Skanska has won a NOK735M ($88.3M) contract from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for the construction of a phase of E16 in Norway.The scope of the project will include the construction of new road and widening of existing road to two fields, 8.5m-wide, on an approximately 11km stretch between Bagn and Bjørgo. It will also include a 4.3km tunnel, a 150m-long bridge, several smaller bridges, underpasses and a junction.Work on the project will commence in August 2016 and will be completed by December 2019.
Manchester City Council has given planning permission for the construction of Manchester’s tallest skyscraper.The 64-storey building will include 496 luxury apartments and will surpass the neighbouring 48-floor Beetham Tower — designed by the same architect, Ian Simpson.The tower is one of the four blocks comprising a total of 1508 apartments and penthouses to be built at Owen Street.The scheme will also include lounges, a roof garden, a swimming pool, an indoor tennis court, a fully equipped gymnasium, business facilities, a 24/7 basement parking, and a cinema.The tallest building will be 200.5m-tall, while the other three will be 157.9, 122 and 140.4m-tall, respectively.Andy Finch, head of sales at Renaker Build, said: “We are thrilled to have received permission for our latest development which will be the first within the Great Jackson Street framework, creating a new community at the southern gateway to the core of Manchester city centre.“We are fully committed to the redevelopment of the wider Great Jackson Street area and further regeneration and development will follow alongside our Owen Street scheme. This development has been designed with a wide range of apartment types, the vast majority of which are significantly more generous than purchasers will find elsewhere in the city.“With the larger unit sizes, a high-end specification and residents’ amenities that are genuinely unmatched anywhere else in Manchester, this will undoubtedly become the new destination of choice for city centre residents.”
Swedish construction firm NCC has announced that will start work on the next phase of the Södersjukhuset Hospital expansion project in Stockholm, Sweden.The company was commissioned in June 2015 to expand the hospital by adding a new treatment centre and a technical utilities building.Locum — a real estate manager owned by Stockholm County Council — and NCC have now agreed on the project’s final implementation.The SEK1.3bn (£114M) contract will include the construction of two buildings. The first will house new operating rooms, a sterile centre, a unit for postmortems and pathology/cytopathology, as well as a large new emergency unit.The second building will house the hospital operation functions such as a centre for managing the hospital’s waste and incoming goods.Locum’s chairman Paul Lindquist Fransson said: “The new emergency unit is a key part of the county of Stockholm’s future health and medical care plans, where all residents are to know that they receive the proper care on time.“We will maintain our excellent partnership with NCC on this large and important project.”Construction has commenced on some portions where preparatory groundwork and construction of the frame are in progress.The new hospital buildings are expected to be completed at the end of 2018. Once the new emergency unit opens in 2019, it will be the largest of its kind in Sweden.
3Angle consortium has secured a €220M contract from the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) for the A27/A1 motorway project in the Netherlands.The scope of the project will include the design, construction, management, maintenance, and financing for the reconstruction of the A27 motorway between Utrecht North and the Eemnes junction, as well as the A1 motorway between the Eemnes junction and the Bunschoten-Spakenburg connection.The project also includes the widening of the A27 from 2x2 to 2x3 lanes and the widening of the A1 from 2x2 to 2x4 lanes. The consortium will also widen the A27-A1 connecting curve within the Eemnes junction.Under the contract, 3Angle will manage and do the maintenance of the A27/A1 motorway for a period of 25 years.The final project contract is expected to be awarded by the end of July, with a financial close expected in October. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2019.
