost almost $1bn in total. It includes the approach spiral Interstate 15/US Highway 95 interchange — otherwise known as the Spaghetti Bowl — where around 300,000 vehicles pass through daily, conducting 25,000 lane changes every hour.Design lead on the project team is Atkins, who are managing all design and engineering services, including the project’s Active Traffic Management System (ATM). This is key to realising the NDOT’s overall construction plan, which prioritises safety and driver awareness.It involves keeping motorists informed with real-time information and updates — before, during and after the construction of the freeway project. Atkins has previous experience with this type of technology, having designed freeway management systems for more than 80 miles of roads in Southern Nevada in the past.The dynamic message signs positioned over the freeways provide information on alternative routes, any traffic incidents and restrictions, and instructions regarding lane control and variable speed limits.The project is indicative of more than one current trend in the road construction sector, says Atkins.“As a design, engineering and project management consultancy, we have seen an increase in the use of public-private partnerships (P3) to fund and operate projects, as well as an increase in design-build as the method for project delivery,” says Barry Schulz, chief operating officer for Atkins, North America.
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.
Pharmaceutical firm Fresenius Kabi will invest nearly $250m over 10 years to expand its Melrose Park site in Illinois.
US-based brokerage and banking company Charles Schwab is set to construct a new regional campus in Westlake, Texas.The new $100M campus will feature more than 47,000sq m of commercial office space.The complex will be part of a large mixed-use development project — developed in coordination with Hillwood Properties — with Schwab’s campus being developed on 70 acres of land. Schwab’s executive vice president Dennis Howard said: “We’re excited to have this opportunity to expand our presence in Texas, and we’ll be ramping up our recruiting efforts from among the great wealth of employee talent in and around Westlake.“Like Austin, where we already have approximately 1,500 employees, and El Paso where we are building our presence, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is an important location for Schwab to better serve our clients. We look forward to significantly expanding our footprint there over the coming years.”The company is expected to create more than 1,200 new jobs over the next 10 years at the proposed campus. Construction work is expected to commence in 2017.
UK-based construction and project management consultancy Turner & Townsend has been chosen to provide commercial support services for the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel in London.Under the contract, the company will provide project and programme management resources for the super-sewer project over the next four years.The 25km sewer tunnel — expected to be the second largest infrastructure project in London, after Crossrail — has been designed to reduce the millions of tonnes of raw sewage that overflows into the River Thames each year. Turner & Townsend’s director of infrastructure Peter Depledge said: "We're delighted to be playing a role in ensuring the timely delivery of such a huge and important project which will deliver a positive outcome for Londoners for generations ahead."Thames Tideway chief operating officer Mark Sneesby said: "As we start main construction work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, we are confident that having the knowledge and expertise of three of the most prominent consultancies will be a huge asset in our work to clean up London's river."Turner & Townsend is one of the three consultants on the project’s framework.
Hong Kong-based property developer Far East Consortium International (FEC) has received a contract from Manchester Place and The Co-op for a housing development near Victoria Station in Manchester, UK. The project will include the construction of over 600 homes across four sites at Angel Meadow Park as part of the NOMA neighbourhood.NOMA — being delivered by a partnership between The Co-Operative Group and Hermes Investment Management — is a 20-acre neighbourhood in Manchester city centre, which will include new homes, offices, hotels, and retail and leisure space. The housing units, spanning across a total area of about 9,600sq m, will be for sale and rent, and will feature a landmark tower.FEC’s managing director Chris Hoong said: "This is one of the most exciting residential opportunities not just in Manchester but in the UK. We are very honoured and excited to be working with NOMA and the City Council. “We have assembled a team with the skills to deliver a new neighbourhood of international calibre and we would like this to be the start of a long relationship with the city.”Manchester Place CEO Paul Beardmore said: "This is an important site that will help to unlock the potential of the Irk Valley and Collyhurst. We are delighted to have reached this stage and the scale of the investment conveys a strong message of confidence to the market."
