Graham Construction has been appointed by Oxford Brookes University to its new works framework to support the delivery of its £130M campus improvement programme.The 10-year estate investment plan will include improvements to the facilities on all of Oxford Brookes’ campuses, thus supporting the university’s long-term vision. The construction firm has been selected as part of the framework panel, which will execute all projects worth more than £5M, with a total value of £65M over the next four years.According to Graham Construction, there is a provision for the framework to be extended for two more years.Graham Construction’s London office director Rob Joyce said: “As the Thames Valley market is thriving, Graham Construction’s London division is continuing its expansion westwards to meet the high demand.“We are looking forward to drawing on our broad range of experience from across the higher education sector to help deliver Oxford Brookes University’s estate investment plan.“This appointment takes us a step further towards providing sector-leading facilities on a world-class campus, which will enable the university to achieve its long-term vision.”
Professional baseball team Texas Rangers has unveiled plans for a new $1bn stadium.The proposed ballpark will include a retractable roof for climate control and a shelter for fans during the hot summer season. It is also expected to have similar design concepts as the ones featured in the construction of the Globe Life Park.The Arlington City Council will consider designating a venue project and authorising a master agreement for a public-private partnership with the Texas Rangers this evening.The new proposed master agreement could see the Rangers' partnership with Arlington extend until January 1, 2054.The project’s construction cost would be shared equally between the Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington. Texas Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis said: "The Rangers and Arlington have enjoyed a great partnership for 45 years, and we are excited about the possibility of calling this city home for many years to come."A baseball park is a very special place and the Rangers are committed to providing the best possible experience for our fans. "The construction of a new facility with a retractable roof and so many other amenities would allow us to enhance that experience in a manner that is not presently possible."The park is expected to be complete by April 2021.
Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting have secured an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the Beatrice wind farm turbine foundations and array cables in Scotland.The scope of the $1.3bn contract,awarded by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, will also involve the transport and installation of transmission modules for the offshore wind farm.The project’s management and engineering has already commenced at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, Scotland and at Seaway Heavy Lifting’s offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.Offshore installation activities will take place in 2017 and 2018 using seaway Heavy Lifting’s heavy-lift vessels, Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov.Subsea 7 CEO Jean Cahuzac said: “This offshore wind farm project is our largest North Sea award to date. Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting have a strong reputation in their respective areas of expertise.“This contract recognises both companies’ capability to execute contracts safely, on time and within cost targets and is another major step forward in establishing Seaway Heavy Lifting as a leading EPCI contractor in the offshore renewables market.”When fully operational in 2019, the wind farm will produce 588MW of power.
Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power and Origis Energy have started construction on the $100M solar power plant in Lamar County, Mississippi.Located on a 590-acre site, the facility will feature more than 215,000 polycrystalline solar panels and will produce 52MW of energy, enough to supply about 8,000 homes. Mississippi Power will secure all energy and related renewable energy credits generated by the plant that is set to become the largest solar facility in Mississippi when completed.Mississippi Power president and CEO Anthony Wilson said: "By working with Origis Energy and the Area Development Partnership, we will have nearly doubled the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy going to the Mississippi Power grid."The project will create nearly 100 construction jobs and is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2017.
NCC and Kungälv Municipality have entered into a partnership for the construction of a $36bn waterworks in Kungälv, Sweden.The project is set to provide drinking water to the municipalities of Kungälv, Tjörn, Ale and Stenungssund.The waterworks will have as its water source the Göta älv river and will be able to supply 1,080cb m of water per hour when completed.Maria Sondell, project manager at Kungälv Municipality, said: “Kungälv and the surrounding municipalities need to secure their supply of drinking water and we will build, together with NCC, a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest water purification technology.”NCC Infrastructure business area manager, Svante Hagman said: “Working on this type of sustainable community solution is incredibly motivating. “We have been working with Kungälv Municipality on project engineering and dimensioning of the new waterworks since the autumn. “We are moving into the next phase of the partnering arrangement that involves detail engineering so that we can start construction soon. This is scheduled to begin no later than May.”