Finnish construction firm SRV has secured a €100M contract for the expansion of the centre of Tapiola in Espoo, Finland.Under the contract, SRV will be responsible for the provision of the project management services for LocalTapiola Real Estate Asset Management’s Ainoa and Kirjokansi project, where the Tapiola Centre’s renovation project will run until 2020.SRV served as LocalTapiola's project management contractor during the second construction phase of the Ainoa shopping centre and the Kirjokansi apartments.In the third and final construction phase, a new business building will be constructed in central Tapiola, complemented by two new blocks of Kirjokansi flats with a total of 106 apartments.Work will start with the demolition of the existing Stockmann department store building, which will be replaced by 20,000sq m of new business premises.SRV’s vice president of business operations in Finland Juha Toimela said: “Tapiola is one of the most important centres of Espoo. We are delighted that LocalTapiola has selected us to continue the expansion of Tapiola's central block.“Cooperation between LocalTapiola and the SRV's project team has been excellent and the project has remained on schedule. Furthermore, the recent growth in our long-term order backlog is a good indicator of the functionality and scalability of the SRV Approach.” The third phase of the Ainoa shopping centre is expected to be complete in late 2019 and the housing unit will be finished in 2020.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has secured planning consent from the Liverpool City Council for a new cancer hospital in Liverpool, UK.Laing O'Rourke has been selected by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust to design and build the new facility — part of the Trust’s £157M investment in expanding and improving cancer care — in January 2015.The project, designed by the architectural team at BDP, will include the development of an 11-storey hospital on West Derby Street. The new facility will provide highly-specialist chemotherapy and other drug therapies, radiotherapy, inpatient care, outpatients, cancer support and rehabilitation, bone marrow transplant, a teenage and young adult unit, and urgent cancer care.Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “This is a landmark development which will not only create a first-class new building in this part of the city, but will lead to major improvements in the delivery of services for cancer patients from across the region.“The health campus will be a world-class facility that the whole city can be tremendously proud of and will continue Liverpool’s long tradition of innovation in the fields of medicine and health.”Preparatory construction work is anticipated to commence on site later this year, with the new hospital opening to patients by the end of 2019.
Scottish energy company SSE has made a final decision to proceed with the construction of the £360M Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) project in West Yorkshire.The project, which was awarded planning consent in October 2015, will be constructed adjacent to the recently completed FM1 project on land at Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station in Knottingley, West Yorkshire. Upon completion, the plant will be able to generate about 70MW of electricity — enough to power around 170,000 homes. Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) served as the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on the FM1 plant and has been selected for the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) project.SSE’s head of construction Charlie Cryans said: “SSE’s decision to take the FM2 project through to construction is positive for our businesses, but also represents a £360M investment, which will provide a range of benefits for the local area which we have a long association with.“We will be holding a Meet the Buyer event in the coming weeks which will provide local businesses and suppliers with the opportunity to meet the main contractor for the project, and pitch their products and services.”Construction work is expected to start later this year. The project will create more than 500 construction jobs during its three-year period.
UK-based developer Watkin Jones has secured planning permission for a £100M student accommodation scheme in London.The proposed redevelopment of Duncan House, located in Stratford High Street E15, will include 511 beds, 44 residential units and 2,800sq m of academic space. Watkin Jones is in advanced talks with University of London to forward sell the student part of the Duncan House scheme as per the group's business model. The housing units will be sold in a separate transaction. Watkin Jones’ CEO Mark Watkin Jones said: "We are delighted to have secured planning consent for this latest scheme in our pipeline which builds our visibility around our business model. We expect to be on site towards the end of 2016 and complete the scheme in 2019."
A joint venture between John Sisk and Lagan Construction is set to commence work on a triple-decker roundabout project in North Tyneside, UK.The £75M project will be delivered for Highways England and includes the lowering of the A19, beneath the existing A1058 Coast Road, and roundabout to minimise congestion. According to Highways England, the project will enhance the drivers’ safety, and provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.The scheme will be located on the main route to and from the Tyne Tunnel and will mean that people travelling along the A19 will no longer have to queue at the roundabout to go straight on. Instead, drivers will be able to use a new section of road, which will run under the existing junction.Highways England’s project manager Julie Alexander said: “Once complete, this scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day as well as cyclists and pedestrians.“The A19 is a vital strategic link providing access to the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, Silverlink Retail Park, Cobalt Business Park and South East Northumberland. During construction we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that traffic does keep moving.”Construction work is expected to commence in August 2016.
Momentum joint venture has been selected as the construction management-as-agent contractor for the ITER’s project to build the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor at Cadarache in France.The JV is led by Amec Foster Wheeler in partnership with Assystem and KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company.Under the €174M contract, Momentum will manage and coordinate the assembly and installation of more than 1M components for the ITER reactor.The scope of the work includes contract management, configuration management, project management, construction preparation, site coordination, works supervision, and activities leading up to mechanical completion.Amec Foster Wheeler’s president of clean energy business Clive White said: “The Momentum team is proud and delighted to be chosen for such a pivotal role on one of the world’s most important energy projects.“The Momentum partners will bring complementary skills to bear and embed a can-do project culture focused on safety, quality and maintaining schedule and costs.“Amec Foster Wheeler has played an important part in the ITER project for over 20 years and this important contract underlines our key role in developing future nuclear technologies while continuing to support the existing fission power industry.”The contract will run for 10 years and has an option to extend for three years.