Ten Liebherr tower cranes are being used in Russia to construct what will be the Europe’s tallest building.The Lakhta tower, part of the Lahkta Center in St. Petersburg, will be 462m high when completed.The 87-storey building was designed by British architects RMJM and will be home to the head office of energy company Gazprom. The tower will include sports facilities, a children’s technical park, a planetarium, a panoramic restaurant, a viewing terrace and additional office space. Moreover, the project will include the construction of a multi-purpose building featuring a cinema and theatre, among other amenities. Contractor Reinaissance Construction is erecting the Lakhta tower using four Liebherr luffing jib cranes, while the multi-purpose facility is being built with three luffing jib and three high-top cranes — all owned by rental company Sutek.The tower is expected to be complete in 2018.
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.
Construction firm Al Futtaim Carillion has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the construction of the $1bn Reem Mall project in Abu Dhabi.The project, developed by NREC in partnership with UPAC, will deliver 186,000sq m of leasable area. It will feature about 450 stores, including 85 food and beverage outlets and a range of family-focused entertainment offerings. Reem Mall is set to discuss the contract details with Al Futtaim Carillion exclusively, with the aim of finalising an agreement for the mall’s construction.Abu Dhabi-based Dutch Foundation is currently carrying out the enabling works, which involves excavation, lateral restraint systems, and dewatering. Reem Mall’s chief operating officer Shane Eldstrom said: “The announcement marks yet another milestone for Reem Mall and comes on the back of final permission to construct received from Abu Dhabi Municipality earlier this month.“Al Futtaim Carillion was selected as the preferred tenderer due to its strong track record of delivering significant high quality projects in the region, and its team of construction experts. We look forward to successfully completing the tendering process.”Al Futtaim Carillion’s managing director Andrew Ridley-Barker said: “Al Futtaim Carillion prides itself on delivering some of the most notable projects in the region. We hope to have the process concluded shortly and deliver this important retail project to the people of Abu Dhabi.”
US-based home improvement retailer Lowe's Companies has unveiled plans to develop a new $100M direct fulfilment centre in Robertson County, Tennessee.The 102,000sq m centre will ship parcels directly to Lowe’s customers and stores nationwide.Lowe’s chief supply chain officer Brent Kirby said: “We’re continually working to make doing business with Lowe’s easier for customers.“Investing to build a new fulfilment centre — the first of its kind for Lowe’s — allows us to offer customers more products online, consolidate multiple parcel shipments and ship purchases directly to customers faster and more efficiently.“The Nashville area was chosen due to its existing large shipping hubs, access to interstate roadways and well-skilled workforce.”Scheduled to be operational by the third quarter of 2018, the facility will initially employ about 400 people, reaching 600 by 2022.
UK-based construction firm McAleer & Rushe has secured planning consent from Belfast City Council for the second phase of its Bedford Square development in Northern Ireland.The development’s second phase will include the construction of a new 17-storey office building, providing 17,000sq m of grade A office space, and the renovation of the listed William Ewart building to create a further 3,000sq m of space.The company is now in negotiations with potential office occupiers for phase two of Bedford Square, with work expected to commence on site in the near future.McAleer & Rushe property director Stephen Surphlis said: “This planning approval is a welcome boost to the Belfast office market, with the second phase of Bedford Square bringing a landmark building back into active use after many years of vacancy and helping to alleviate the shortage of grade A space in the city.“The first phase of Bedford Square has been a great success and we now have the opportunity to complete the vision with the creation of much-needed business space and new public realm which, together with our Maldron Hotel and QUB student accommodation developments on the adjoining Brunswick Street site, will make a huge contribution to the regeneration of Belfast’s Linen Quarter and this part of the city.”The first phase of the project was completed in 2006 and is home to Invest Northern Ireland’s headquarters.
