Sener and Acciona have begun the turnkey construction of the €500M Kathu Solar Park Complex in South Africa.Located in the town of Kathu, in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, the 100MW plant will be able to generate enough electricity to supply 80,000 homes.Both firms will carry out the engineering, construction management and commissioning of the plant until its turnkey delivery. The project, part of the 2010 Integrated Resource Program (IRP) National Electricity Plan, will provide an increase in the country's generation capacity until it reaches 86.8GW in 2030.The project, which uses Sener’s ‘SENERtrough’ technology and a molten salt storage system, is scheduled to commence operations in 2018. It represents the second solar thermal project in South Africa on which both companies are working together, the first being the recently-opened 50MW Bokpoort plant.
The University of Manchester has secured planning consent from Manchester City Council to develop a £350M engineering campus.The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), part of the university’s £1bn masterplan to create a world-leading campus, will bring together a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific community and consolidate the university’s student campus around Oxford Road.Mecanoo, an architecture firm responsible for Manchester’s HOME, has been appointed to the project. Upon completion, the development is due to become home to the university’s four engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Demolition on the site is currently in progress, and main construction works are scheduled to commence later in 2016. The development is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has submitted a planning application to develop the Northgate area of Chester city centre as a mixed-use development.The £300M proposed project will include the construction of 46,500sq m of new retail, restaurant and leisure facilities in the UK city that will be delivered over two phases of construction.Phase one, expected to start in late 2017, will include the development of two restaurants within the shell of the current library building, a new market hall replacing the current Chester Market, a six-screen cinema, a new 167-bedroom four-star hotel and a conference centre. The hotel would replace the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which together with the Forum and several other buildings on the site would be knocked down in 2019. Work would then commence on the second phase of construction to create the main retail space, department store and residential development.David Lewis, managing director of Rivington Land, the council’s appointed development manager, said: “We are at a point where we have sufficient confidence in the commercial market prospects of the Northgate Scheme to advise the council to make this application for a major redevelopment of the city centre.“We have worked hard with the council and consultees to fine tune the detailed design of Chester Northgate to ensure the best possible fit with the city’s needs and the demands of retailers and other commercial interests.”
A joint venture between Murphy and Hochtief has been chosen as preferred contractor by Sirius Minerals to build the tunnel for the £2.4bn potash mine in North Yorkshire.The 37km underground tunnel, to be designed and built by the JV, will transport minerals from the mine to a processing plant on Teesside.This will involve a 6m-diameter TBM-bored tunnel between the mine head site at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby, and a portal near the town of Redcar.Designed by Arup, the plan is to use five hard rock TBMs, which will be lowered in at four intermediate staging shafts, at a starting depth of 350m below the surface at the mine head.The 12-month first phase of work will comprise front-end engineering design and a detailed geotech programme along the route.Chris Fraser, Sirius Minerals managing director and CEO, said: “This is the culmination of a huge amount of work by both the successful bidders and those that have been unsuccessful and we thank all of the groups involved for their efforts.“We are delighted to now be moving forward with our selected partners towards the implementation of the project.”AMC UK, a joint venture between Thyssen Group and Redpath Group, has been also selected as preferred contractor for mine site development.
The Government of Egypt and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development have signed a loan agreement of $98.6M for the construction of five desalination plants in Southern Sinai, Egypt.The project will aim to meet the demand for potable water in some towns in the South of Sinai, as well as in existing residential settlements, and other settlements due to be established, in the Sinai Peninsula.The five plants will process water from the Red Sea and other related works.One of the plants, to be located in the town of El Tor, will have a daily capacity of 20,000cb m, while the other four plants, to be located in Ras Sidr, Abu Zenima, Dahab and Nuwaiba, will each have a capacity of 10,000cb m per day.The development includes the supply of electricity to the plants and the installation of pipelines with a total length of about 42km and diameters ranging between 500–800mm for transmission of the desalinated water to storage tanks, and pipelines with a total length of about 183km and diameters ranging between 200–500mm for transmission of water from the tanks to the nearby settlements.Additionally, it will also involve the construction of eight pumping stations and the necessary networks for distribution of water inside the settlements. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
Brookfield Multiplex has won a $290M contract from joint venture partners Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia to construct the fifth stage of the $2bn master-planned Central Park precinct.This stage, known as DUO, is a mixed residential, commercial and hotel development on the corner of Broadway and Abercrombie Streets in Chippendale. It will feature two 18-storey towers sitting on a combined five-level basement car park.Designed by Foster + Partners, the project’s residential element will include 313 apartments, of which most of the units will be located within the eastern tower.Residents will have access to an indoor pool, jacuzzi, cardio room, yoga and recreation room, rooftop terrace and BBQ and a lounge and dining room.The neighbouring western tower will feature a 297-room hotel, 5,500 sq m of commercial space, a large childcare centre and hotel.The project will create about 800 jobs during peak construction and is scheduled to be completed in April 2018.
