Turkey-based Limak Construction has secured a contract from the Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works to build the new terminal at Kuwait International Airport (KIA).The company has submitted the lowest bid of $4.34bn to carry out the construction work on the new terminal. The contract includes the provision of maintenance for an additional two years.Upon completion, the new passenger terminal will have the capacity to handle 25M passengers annually and accommodate all aircraft types through 51 gates and stands. The project, designed by Fosters + Partners, will feature the latest technology and will be able to generate 12MW of solar power through 66,000 panels, to be installed on the terminal’s roof. Limak Group vice chairman Sezai Bacaksiz said: “The project is more than an airport, it is a link between the two countries; Kuwait and Turkey, between two economies, between two societies.“As a result of this link, new technologies will be introduced and transferred, new jobs will be created locally, planned local procurement will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, local businesses will flourish, all while we train and equip Kuwaiti men and women of the future through the various education and empowerment initiatives that we have planned for Kuwait over the next six years and beyond.”The new terminal, aiming to achieve LEED Gold certification, is scheduled to be complete in six years.
After the tunnel’s first blast in the main shaft 17 years ago, the Gotthard base tunnel in Switzerland opens today. To celebrate the completion of the world’s longest rail tunnel, the country is holding an opening ceremony.1,200 guests have been invited for the festivities that are expected to cost €8M. German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president François Hollande and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi are among the guests of honour at the ceremony. At the weekend, additional opening events are expected to attract 50,000-100,000 visitors.The longest tunnel — named after the patron saint of travelling merchants, St Gotthard— runs through the Alps, between Erstfeld, Uri, and Bodio, Ticiano. Trains using the €11bn rail tunnel won’t go into service until 11 December 2016, when it will be fully operational. Until then, test runs will be conducted at the rail line.When fully operational, 260 freight trains and 65 passenger trains will travel through the two-way tunnel each day, reducing the journey times between Zurich and Milan from more than four hours to just two-and-a-half hours. Travel through the tunnel itself will take just 20 minutes, with a stop at the control station of Sedrun.Gotthard has overtaken the 53.9km Seikan Tunnel in northern Japan as the longest rail tunnel in the world, demoting the 50.5km Channel Tunnel between Britain and France to third place.The Gotthard base tunnel in numbers: • Start of construction works: 1999• Length: 57.09km• Total length of tunnels: 151.84km• Diameter of rail tunnels: 8.5m• Highest elevation: 549m• Depth: 2,300m• Mountain rock excavated: 28.2M tonnes• Concrete used: 131,000cu m• Workforce: up to 2,600• Maximum train speed: up to 250kph• Cost: €11bn
Mott MacDonald and Sweco have won a £50M contract from Transport Scotland for the A96 Dualling road project in the UK.Under the contract, the joint venture will carry out route option assessment and detailed design work for the dualling of the 29-mile western section of the A96 between Auldearn and Fochabers next month.New Minister for Transport & Islands Humza Yousaf said: “This major design contract marks a further milestone towards the dualling of the A96 with all the investment and improvements that it will bring to local economies right across the north of Scotland.“Road users will not only enjoy the benefits of improved journey time and reliability, better connectivity between destinations but also, crucially, improved road safety for all those who use this key artery connecting two of Scotland’s economic hubs.“In addition, this contract will also provide a huge boost for the local and national economy, with the successful bidder securing steady work for years to come and many more opportunities for small and medium enterprises through subcontracted work.“We also remain on track to finalise the preferred option for the A96 Dualling Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme, with draft Orders due to be published later this year.“Along with our ambitious plans to build over 80 miles of new dualled road on the A9 between Perth and Inverness, delivering the new £1.3 billion Queensferry Crossing over the Forth, and the £500M M8-M73-M74 improvements in Glasgow, this contract is yet another example of the significant investment the Scottish Government is making in transport infrastructure right across Scotland.”The A96 dualling is part of the Scotland’s trunk road upgrade project between Inverness and Aberdeen, to be finished by 2030.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded an AED703M ($191.3M) contract for phases 4 and 5 of the Dubai Water Canal Project.Phase 4, which will cost about AED307M ($83.5M), is part of infrastructural works for property development on both sides of the canal, including roads and utility lines.Estimated to cost AED396M ($107.8M), phase 5 will link the Business Bay Canal with the Dubai Water Canal and terminate at the Arabian Gulf.The canal stretches 3.2km from the Business Bay Canal up to the Arabian Gulf via the Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road.The scope of the work will include the construction of quay walls using precast concrete slabs along the stretch of the canal, the completing and diverting of utility lines and key services, and the removal of impacted services.It will also include the treatment of hyper-saline water from the Business Bay Lakes, the removal of sand barriers in the course of the canal, and the construction of three marine transport stations.RTA’s director-general and chairman Mattar Al Tayer said: “Projects to be constructed on the waterfront will be served by modern water transport means, and result in improved quality of water in the Dubai Creek.”Both phases of the project are expected to be complete by the end of September.
