Ten Liebherr tower cranes are being used in Russia to construct what will be the Europe’s tallest building.The Lakhta tower, part of the Lahkta Center in St. Petersburg, will be 462m high when completed.The 87-storey building was designed by British architects RMJM and will be home to the head office of energy company Gazprom. The tower will include sports facilities, a children’s technical park, a planetarium, a panoramic restaurant, a viewing terrace and additional office space. Moreover, the project will include the construction of a multi-purpose building featuring a cinema and theatre, among other amenities. Contractor Reinaissance Construction is erecting the Lakhta tower using four Liebherr luffing jib cranes, while the multi-purpose facility is being built with three luffing jib and three high-top cranes — all owned by rental company Sutek.The tower is expected to be complete in 2018.
UK-based Graham Construction has been selected as the principal contractor by Hub South West to deliver three projects for Phase 1 of the Dumfries Learning Town programme in Scotland.Under the contract, Graham will deliver St Joseph’s College, North West Campus and centre of excellence The Bridge.The company has already finished the enabling works on the £23M redevelopment of St Joseph’s College — the first project in the £60M Phase 1 of the two-phase programme. Work in St Joseph’s College involves the restoration of the original Grade B listed historic stone building, which was constructed in the early 19th century.The work also involves the demolition and construction of a new wing, a new 3G sports facility and the reinstatement of grass pitches.Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes said: “Dumfries Learning Town is an exciting project and we are looking forward to working with the partners to deliver a new approach to education for the area, starting with the redevelopment of historic St Joseph’s College.“We have a wide experience of delivering first-class educational facilities across Scotland, from refurbishing existing premises to designing and creating bespoke buildings. The Dumfries programme is one of the largest we have undertaken to date and is a challenge we relish.”Construction work on the main college building is expected to start in August 2016.
Balfour Beatty has secured an approval from the Brighton & Hove City Council to start work on the University of Sussex East Slope student accommodation project.The £150M project will include the development of 2,100 new bedrooms, along with a new building for the Students’ Union and social facilities. The new buildings will replace the existing East Slope student accommodation, which dates from the 1970s and currently houses 600 students.The development represents the first phase of a £500M investment programme to upgrade and improve the university’s campus.University of Sussex registrar John Duffy said: “Balfour Beatty demonstrated a strong understanding of our desire to develop high-quality accommodation while maintaining the character of the natural landscape of Sussex within the setting of the South Downs National Park.“They were able to address our critical requirements as well as having extensive experience in delivering large-scale projects of this nature.”Work on the project — to be delivered in phases — is anticipated to commence in January 2017.Phase one of the development is expected to be complete by October 2018 and the overall work is scheduled for completion in 2020.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has given green light to the housing development planned for the Old Oak regeneration site in west London, UK.The £175M Oaklands development will include the construction of 605 homes, of which 50% — up from the 40% originally stated — will be affordable housing units.The project will also include a nursery, health centre, commercial space, and a new link road into Old Oak. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The development marks a significant step in realising the huge potential of this part of the capital.“I am pleased that we have been able to increase the proportion of genuinely affordable homes as part of our ongoing efforts to fix the capital’s housing crisis.“The scale and ambition for this development shows London is very much open for business. Despite the uncertainty caused by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, it remains clear that developers and investors see long-term potential in our great city.”Old Oak and Park Royal — set to become the key transport interchange for Crossrail and HS2 — is expected to deliver 25,500 new homes and create 65,000 jobs over the next 30 to 40 years.
UK-based construction firm Morgan Sindall has secured a £67M contract from BAE Systems to extend its Devonshire Dock Hall submarine building complex.The project will include the incorporation of new manufacturing and installation capabilities at the Barrow-in-Furness site .The expansion is part of an investment programme that includes the construction of a number of new facilities and the refurbishment of existing buildings. This includes the Central Yard Facility, which will measure in 45m in height. Construction is now in progress, with the first pieces of its steel structure now in place. A new 28,000 sq m off-site logistics facility is also scheduled to open in late 2016.Allan Day, director of the site redevelopment programme at BAE Systems Submarines, said: "We are in the third year of an eight-year redevelopment programme which is starting to see some dramatic changes across our site as we enhance our facilities and capabilities for the future."The Devonshire Dock Hall is an iconic building — home to the construction of some of the world's most advanced and capable submarines. This contract will enhance the facility to ensure our workforce can deliver future submarine programmes to the Royal Navy.”