American football team Minnesota Vikings has selected the development team for its new Eagan practice facility and headquarters in Minnesota, US.The team includes Crawford Architects, which will provide design services, and Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, which will act as the construction manager of the project.The new team headquarters will feature outdoor and indoor practice fields, a 6,000-seat stadium, team meeting rooms and auditorium, a broadcast studio and media centre, and administrative offices for staff.The facility represents the first phase in an overall 200-acre planned development, which is expected to include offices, retail, residential and hospitality units and a conference centre.Vikings’ executive vice president and CFO Steve Poppen said: “We are thrilled to once again engage in a large project with a Minnesota-based construction company such as Kraus-Anderson, as they have a tremendous body of work and strong reputation within the community.“Both Crawford Architects and Kraus-Anderson have long-standing relationships with the Vikings and together give us complete confidence in designing and building this project on time for a March 2018 opening.”The project is scheduled to break ground in early August 2016. Construction work on the first phase is expected to be completed in about 20 months.
Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) in a joint venture partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) is set to undertake a £60m project to expand the Citylabs biomedical research centre in the UK city.
Brookfield Multiplex has completed construction on Walker Corporation’s $300m Tower Two at the Collins Square development in Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD).
Abu Dhabi-based developer Aldar Properties has awarded contracts worth AED440M ($120M) to National Projects and Construction (NPC) for its Nareel Island and Al Merief communities in Abu Dhabi.Nareel Island is located on the coast in Al Bateen and is spread over two islands. It will include 148 villa plots, a lagoon, a marina, a clubhouse, open parks, private beaches, as well as pontoons and gardens. The earthworks and marine works tender packages have been awarded in October 2015. Reclamation work for the lagoon has also started, and dredging work on the southern island is complete.Al Merief project is located in Khalifa City and features 283 land plots. The villas will be located within recreational facilities and sheltered gardens, in close proximity to the community's parks, mosques, an Aldar Academies-operated school, and neighbourhood retail centre. The development’s conceptual and preliminary designs were completed in 2015.Aldar Properties’ chief development officer Talal Al Dhiyebi said: "As one of the most exclusive developments in the region, Nareel Island truly brings a new level of luxury to Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Al Merief is set to become a welcoming, impressive new address to a burgeoning area of the capital.“With the appointment of NPC, we are on track for the completion of both developments in 2017."Work on both projects is expected to be delivered over a 16 month-period.
German science and technology company Merck Group has unveiled plans to construct a new $115M campus in Burlington, Massachusetts.The 26,000sq m facility will feature a customer collaboration laboratory and training centre, as well as office space. It will serve as a major hub for the company’s North American life science business.The firm’s 850 full-time Billerica-based life science employees will be relocated to the new campus, once completed.Merck Life Science executive board member and CEO Udit Batra said: “This new and more expansive Merck campus gives us a unique, multi-use life science hub in the United States — one that provides our employees and customers with a sustainable and collaborative working environment.“We have a long history in Massachusetts, and as a global leader in life science, we are committed to strengthening our presence in one of the most important science and technology hubs in the world.”The building is aiming to achieve LEED certification and will be complete in the second half of 2017.
Dubai South has awarded AED1bn ($272M) contracts for project developments in Dubai’s Residential District.Dubai South’s Residential District will feature 10,000 residential units, including villas, townhouses and apartments, accommodating about 35,000 residents. It will also include schools, nurseries, hospitals, retail outlets, food and beverage options, a post office, a swimming academy and a sports centre.Atkins Global, Studio International Architects and RNL Design have been selected to supervise the masterplan and product design for the mixed-use project, which will be delivered in phases. UAE-based Al Nasr is currently working on the first section of the District’s infrastructure, which will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016. The company has also secured a contract for the construction of infrastructure in Dubai South’s Logistics District.Tristar Engineering & Construction has secured an infrastructure construction contract for the remaining areas of the first phase — scheduled to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017.Parsons and Kele Constructions have also been awarded a contract to build the first phase of Sakany Staff Village, which will accommodate 20,000 residents by 2020.Additionally, UAE-based City Diamond Contracting has won a contract to build a multi-purpose aerospace supply chain facility in Dubai South’s Aviation District.Ahmed Al Ansari, Dubai South’s acting CEO, said: "We, at Dubai South, are excited to be working with the leading companies in the construction industry to help create a solid foundation for the future of Dubai South residents."This entirely new and incomparable model of urban living puts people first, while celebrating nature and diverse populations, which come together to form a thriving and healthy community."