UK-based construction and project management consultancy Turner & Townsend has been chosen to provide commercial support services for the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel in London.Under the contract, the company will provide project and programme management resources for the super-sewer project over the next four years.The 25km sewer tunnel — expected to be the second largest infrastructure project in London, after Crossrail — has been designed to reduce the millions of tonnes of raw sewage that overflows into the River Thames each year. Turner & Townsend’s director of infrastructure Peter Depledge said: "We're delighted to be playing a role in ensuring the timely delivery of such a huge and important project which will deliver a positive outcome for Londoners for generations ahead."Thames Tideway chief operating officer Mark Sneesby said: "As we start main construction work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, we are confident that having the knowledge and expertise of three of the most prominent consultancies will be a huge asset in our work to clean up London's river."Turner & Townsend is one of the three consultants on the project’s framework.
Cumbria County Council has given the go-ahead to the construction of two new vaults and the extension of a third vault at the UK’s Low level Waste Repository (LLWR).The project will also involve the construction of a final cap over existing and new vaults and seven clay-lined trenches.The repository’s expansion “will ensure the future of the facility until 2050”, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).Construction work is expected to commence in 2017.LLWR opened in 1957 and receives low-level waste from various producers, including nuclear power stations, defence establishments, general industry, hospitals and universities. * This is a version of an article originally published in Nuclear Engineering International.
The Hungarian government will have to fulfil two conditions before the European Commission (EC) can give the go-ahead to the Paks nuclear power plant (NPP) expansion project, according to reports in the Hungarian media.The project involves the construction of two new units with capacity of 1,200MW as part of the expansion of the existing Paks plant — which comprises four 500MWe units.The first condition, according to the online business daily Portfolio, is for all issues related to the supervision of the power plant to be ‘clearly separated’ from existing policymaking in the energy sector and the overall system of supervision for powers stations in Hungary. The second condition states that the electricity produced should be sold on a power exchange along market principles, instead of being directly sold to the country’s national grid. This follows the launch of an infringement procedure against Hungary by the EC in November 2015, concerning the project and the award of the construction contract to Russia, and doubts about the country’s financing plans in January 2016.The €12.5bn project will be financed by a €10bn loan from Russia — to be repaid over 21 years. Construction work is expected to commence in 2018 and 2019, with commissioning expected in 2025 and 2026.* This is a version of an article originally published in Nuclear Engineering International
A consortium comprising German company Nukem Technologies and four Bulgarian companies has been awarded a €72M ($80M) contract to build a radioactive waste repository for Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria.The repository — to be located in the 3km “surveillance zone” of the Kpzloduy plant — will have a capacity of 138,000cb m. The first stage of the project will include the development of licensing documents for the facility’s commissioning in accordance with national nuclear legislation.The facility, expected to be operational in 2021, will be filled with radioactive waste over the next 60 years.According to the Bulgaria’s energy minister Nikolay Nikolov, the project will help the process of decommissioning the shutdown units of the nuclear power plant — units 1-4 were closed as a condition of the country’s entry in the European Union. Units 5 and 6 continued in operation and are now being upgraded. * This is a version of an article originally published in Nuclear Engineering International.
Willmott Residential has secured planning consent from Barnet Council to develop 188 homes in Mill Hill, London.The development — named Prime Place, Millbrook Park — will feature 159 homes for private sale and 29 homes for affordable rent.Designed by Broadway Malyan, the 2.7-acre project will include a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses, together with a small number of three- and four-bedroom houses.The development will also feature an underground parking facility and a low carbon district heating system. The housing units are set to be located within a short walk from Mill Hill East underground station and less than 14km from central London.Prime Place’s managing director Brian Brady said: "Millbrook Park is an ideal fit for Prime Place’s strategy of providing outstanding homes in popular locations and close to excellent transport links. We are delighted to achieve approval from Barnet Council and anticipate starting work on site very soon.”
Transport for London (TfL) is seeking a contractor to construct the Barking Riverside extension in London, UK.The 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will deliver London Overground services to a new station at the heart of the Barking Riverside community. Developer Barking Riverside, a joint venture between the GLA and London & Quadrant, is proving £172M in financing for the £263M project, with the remainder being provided by TfL.TfL's London Overground director Mike Stubbs said: "This vital new railway will open up the Barking Riverside area, supporting up to 10,800 new homes, along with new jobs and improved facilities for the local community."The London Overground network has helped regenerate other parts of London by providing a frequent, reliable and high standard rail services, and this rail extension will help Barking riverside to grow and develop."Construction on the project will commence in late 2017 with train services commencing in 2021.