Saudi Aramco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GE and Cividale SpA of Italy to build the SAR1.5bn ($400M) forging and casting manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia.The facility will be located in Ras Al-Khair under the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu industrial area.It will complement Saudi Aramco’s plans to develop several industrial projects in the country including a maritime project focused on building, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of offshore platforms, jack-ups, offshore service vessels and commercial tankers.The facility is scheduled to be operational in 2020 and create 2,000 jobs in the region. Cividale is a producer in the steel and cast iron industry.Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president of finance, strategy and development Abdallah Al-Saadan said: “The MoU reflects our ambition to create a robust supply chain that builds positive synergies in the oil and gas manufacturing sector.“This builds on our deep commitment to support the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 to promote economic and industrial diversification in the Kingdom and boost localized manufacturing.”The plant is scheduled to be operational in 2020 and create 2,000 jobs in the region.
John Holland and partner Commercial & General have signed a contract to deliver the new $300M Calvary Adelaide Hospital in Australia.Upon completion, the 12-storey, 350-bed facility is due to become the largest private hospital ever built in South Australia, replacing the existing Calvary Wakefield Hospital.The project will be developed by John Holland and Commercial & General, and leased back to Calvary on a long term contract. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin shortly.John Holland’s CEO Glenn Palin said that the new facility will be 50% larger than the existing hospital, and enable Calvary to meet clinical demand.Palin added: “John Holland is perfectly placed to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure for the people of Adelaide. We have extensive experience in the construction of health facilities, and understand the complexities involved.“We have constructed various hospital facilities around Australia, including the Perth Children’s Hospital, Lismore Base Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. We welcome the chance to continue our work in Adelaide.”Construction on the project is scheduled to begin shortly.
Three companies have started construction on the 224.25MW Nicolas-Riou wind project in Canada.EDF EN Canada, Énergie Éolienne Bas-St-Laurent (EEBSL), and Régie intermunicipale de l'énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RIEGÎM) are working on the CAD500M ($381.4M) project, which is located in the RCM of Les Basques and Rimouski-Neigette.The project is anticipated to be operational at the end of 2017. It will create up to 400 jobs during the construction phase, and up to 10 permanent operation and maintenance jobs.EDF EN Canada’s vice president of development Cory Basil said: “EDF EN Canada welcomes the decree authorizing the construction and operation of the Nicolas-Riou Wind Project and offers our sincere thanks to the government of Québec for its permission to proceed with this important community project.“We are very excited to have formed a strong partnership between EDF EN, EEBSL and RIEGÎM. This project is the result of a partnership that pairs the experience and expertise of EDF EN Canada with the understanding of local expectations brought by our public partners.”65 V117-3.45 MW wind turbines to be used on the wind farm will be supplied by Danish manufacturer Vestas.
Skanska, as part of LaGuardia Gateway Partners consortium, has reached financial closure and signed a lease agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for LaGuardia Project in New York.With a lease term through 2050, the public private partnership (PPP) includes finance, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B.The design-build contract is valued at about SEK33bn ($4bn). Swedish company Skanska has a 70% stake in the contract, worth nearly $2.8bn.The deal also involves the construction work for supporting infrastructure and a new central entrance hall.Terminal B, opened in 1964, serves over 14m passengers per year. The new LaGuardia Central Terminal B, which will be constructed next to the existing terminal, has been designed to attain LEED Silver certification.Skanska’s CEO and president Johan Karlström said: “This is Skanska’s largest project ever. We are proud to invest in and lead construction of this project that will improve the quality of air travel for millions of people.“The LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B project is a perfect example of how we, through Public Private Partnership, can expedite delivery of critical infrastructure, bringing together Skanska’s construction and investment capabilities. We have a strong position in the growing US market for PPP projects.”LaGuardia Gateway Partners includes Skanska Infrastructure Development, Vantage Airport Group and Meridiam as project sponsors and co-investors, with Vantage Airport Group managing operations.New facilities will start opening in 2018, with scheduled substantial completion in 2022.