Center Parcs has secured planning permission for the construction of a new €233M village in Ireland.The project — to be called Center Parks Longford Forest — will include 470 lodges accommodating 2,500 guests, 30 apartments, more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, and restaurants and shops.It will also include an Aqua Sana Spa and a Subtropical Swimming Paradise.Center Parcs’ CEO Martin Dalby said: “Since we announced our intention to bring the Center Parcs experience to Ireland last year, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received, both at local and national level.“We have experienced unrivalled success for almost 30 years in the UK, providing high-quality family short breaks and I’m extremely excited by the prospect of taking our fantastic brand to Ireland.”The village — to be located near Ballymahon in County Longford — is expected to create 750 jobs during construction and 1,000 permanent jobs once completed. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee has approved the second phase of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes housing project.The project’s second phase will include the construction of 2,500 new homes, a village centre, and a lake.It will also involve the detrunking of the M181 motorway and the creation of a new terminating junction – the Southern Roundabout — as well as improvements to local transport and highways infrastructure, including Burringham Road.North Lincolnshire Council’s deputy leader Cllr Rob Waltham said: “This will pave the way for the region’s largest housing regeneration scheme for years to come. It’s a significant milestone; now the necessary approvals have been granted, we can get on with delivering this huge scheme that will totally transform the area.”Our vision is now a reality. People will soon start to see things take shape. Lincolnshire Lakes is without doubt our biggest regeneration scheme in the history of North Lincolnshire — it is difficult to imagine the sheer scale of it — but to put it into context, it is the size of around 50 football pitches. We have never before seen anything of this magnitude.”The overall project will include the development of five new villages on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, along with new schools, a new football stadium, leisure and recreation venues, pubs and restaurants, village centres, and new homes.
Turkey-based Limak Construction has won a €224M contract for the construction of a subway line in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.The 4.5km subway line will run southeast from the current terminus of Vokzalna into the city centre.The contract will include the construction of stations at Teatralna, Tsentralna and Muzeina. The Tsentralna station is scheduled to open ahead of the other two, as it is expected to have the highest passenger numbers.Construction is set to start in September 2016 and will be completed within five years.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled plans to build a new €1bn plant in Kecskemét, Hungary.The new facility, to be the second at the company’s Hungarian site, will produce front- and rear-wheel-drive cars and will feature a body shop, paint shop, final assembly and a supplier park. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “In the next few years, we plan to invest around €1bn in building a new plant at our site in Kecskemét.“We will establish a state-of-the-art and efficient production facility, in which different vehicle architectures will roll off the assembly line flexibly.“With this highly modern ‘flex-plant’, we will create additional capacity along with the necessary flexibility according to Industry 4.0 benchmark approaches allowing us to react quickly and future-oriented to the market needs. Our company strengthens its competitiveness.” The investment will create about 2,500 new jobs at the site as well as additional jobs at suppliers in the region and in German plants. Preparatory works will start this year, with production expected for the end of the decade.
UK-based construction firm McAleer & Rushe has secured planning consent from Belfast City Council for the second phase of its Bedford Square development in Northern Ireland.The development’s second phase will include the construction of a new 17-storey office building, providing 17,000sq m of grade A office space, and the renovation of the listed William Ewart building to create a further 3,000sq m of space.The company is now in negotiations with potential office occupiers for phase two of Bedford Square, with work expected to commence on site in the near future.McAleer & Rushe property director Stephen Surphlis said: “This planning approval is a welcome boost to the Belfast office market, with the second phase of Bedford Square bringing a landmark building back into active use after many years of vacancy and helping to alleviate the shortage of grade A space in the city.“The first phase of Bedford Square has been a great success and we now have the opportunity to complete the vision with the creation of much-needed business space and new public realm which, together with our Maldron Hotel and QUB student accommodation developments on the adjoining Brunswick Street site, will make a huge contribution to the regeneration of Belfast’s Linen Quarter and this part of the city.”The first phase of the project was completed in 2006 and is home to Invest Northern Ireland’s headquarters.