Muse Developments, in collaboration with Network Rail, has submitted a planning application for a £185M mixed-use project in Manchester city centre.The proposed project will be located on a 2.5-acre site on Corporation Street, which is currently a surface-level car park, and will include three new buildings; a 13,900sq m, Grade A, eight-storey office and two residential buildings.The 20- and 25-storey residential buildings, part of Network Rail’s commitment to unlock publically-owned land to build new homes, will contain up to 520 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The development will also include a gym, 24-hour concierge, communal residents’ lounge, cycle storage and a roof garden. Muse Developments’ director David Burkinshaw said: “This is an exciting time for this area of Manchester as a number of key developments are now coming to fruition.“New Victoria presents a unique opportunity to deliver a landmark development next to the city centre’s prime leisure and retail attractions and one of the North West’s main transport hubs. New Victoria offers an unparalleled location and an outstanding development opportunity.”Muse is working with architect Sheppard Robson and Arup on detailed design proposals for the project.
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has given the go-ahead for a £400M project to redevelop the Eden Walk Shopping Centre in London.The plans, submitted by British Land and the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), include 380 homes, office space, a new shopping centre, a cinema, public car parking, the creation of public spaces and the remodelling of memorial gardens.Councillor David Cunningham, cabinet member responsible for regeneration at Kingston Council, said: “This development is a major boost for Kingston and its future prospects. Attracting over £400M of investment into our town centre marks a significant vote of confidence in the future direction of our borough and provides a regenerated new shopping centre as well as much needed housing. “We will be working hard with the developer over the coming months to ensure they continue the very good work they have done on engaging with Kingston residents as they seek to build this scheme.”
UK-based Balfour Beatty is set to commence construction work on 14 primary care centres across Ireland.The €140M project has achieved financial close and is being delivered by a consortium, which includes Prime, Balfour Beatty and InfraRed Capital Partners Limited.The new centres, to be built over a 27-month programme, will be located in Galway, Kildare, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford, Tipperary and Wexford.Balfour Beatty bid director Tzvetelina Bogoina said: "Balfour Beatty is a trusted partner in the healthcare sector having delivered over £2bn worth of hospitals and care centres over the past decade."We look forward to handing over the primary care centres which will make a positive difference to local communities in terms of health outcomes as well as added social value outcomes in the creation of local employment and local supply chain opportunities and student placements and taster days throughout the construction phase.”
The opening of the world’s longest rail tunnel is set to take place as planned on 1 June 2016.The CHF12.2bn ($12.3bn) Gotthard base tunnel, which measures 57km in length, runs under the Swiss Alps and is designed to reduce travel times across Europe. Construction of the tunnel started in 1999, 17 years ago, and since then 28.2m tonnes of mountain rock has been excavated during the tunneling works. Trains will be able to travel in the tunnel at speeds of up to 250km per hour, reducing the journey times between Zurich and Milan from more than four hours to just two-and-a-half hours.
Barratt is partnering with Segro to develop Enfield Council’s £3.5bn Meridian Water redevelopment in Enfield, UK.The project includes the construction of 10,000 homes, a new water station and a full range of neighbourhood facilities.The Meridian Water site has already been given the housing zone status, allowing the development team to provide new housing in less time.Barratt London will lead the residential portion of the development, while Segro will create the urban logistics and industrial space.Segro's business unit director for Greater London Alan Holland said: “Being selected as the development partners with Barratt London for the regeneration of Meridian Water is great news.“We have a longstanding relationship with the borough with a number of industrial schemes already up and running, bringing real jobs to Enfield and the wider region.“We have a proven track record in delivering successful places for business to thrive, creating employment opportunities and helping attract inward investment to the area helping to create a sustainable community alongside the residential offering.”
AECOM subsidiary Tishman Construction has been selected to provide preconstruction and construction management services for Brookfield’s One Manhattan West office development in New York.The $2.1bn project will feature a 71-storey office building with a gross area of 195,000sq m.One Manhattan West will anchor the Northeastern corner of Brookfield’s 650,000sq m Manhattan West development, which is being built around a two-acre tree-lined park.Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the building is targeting LEED-Gold certification. AECOM chairman and CEO Michael Burke said: “We are proud to help create an iconic tower that will be a key part of making the Far West Side the city’s newest vibrant neighbourhood.“Brookfield’s Manhattan West is a transformative mixed-use project that will bring much-needed residential and office space to New York City — and we are excited to play a role in making it a reality.”