Green Valley Real Estate has announced plans for a AED500M ($136M) residential project in Marrakech, Morocco.The 410,000sq m development, called ‘City of Green Valley-Marrakech’, is located 11km from Marrakech city centre and will feature 350 residential villas with 100,000sq m of green spaces.It will also include restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, a spa area, health clubs, swimming pools, bars and sports courts.Green Valley Real Estate owner and general manager, Ali Saeed Al Salami said: "We are privileged to announce the project in Marrakech. "Aside of being a state-of-the-art and cutting edge project, it also offers excellent growth potential for investors looking for substantial return on their investment in Marrakech."This is a luxury project and offers amazing investment opportunities in the city, which is otherwise considered a perfect tourist destination."The project follows the completion of developments in Turkey, UAE and other parts of the Middle East.<iframe src="https://timetric.com/c/TT4M9NW/chart/" style="width:500px;height:350px;border:0;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
Weston Homes plans to transform the Denham Film Laboratories into a new £120M residential development in Buckinghamshire, UK.The Grade II-listed Art Deco building was originally part of the Denham Film Studios, where Oscar-winning films were processed and then screened to the directors.The development, which will adopt the Denham Film Studios name, will involve the conversion of the main laboratory and head office building into 224 homes —154 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and 70 four- and five-bedroom family townhouses — along with a cinema and a community hall/fitness space. The new properties are set to be designed around garden squares, landscaped grounds, rill water features, private gardens and protected woodland complete with parking and garaging. The cinema — once used to screen movies to Hollywood directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg — will be renovated and turned into a cinema theatre and club for residents.Bob Weston, chairman and chief executive officer of Weston Homes, said: “For almost 80 years the Denham Film Studios played a central role in the history of Hollywood and British movie making. “With its iconic Art Deco centerpiece, the retained and restored cinema once used by Hollywood directors and its illustrious history this is without doubt the most exciting, glamorous and unique restoration projects Weston Homes has undertaken to date. “Our vision at the Denham Film Studios is to create an Art Deco and movie inspired residential address within easy commuting distance of London via rail or road.”The project will formerly launch in Spring 2017 and prices are anticipated to range from £350,000- £1,500,000.
UK-based Wates has begun construction work on the new £45M Redrock Stockport leisure and retail development.The development is part of Stockport Council’s £1bn ‘investing in Stockport’ programme and was marked with a ground-breaking ceremony.Redrock Stockport will feature 7,000sq m of leisure, retail and restaurant space that includes a 360-space NCP multi-storey car park and a ten-screen cinema.Eamonn Boylan, chief executive at Stockport Council, said: “I am thrilled that we have reached this landmark stage on Redrock Stockport, and that our vision of transforming this area of the town centre is becoming a reality. “The new cinema, restaurants and retail units will bring a new vibrancy to this area of our town centre making a great place to visit and spend time.”Wates and Stockport Council are ensuring that local SMEs are involved in the project and that on-site training and employment opportunities are created.Wates Construction North West business unit director, Tony Shenton said: “There is an anticipation growing for Redrock Stockport and for good reason; it is going to become a great asset for the town, the economic benefits of which will keep on building. “As with all of our projects, employing a local supply chain will be a key part of our delivery of Redrock Stockport, as will our ongoing engagement with and support of neighbouring businesses.”
UK-based Bericote Properties has unveiled plans for a £150M warehouse project in St Helens near Liverpool, UK.The proposed industrial and distribution warehouse development will be located off junction 23 of the M6 at Haydock, covering a total area of 130,000sq m.The project will feature sheds, office space, car parking, as well as a new highway providing access to the adjacent Haydock industrial estate.Bericote believes that the project will be well placed to take advantage of the Liverpool Superport initiative, under which the Liverpool City Region, Peel Ports and others are investing £1bn in freight and logistics around the Port of Liverpool. Bericote’s development director for Manchester office Keith Wilson said: “Bericote is proud to be bringing forward plans for this significant employment development in Haydock, creating a lasting legacy of jobs and investment for St Helens.”Construction work is expected to commence in early 2017.