Pharmaceutical and healthcare firm GSK has announced £275M of new investments at three of its manufacturing sites in the UK.The company is set to invest £92M at its Barnard Castle site, in County Durham, for the construction of an aseptic sterile manufacturing facility. The site employs 1,100 people and supplies nearly half a million packs of products daily to 140 markets across the world. At the Montrose site in Scotland, the firm will invest £110M to build a new facility to produce respiratory active ingredients. Currently the site employs more than 450 people.GSK will also invest £74M to expand its new Ellipta respiratory inhaler manufacturing facility in Ware, Hertfordshire. The site employs 1,200 staff and manufactures innovative respiratory products. GSK’s CEO Andrew Witty said: “Today’s announcement reflects further investment to support our pharmaceutical pipeline and meet growing demand for our innovative portfolio of newly launched products.“It is testament to our skilled UK workforce and the country’s leading position in life sciences that we are making these investments in advanced manufacturing here. From their manufacture in the UK, many of these medicines will be sent to patients around the world.”
Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) in a joint venture partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) is set to undertake a £60m project to expand the Citylabs biomedical research centre in the UK city.
M+W Group has been appointed as the main contractor by the consumer health and hygiene company RB to design and build its R&D Centre for Scientific Excellence (CfSE) in Hull, UK.The £105M centre will accommodate a new Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) healthcare development facility.It will include analytical, formulation and microbiology laboratories plus a stability testing unit.M+W Group UK managing director Spencer Baber said: “M+W Group is delighted to have been selected as RB’s partner to deliver the new Centre for Scientific Excellence. “This new facility will be an innovation hub, enabling RB to carry out industry-leading scientific research and development, to create new product ranges and healthcare solutions that could help transform lives in the future.”Preparatory works have already started at the RB’s Dansom Lane site with construction due to start in the coming weeks. The new facility is set to be operational in 2018.
Construction is set to begin later this year on the construction of 3,000 new homes in North Lincolnshire, UK.The new homes are part of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes development west of the M181.The development — set to be the largest residential-led regeneration scheme in the north of England — will cover 5,100 acres of land and create six new villages on the outskirts of Scunthorpe. The project will involve the construction of a new business park, a football stadium, 7,739 new homes, leisure facilities, shopping centres, schools, cafes, pubs, hotels and restaurants.Plans will also include major improvements to the existing roads, including two new junctions that will help reduce congestion in busy areas, and a £13M flood defence enhancement scheme along the River Trent.Due to the size of the scheme, KMG Lucent Fund and Maltgrade have filed separate planning applications. North Lincolnshire Council has already approved four applications submitted by KMG Lucent Fund and will consider three applications from Maltgrade on 27 July 2016. The project is expected to create 5,000 jobs in the region.
Genesis Housing Association and Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) have received planning consent from the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) for a £175M mixed-use regeneration project in Hammersmith & Fulham.The development, named Oaklands, will include 605 new homes, 40% of which will be part of the ‘affordable’ scheme, a 4,000sq m creative hub and a link road into Old Oak.The Oaklands site is located on the western part of the Old Oak regeneration area, south of the Grand Union Canal.Over the next 30 to 40 years, up to 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs are expected to be created at Old Oak and Park Royal — set to be the key transport interchange for Crossrail and HS2.Genesis Housing Association CEO Neil Hadden said: "We are delighted to be part of the redevelopment of Old Oak, one of Hammersmith and Fulham’s most important regeneration sites at which so many new homes will be built, of which 240 will be affordable."We are committed to the future regeneration of Old Oak and partnerships such as the one we have with QPR will enable us to invest, not only in building new homes, but in developing new communities."The project is now going to the Mayor of London for a final review. Construction work is set to begin in this financial year and is expected to take three years to be fully complete.
