Emaar Properties has unveiled plans to build a $1bn skyscraper in Dubai that will exceed the height of the Burj Khalifa, which is at present the tallest building in the world.The tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project will be "a notch taller" than the 828m Burj Khalifa, but its exact height has not been revealed. It has been designed by Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava Valls. The design will be finalised after elaborate wind tunnel testing and all mandatory seismic testing.The design of the tower has been inspired from the lily and invokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture. The building will have an observation deck, gardens, and between 18 and 20 floors dedicated to shops, restaurants and other tourist facilities.The project will take into consideration environmental and sustainability features such as environment-friendly tram service and a number of green corridors.Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: "The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-round progress."It will be the destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life, as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020."It will also position Dubai Creek Harbour as one of the most desired residential, leisure and touristic attractions, providing visitors and residents with a modern, luxurious and sustainable environment in which to live, work, learn and entertain."
Skanska has won a contract from Westchester Medical Center to construct a new ambulatory care pavilion on the existing hospital campus in New York.The contract is valued at about SEK1.2bn ($140m). It will be included in order bookings for Skanska USA Building in the first quarter of 2016.Under the contract, Skanska will construct a 26,000 sq m, eight-storey pavilion. It will feature a new ambulatory operating room suite, an imaging centre, a lobby, physician office space, entry canopy for patient drop-off, and new roof-top mechanical, electrical and plumbing units.Skanska is also responsible for the construction of the interior spaces and the expansion of the existing parking lot.Construction work on the project is scheduled to start in June 2016 and is expected to be completed in September 2018.
Keepmoat and Strata have obtained a contract from Leeds City Council to build 1,000 new homes in Leeds, UK, which will involve an investment of £142m.The homes will be built across 13 sites in the Seacroft, Halton Moor and Osmandthorpe areas of Leeds.The council has committed to ensure that development takes place on brownfield land first, and hence all the construction will take place on land previously used for industrial or commercial purposes. Construction is slated to begin in early 2017.Keepmoat operations director in Yorkshire Ian Hoad said: “We are actively expanding our presence in West Yorkshire, where we see a real appetite for new homes. With 95% of our developments built on brownfield land we are perfectly placed to deliver this scheme and we’re thrilled to have been selected as chosen developer alongside Strata.“Working in partnership with Strata will allow us to accelerate the delivery of these new homes, with the target of achieving 150 properties per annum.“We aren’t just taking one development in one part of the region. We are completely overhauling three neighbourhoods and potentially putting nearly 1,000 people in the region on the property ladder.”
Balfour Beatty has secured an £82.5m contract from BAE Systems to build engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham in Norfolk, UK.The contract will help prepare the base for the arrival of the RAF's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018. RAF Marham will be the main operating station for the F-35 Lightning II jets.Under the contract, Balfour Beatty will construct three new facilities covering 25,000 sq m that will feature an integrated training centre, a logistics operations centre and a maintenance and finishing facility.Balfour Beatty will use digital tools such as 4D modelling and BIM throughout the construction of the facilities.Before getting the contract, Balfour Beatty worked closely with BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, the UK Ministry of Defence's Lightning Project Team and RAF Marham for the past six months as a preferred supplier to prepare for the project.Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in April 2016 and will be completed by mid-2018. The project will create 300 construction jobs during the peak phase.Balfour Beatty managing director UK construction services Dean Banks said: "Our proven expertise in defence and aviation means that we have developed technically advanced delivery solutions that will help to ensure that RAF Marham's operational capability is maintained throughout our construction activities on base."
Facebook has started construction of a EUR200m ($227.9m) data centre in Clonee village in County Meath, Ireland.The 621,000 sq ft Clonee facility will be Facebook’s first in Ireland and second in Europe, and sixth across the globe. The facility will be a central part of Facebook's global infrastructure allowing customers to connect with each other.Facebook has signed a long-term renewable energy supply agreement with Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners to supply 100% renewable wind energy to the Clonee facility. The agreement is in line with the company’s plan to reach the goal of powering 50% of its infrastructure with clean and renewable energy by the end of 2018.The data centre is scheduled to be operational by late 2017 or early 2018. It is expected to create 2,000 jobs during the construction phase and around 150 longer-term jobs.
Brookfield Multiplex, an Australia-based contracting and development company, has signed an AUD1bn ($756m) construction contract with Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda and its partner Ridong Group to build a Jewel hotel and apartment complex on Australia’s Gold Coast.The three-tower construction project will house more than 500 residential apartments, basement parking, a 169-room five-star hotel and high-end retail and dining precincts.The Jewel project is slated to be opened in early 2019.During construction phase, the Jewel complex is set to create more than 2,700 jobs and another 500 post-construction jobs for ongoing operations and maintenance.Queensland Acting Premier Jackie Trad said: “Once opened in early 2019, the Jewel will be Australia’s largest hotel and residential complex, and such a significant investment from China’s private sector shows the value the international market places on this booming tourism hub right here in Queensland.