Russian real estate development company LSR Group has begun construction on a new tram network in Krasnogvardeysky, St. Petersburg.The corresponding concession agreement was inked between the government of Saint Petersburg and Transportnaya Kontsessionnaya Kompaniya, a joint venture of LSR Group and Leader Investment Company. The overall project, including the upgrading of existing lines and the construction of a new tram network and its operation over the period of 30 years, is expected to cost RUB32.7bn ($488.6M).In particular, the construction and maintenance of the tram network will require an investment of RUB12.7bn ($189.7M).Construction work is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has started construction on a $172M maintenance and administrative facility for light-rail vehicles serving the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project and the Metro Green Line.The 11,000sq m facility, named ‘Southwest Yard’, is located near Los Angeles International Airport and will be constructed by a Hensel Phelps/Herzog joint venture.The project will feature a main shop, a washing facility, a cleaning platform, a material storage building and a wheel truing shop. It will also have the capacity to store 70 light rail vehicles, with the possibility of being expanded in the future.The building has been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and will include sustainable features such as bicycle parking, designated parking for low-emitting, fuel-efficient and carpool/vanpool vehicles and electric vehicle charging.Metro’s CEO Phillip Washington said: "The 200 people to be employed here will be working in a state-of-the art facility designed to keep our new system in a state of good repair."
The British Film Institute (BFI) is seeking a development team to construct a new £130M film and TV centre on London’s South Bank.BFI has received an offer of support of up to £87M towards the overall project cost, subject to tendering starting immediately.The new International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image, to occupy a riverside position on London’s South Bank, will feature a gallery, three cinema screens and an education centre.Presently, BFI is working with landowners — the South Bank Centre, Braeburn Estates, Jubilee Gardens Trust and Lambeth Council — to ensure that the development will be sensitively designed to complement an expanded Jubilee Gardens.BFI’s CEO Amanda Nevill said: “British film and British filmmakers deserve a home now more than ever, a building that will express our optimism, our confidence and our excitement about Britain’s leading role in the future of film, television and the moving image at home and internationally. “It will be a place where filmmakers and audiences will come together to be inspired by our creative legacy and to be part of this most fast moving, dynamic and popular art-form.”As part of this development, Braeburn Estates will also create 6,500sq m of new green parkland on Jubilee Gardens, extending the current space between the London Eye and Hungerford Bridge.The project is expected to be complete in 2022.
Real estate investment company LXB Retail Properties has secured planning consent from the South Ayrshire Council for key elements of a new community development at Corton, UK.Corton is the first phase of the South East Ayr Development that will feature 2,700 new homes on a 450-acre site over 30 years. The development is set to be delivered in three phases: Corton, Alton and Cockhill.The Corton phase comprises 750 houses, a new primary school, a hotel, a neighbourhood centre, shops, a pub/restaurant, business units and community and leisure facilities.The approved plans include a Sainsbury’s supermarket, with associated car park and petrol filling station, and a new equestrian, pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A77, linking into a footpath network.The Corton development is expected to deliver a total new investment of about £184M in South Ayrshire.Sandra Carter from LXB said: “We are delighted that detailed consents for this initial phase have been granted facilitating the delivery of the new supermarket and site infrastructure.“It is anticipated that other elements of the development will soon be brought forward including a pub/restaurant, other neighbourhood business and amenity spaces together with the first phase of private and affordable housing.”
The ATAL-Degremont-China Harbour joint venture has secured a HKD$3.14bn ($404M) contract from Hong Kong’s Drainage Services Department for the first phase of the San Wai Sewage Treatment Works (STW) upgrade.The project will use the latest sedimentation technology, which is more efficient than conventional clarifiers and requires less space, saving almost 40% of the land. It will also deploy the BIM technology to visualise the plant’s design with 3D images.Drainage Services Department director Edwin Tong said: “The project comprises the design and construction of sewage treatment facilities with a daily treatment capacity of 200,000cb m to cater for the projected additional sewage flow due to development needs in the Northwest New Territories after 2020.“The works will also upgrade the treatment level of the STW to the chemically enhanced primary treatment level with ultraviolet disinfection facilities for reducing pollution loads to the northwestern waters.”Upon completion of construction works in 2020, the joint venture will undertake the operation, repair and maintenance of the STW for a contractual operation period of 15 years.
The Femern Link Contractors joint venture has won three conditional contracts for the Femernbelt transport link between Denmark and Germany.The contracts from the Danish government, which have a total value of €3.4bn, include the design and build of what is set to be the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel.One of the contracts covers the building of the portal structures, toll buildings, bridges and ramps, while the other two cover the construction of the immersed tunnel and the factory that will manufacture the precast tunnel elements.The tunnel will be 18km long and will connect Denmark’s Lolland Falster region with Germany’s Schleswig Holstein region, shortening the journey between both countries from one hour by ferry or a 160km detour by car to just ten minutes by car or seven minutes by train.The joint venture, which includes VINCI Construction Grands Projects, Per Aarsleff, Royal Bam Group, Solétanche-Bachy International, CFE and Max Bögl Stiftung & Co, is expected to start construction work in January 2018, subject to permits from the German Government.The link will take approximately eight and a half years to complete.