Israel-based infrastructure firm Shikun & Binui has secured financing for the Cundinamarca 010 Toll Road Project in Colombia.The $640M project, part of a multinational plan to improve the country's road infrastructure system, includes the financing, construction, rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of a toll road that will span over nearly 154km.Shikun & Binui's subsidiary SBI, will provide construction services for the project agreed with the Government Infrastructure Authority at the Colombian Ministry of Transportation (ANI). The concession has tenure of 25 years, with an option to extend up to 29 years.Shikun & Binui chairman Moshe Lahmani said: "The financial closing of the project in Colombia is an additional significant milestone in realizing the Group's international strategy to expand its international infrastructure activity, and diversify its global operations."The completion of the financial closings in the USA and now in Colombia will contribute to the Group's record backlog. We will continue to compete for new mega projects in line with our strategic targets."
Balfour Beatty has won a £130M contract from Highways England for the construction of a planned lorry area near the M20 in Kent, England.The scope of the contact will involve the development of the proposals during the early contractor involvement (ECI) phase of the project and will also cover the construction of the lorry area subject to a decision to proceed from the UK government. The company will use latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach to deliver the project that is part of the overall £250M lorry area announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in late 2015. The project will have a capacity to accommodate about 3,600 lorries and is expected to provide a relief to the Kent road network when services across the English Channel are disrupted and lorries are unable to travel to the continent.Balfour Beatty Group CEO Leo Quinn said: “Balfour Beatty’s expertise in major infrastructure projects and long standing relationship with Highways England will be crucial for the safe and successful delivery of this project.“The M20 lorry area will provide much needed relief to Kent’s road networks while supporting local economic growth and development.”The project is expected to create up to 150 jobs during peak construction and is anticipated to be partially open by mid-2017.
Toyota Motor has announced plans to construct a new JPY49bn ($445.5M) production plant in Malaysia.To be constructed in Klang, Selangor, the new facility will have a production capacity of 50,000 vehicles annually. The company believes that the facility is the next step in its efforts to develop competitive plants using the latest production technologies such as freely extensible lines and compact painting booths. Toyota’s managing officer Tatsuro Takami said: "This plant is another of our efforts to create new, competitive plants, following the decisions made last year to create a new plant in Mexico and a new line in China, and the opening of two new engine plants this year in Indonesia and Brazil. "In addition to introducing cutting edge production technologies, we will dedicate ourselves to developing the personnel who support the making of ever-better cars. By doing this, we will provide high quality vehicles to Malaysian customers through UMWT."
A consortium led by Astaldi has won a €400M contract from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) for the construction of the dome and telescope structure of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in northern Chile. The consortium, known as the ACe Consortium, also includes Cimolai and the nominated sub-contractor EIE Group.The E-ELT, touted to be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world, will feature a main mirror measuring 39m in diameter. The project is being built in Cerro Armazones, a 3,000m peak about 20km from ESO’s Paranal Observatory. The scope of the contract includes the design, manufacture, transport, construction, on-site assembly and verification of the dome and telescope structure. Astaldi’s chairman Paolo Astaldi said: “This project is truly visionary, both in what it represents for the field of astronomy and for construction and engineering.“Astaldi and our project partners, Cimolai and EIE Group, are extremely proud to have been selected by ESO through their call for tender to help make their vision a reality.“Astaldi is renowned for delivering its best-in-class technical skills, quality construction and strong execution, and we will put the full force of our core strengths behind this project. It is with great excitement that I sign a contract of such astronomical ambition.”
Italian construction firm Salini Impregilo has secured a contract worth €2.5bn for the Koyash Dam hydropower project in Ethiopia.The contract, awarded by the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), will include the construction of a 170m-high rolled compacted dam creating a reservoir volume of 6,000M cubic metres.With an installed capacity of 2,200MW, the facility will generate 6,460GWh of power annually.Salini Impregilo said the new project along with GIBE III, which went into operation recently, and GERD, the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile will enable Ethiopia to become Africa’s leader in terms of energy production.