Alabama Senate has passed Governor Robert Bentley's $800m bill to construct four prisons in the state.At present, Alabama prisons have about 24,000 inmates in facilities originally designed for about 13,000. The bill calls for closing 13 of the 15 men's prisons and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. The state would build three new men's prisons accommodating 4,000 inmates each, and a new one for women with 1,200 beds. Replacing the old prisons will add about 3,000 beds.The state will borrow the money for construction.Governor Robert Bentley said: "I commend the Senate for taking a bold and decisive step toward prioritizing public safety in our prison system with the construction of four new prisons."The passage of this bill will help reduce overcrowding and will provide safer conditions for corrections officers as well as inmates within the facilities."New facilities will also create greater opportunities to reduce the risk of recidivism."
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is set to break ground on First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, with an estimated cost of $1bn.The project will cover around 151 acres within an industrial park at 61R Stevens Street.The 150,000 sq ft casino will feature 3,000 slot machines, 150 gaming tables and 40 poker tables; food court, international buffet, two fine dining restaurants, center bar with lounge and stage, and a 24-hour café; 10 retail stores; 300-room luxury hotel with spa, large pool, roof terrace, and six event/meeting spaces; 300-room mid-range hotel with its own 200-seat 24-hour restaurant and 15,000 sq ft event centre; 300-room family 'water park' hotel with a 25,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor water park and an additional 500 surface parking spaces and 3,980 parking spaces in a parking garage.Construction will take place in four phases. The first phase of construction is slated to be completed by summer of 2017. The hotels, parking garage and water park will be built out through 2022.Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's destination resort casino will create 1,000 union construction jobs during the building phases. The project will eventually bring over 2,500 permanent jobs to Taunton. Additionally, the resort casino will provide an estimated $120m in economic benefits to Taunton through payroll and opportunity for local business.The First Light Resort & Casino project is being backed by Malaysia-based casino operator Genting Group.
Goodman Group has commenced the second stage of development of the $1.5bn Goodman Business Park in Chiba Newtown, Japan.
Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6bn in a new plant in Mexico's San Luis Potosi State in a bid to increase production of small cars.
An Egyptian-Chinese alliance has broken ground on Egypt’s new administrative capital which is estimated to cost $45bn.
Mayo Clinic is set to invest $100m in major construction projects at its Florida campus in 2016.Mayo Clinic will start constructing a destination medical building in mid-2016. The facility will provide integrated services needed for complex cancer, as well as neurologic and neurosurgical care.Initially, the building will have four floors, covering an area of 150,000 sq ft, with the potential for 11 more levels. Two floors will be devoted exclusively to haematology and oncology care, one floor for neurology and neurosurgery, a chemotherapy area, and spaces for training residents and fellows.Once opened, the building is expected to serve more than 126,000 patients in the first year alone. The staff strength of the haematology and oncology department will increase by 50%. The project will also enable the hiring of 12 new neurologists and neurosurgeons.Mayo Clinic has said that another construction project slated to commence this year on its Florida campus is a positron emission tomography (PET) radiochemistry facility.
Metal Container Corporation (MCC), a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, has started construction on a $175m aluminium bottle line at its facility in Jacksonville, Florida.The new move is part of the company’s strategy to improve production of the Budweiser and Bud Light aluminium bottles.Anheuser-Busch has been producing aluminium bottles since 2013. Jacksonville will be the second MCC facility to produce them. Anheuser-Busch has also operated a brewery in Jacksonville since 1969. The project is expected to create about 75 new jobs at the facility.MCC president Dave Taylor said: “Since it launched in early 2014, the aluminium bottle has become overwhelmingly popular with beer drinkers, and we are proud to break ground on a new line in Jacksonville that will further expand production of the popular bottles, while adding jobs.“The innovative, high-demand aluminium bottles will be enjoyed by fans as the 2016 baseball season and the busy spring and summer beer-selling seasons begin.”
UAE-based Engineering Contracting Company (ECC L.L.C.) has secured a contract worth AED687m ($187m) from Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) to build the Badr Project Phase 1 on a DIB-owned land in the UAE. The project forms part of a self-contained residential community that includes five distinct zones with apartment buildings, as well as a number of villas and other community buildings and recreational facilities.DIB said that the Badr project will have a Mediterranean theme, inspired by elements of Andalusian, Spanish and Italian architecture.With a total built-up area of 13.8m sq ft, Badr Project will be developed across five phases. First phase will have a built-up area of 2.2m sq ft and is anticipated to be completed by 2018.Phase 1 is located centrally within the overall project adjacent to a central park with mixed-use and retail facilities. DIB managing director Abdulla Al Hamli said: “Following a thorough tender process to identify the right construction partner, we selected ECC L.L.C. as the lead contractor to bring the Phase 1 of this project to completion. “With regard to Badr, we are confident that given its location, quality of project, attractive price points, it will be high on the priority list of investors.”