Hong Kong-based property developer Far East Consortium International (FEC) has received a contract from Manchester Place and The Co-op for a housing development near Victoria Station in Manchester, UK. The project will include the construction of over 600 homes across four sites at Angel Meadow Park as part of the NOMA neighbourhood.NOMA — being delivered by a partnership between The Co-Operative Group and Hermes Investment Management — is a 20-acre neighbourhood in Manchester city centre, which will include new homes, offices, hotels, and retail and leisure space. The housing units, spanning across a total area of about 9,600sq m, will be for sale and rent, and will feature a landmark tower.FEC’s managing director Chris Hoong said: "This is one of the most exciting residential opportunities not just in Manchester but in the UK. We are very honoured and excited to be working with NOMA and the City Council. “We have assembled a team with the skills to deliver a new neighbourhood of international calibre and we would like this to be the start of a long relationship with the city.”Manchester Place CEO Paul Beardmore said: "This is an important site that will help to unlock the potential of the Irk Valley and Collyhurst. We are delighted to have reached this stage and the scale of the investment conveys a strong message of confidence to the market."
Construction work on the Glasgow Queen Street tunnel in Scotland has been completed.The £60M project included the renewal of 1,800m of concrete slab track and installation of over 4,000m of new rails.It also involved the extension and alteration of station platforms and track layouts within Queen Street.The tunnel and station have also been prepared for the electrification of the main Glasgow-Edinburgh line, which is anticipated in 2017.Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I am pleased to see the work on the Queen Street tunnel completed ahead of schedule and on-budget. This has been an unprecedented project, both in engineering terms and in the scale of the operation required to keep people moving and services diverted via the underground platforms during the works. “This is a key milestone in our programme of investment for Scotland’s railways and literally paves the way for the introduction of a new generation of electric trains.”ScotRail Alliance’s managing director Phil Verster said: “The successful, early delivery of this project will allow us to introduce faster, longer and greener trains on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line — delivering thousands of extra seats, shorter journey times and improved accessibility for customers.”In the coming three years, works will continue within Glasgow’s Queen Street with the extension of the station out towards George Square and the creation of new concourse and passenger facilities.
Andritz Hydro has secured a €140M order from Spanish utility Iberdrola Generación for a new pumped storage hydropower plant in Gouvães, Portugal.Under the contract, the company will design, manufacture, supply and provide installation supervision for the complete electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment, including reversible pump turbines, motor generators and electrical power systems.It will also involve the design, manufacture, supply and complete installation of a penstock with a weight of 12,000t, a diameter of 5,400mm, and length of 2.5km.The hydropower plant — located on the Támega River in northern Portugal, close to the city of Porto — will have four pump turbines, each with a capacity of 220MW. It will consist of three power stations with a total power production of about 1,200MW.
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.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has introduced its new SK45SRX-6 mini excavator in Europe.The 4.5t mini excavator has been jointly launched with the latest version of the SK55SRX-6.Both machines feature the Yanmar engine, which reduces fuel consumption by 23% when used in S-mode, for normal work. Further fuel savings can be achieved through the integrated hydraulic circuitry of the three on-board hydraulic pumps, which reduces the overall engine/hydraulic workload.A decelerator button can also now be found on the operation lever as well as the dashboard. Additionally, the excavators’ on-site noise is reduced with the dust cooling system together with a front-facing air inlet and an under-slung exhausting system. Bluetooth and ports for USB can also be found in the machines.In the SK45SRX-6, the operator’s chair now reclines and features mechanical suspension, and both models feature improved operator visibility from the cab.Kobelco’s KCME product marketing manager Marcel van der Winden said: “The introduction of SK45SRX-6 fulfils KCME’s ideal of providing specialist earth moving machines within all popular classes. “As with all Kobelco Short Radius excavators, SK45SRX-6 delivers exceptional working performance while maintaining reduced operating costs. Minor updates to the SK55SRX-6 underline just how effective and efficient this machine has and always will be.”
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 Green Investment Bank (GIB) has approved a senior debt of £80M for the construction of a new energy from waste combined heat and power (CHP) facility near Sittingbourne in Kent, UK.The £340M facility is expected to generate up to 154GWh of renewable energy annually — enough to power 37,500 homes.The 43MW plant is also expected to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 163,000t annually and eliminate around 0.5M t of waste going to landfill.Upon completion, it will supply renewable electricity to the grid and renewable heat to DS Smith’s Kemsley Paper Mill.GIB CEO Shaun Kingsbury said: “This plant will put renewable energy to work for one of Kent’s major employers while helping the UK meet its climate change and waste management goals.“Combined heat and power is a prominent feature of the low-carbon energy infrastructure in mainland Europe and Scandinavia and is one of the key technologies that can help British industry become more efficient, competitive and cleaner.”The project developer Wheelabrator Technologies has received over £300M of debt so far from a lending club that includes GIB alongside Barclays, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Natixis and Investec.The facility will create about 500 construction jobs and around 40 full-time operational jobs upon completion. The plant is anticipated to be operational in 2019.