Vinci Energies in a joint venture with Sogetrel has secured a €124M contract to design and build a high-speed network in France.The scope of the contract will include the provision of new broadband connections to two-thirds of Moselle’s municipalities, through the laying of almost 6,000km of optical fibre, connecting at least 140,000 homes.The broadband network will be constructed for Moselle Fibre — a joint association featuring the Moselle department council and 19 municipality clusters.According to the company, the optical fibre network will complement the private-sector infrastructure and enable subscribers to connect to an FTTH — fibre to the home — electronic communications network by 2021.Work on the project will commence in September 2016, with the creation of 200 construction jobs, and will be completed in four years.
The UK construction industry is expected to experience major downside risks to growth following UK’s vote to leave the European Union, according to a new report.Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) new report, entitled ‘Brexit and the Impact on Construction in the UK’, concluded that the UK construction industry growth is expected to fall from 3.4% to 2.8% this year.The findings reveal the great deal of uncertainty as to what the full implications of Brexit are for the UK’s construction industry.Danny Richards, leading economist at CIC, recognizes that the industry growth started being affected during the EU referendum campaign.“Construction output growth had already started to slow ahead of the referendum, in fact output was down by 1.9% in the first quarter on a year-on-year basis, and the uncertainty that will prevail in the coming months following the referendum suggests that investment flowing into new projects will slowdown, and some works could be put on hold,” he said.Furthermore, the pace of growth in the UK construction industry in 2017 is expected to slow from 4% to 1.5% — reflecting a sharp downturn in investment as the government embarks on a two-year process of negotiating its exit from the single market.“The downwards revisions to our growth forecasts for construction output mean that the UK’s construction industry’s output in 2017 will be £4.8bn lower than what it would have been had the outcome of the referendum been in favour of the ‘remain’ campaign,” said Richards.
NHS Orkney has selected Robertson Capital Projects as the successful bidder for the construction of the new £60M plus hospital and healthcare facility at the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands.Robertson Capital Projects will be responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the purpose-built facility. According to NHS Orkney, the new facility will contribute to high-quality care, while improving the experience for patients, staff and visitors. All clinical and educational areas will feature videoconferencing facilities to support more patients benefitting from services being delivered in Orkney and to ensure that the hospital staff can connect with health specialists nationally and training opportunities. Robertson Capital Projects’ managing director Neil McCormick said: "We are delighted that Robertson has been selected to work with NHS Orkney under a 25-year partnership arrangement to deliver this significant investment. This is the start of a long term relationship."Over the coming months we will work together with all stakeholders to finalise the proposals for the design, construction, funding and maintenance of the project with a proposed start on site later this year."
Legal & General Property (LGP) has entered into a partnership with Mitsubishi Estate London to build the £275M Hammersmith office scheme in London, UK.LGP has sold a 50% stake in the project, due to start next month, to Mitsubishi Estate London — forming the third partnership between both companies. The 23,000sq m building project has planning consent from Hammersmith & Fulham Council and will consist of a basement, ground and 11 upper-storeys, and an extensive public realm, including a new urban park and plaza.It will also include four shop or leisure units and an 110sq m work lobby café.Simon Wilkes, LGP's head of business space development, said: “245 Hammersmith Road will be much more than just an office building; we are creating a destination with modern working and lifestyle trends at the core of our thinking. "There is still a lack of Grade A development taking place which means we are set to benefit from rental growth. “We are already seeing high levels of interest from blue chip occupiers, who are particularly drawn to the design and location of the scheme, especially given the competitive nature of the rents compared to the West End."The scheme, designed by Sheppherd Robson, is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2019.<iframe src="https://timetric.com/c/HHEXNFX/chart/" style="width:500px;height:350px;border:0;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
Veidekke and its subsidiary Arcona have won a contract to build Vitartes’ St Erik's Eye Clinic in Stockholm, Sweden. The SEK1bn ($116.3M) contract will be executed on a turnkey basis, with its first part, valued at SEK320M ($37.2M), set to commence immediately.The facility will be connected to the new Karolinska Hospital, an area where a number of other development projects are being carried out. The new 42,000sq m clinic is expected to achieve the Sweden Green Building Council's Gold Standard certification.Arcona’s CEO Jeanette Saveros said: "We are proud to have been selected to undertake yet another major project with Vitartes. This strengthens our position as the leading builder of large projects with challenging external framework conditions."Here our collaborative model with involvement and VDC comes into its own where we combine and exploit the group's broad expertise."Planning and design work have already begun, and the new building is set to be complete at the 2019/2020 turn of the year.
