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.
US-based aircraft manufacturing firm Boeing is set to construct a new £100M facility at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, UK.The new location will be the home to the new fleet of nine P-8A Poseidon military aircraft ordered by the UK government in 2015. Apart from the construction of the new base, Boeing is selling nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft, which will operate from the Moray airbase alongside the RAF's squadrons of Typhoon and Tornado jets.Former UK prime minister David Cameron said: “Whatever uncertainties our country faces, I want the message to go out loud and clear: the UK will continue to lead the world in both civil and defence aerospace.“We aren’t just open for investment: we are a place the global aerospace industry wants to do business – as Boeing’s long-term partnership with the UK proves.”The project is expected to create more than 100 new jobs in the region.
Liebherr has sold its 90,000th truck mixer, to Transbeton, based in Laupheim.Transbeton’s managing director Reinhold Brehm personally collected the HTM 1004 ZA semitrailer, which has a nominal capacity of 10cb m. The company has been a loyal Liebherr customer for almost 50 years and has around 20 truck mixers and concrete mixing plants from the manufacturer.“I always have two semitrailers in my fleet because it increases our transportation capacity for large concrete plants,” said Brehm. “If the workload is not quite as heavy, we use tractor units to transport gravel or cement. This flexibility makes my fleet more profitable.”According to the manufacturer, the semitrailers benefit their customers through reliability, long service life and safety. Liebherr has been manufacturing truck mixers worldwide since 1967.
Construction has started on Scotland’s biggest waste water tunnel, using a tunnel boring machine named Daisy.The Shieldhall Tunnel will be constructed for Scottish Water by the Glasgow Tunnel Partnership, run by a commercial joint venture between Costain and Vinci Construction Grands Projets called CVJV.The £100M tunnel measures 5km in length and forms a key part of Scottish Water’s £250M five-year programme of work to enhance river water quality and the natural environment.The 1,000t TBM being used for the projects measures 180m in length and will commence construction on the tunnel between Craigton and Queen’s Park. The machine was named Daisy the Driller by Lewis Bennett of Craigton Primary School, through a competition run by Scottish Water. The TBM is expected to complete its journey and emerge at Queen’s Park after nearly 13 months, when the new tunnel will be connected to the existing network.The cabinet secretary for environment, climate change and land reform Roseanna Cunningham has launched the tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the project.Scottish Water CEO Douglas Millican said: “The Shieldhall Tunnel is the biggest of many projects which are progressing deep beneath the Greater Glasgow area’s streets largely out of sight of most people who live, work and travel here.“Much of the existing waste water infrastructure was built in Victorian times and the modernisation of the system and construction of new underground assets such as the Shieldhall Tunnel will enable Greater Glasgow to realise its above-ground aspirations.”The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
Specialist regeneration and development firm Urbo has submitted plans for a £175M mixed-use development project at West Bar, Sheffield.The West Bar Square project comprises 10 buildings, each with self-contained parking.The scheme, fronting Sheffield’s inner relief road, will create up to 130,000sq m of space, most of which will be office space.The application also includes plans for apartments blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants, retail units and public spaces.The project presents a significant step forward in the regeneration of Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, which already contains major employers such as the Home Office and lawyers Irwin Mitchell.Peter Swallow, Urbo’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to move West Bar Square to the next level. It is a very significant development for the city and will create a premier business district to attract major employers.“There has also been strong interest in private rented sector apartments with many investment funds eager to house people in a purpose-built environment.”Site assembly and clearance is already underway to enable the earliest possible start on site, subject to planning approval.
John Mcaslan + Partners is developing proposals for Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London.The project’s priority is to reinstate all fire-damaged elements of the mosque — to be the largest in Western Europe — as it was destroyed in a fire in 2015. The proposals also include a new façade, courtyard space, increased accommodation, as well as vehicle and pedestrian entrances.Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK national president Rafiq Hayat said: “John McAslan + Partners are world renowned architects and the proposed design reflects their high standard of creativity and expertise that is also shaping how we can better manage the flow and space in and around the complex.”John McAslan, John McAslan + Partners chairman said: “We are honoured to have been given this prestigious opportunity to design a long-term, strategic masterplan for the Baitul Futuh Mosque, which serves one of Europe’s most significant Muslim communities.”The mosque is set to the largest in Western Europe.