Balfour Beatty has secured a pre-construction services agreement with Wanda One to construct two luxury residential towers near Vauxhall, London.The award follows the securing of financing by the Dalian Wanda Group for the £1bn One Nine Elms project — designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.Balfour Beatty and Wanda One are now working together to agree on the final contract details, to be awarded by the end of the year.Balfour Beatty’s UK construction services business managing director Dean Banks said: “We are pleased to be awarded the pre-construction services agreement for One Nine Elms and to be partnering with Wanda to get this fantastic project underway. “This reflects the depth and breadth of experience we have in this sector and builds on the success of similar projects across London.”The project was firstly awarded to the Interserve and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) joint venture, which abandoned it in April.
Developer Argent Related has entered into a partnership with Haringey Council for the new £1bn Tottenham Hale development in London, UK.The project will provide nearly 800 homes around the Tottenham Hale transport hub, with access to the Victoria line, National Rail and future Crossrail 2 services.The development will include new shops, cafes and restaurants, community facilities and a health centre.It will also feature improved green spaces and better access to both the new Tottenham Hale transport interchange and the Lee Valley Regional Park.Robert Evans, Argent’s partner, said: "Argent Related is focused on opportunities, like Tottenham Hale, to work with committed local authority partners to transform urban areas and improve the lives of communities with the right housing and workspace provision, social and community facilities, public infrastructure and other investment."We are delighted with today's decision and look forward to moving forward quickly, into design and delivery."
UK-based property and construction consultancy Gleeds has been selected as project and cost manager on Formal Investments’ £75M commercial redevelopment in Glasgow, Scotland.The proposed development will include a 12-storey new building, incorporating 12,000sq m of Grade A office space on Bath Street, as well as the remodelling and refurbishment of a second building, formerly home to retailer BHS.Furthermore, a third premises located on Sauchiehall Street will be refurbished to include a total area of 22,000sq m.The former BHS site will be knocked down to make way for the new building, with the remaining construction set to include about 7,000sq m of office space above the existing retail offering. Under the contract, Gleeds will provide assistance in appointing additional consultants and managing the entire programme of works, once planning permissions for the project have been received.Gleeds’ director for Glasgow Brian Stevenson said: “I am delighted to be working with Formal Investments on yet another large-scale city centre development.“This scheme has the potential to completely transform both the commercial and public realms of this part of Glasgow and represents a fantastic opportunity for business across the board.”Subject to necessary approvals, work is anticipated to commence in mid-2017.
US-based interconnection and data centre company Equinix is set to construct a new International Business Exchange (IBX) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. To be located at its existing campus at the Amsterdam Science Park, the new data centre — known as AM4 — will meet the increasing demand for the company’s services. Equinix will invest $113M in the first phase of the development that will house 1,555 cabinets.Upon completion of the four expansion phases, the facility will represent a total investment of $189M and will provide 4,200 cabinets spread across eight floors, with a total usable floor area of over 12,000sq m.The building and first phase is expected to be completed and operational by the second quarter of 2017.
Select Property Group has received planning consent for the construction of two residential developments in Manchester, UK.The two buildings, Affinity Living Riverside and Affinity Living Riverview, will include 506 housing units and operate under Select’s Affinity Living brand.The 35-storey building, Riverview, will feature 318 apartments, while the 17-storey building, Riverside, will include 188 apartments.The development — to be located on New Bailey Street ‑ will feature a range of both indoor and outdoor social spaces and facilities, including lounge areas to be open to the public, private dining rooms, co-working spaces and a gym.Additionally, Riverview’s level 35 will involve the construction of a roof garden, a media room and private entertainment space.Select Property Group CEO Mark Stott said: “Affinity Living Riverside and Riverview promises to bring something exceptional to a generation of professional young renters in a highly sought after area of the city. We are delighted to have been granted planning permission and look forward to starting work on the site.”Enabling works are anticipated to start in October 2016 with Affinity Living Riverside scheduled for completion at the end of the first quarter of 2018 and Riverview in the fourth quarter of 2019.