UK-based house builder Hill has received planning approval from London Borough of Waltham Forest for its £100M residential project in East London, UK.The development, to be located in Lea Bridge, will include the construction of three residential towers, comprising 300 homes.Designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, the project will also feature 2,000sq m of commercial space and a gym. The site will benefit from the recently re-opened Lea Bridge rail station and new cycle routes — due to be created through Transport for London’s Mini Holland scheme.Hill’s chief executive Andy Hill said: “East London remains one of the capital’s most exciting areas for regeneration. “We’re tapping into this growing momentum, bringing homes, offices and a host of amenities to an area which previously suffered due to a lack of investment.“Working closely with the London Borough of Waltham Forest, these proposals will breathe new life into the area, becoming a catalyst for further regeneration and investment.”Construction work on the site will start in autumn 2016 and will be completed in summer 2019 — with the first apartments launching for sale in early 2018.
Cheshire East Council’s cabinet has given the go-ahead to the £90M Congleton link road in Cheshire, UK.The new 5.7km road will run to the north of the town, South of Eaton, and will link the A534 Sandbach Road with Sandy Lane, to the A536 Macclesfield Road — providing a new village crossing at the River Dane.The project is set to enhance connection with other major towns and the motorway network, and improve the residents’ quality of life — through traffic reduction and better air quality.Half of the link’s cost will be funded by the central government, while £23M will come from developers and the remaining £22M will be met by the council.The scheme will now be referred to the Secretary of State for communities and local government for a final decision on the planning application, allowing time for the Council’s next steps — land acquisition and appointment of a contractor.Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "I am pleased that both Cabinet and the strategic planning board have reached these decisions."This is the biggest road infrastructure scheme undertaken by this Council and I know it will be of enormous relief to many people in Congleton to know that it is proceeding."The link road will relieve traffic congestion in Congleton and, as a result, will boost the local economy by opening up new sites for development and create new opportunities for businesses and workers."The project has the potential to create 3,400 jobs in the region.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a €150M loan for the construction of new sections of the D4 highway and the R7 expressway in the Slovak Republic.The project includes 27km of new sections from Jarovce to Ivanka Sever and Ivanka Sever to Rača of the D4 highway — part of the comprehensive Trans-European Network development programme. Together with the R7 expressway, they will provide a connection between the D1 and D2 highways.The 32km R7 expressway from Prievoz to Holice will connect the D4 and D1 highways and provide access to the city of Bratislava from the southeast.The loan is part of a larger financial package totalling €875M provided to the concessionaire Zero Bypass Limited under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Zero Bypass Limited — owned by Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty Limited, Cintra Infraestructuras International and Porr AG — secured the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the newly-constructed segments of D4 and R7 for 30 years after an open tender process.Sue Barrett, EBRD director for transport, said: “This is a very important project and the EBRD is pleased to join forces with other financiers to make it happen. “The new road sections will play an important role in easing traffic congestion around Bratislava, open up access to other parts of the country and connect the Slovak Republic with Trans-European Networks.”
UK-based developer Elliot Group has unveiled plans to construct three 34-storey residential towers in Liverpool.Designed by architects Falconer Chester Hall, the development, to be located on the northern gateway to Liverpool’s business district, will feature more than 1,000 new homes. The £250M project, set to become the largest single private housing project in the city, will be developed on land acquired from Liverpool investors, the Smith family, on Leeds Street.Elliot Group director Elliot Lawless said: “We wanted to create a statement of confidence for people entering the city.“If our proposals are approved then they will go a long way to helping Leeds Street fulfil its potential as a dramatic gateway along the northern edge of the city centre.”Elliot is now in discussions with Liverpool council’s planning and design officers and expects to submit a planning application in early September.
Finnish construction company YIT has announced that the Mall of Tripla project in Helsinki secured a €300M financial package.The financial package will be provided by a group of banks, including the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB), Danske Bank and Handelsbanken.The €600M shopping mall is set to become the largest shopping centre in Finland in terms of the number of retail spaces.It will have 85,000sq m of leasable floor area for a total of 250 tenants, and a car park with 2,300 spaces. The development will feature new solutions for recycling, water treatment and waste processing, allowing the constructors to apply for a Platinum-level LEED certification. The project is expected to be completed in late 2019.