Menter Newydd has been selected by Horizon Nuclear Power to build the £14bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power project in Anglesey, UK.Menter Newydd, a specially created joint venture, includes Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd., Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd. Horizon’s CEO Duncan Hawthorne said: “This is an important step in any large, complex infrastructure project and it adds to Wylfa Newydd’s growing momentum.“The depth and breadth of expertise Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel and JGC bring to the Menter Newydd venture will help us ensure the timely delivery of our project, which will be vital for meeting the UK’s energy gap and boosting the local economy in North Wales for decades to come.“We look forward to working with the team and continuing to make great strides with our plans.” Work on the site is continuing to advance and the UK ABWR remains on track to complete its regulatory generic design assessment by the end of 2017.
Hyflux and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) consortium’s project company TuasOne Pte Ltd has secured project financing for TuasOne waste-to-energy plant in Singapore.The project company has secured a SGD653M ($472.7M) 27-year loan facility, which will be utilized to fund the development, its construction and start-up costs.The project financing is provided by DBS Bank, Malayan Banking Berhad Singapore Branch, Mizuho Bank Ltd and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd, which are the underwriters and book-runners for the facility.DBS Bank Ltd, Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd, Mizuho Bank Ltd and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd were the lead arrangers in the project financing.
Germany-based KfW IPEX-Bank is providing a loan worth €104M to the French energy provider Neoen to support the construction of energy projects in France.The projects include a 30MWp photovoltaic (PV) facility and two wind farms with a total capacity of 46MWp.German manufacturer SolarWorld is providing the modules for the PV plant, which is being built in the Tarn department in southwestern France, while German wind farm manufacturer Enercon and the Danish company Vestas are supplying the equipment to the Bussy Lettrée and Raucourt II wind projects in northeastern France. Neoen corporate finance director Charlie Canevet said: “We are happy to be working with KfW IPEX-Bank again on our new projects in France. For our global activities in the field of renewable energies, we partner with dependable banks with proven structuring expertise.”The plant will be completed soon and the two wind farms are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
The state government of Queensland has announced the environmental approval for the AUD347M ($251.1M) Sunshine Coast Airport runway expansion in Australia.The expansion project will include a new 2,450m by 45m wide east-west runway, capable of servicing aircraft such as the Airbus A330, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777.It will also include proposed changes to airspace and flight paths, two end taxiway loops, navigational aids and expansion of the existing apron, an air traffic control tower and aircraft rescue and fire-fighting services station.Queensland minister for state development and natural resources and mines Anthony Lynham said: “This project opens up the region to more national and international destinations such as Singapore and Perth and has the potential to bring almost half a million more visitors a year to the coast by 2040.“Most importantly, this will generate 1,500 more ongoing jobs by 2040, more than 80 construction jobs and an estimated $140 million-plus boost to regional economic activity during construction.“That represents business opportunities for local construction, manufacturing and professional services companies in the region.”
Laing O’Rourke has been appointed the main contractor by Intu for the £178M Intu Watford shopping centre extension in UK. The project will add an extra 37,000sq m to the existing centre, extending the retail and leisure site to 130,000sq m.According to Intu, a 12,000sq m Debenhams store will be at the heart of the extension, along with a nine-screen Cineworld cinema. Catering names such as Las Iguanas, Byron and Cabana have also been confirmed for the mall. Rebecca Ryman, regional director of Intu, said: “Our £178m extension of Intu Watford will transform the centre into a contemporary shopping experience providing a fantastic place to shop, eat and play. “It will massively strengthen Intu Watford as a destination which retailers want to invest in and our visitors enjoy.”Liam Cummins, head of UK Construction at Laing O’Rourke said: “We are delighted to be continuing to develop our partnership with Intu, and look forward to delivering this transformational retail project for Watford."
US-based Blackbaud has unveiled plans to construct a new global headquarters on Daniel Island in Berkeley, South Carolina.The $150M project, to be built by Holder Properties, will include a 33,000sq m eco-friendly campus and is expected to create 300 additional jobs over the next five years.Construction work on the project will commence in late 2016 and is anticipated to be complete in two phases. Phase one of the new campus is expected to be complete by 2018.South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said: “Since 1989, Blackbaud has been a terrific member of the South Carolina family, and this new expansion speaks to the company’s commitment to our state and its people.“The 300 new jobs created by this initiative are a milestone, not only for our Lowcountry community, but also for our state as a whole.”
Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) has inked an agreement with Indonesia-based PT Perusahaan Daerah Pertambangan dan Energi South Sumatra to build a 363km gas pipeline.Under the $600M contract, KOGAS will construct a 245km gas pipeline in South Sumatra, Indonesia and another gas pipeline, measuring 118km, in Bali. It will also operate and provide the project’s maintenance services over a 30-year period.KOGAS aims to conduct a feasibility study and assess the results before making a decision whether to proceed with the project.Established in 1983 by the Korean government, KOGAS operates four LNG regasification terminals and 4,440km of natural gas pipelines in South Korea.
TCL subsidiary China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) is set to start construction on a Gen 11 LCD panel fabrication plant in Shenzhen, China.Expected to cost RMB50bn ($7.8bn) the facility will produce extra-large high-resolution flat panel displays targeting 45", 65" or even larger LCD TV markets.Upon completion, the new production line will exceed BOE’s Gen 10.5 — which commenced construction in December 2015 in Anhui Province — in terms of generation and investment.Currently, CSOT has three production lines, namely T1, T2 and T3, producing small and large LCD panels for TVs, smartphones and tablets.
Construction has started on the $750M Greenleigh at Crossroads mixed-use development in Baltimore, Maryland.Greenleigh at Crossroads, part of Baltimore Crossroads development, will feature 1,000 single-family units and townhomes, 500 multifamily homes, three mid-rise Class A commercial office buildings covering 28,000sq m, 12,000sq m of single-storey office space, 11,000sq m of retail and a 120-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel.The project will be delivered by St. John Properties, Somerset Construction Co. and Elm Street Development.St. John Properties has started construction on one of the office buildings, and is set to commence construction on the hotel in late 2016.Elm Street Development will soon commence construction of the single-family homes and townhomes, with models anticipated to be ready in early 2017.Somerset Construction is set to start work on The Berkleigh, a 317-unit luxury apartment community, in late 2016.
A joint venture between Jacobs Engineering and Aurecon has secured a contract to carry out the engineering design of the AUD5bn ($3,6bn) WestConnex New M5 Project in Australia.The New M5 motorway, the largest section of the WestConnex project, will link to the upgraded King Georges Road Interchange on the existing M5 East Motorway at Beverly Hills and run via twin tunnels to St Peters.The project, which is being delivered by the CPB Contractors-Dragados-Samsung joint venture, is set to double the M5 East corridor’s capacity, improving travel times and reliability for the 100,000 motorists that use the route daily.Three-dimensional design and building information management (BIM) systems are being implemented to design and document elements of the project in order to assist with the coordination and integration of design with other parties.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are very proud to be contributing to such a globally significant project, one that is set to have a positive impact on Sydney’s road network for many years to come.”
A platform for streamlining progress payments on construction jobs has been introduced to the UK this week at the Royal Institute of British Architects.The cloud-based platform, ProgressClaim.com, has been specifically designed for the construction industry, helping users — contractors, subcontractors, stakeholders and consultants — to work on and administer payments claims collaboratively.According to the company, the tool makes the currently difficult and out-dated process of submitting and approving progress claims easier, while reducing contract administration management costs by up to 50%, saving time and improving risk control with regards to the Security of Payments Act.First launched in Australia, ProgressClaim.com enables contractors and sub-contractors to provide details about how much work has been completed and how much is to be paid, allowing payments to be on time without potentially resulting in a dispute. Additionally, documents can be shared between organisations in real time so that users have a single view of the status of the project and are on the same page, reducing the need for spreadsheets, email trails and phone calls.Automated reminder emails can be sent to submit claims and approvals, with documentation produced and delivered instantly by email.Progressclaim.com CEO Lincoln Easton said: “Payment practices in the construction sector are problematic and time consuming. We believe our cloud-based platform helps to ease the pain. “The take-up of our easy-to-use software among tier one contractors and sub-contractors in our home market of Australia has exceeded our internal expectations since we launched a little over a year ago. Clients are increasingly being drawn to the speed, accuracy and transparency, which Progressclaim.com offers. “With the UK market exposed to a similar set of challenges, we are confident we can replicate the success we are enjoying in Australia over here, and in the process help bring the traditional payments model into the digital age.”To use the platform subcontractors pay a subscription of £30 a month, while main contractors will pay a licence fee based on the scale and complexity of the activities covered by the software.