DONG Energy has been awarded the concession to build the Netherlands’ offshore wind farms Borssele 1 and 2 from Netherlands’ Minister of Economic Affairs.The wind farms will have a capacity of two times 350MW and will cover the annual power consumption of 1M Dutch households.The project will be located 22km from the coast of Zeeland province, with a water depth of 14-38m, and covering an area of 128.3sq km. DONG Energy’s wind power head and executive vice president Samuel Leupold said: “Winning this tender in a highly competitive field of bidders is another proof of our market-leading position and our business model which builds on continued innovation, industrialisation and scale. “With Borssele 1 and 2, we’re crossing the levelized cost of electricity mark of EUR 100 per MWh for the first time and are reaching a critical industry milestone more than three years ahead of time. This demonstrates the great potential of offshore wind.”The company will build the wind farms within four years with a flexibility of one year.
Carillion has secured a contract to build the first building of Birmingham’s transformational Paradise Scheme.The UK-based company is the phase one enabling and infrastructure contractor for the £500M mixed-use project, and has now been named as the contractor for the seven-storey contemporary building. The 16,000sq m ‘One Chamberlain Square’ will include a roof terrace on the sixth floor and restaurants and retail units on the ground level. Simon Dingle, Carillion’s operations director, said: “Paradise is a crucial project for the city and Carillion is very proud to be playing such a major role in its delivery. “We are looking forward to completing the enabling works on the site and being able to bring our considerable experience to construct One Chamberlain Square.”The Paradise scheme will involve the development of commercial, civic, retail, leisure and hotel space, as well as improving pedestrian access and enhancing public realm.The project is being developed through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP) — a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council.
Construction has commenced on Foster + Partners’ multi-million transformation of one of Stockholm’s oldest locks into a dynamic urban quarter in Stockholm, Sweden.The SEK12bn ($1.4bn) project, known as New Slussen, has been designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with the city of Stockholm.The project will replace the lock’s dilapidated water and transport infrastructure.The new masterplan offers an opportunity to readdress balance between road vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists while enhancing the public realm.The development will include a new civic quarter that will provide transport links alongside new public buildings, new restaurants, cafes and cultural amenities.It will also feature a ‘Water Plaza’ — a pedestrianised public space arranged around the new navigation lock and realigned quayside.Foster + Partners’ head of design Spencer de Grey said: “The City of Stockholm has truly embraced a wonderful opportunity to re-establish and reinforce the vital link between Stockholm’s central islands of Södermalm and the heritage site of Gamla stan, rehabilitating the historic fabric of the city while creating a lively new urban destination for all.“This is a once in a life time undertaking in a uniquely significant and spectacular setting. We are honoured and very proud to be a part of this incredible and visionary project.”
POSCO E&C has completed construction on a waste-to-power plant in Krakow, Poland.The plant, delivered for Krakow Communal Holding, was constructed in three and a half years.The $250M facility — the largest daily waste incinerating facility in Poland — is capable of processing 220,000t of household waste annually in an eco-friendly way.
Balfour Beatty has won a £170M contract to upgrade the baggage screening and handling systems for Heathrow Airport Limited in London. The project, awarded through Heathrow Airport Limited Delivery Integrator Framework to which Balfour Beatty was appointed in 2014, will include the upgrading and installing of a baggage screening and handling systems at Heathrow’s eastern baggage facility.The company will utilise the latest Building Information Modelling techniques to define the most efficient approach to design, manage logistics and to interface with live airport operations.Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group chief executive, said: “This contract award is testament to the strength of the partnership we have developed with Heathrow Airport Limited over the last 17 years. “The UK aviation sector is a core market for Balfour Beatty and we are delighted to play our part in helping Heathrow maintain its position as a leading travel hub and supporting local employment.”
UK-based commercial property developer Stoford announced that work has commenced on a new multi-million pound high-tech facility near Bournemouth Airport.The project includes the construction of a 15,000sq m unit, comprising 4,000sq m of offices and an 11,000sq m production unit, on a 10.64-acre site.According to the developer, forward funding for the project has been concluded with Global Gate Capital, together with its simultaneous acquisition of a nine-acre site form Bournemouth airport operator and owner MAG Property.Stoford’s joint managing director Matt Burgin said: “We are excited to unveil the plans for the facility at Aviation Business Park at Bournemouth Airport, in association with MAG Property. “The new development will bring a significant amount of investment to the south coast, providing new jobs and more opportunities for the surrounding area.”Rudy Sayegh, CEO at Global Gate Capital, said: “We are delighted to have completed this forward funding, our second with Stoford Developments in recent months, and we are looking to invest a further £100M in such property in 2016.”Planning was approved by Christchurch Borough Council last year after proposals were submitted by Stoford and the land owner MAG Property — the property and development arm of Manchester Airports Group (MAG).
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.