US-based services firm CH2M has secured design-build contracts for two infrastructure projects in Texas and California.They include the $1.2bn Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion (NEWPP) project in Houston and the $85M Cogeneration Facility project in San Jose, California.The NEWPP project will be delivered by the Houston Waterworks Team, a joint venture between CH2M and CDM Smith, over the next nine years.Under the contract, the team will be responsible for designing and constructing a new water facility, start-up, commissioning and operating activities. The project also includes the expansion of the city of Houston's existing NEWPP from 80mgd to 320mgd through two construction phases.CH2M has also been tasked to design and construct the new cogeneration plant at the San José Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.The scope of the project involves a new digester gas treatment system, a control system and monitoring system with connectivity to the Wastewater Facility's Distributed Control System, electrical switchgear, a new digester gas pipeline and natural gas pipeline, new heat recovery systems, and civil work including parking areas and utilities.
UK-based construction firm Forrest has been selected by Factory Estates Limited to deliver a £12.6M new-build high-rise development in Manchester.The ‘M-One Central’ will feature 119 one- and two-bedroom apartments over 12 storeys, along with communal spaces including a roof-level terrace, a gym for residents and a new landscaped public square.Located in the Great Ancoats Street, the project will be clad in oxidised metal panels to complement neighbouring constructions.Ted Macdougal, development director at Forrest, said: “As more people embrace city centre living in key locations such as Manchester and London, the demand for developments is rising. “We have a proven track record in delivering these kinds of high-rise schemes, which puts us in the perfect position to capitalise on this wave of opportunity.”Construction work will begin at the end of May and the building is expected to be complete in summer 2017.
Dubai Holding’s real estate arm Dubai Properties Group has started work on a AED1bn ($272M) waterfront development in Dubai.The project, named ‘Marasi Business Bay’, will feature a 12km promenade, water homes with boat access, floating restaurants and cafes, leisure and entertainment facilities and five tree-lined marinas.It will also include more than 100 shops and outlets, spanning about 16,000sq m, and 60,000sq m of park area.The promenade will be divided into three themed areas, the yacht club with luxury homes, the park and the pier.According to the developer, the Bay is set to become a major future landmark in Dubai, a unique waterside destination concept in the UAE and Middle East.H.E. Mohammad Abdulla AlGergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding, said: “The new project will strengthen the historic relationship between Dubai and its creek through the addition of a new dimension to the residential, tourism and leisure offerings along the Dubai Creek.“Located along the Dubai Water Canal, this waterfront destination embraces the longest water-side promenades, comprising a space rich with green spaces. Our goal is to build a way of life. “Our approach to the real estate landscape has gone far beyond the construction of towers and buildings, to encompass innovation and creativity; a symbol of the civilization of Dubai and the UAE and an essential instrument contributing to the happiness of the people as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”‘Marasi Business Bay’ will be built in phases, with its first phase, the promenade, to be complete by September 2016, followed by the park and the yacht club. Overall works are set to be concluded by 2023.
Swedish construction firm NCC has secured a contract from the Swedish Transport Administration to build the SEK3bn ($360M) central station phase of the West Link project in Sweden.The project will include the construction of a railway tunnel from the E6 Highway in the east, a rock tunnel through the Lejonet redoubt, an underground commuter train station located immediately north of Gothenburg Central Station, and the remaining railway tunnel to the west up to the Gothenburg Opera House, a section of nearly 2km.The contract will be delivered under a new model called Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) under which NCC, in partnership with the Transport Administration, will be responsible for project planning and cost optimization. NCC Infrastructure business area manager Svante Hagman said: “We are really positive to the fact that the Transport Administration has decided to procure this project as an Early Contractor Involvement contract.“This cooperative format will enable us to integrate our organizations and create joint understanding of the challenges that a project of this size involves. “We have previously worked in close cooperation on large-scale tunnel projects, such as the City Tunnel in Malmö and the Stockholm City Line, which has given us valuable experience in terms of sustainable technical solutions and the use of leading-edge technology in civil engineering works.”Construction is expected to commence in 2018 and the project is set to be completed in 2026.
Bayhealth Medical Center has started construction on a new healthcare campus in southern Delaware.The campus , located just off Route 1, offers easy patient access and features a LEAN Led design focused on efficiency and improving the overall patient experience. The project will feature a six-storey hospital with an expanded emergency department, additional operating rooms, allprivate patient rooms, and a cafeteria with outdoor seating. It will also include a 6,500sq m outpatient centre with additional services. Bayhealth president and CEO Terry Murphy said: “A project like this doesn’t happen overnight; it takes research, imagination, determination, and knowhow.“It also takes the will to change the status quo and create something new. We view the health campus project as a $275 to $300M re-investment in the health of our community.” The new healthcare campus is scheduled to open in 2019.