Westminister Council has approved a £1bn plan to redevelop the Whiteleys shopping centre in west London.A joint venture between a Meyer Bergman-advised fund and Warrior Group has submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council redevelop the former Whiteleys department store in Bayswater.Designed by Foster + Partners, the mixed-use project will include more than 500,000 sq ft of homes and shops built behind the existing 1911 facade.It will include the construction of more than 100 homes, a mixture of apartments and townhouses. These will be arranged around an inner courtyard with new retail units, a boutique hotel, gym and other enhanced leisure facilities, including a new cinema at basement level.
Transatlantic BDR (TBDR) and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) backed by Ghana’s government have entered into a long-term structured partnership to develop a $6.5bn oceanfront leisure project in Tema.The project will include a 60,000-seat FIFA-certified football stadium along with commercial, retail and residential mixed-use accommodations targeting cross-border corporations and regional companies.It will also improve the ailing infrastructure of the region. Infrastructure investments will include new roadways, a light rail system expansion, renewable energy, and a 6G wireless communication network.TBDR CEO Uduak Udofia said: "This privately-funded partnership with the Ghana government marks an aggressive outlook taken by the part of officials to establish the country as an international destination, not just for leisure but for global qualified investors and entrepreneurs to participate in the region's fast-paced economic growth. TBDR is cultivating a diverse partner and investor base for optimal success.”
Developers Ashfield Land and local house builder Kirkwood Homes have submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council for a new £150m mixed-use development.The site for the proposed construction is located five miles north of Aberdeen. It was allocated for future development in the 2012 Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan (LDP). If approved, the plans will bring to life the Blackdog Masterplan that was approved by the council in 2013, calling for a new town centre with business space and substantial additional housing.Ashfield Land and Kirkwood Homes have been refining the proposals since late 2015, and after detailed consultation with local residents and community representatives.The proposed development will include the construction of a new town centre, with around 600 homes, including 150 affordable homes, to accommodate around 2,100 residents.It will also include offices, industrial accommodation, a regional food hall, a supermarket, a petrol station, a hotel, a cinema, shops, a park and ride facility and also a primary school.Subject to Aberdeenshire Council’s approval, construction will begin in early 2017 and will be delivered in partnership with major stakeholders including Aberdeenshire Council and the local community.The project is expected to create 1,200 jobs during construction and 1,500 full time jobs after completion.
Novo Nordisk, a healthcare company, has started construction on its new $1.8bn diabetes medicine production facility in Clayton, North Carolina.The construction site is located next to the company’s existing 457,000 sq ft Clayton facility, which has been expanded several times since its inception in 1996. The new plant will measure 833,000 sq ft and have a footprint of 417,639 sq ft.Upon fully operational in 2020, the facility will produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for a range of Novo Nordisk's current and future GLP-1 and insulin medicines.It is anticipated that the project will require to 2,500 construction workers at its peak, and will create nearly 700 new permanent jobs.Novo Nordisk president and CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen said: "As the prevalence of diabetes has grown in the US, so too has the demand for effective treatments."It gives me great pride to break ground on our new facility site in Clayton where we have an existing, strong organization. This site will play a vital role in enabling us to meet the needs of people living with diabetes in the US for years to come."
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) has signed an agreement with the municipal government of Nanjing, China to invest $3bn in building an advanced silicon wafer plant in Nanjing.The new facility in Nanjing’s Pukou Economic Development Zone will have a capacity to manufacture 20,000 12-inch semiconductors, or wafers, per month. The investment would also support the construction of a design service centre.TSMC chairman Morris Chang said: “With our 12-inch fab and our design service center in Nanjing, we aim to provide closer support to customers as well as expand our business opportunities in China in step with the rapid growth of the Chinese semiconductor market over the last several years. “We look forward to stronger collaboration with our customers to further expand our market share in China.”
Construction work is set to start next month on a £800m new community development in Aberdeen after the UK government pledged £86m in funding for the project.The project, which received in principle planning approval from Aberdeen City Council in October 2014, will be built by Stewart Milne Group over 15 years. Work will involve the construction of new housing, schools, healthcare and parks at the Countesswells site. Mobilisation and compound facilities will commence this month, with infrastructure works expected to begin in April. The first homes are expected to be available later in 2016. The project is anticipated to create 1,000 construction jobs.Stewart Milne group managing director homes John Slater said: “Countesswells is an important project that will deliver a vibrant new community for Aberdeen that will include three new schools, medical facilities, leisure, retail, commercial & business accommodation and a wide range of homes, from first time buyer apartments and young family homes to townhouses and executive villas, all contributing to Aberdeen’s attractiveness as a place in which to live and work.”