US-based automotive supplier Flex-N-Gate is set to construct a new $95M manufacturing facility in Detroit, Michigan.The new plant, to be built on a 30-acre site located on Detroit’s eastside in the I-94 Industrial Park, will supply parts to Ford Motor Company.The project has received two important approvals last week: the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved a $3.5M Business Development Program grant to incentivise the supplier to expand its Michigan operations, and the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC) approved the sale of 30-acres in the industrial park to Flex-N-Gate.Flex-N-Gate owner Shahid Khan said: “Building a new plant from the ground up within the Detroit city limits will be a milestone moment for Flex-N-Gate, made possible thanks to our partnership and collaboration with Ford, the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan.”“Their collective support and vision to convert a neglected urban area into a manufacturing centre that will create hundreds of new, sustainable and well-paying jobs here in Detroit has been nothing short of spectacular. We are grateful and looking forward to seeing this project become a reality.”The project will create up to 650 new jobs in Detroit over the next three years, with the possibility of adding up to 750 total jobs at its full capacity.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a €294M loan to enhance natural gas storage and distribution in Kazakhstan.EBRD will provide €242M to Intergas Central Asia to enhance the gas storage to its full capacity of four billion cubic metres (bcm) from the current limit of 2.6bcm, and €52M to KazTransGas-Aimak for the expansion and modernisation of the natural gas distribution network in several regions of Kazakhstan. The improvement will allow the utility to connect new households and industrial customers to gas supplies, while reducing the current dependency on coal-generated electricity.EBRD’s president Sir Suma Chakrabarti said: “We have worked consistently with Kazakhstan on projects which develop the green economy. “Few approaches create such immediate progress as a switch to cleaner sources of energy. Gas is much cleaner than coal and helps to complement renewable energy.“We are very pleased to start our cooperation with KazTransGas and to continue our enhanced partnership with Kazakhstan with these two major steps towards a sustainable future.”
Dragages Singapore has secured a €100M contract for the construction of two condominium complexes in Singapore.The contract has been awarded by United Venture Development, a joint venture between UOL Venture Investments and Singland Homes.Designed by ADDP Architects, the project will include two 40-storey towers, 505 apartments and a total floor area of about 46,000sq m. Both towers will measure 140m in height.Dragages Singapore, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, will utilise a modular construction technique based on a reinforced concrete structure, which will enable the condominiums to meet the Singapore authorities’ stipulation that 65% of the towers’ superstructure must employ PPVC — Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction.Nicolas Borit, Bouygues Bâtiment International deputy CEO in charge of Asia-Pacific, said: “We are very proud that our customer, United Venture Development, has shown confidence in us and given us the opportunity to support them in carrying out this project in Singapore. “The experience in this market acquired by Dragages and the construction system chosen were decisive factors in winning this contract.”Construction work on the project is set to commence shortly and will last for three years, with handover scheduled for the end of the first half of 2019.
Infrastructure firm RCR Tomlinson has won two construction contracts with a combined value of $108M in Australia.RCR has been awarded a $73M contract by MMG Limited (MMG) for the construction of a processing plant at MMG’s Dugald River project.Under the contact, RCR will be responsible for project management, fabrication and supply of various structural steel, mechanical and E&I components, and the construction and commissioning support for a zinc and lead concentrator and associated plant.Construction work on the project is set to commence immediately, subject to MMG finalising financing arrangements, and the plant is expected to be complete in October 2017. MMG is responsible for the plant design and the supply of the key processing equipment.Meanwhile, Rio Tinto awarded RCR a $35M contract for the construction and commissioning of Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert Power Station.The scope of work includes overall project management, construction and commissioning of an 80MWe open cycle power plant at Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert iron ore operation in Western Australia. Rio Tinto will be responsible for the design and procurement of major equipment items for the power station. Work will begin immediately and the power plant is set to be complete in October 2017.RCR’s managing director and CEO Paul Dalgleish said: “The project for MMG builds on our position as a leader in the construction of major minerals processing plants. We are looking forward to working together with MMG and the local community to successfully deliver these construction works.“The Cape Lambert project is the first win of an improving pipeline of opportunities that we are seeing in the power generation sector. We are currently preferred on a number of other large power projects including gas and solar power stations that are under negotiation. We are pleased to continue our valued relationship with Rio Tinto through this project.”